Greek Chicken Breast

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Infused with classic flavors of the Mediterranean, this Greek Chicken Breast recipe is quick to pull together on a hectic weeknight or as a special dish for the weekend.

Infused with classic flavors of the Mediterranean, this Greek Chicken Breast recipe is quick to pull together on a hectic weeknight or as a special dish for the weekend.

I’ve been cooking a lot more chicken breasts lately and love to experiment with new ways to add flavor to this popular protein. Some of my favorite flavors come from the Mediterranean. Lemon, oregano, thyme, cinnamon. Combined with a nice olive oil, they make an incredible marinade that does some heavy lifting when it comes to adding flavor to chicken breasts. With a minimum marinading time of 30 minutes, it’s a no-brainer choice for a slightly exotic dinner for the weeknight. For a deeper flavor, the chicken breasts can be left in the marinade for up to 3 hours.

I like to use fresh herbs from the garden. If you don’t have fresh herbs, you can use dried herbs instead. The math is a little wonky since the general rule of thumb is 3 times the amount of fresh to dried. But I haven’t seen a 1/3 teaspoon measure, so if you need to substitute dried herbs, use 3/4 teaspoon of each of the herbs for this recipe.

Roasting a lemon cut into thick slices on the same baking sheet that the chicken roasts on, not only makes a lovely garnish it adds more flavor. There is something magical that happens when citrus is roasted. It becomes a little sweeter. And when it’s squeezed over the Greek Chicken Breasts, that slight sweetness just adds another layer of Mediterranean deliciousness.

The final touch is a sprinkling of feta cheese. Yum!

A little advice, make a couple of extra breasts, cut them into chunks and store in the refrigerator for tomorrow’s quick dinner, Greek Chicken Penne Pasta. Boiled penne tossed with your leftover chicken, feta cheese and a drizzle of olive oil.

Two meals for the price of one. You’re welcome! ;)

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Greek Chicken Breast


  • Author: Allie McDonald
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes + plus time to marinate
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 minute
  • Yield: 4

Description

Infused with classic flavors of the Mediterranean, this Greek Chicken Breast recipe is quick to pull together on a hectic weeknight or as a special dish for the weekend.


Ingredients

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • zest from one lemon
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh oregano
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 lemon sliced into 1/2-inch slices
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley, divided
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta

Instructions

  1. Remove chicken from the package and pat dry. Place in a gallon-sized freezer bag.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, combine olive oil, fresh lemon juice, lemon zest, oregano, thyme, salt, garlic, pepper, and cinnamon.
  3. Pour the marinade over chicken in the freezer bag. Seal the bag, turning it over to make sure that the marinade is distributed around the chicken.
  4. Place in the refrigerator and marinate the chicken for a minimum of 30 minutes or as long as 3 hours.
  5. Preheat the oven to 400˚F.
  6. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
  7. Remove the chicken from the marinade and place on the baking sheet. Arrange lemon slices between the chicken breasts. Roast for 25 minutes, or until an instant read thermometer registers 165˚F.
  8. Sprinkle feta cheese over the chicken and serve with roasted lemon slices.
Infused with classic flavors of the Mediterranean, this Greek Chicken Breast recipe is quick to pull together on a hectic weeknight or as a special dish for the weekend. #chicken #chickendinner #healthyrecipe

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