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Mediterranean Chicken is not your typical chicken dinner. Chicken thighs are marinated in a yogurt based marinade with rich, warm spices, lemon juice and fresh herbs. The chicken is baked until tender and juicy and finished off with fresh parsley, feta cheese and paired with lemon parsley orzo. Your family will love this healthy meal! 

Mediterranean Chicken with parsley.

MEDITERRANEAN CHICKEN 

It happened again!

Did you guys know that in 2018, 2019 and 2020 U.S. News & World Report did a review of over forty different diets and put the Mediterranean Diet as the best diet?

Lets celebrate with this Mediterranean Chicken! 

It mentioned that the Mediterranean Diet is the easiest to follow, and I completely agree.

It has been shown to have great healthy benefits for those that follow it too. 

When I think of the Mediterranean Diet I consider it to be more of a lifestyle and way of living than a diet.

In celebration we are going to talk about this delicious, mouthwatering Mediterranean Chicken that my family loves.

Mediterranean Chicken on white plate.

Now as you might know the Mediterranean diet puts its daily emphasis on vegetables, fruits, beans, lentils, whole grains, and more seafood than meat and poultry.

But there is room in the diet for poultry and this recipe is one I love. 

I paired these Mediterranean Chicken Recipe with a lemon parsley orzo that is one of my favorite sides with chicken. Use whole grain orzo for a healthier version.

I also love pairing it with my 4 Ingredient Cheesy Orzo Recipe or this Mediterranean Lentil Salad. 

Mediterranean Chicken on a white plate

HOW TO FOLLOW A MEDITERRANEAN DIET 

My favorite visual that helps you understand the Mediterranean diet is from Oldways.

They created the Mediterranean Diet Pyramid – in partnership with the Harvard School of Public Health and the WHO – as a healthier alternative to the USDA’s original food pyramid. 

  • The main foods to enjoy every day: whole grains, fruits, vegetables, beans, herbs, spices, nuts and healthy fats such as olive oil.
  • Twice weekly servings of fish and seafood.
  • Moderate portions of dairy foods, eggs, and occasional poultry.
  • Infrequent servings of red meats and sweets.

Mediterranean Diet Pyramid

Mediterranean Chicken with Lemon Parsley Orzo

HOW TO PREPARE MEDITERRANEAN CHICKEN

  1. Preheat oven to 425 F degrees.
  2. Use a long cutting board and lay your chicken thighs out in a row or use a large bowl. Generously season both sides of the chicken thighs with salt and pepper and place into two 9×13 baking dish or a large cast iron skillet.
  3. In a medium bowl whisk together the yogurt, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, thyme, paprika, cumin, oregano, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper.
  4. Brush the sauce over the front and back sides of the chicken thighs.
  5. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until the chicken thighs reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.
  6. While the chicken is baking boil water to cook the orzo according to the package. Once the orzo is done cooking drain and place in a medium mixing bowl.
  7. Stir in the olive oil, lemon juice, parsley and a sprinkle of salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Once the chicken is done cooking remove from the oven, garnish with fresh parsley and feta cheese and serve over the lemon parsley orzo. Enjoy!

  Mediterranean Chicken Yogurt Marinade

TIPS FOR MAKING THIS EASY MEDITERRANEAN CHICKEN

CRISPY SKIN: For an extra crispy skin on your chicken thighs brown the chicken in a cast iron skillet or regular skillet with the skin side down for about 3-4 minutes over medium high heat.

Then you can transfer them into the oven from there and bake them.

TENDER CHICKEN: When I want tender chicken I always try to marinate the chicken for at least 2 hours or overnight. This helps seal in the juices. 

QUICK CLEAN-UP: If you want even less clean-up consider grilling these chicken thighs.

You can marinade the chicken in a ziplock bag overnight and throw them on the grill when ready to eat! 

Mediterranean Chicken on a platter.

WHAT TO PAIR WITH SKILLET MEDITERRANEAN CHICKEN

I love Mediterranean salads paired with chicken and I have a lot to offer on A Cedar Spoon. Some favorites are this Mediterranean Bean Salad, Tabbouleh, Fattoush or this Easy Lebanese Salad

Hummus is always a great pairing for chicken and I especially love a classicLebanese Hummus Recipeor a Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

If you are a potato lover try these Spicy Lebanese Potatoesor these Lemon Cilantro Potatoes with your meal. 

OTHER MEDITERRANEAN CHICKEN RECIPES YOU MIGHT LIKE:

Tandoori Chicken

Slow Cooker Whole Mediterranean Chicken 

Shish Tawook Chicken 

Moroccan Chicken Thighs 

Mediterranean Chicken on a white plate

Mediterranean Chicken

Yield: 4-6
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

Mediterranean Chicken is not your typical chicken dinner. Chicken thighs are marinated in a yogurt based marinade with rich, warm spices, lemon juice and fresh herbs. The chicken is baked until tender and juicy and finished off with fresh parsley, feta cheese and paired with lemon parsley orzo. Your family will love this protein packed, healthy meal that is also easy to make!

Ingredients

  • FOR THE CHICKEN THIGHS:
  • 1 1/2 to 2 pounds of chicken thighs
  • 1 cup of Greek yogurt
  • 2 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/2 of a lemon, juiced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 Tablespoons paprika
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper {optional}
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • FOR THE LEMON PARSLEY ORZO:
  • 1 cup orzo {use whole wheat for a healthier dish}
  • 16 ounces of vegetable broth {or chicken broth}
  • 3 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1/4 cup of fresh parsley, chopped
  • Dash of salt and pepper
  • Garnish with feta cheese, extra fresh herbs for the chicken or the salad

Instructions

    1. Preheat oven to 425 F degrees.
    2. Use a long cutting board and lay your chicken thighs out in a row or use a large bowl. Generously season both sides of the chicken thighs with salt and pepper and place into two 9×13 baking dish or a large cast iron skillet.
    3. In a medium bowl whisk together the yogurt, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, thyme, paprika, cumin, oregano, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper.
    4. Brush the sauce over the front and back sides of the chicken thighs.
    5. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until the chicken thighs reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.
    6. While the chicken is baking boil water to cook the orzo according to the package. Once the orzo is done cooking drain and place in a medium mixing bowl.
      Stir in the olive oil, lemon juice, parsley and a sprinkle of salt and pepper to taste.
    7. Once the chicken is done cooking remove from the oven, garnish with fresh parsley and feta cheese and serve over the lemon parsley orzo. Enjoy!

Notes

Tip: For an extra crispy skin on your chicken thighs brown the chicken in a cast iron skillet or regular skillet with the skin side down for about 3-4 minutes over medium high heat. Then you can transfer them into the oven from there and bake them.

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