Chicken with Wine and Olives Recipe

Part of staying organized is having healthy go-to meals, preferably going in the slow cooker. One of my family’s favorite dishes is chicken with wine and olives, and it’s a great recipe with very few ingredients.I’ll warn you that this has more drama than my usual blog posts.

chicken with wine and olives recipe

But even something fail-proof can fail. I threw this together one Saturday morning, and then we all headed out for the day.

This dish goes great with a side of couscous and grilled zucchini. Doesn’t it look yummy?

chicken side dishes

But don’t grab that fork just yet. It seems we might have a problem. At some point, we might have had a power outage. No, even better, my Crock-pot died. Minutes before I’m set to serve dinner, hubby and I are looking at a crock of cold chicken. Sadly, those sides are the only thing we had for dinner that night.


Let’s start again. The only tricky part about this recipe is the red wine. Cook with the same wine you drink with, and it’s sure to be a recipe you love. I like my reds sweeter, so I tend to stick with the zinfandels. And be sure to use chicken thighs, not chicken breasts.

Chicken with Wine and Olives
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This hearty main dish is a winner even with the kids.
Recipe type: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 4 services
  • 4-6 skinless, boneless chicken thighs
  • 1 can of pitted black olives
  • ~1 cup red wine (dry or semi-sweet, to your taste)
  • 1 tsp finely crushed dried rosemary
  1. Place chicken in slow cooker. Can be cooked from frozen.
  2. layer olives, then wine, then rosemary on the chicken.
  3. Cover and cook for 4-6 hours.
  4. You will likely not need to baste at all, but you may check during the last hour of cooking to be sure all the chicken is in the liquid.
  5. Serve with suggested sides such as couscous, mashed potatoes, and grilled vegetables.


ingredients for chicken with wine and olives

Yes, you could make this in the oven, but why, when a slow cooker makes it virtually impossible to overcook? This time, I used my swanky new Calphalon slow cooker that I also love for tacos. Ah, that’s better. This is what it’s supposed to look like!

slow cooker chicken with wine and olives

This time I paired it with mashed potatoes and carrots.

slow cooker chicken meal

During this busy season, this is exactly the kind of easy-peasy no-fuss meal you’ll be thrilled to come home to. Enjoy and share with friends by pinning it to your dinner and crock pot boards.

chicken with wine and olives recipe



This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. Neha

    Thanks for the recipe. What setting should the slow cooker be set to? If the chicken is frozen and dinner isn’t for another 8-10 hours then what setting do you suggest? Thanks again!

  2. Mary Ann Mallory

    Hi Darla,

    This looks yummy. I too would like to know the setting on the Crock Pot. I am thinking if it only takes 4 hours it would be on high or medium, but one never knows. My crock pot is an older variety and if you wanted a longer, slower cook time I would think it would be on low. If you have that info please reply. Thanks and happy Christmas to all.
    Mary Ann

    1. Darla

      See my comment above, but in general , slow cooker meals are usually 4-6 hours on hi, or 6-8 hours on low. Best wishes!

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