Step into the ease of my kitchen with this one-pot wonder – Baked Greek Lemon Chicken. Juicy chicken infused with vibrant lemon and aromatic herbs, perfect for cozy weeknight dinners.
I’m excited to share a celebration of simplicity – my easy Greek lemon chicken recipe. It’s a one-pan wonder, perfect for those days when you crave straightforward cooking without compromising on flavor.
This dish is my mealtime hero, requiring minimal prep – great for busy lunches or cozy family dinners. It’s a celebration where everyday ingredients like olive oil, fresh lemons, garlic, and aromatic oregano combine, creating a stunningly flavorful and effortlessly achievable masterpiece.
The magic happens in a simple marinade that bursts with Greek-inspired goodness. Fun fact: I picked up a whole chicken for this recipe, skipping the back to save for a homemade stock. But you can whip up this delightful dish using chicken legs, breasts, or a combo – whatever suits your taste!
Ingredients you need
- Chicken: 1 whole chicken (about 3 to 4 lb), cut into pieces, cleaned, and pat dry. Choose your favorite chicken parts, like legs, thighs, or tender chicken breasts.
- Potatoes: Yukon potatoes, peeled and cut into hearty wedges, providing a comforting starch.
- Onion: 1 large onion, halved and sliced, adding sweet and savory layers to the dish.
- Garlic: Infuse boldness with roughly chopped garlic cloves. I used 10 for an extra kick, but adjust to your preference.
- Lemon Juice: 1/2 cup lemon juice + 1/4 cup separately. The initial marinade with half a cup brings a zesty punch, and a final drizzle before broiling elevates the freshness.
- Herbs & Spices:
- Dried Greek Oregano for a distinct Mediterranean aroma.
- Salt and pepper to taste, ensuring the perfect balance.
- Paprika: 2 teaspoons sweet paprika, adding a hint of smokiness and vibrant color.
- Olive Oil: 1/4 cup olive oil + extra 2 tablespoons, bringing richness and a smooth texture.
- Liquid: 1/2 cup water or broth, creating a flavorful base for the dish.
- Garnish: Fresh chopped Italian parsley, providing a final touch of brightness.
Pro Tips for Success
- Aim to marinate the chicken for at least 30 minutes for the tastiest results. Let it soak up the flavors for up to 8 hours if time allows. Just a heads up – extending beyond that might make the chicken a bit mushy, so keep it within this timeframe for the perfect texture.
- In the world of potatoes, patience is key. While the recipe bakes 45 minutes, your potatoes might need more time to fully embrace that golden crispiness. Here are your options:
- Boil the potato wedges until they’re halfway cooked before baking. This ensures they reach that ideal tenderness during baking.
- If, after 45 minutes, your chicken is tender, but the potatoes need more love, fear not. Simply take out the chicken and let the potatoes shine for 15 minutes or until they reach perfection. Then, reunite them for the final steps.
- I Love cooking with aluminum foil. Here’s why it’s a game-changer:
- Moisture: Trapping steam under the foil creates a humid environment, gently cooking the chicken and preventing it from drying out. This ensures juicy, tender meat throughout.
- Caramelized Perfection: Uncovering in the final minutes exposes the chicken to direct heat, allowing the skin to crisp and caramelize beautifully. This delivers a satisfying textural contrast with the moist interior.
- Compared to Uncovered Baking: While uncovered baking achieves some browning, it often results in drier chicken. Additionally, reaching a golden-brown, crispy skin can take longer, potentially overcooking the meat inside.
Serving For your Greek Chicken
Now, let’s talk about the sides for your Greek-baked chicken delight! Picture this: a dollop of cool tzatziki or refreshing yogurt-cucumber sauce brings that perfect balance. On the carbs front, you’ve got choices – classic rice vermicelli or go Greek with flavorful Greek rice. Want some crunch? Fattoush salad with its mix of veggies and crispy pita or the traditional Salata Arabia are spot-on choices. Mix, match, and create a Mediterranean feast that suits your mood. Dig in and enjoy your Easy Greek Lemon Chicken with these tasty companions!
Storage and Reheating
- Storage: Cool and store leftovers in the airtight fridge for up to 3-4 days.
- Reheating: Oven at 350°F, cover, and bake for 15-20 mins until warmed. Uncover briefly for a crispy finish. Alternatively, use the microwave for smaller portions, ensuring thorough heating. Enjoy!
I would love to hear your experience!
Ready to make this Easy Greek Lemon Chicken your own? Dive into the kitchen, give it a whirl, and don’t forget to leave a comment below sharing your personal twist or any changes you made. Let’s cook and create together!