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Roast Chicken Breasts with Olives and Honey Jus

The sweet flavour of honey complements the saltiness of the olives and middle eastern seasonings.
Serves: 4
Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time: 1 hour


Roast Chicken Breasts with Olives and Honey Jus

1 tsp cumin, ground
¼ tsp salt
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp turmeric
1 tsp olive oil
1 red onion, medium, sliced
4 each chicken breasts, boneless, skinless (about 225 grams each/900 g)
¼ cup honey, melted
¼ cup olive medley, mixed green and black

Whole Grain Couscous Pilaf

1 cup couscous, whole-grain
2 cups water, boiled
2 tbsp currants, dried
1 cup carrot, medium, grated
1 tbsp butter, salted
1 tsp cumin, ground
¼ cup lemon juice, fresh squeezed
½ cup parsley, fresh, minced

Food Safety

Before you start, wash all surfaces and your hands with soap and warm water, and remember to wash your hands, utensils and cutting boards after they touch raw meat or eggs. Avoid cross-contamination by using a different cutting board for your meat and other ingredients. Make sure you’re cooking to safe temperatures and chilling any leftovers within two hours. For more food safety tips, visit our Food Safety at Home Section.


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C)

  2. Mix cumin, salt, paprika, and turmeric together in a in bowl and set aside.

  3. Lightly cover bottom of a 2 L baking pan with olive oil. Cut onion in half and slice vertically into thin strips. Sprinkle over bottom of baking dish and top with chicken breasts.

  4. Sprinkle breasts with spice mixture, flip over and sprinkle other side. Drizzle with melted honey.

  5. Bake 30 minutes. Turn over pieces, baste with honey jus and sprinkle olives over chicken. Continue to bake, uncovered, until chicken is tender, about 30 minutes or until a meat thermometer inserted in each piece reads 165°F (74°C). Baste a few more times while finishing baking.

  6. Place the couscous in a bowl with the cumin, dried currants, grated carrot and a small knob of butter. Pour over boiling water, cover the bowl with plate and allow to stand for 10 minutes. Fluff with a fork and stir in the parsley and lemon juice.

  7. Serve with whole-grain couscous pilaf (recipe below). Divide the couscous among four dinner plates. Arrange the chicken over the couscous and top with some olives and roast onions. Spoon honey jus over and serve.

Nutrition Info

Per serving Amount
Protein67 g
Fat11 g
Saturated Fat4 g
Carbohydrate59 g
Fibre7 g
Cholesterol165 mg
Sodium21 mg
Per serving % Daily Value
Vitamin A120
Vitamin C45
Vitamin B1251