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Bright cherry tomatoes, salty Kalamata olives, creamy mozzarella, and juicy chicken combine in this dish to highlight the best flavors of the Mediterranean. And with minimal prep and minimal cleanup, this recipe will take you to the sun-drenched sea in no time. Kate, Recipe Hunter

Kate Edeker

THE RECIPE

Mediterranean Baked Chicken

An effortlessly healthy meal straight from the Sea

The vibrant food from the coast of the Mediterranean Sea sets an example for the kind of fresh, healthy food that should grace your table. This recipe combines two healthy and summer-ready dishes from that region: baked chicken and caprese salad. The chicken is browned before it is laid in a baking dish with onions, peppers, artichoke hearts, Kalamata olives, and tomatoes. The smell that wafts through the house while this is baking is almost too perfect. After the golden chicken is removed from the oven, it is topped with some mozzarella cheese that gets a little melty with the heat. The mix of flavors is fresh and inviting. And the best part? When everything is finished, there are only two dishes to wash, which means you have more time to sit in the backyard, surrounded by family.

THE CHEF

Heather Kinnaird

Food Blogger and Photographer

Heather Kinnaird

I believe that the dinner table is the "hub" for the family. Even if our day is crazy, there is always time to share a great meal with our families. Feeding my kids is something that I take very seriously, and there is always room for dessert.

When there’s no time to waste and an army of people to feed, Heather Kinnaird is your savior. Her blog, Heather’s French Press, provides recipes to those who dream of dinners as a bonding experience rather than an ordeal. Heather’s recipes are family friendly and are meant to be enjoyed sitting at the table, surrounded by the ones you love. Her voice is warm, inviting, and relatable while her dishes are delicious and straightforward without being boring. When there’s only minutes to prepare a feast that will call everyone together, the recipes that Heather provides will save the day.

Head over to Heather’s French Press and say hello to Heather on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest, and Google+.

THE TIP

Smash Olives to Remove the Pit

It can be more expensive to buy olives with the pit removed for already removed for you. here’s a quick way to pit olives using a bit of brute force.

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