Roast Chicken Breasts with Caramelized Lemons, Cherry Tomatoes and Olives

Whenever I make this one-pan recipe, my whole family fights tooth and nail for every last little cherry tomato and olive, whose flavors get insanely rich from all the caramelizing in the pan. And if you thought this dish is tasty right out of the oven, just wait until you try it on day 2. You will start hoping there's enough for leftovers every time you make it, as the flavors come together even more and the chicken stays moist and juicy under the skin. 1 tablespoon vegetable or canola oil
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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 35 min
  • Active: 10 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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Ingredients

4 bone-in, skin-on chicken breasts (each about 3/4 pound)

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1 lemon, halved

1/2 cup Castelvetrano olives, pitted if desired

1/2 cup cherry tomatoes

8 to 10 sprigs fresh thyme

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
  2. Heat the oil in a large ovenproof skillet or shallow Dutch oven over medium-high heat until hot. Thoroughly pat the chicken very dry and sprinkle with the salt. Place skin-side down in the skillet and cook until the skin is crisp and golden brown, about 5 minutes.
  3. Flip the chicken over. Add the lemon halves, olives, tomatoes and thyme to the skillet and transfer to the oven. Roast until the chicken is cooked through, about 25 minutes.