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Skillet Greek Chicken Recipe

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Skillet Greek Chicken

Skillet Greek Chicken is a quick and delicious way to enjoy vibrant flavors on a busy evening. By marinating the chicken in a blend of herbs and spices, you infuse it with a taste that’s sure to impress.

In just one skillet, you can create a meal that’s both tasty and healthy. Add sides like orzo, tomatoes, and feta to enhance the dish even more. Whether you’re cooking for family or friends, this recipe brings a touch of the Mediterranean right to your table.

Exact Ingredients (+ Possible Substitutes)

Here’s a simple list of what you will need to make Skillet Greek Chicken:


  • Chicken: Typically, boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs are used. Feel free to substitute with chicken tenders if you prefer quicker cooking.



  • Olive Oil: This is for cooking the chicken and enhancing flavor. If you don’t have olive oil, you can use canola oil or vegetable oil.



  • Garlic: Fresh minced garlic is best. Garlic powder can be a substitute if needed.



  • Lemon: Fresh lemon juice and zest. If unavailable, bottled lemon juice works too, but fresh is always better.



  • Greek Yogurt: This helps tenderize the chicken and adds a tangy flavor. You can use plain whole-milk yogurt if Greek yogurt isn’t available.



  • Oregano: Dried oregano is common. Fresh oregano can be used but reduce the amount by half.



  • Salt and Pepper: Basic seasonings that bring out the flavors of the dish.



  • Cherry Tomatoes: Adds sweetness and color. Regular tomatoes chopped into chunks are a good substitute.



  • Red Onion: Provides a mild onion flavor. If you don’t have red onion, use yellow or white onions.



  • Feta Cheese: Adds a creamy, salty finish. Goat cheese can be an alternative if you prefer a slightly different taste.



  • Olives: Kalamata olives are traditional. Black olives can also be used if needed.


Here’s a quick reference table:

IngredientSubstitute
ChickenChicken tenders
Olive OilCanola oil, Vegetable oil
GarlicGarlic powder
LemonBottled lemon juice
Greek YogurtPlain whole-milk yogurt
OreganoFresh oregano (half amount)
Cherry TomatoesChopped regular tomatoes
Red OnionYellow or white onions
Feta CheeseGoat cheese
OlivesBlack olives

Now you have everything you need to get started on your Skillet Greek Chicken!

Instructions

Ingredients:

  • Chicken breasts or thighs
  • Olive oil
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Onion
  • Greek seasoning
  • Kalamata olives (optional)
  • Orzo (optional)
  • Feta cheese (optional)

Step 1: Marinate the Chicken

Cover the chicken with Greek seasoning and a little olive oil. Let it marinate in the fridge for at least 30 minutes, up to 24 hours. Take it out 10 minutes before cooking.

Step 2: Prepare the Veggies

While the chicken marinates, cut the tomatoes and mince the onion.

Step 3: Cook the Chicken

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add about 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Once hot, add the chicken. Cook each side for 5-7 minutes, until it reaches an internal temperature of 165°F.

Step 4: Add Veggies

Add the tomatoes and onion to the skillet. Cook for about 2-3 minutes until they soften.

Optional Step: Add Orzo and Olives

If you like, add 1 ½ cups of dry orzo and ½ cup of sliced kalamata olives. Stir to mix. Return the chicken to the skillet and cover.

Step 5: Final Touch

Once everything is cooked through, remove from heat. Add crumbled feta cheese on top before serving, if you’d like. Enjoy!

Tips, Tricks & Storing

Tips

  • Marinating: Letting your chicken marinate for at least 30 minutes helps to enhance the flavor. If you have time, marinate for up to 24 hours.
  • Medium-High Heat: Preheat your skillet to medium-high heat before adding the chicken to ensure a nice sear.
  • Temperature Check: Use a meat thermometer to make sure the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165°F.

Tricks

  • Deglazing: After browning the chicken, use white wine (optional) or chicken broth to deglaze the skillet. This helps to lift and incorporate browned bits into the sauce.
  • Even Cooking: If your chicken breasts are too thick, consider pounding them to an even thickness for faster and more even cooking.
  • Seasoning: Don’t be shy with spices like oregano, thyme, and paprika. They add essential Greek flavors to your chicken.

Storing

  • Refrigeration: Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge. They can last up to 3-4 days.
  • Freezing: You can freeze cooked Greek chicken. Place it in a freezer-safe container or bag and it will keep for up to 3 months.
  • Reheating: Reheat in a skillet over medium heat or in the microwave. Add a splash of chicken broth to keep it from drying out.

Recipe Variations & Serving Suggestions

Looking to switch things up with your skillet Greek chicken? Here are some tasty variations and serving ideas.

Flavor Twists

Spice it Up: Add crushed red pepper flakes for a kick.

Herb Swap: Use fresh basil or cilantro instead of oregano for a different flavor profile.

Citrus Boost: Squeeze fresh lemon juice over the chicken right before serving for extra zest.

Veggie Add-Ins

Zucchini: Slice and sauté with the chicken for added veggies.

Bell Peppers: Brighten up your dish with red and yellow bell peppers.

Cherry Tomatoes: Add halved or whole cherry tomatoes for a juicy burst.

Serving Ideas

Rice: Serve over a bed of fluffy rice to soak up all the tasty juices.

Pita Bread: Pair with warm pita bread for an easy, hands-on option.

Salad: Serve alongside a fresh Greek salad with cucumbers, tomatoes, red onion, and feta cheese.

Tasty Toppings

Feta Cheese: Crumble some feta over the top for a creamy finish.

Tzatziki Sauce: Drizzle tzatziki sauce for a cool, refreshing touch.

Olives: Add sliced Kalamata olives for a salty punch.

Benjamin Happy Muncher

Hi, I'm Benjamin. I love cooking, long walks, and my girlfriend! Here you’ll find simple and delicious recipes that you can make in 30 minutes or less.