Oven-Baked Greek Chicken Thighs

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Transport your taste buds to the Mediterranean with this simple and delectable Oven Baked Greek Chicken.

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This recipe combines all the authentic, perfect Mediterranean flavors like lemon, onion, and feta. It is so easy to replicate at home in your oven for a staycation in Greece. Oven Baked Greek Chicken Thighs are healthy and they’re delicious served alongside my Greek salad, with rice, or on a pita with some tzatziki.

I used red onions, olives, feta, tomatoes, and mint leaves, but you change out for other fun ingredients like artichoke hearts, sun dried tomatoes, or basil. I love how the lemon marinade adds a freshness and zest to the chicken and makes it super tender. It’s so simple to put together. In ten easy steps, you’ll be transported to a beach front patio on a lovely Greek island!

Bone-in vs. Boneless Chicken Thighs

Not sure what type of chicken thighs to buy? There are benefits to both boneless and bone-in. I like boneless thighs because they are a bit lower in fat, easier prepare and eat (I can be lazy sometimes!), and may cook a little bit faster. On the other hand, bone-in thighs are usually more tender and have more flavor, especially if they also have the skin on. Talking about the skin, it gets beautifully roasted in the oven and gets a crispy texture. Bone-in thighs are also cheaper. Just keep in mind to add about ten to fifteen minutes onto the baking time.

Ingredients

  • 2 lb chicken thighs
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 medium lemon, juiced
  • zest of 1 medium lemon
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 10 mint leaves
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup sliced Kalamata olives
  • 1/2 cup crumbled Feta cheese
  • 1 red onion
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How to Make Oven Baked Greek Chicken Thighs

Step 1: Preheat the oven to 350F.

Step 2: In a small bowl, whisk the oil, lemon juice, lemon zest, seasonings, mint, and dried oregano.

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Step 3: Season the chicken with salt and pepper on both sides and place in a medium oven-safe dish.

Step 4: Pour over the prepared Greek-style dressing. Let the chicken rest at least 1 hour for a better taste.

Oven-Baked Greek Chicken Breast steps

Step 5: Add half-chopped tomatoes.

Oven-Baked Greek Chicken Breast steps

Step 6: Bake for 35 minutes.

Step 7: Cut onions and olives

Oven-Baked Greek Chicken Breast steps

Step 8: Once the chicken is done (when an internal thermometer reads 165F), remove from the oven.

Step 9: Top with olives, onions, feta, and mint

Step 10: Serve immediately.

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Top Tips For a Perfect Oven-Baked Greek Chicken Breast

  • I usually let the chicken marinade all day or overnight, it gets a lot more tender.
  • If you don’t have a meat thermometer, you can check the cooking by poking a skewer into the chicken. If the juice that runs out is clear (not pink or red) it is likely done.
  • You can also make this recipe using chicken breasts. Just reduce the cooking time to about 15 to 18 minutes.
  • This dish is equally delicious with a variety of different vegetables and toppings. Try it with zucchini, bell peppers, artichoke hearts, sun-dried tomatoes, parmesan cheese, and/or capers.
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FAQs

Why is Greek chicken so tender?

The marinating process and the use of lemon is the secret. The lemon in the marinade breaks down the protein in the chicken.

Is Baked Greek chicken healthy?

Yes! Mediterranean food is known for its heart-healthy ingredients and this recipe is no exception.

Why is my chicken taking longer to bake?

Not all chickens are created equal. If you have very large pieces of chicken they will naturally take longer to cook. If you’re short on time, cut your chicken into smaller pieces. You can also use chicken breast instead.

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Serving Suggestions

  • Greek Salad: Go all-out on the Mediterranean theme and serve this Oven-Baked Greek Chicken alongside my amazing Greek salad for a healthy, light, and classic pairing that utilizes many of the same ingredients and flavors.
  • Roasted Red Potatoes: For a slightly more substantial option, add some carbs to your meal with our roasted red potatoes recipe
  • Tzatziki: For an absolute classic, add this chicken to a pita smeared with our tzatziki sauce and transport yourself to the Greek isles.

How to Store

This recipe is best eaten fresh and warm from the oven, but it can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to four days. Make sure it’s completely cool before storing and just heat it up in the microwave before serving. You can also stick it in the freezer for a couple months as well.

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Oven-Baked Greek Chicken Breast

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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Marinate 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings 6

Ingredients
  

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 medium lemon juiced
  • zest of 1 medium lemon
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 10 mint leaves
  • 2 lb chicken thighs
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup sliced Kalamata olives
  • 1/2 cup crumbled Feta cheese
  • 1 red onion

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350F.
  • In a small bowl whisk the oil, lemon juice, zest, seasonings, and mint and dried oregano.
  • Season the chicken with salt and pepper on both sides and place in a medium oven-safe dish.
  • Pour over the prepared Greek-style dressing. Let the chicken rest at least 1 hour for a better taste.
  • Add half-chopped tomatoes.
  • Bake for 35 minutes.
  • Cut onions and olives
  • Once the chicken is done (an internal thermometer inserted into each reads 165F), remove it from the oven.
  • Top with olives, onions, feta and mint
  • Serve immediately.
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