Red Wine Olive Sauce for Lamb, Pork or Chicken

This easy olive sauce recipe made with of red wine, olives and rosemary is a variation of one of my favorite dishes I was taught to make from a chef I worked for from Milan, Italy. At the restaurant, we’d make this dish with pork tenderloins, but it’s wonderful with lots of meat, like lamb, pork or chicken.

Goat loin chops with rosemary, red wine and olives recipe
Lamb chops with red wine olive sauce.


How to Make Red Wine Olive Sauce

For lamb chops, take a few chops from the loin, either t-bones or rib chops, season them with rosemary, salt and pepper and let them sit overnight, or for at least a few hours, then brown them quickly and make a pan sauce from red wine, olives, shallot, and a splash of goat or lamb demi-glace, which is optional.

It’s a great, quick way to serve goat or lamb chops, and is also good with mushrooms added, especially chanterelles, black trumpets, or just your favorite from the grocery store.

Goat loin chops with rosemary, red wine and olives recipe
Seasoning lamb chops with salt, pepper and rosemary.
Chef Alan Bergo
Chef Alan Bergo, The Forager Chef

This recipe is by Chef Alan Bergo, the Forager Chef. A chef from Minnesota, Alan is a culinary industry veteran, former executive chef of acclaimed Lucia’s Restaurant, and the Salt Cellar. Author of The Forager Chef’s Book of Flora, he’s one of the most respected voices in the world of foraging and wild food. He’s best known as the founder of Forager Chef, his website focused on wild ingredients that reaches millions of readers each year. Learn more about Chef Alan and his hunt for mushrooms, wild and obscure foods at 

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I’m making the sauce to accompany goat chops, but you can use many cuts of meat. If you want to use skinless chicken breasts, season them with salt and pepper and toss with flour before browning. Here’s a few suggestions of different meats you can use.

  • Pork chops
  • Pork tenderloin
  • Chicken tenderloins
  • Chicken thighs (skin-on)
  • Skin-on chicken breast

Besides the kalamata olives I’m using, you could also make a green olive sauce by using roughly chopped green olives, but you’ll want to use white wine instead of red. Black olives can work in a pinch too.

Goat loin chops with rosemary, red wine and olives recipe
Lamb chops and olive sauce. Carbon pan from my favorite Kehoe Carbon Cookware.

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Goat loin chops with rosemary, red wine and olives recipe
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Red Wine Olive Sauce for Lamb, Pork or Chicken

Seared goat loin or lamb chops with a quick pan sauce made from rosemary, olives and red wine. Serves 2
Prep Time15 minutes
Dry-brining time (optional)8 hours
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Goat Chops, lamb chops
Servings: 2
Calories: 309kcal


  • 1 10 inch saute pan


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 2 oz finely diced shallot
  • 1 teaspoon chopped rosemary
  • 2 oz lamb demi glace
  • 2 oz lamb stock or water
  • 4 oz dry red wine
  • ½ cup pitted kalamata olives halved


  • Season the lamb chops or other meat with the rosemary, salt and pepper and allow to rest overnight in the fridge, or for at least a few hours.
  • Heat the cooking oil in a 8-10 inch pan that can accommodate the lamb chops, and brown the lamb chops well on both sides.
  • Remove the lamb chops and keep warm in a dish with a rim to catch any juice. Add the shallots and butter to the pan, cook for two minutes, then add the flour, stir, and cook a minute more.

Olive Sauce

  • Add the olives, wine and demi glace to the pan, along with the stock or water and any juice from the chops, bring to a simmer and cook until thickened, about 3-4 minutes.
  • Double check the seasoning for salt and pepper, add the lamb chops back to the pan and heat through, then serve the chops with the olives and sauce spooned over them.


The sauce is pictured with lamb chops, but will be good with just about any meat, especially pork and chicken. 


Calories: 309kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 1137mg | Potassium: 111mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 310IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 1mg