Roasted Chicken with Dates and Capers
and quinoa / roasted green beans
The marinade for this roasted chicken doubles as a cooking liquid that flavors the dish with white wine, citrus, dates and briny capers. Roast the chicken with green beans and serve it over leftover quinoa from Monday.
- Quinoa - 3/4 cup
- Dates, dried - 6 , chopped (look for pitted dates)
- Garlic - 2 cloves , chopped
- Lemons - 1/2 , wedges
- Capers - 1/4 cup , drained and rinsed
- Olives, any color, pitted (opt) - 1/2 cup , drained and rinsed
- Wine, white - 1/2 cup (sub any type stock)
- Oil, olive - 3 Tbsp
- Vinegar, red wine - 3 Tbsp
- Brown sugar - 2 tsp
- Mustard, Dijon - 3 tsp
- Thyme, fresh - 4 sprigs
- Chicken thighs, boneless and skinless - 4 (sub boneless skinless chicken breasts)
- Green beans - 1 lb , trimmed (sub frozen green beans)
Dates / Garlic / Lemons - Prep as directed. Combine dates and garlic in one container. Store Lemon wedges separately. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead).
Marinate chicken - Drain and rinse capers and olives (if using). Combine capers, olives, dates, garlic, white wine, olive oil, vinegar, brown sugar, mustard and thyme sprigs in a container with a lid or Ziploc bag. Squeeze lemon juice into the marinade and then add the peels (the peels will continue to release citrus flavor). Add chicken (if using chicken breasts instead of thighs, first slice the breasts in half to thin them) and combine with marinade. Marinate for at least 30 minutes and up to 2 days. (Can be done up to 2 days ahead)
Cook quinoa - (Skip if quinoa was already made ahead on Monday.) If prepping right before cooking, get chicken and vegetables in the oven before making quinoa. Combine quinoa with 2x the amount of water (or stock if you prefer) in a saucepan. Add in some salt. Bring to a boil covered. Lower heat, keep covered, and cook until liquid is absorbed, 8 to 10 minutes. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
Green beans - Trim green beans. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
Heat oven to 450F / 232C. Spray a baking dish with nonstick cooking spray or brush with some oil.
Place green beans in baking dish. Drizzle with some oil and season with some salt and pepper. Roast green beans until they are starting to turn tender, 10 to 12 minutes. (Note: If using frozen green beans, you can skip this initial roasting step. No need to defrost the beans, just place them directly in the baking dish and skip to the next step.)
Arrange chicken in a single layer on top of green beans. Pour marinade over chicken and vegetables. Discard lemon peels (they can turn bitter while cooking.) Season the tops of the chicken pieces with some salt and pepper.
Transfer baking dish to oven and roast until chicken reaches 165F (74C) degrees, 15 to 25 minutes for chicken thighs (20 to 30 minutes for chicken breasts).
If quinoa was made ahead, reheat it in the microwave.
Serve chicken and green beans over quinoa. Enjoy!