IMG_0840One of my favorite meals is a Jamie Oliver recipe from his old TV show. It’s a great meal, and it was the first meal I cooked for Lindsey. That’s it over there on the right. It may look like a mess in the skillet, but it’s fantastic on the plate. The recipe’s below and I highly encourage you to give it a try.

We had another night of a good dinner, time together and a good rest. I can’t get tired of nights like these.

Pan Cooked Chicken with Asparagus, Bacon and Olives


  • 2 chicken breasts
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Olive oil
  • 6 slices smoked pancetta (we substitute 4 strips of bacon)
  • 16 medium-sized spears asparagus, woody ends trimmed off
  • 16 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 10 kalamata olives, stones left in (we use pitted)
  • Handful basil leaves
  • Small knob unsalted butter
  • Splash white wine

Slice the chicken into 3 finger size pieces, but ensure that you keep it as 1 piece (fan it out). This will help to cook the chicken much faster. Season with salt and pepper.

Heat a medium-sized frying pan, add some oil, and brown the chicken on all sides. Place the pancetta on top of the chicken and the asparagus around it, let it char a little, then put the pancetta on the bottom of the pan to crisp up and turn the chicken over. Turn up the heat, throw in the tomatoes, olives, basil, and a good knob of butter. Take off the heat once the butter has melted and add a splash of wine to make a sauce, squishing in a few of the tomatoes to finish it off.

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