Greek Lemon Chicken
Greek cuisine is often simple in preparation and complex in flavor. Greek food is typically not spicy and focuses on food that is fresh and in season. The philosophy behind behind Greek cooking is to enhance flavor and not hide it behind spices. Garlic and cinnamon are popular spices used in many Greek dishes.
Tangy, citrus flavors and flavorful herbs such as basil, oregano, dill, thyme, rosemary, parsley and fennel naturally pair with the strong, bold flavors of savory foods as feta and olives. Salt is a commonly used ingredient in Greek cuisine. Not only does it work as a flavor enhancer, but there are many places in Greece where salt is harvested and Greek sea salt is considered high quality.
This one dish chicken recipe embraces the flavors of Greece, pairing thyme and parsley with garlic (lots of garlic), tangy lemons, savory and salty kalamata olives and feta cheese. Hearty, and oh so flavorful. This one is a keeper.
- 1 Tablespoon olive oil
- 1 medium red onion, thinly sliced
- 2 Tablespoons Mediterranean Thyme
- 1 Tablespoon Dried Parsley
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground Black Peppercorns
- 10 garlic cloves, minced
- 6 cups small yellow or red potatoes, quartered
- 2 cups fresh green beans, cut up in 1-inch pieces
- 1 lemon, thinly sliced
- 1/2 teaspoon Coarse Sea Salt
- 1/4 cup water
- 2 Tablespoons Kalamata olives, finely chopped
- 2 cans no-salt added diced tomatoes
- 8 skinned, boned chicken thighs
- 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
- Preheat oven to 375°.
- Heat oil in large Dutch oven and sauté onion for 3 minutes.
- Add the Mediterranean Thyme, Dried Parsley, Black Peppercorns, and garlic cloves and sauté for 1 minute.
- Increase heat to medium high and add potatoes, sauté for 8 minutes.
- Stir in green beans, lemon slices, Coarse Sea Salt, water, olives, and diced tomatoes.
- Nestle the chicken thighs into the potato mixture and top with feta cheese.
- Cover and bake at 375° for 45 minutes.