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Braised Chicken with Olives, Capers and Zucchini Noodles

This is a perfect Whole30 meal and is also easily customizable. I love zoodles and the fun texture they add.

Course Soup
Cuisine American
Keyword braised chicken recipe, braised chicken with olives and capers, zoodle chicken soup
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 55 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 248 kcal
Author Janet Barton


  • 2 1/2 - 3 lbs boneless chicken thighs trimmed
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil or coconut oil
  • 1 onion diced
  • 2 garlic cloves chopped
  • 4 cups chicken stock preferably homemade or purchased organic low-sodium
  • 1/2 cup Kalamata olives sliced
  • 2 tablespoons capers drained and rinsed
  • Zest from one lemon
  • 2 teaspoons fennel seeds
  • 1 cup chopped tomatoes
  • 2-3 zucchini spiralized or julienned
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  In a large heavy pot heat olive oil.  Lightly salt and pepper the chicken thighs.  Add to heated olive oil and brown on both sides.  Transfer to a plate and set aside.
  2. Add diced onions to the pot and cook over medium heat for about 5 minutes or until translucent. Add chopped garlic and continue to cook an additional 2 minutes.  Add chicken stock and bring to a simmer scraping up any brown bits that may be on the bottom of the pan. Return chicken to the pot and add olives, capers, lemon zest and fennel seeds.  Salt and pepper to taste.  Top with chopped tomatoes.  Cover and place in oven for 1 1/2 hours.
  3. Meanwhile, prepare zucchini noodles using a vegetable spiralizer or juienne with a knife.  Set aside while chicken is cooking.  After 1 1/2 hours remove lid and top with zucchini noodles.  Cover. Return to oven for an additional 10 minutes.
  4. Remove from oven, spoon into shallow bowls and serve.

Recipe Notes

*Inspired by a recipe from Williams-Sonoma

Nutrition Facts
Braised Chicken with Olives, Capers and Zucchini Noodles
Amount Per Serving
Calories 248 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Cholesterol 7mg2%
Sodium 812mg34%
Potassium 677mg19%
Carbohydrates 18g6%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 335IU7%
Vitamin C 26.3mg32%
Calcium 71mg7%
Iron 1.9mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.