Chicken: Chicken Breast in Foil with Tomato, Olives, and Parmesan

posted by marlaoh 06-25-103 5:57 AM

Chicken Breast in Foil with Tomato, Olives, and Parmesan
Makes 2 servings
Time: About 20 minutes

1 tablespoon olive oil
2 thick slices tomato
2 chicken breast halves, about 3/4 pound
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan
1 teaspoon thyme leaves, plus 2 sprigs of thyme, or 8 basil leaves
10 small black olives, pitted

Take 2 sheets of aluminum foil, each about 18 inches square, and place one on top of the other. Use the olive oil to smear a patch in the center of the foil, large enough to fit the chicken on. In the center, make a bed of the tomato slices, then top with the chicken breasts, salt, pepper, Parmesan, and thyme leaves if you’re using them. Finally, add the olives and thyme sprigs or basil leaves.

Fold the foil over the chicken onto itself and crimp the edges as tightly as possible, but leaving plenty of room around the chicken. (You may prepare the recipe in advance up to this point; refrigerate the package as is for up to three hours before proceeding.)

The packages may be cooked in the oven, on a grill, or even in a skillet, with a little oil. In every case, cook 10 minutes from the time you hear sizzling noises. Remove the package from the heat, taking care to avoid any escaping steam. Let rest one minute, then cut a slit along the length of the top with a knife. Use a knife and fork to open up the package, then spoon the chicken, garnish, and juices onto a plate and serve.

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