Poultry Essentials: Mediterranean Style Chicken

Andy Anderson !


This recipe will work with thighs, legs, or breasts; however, because of the difference in cooking times, I would suggest using one type. In this recipe, I’ve chosen chicken thighs.

This is what I would define as a simple throw-together type of recipe. But even though the ingredients are simple, the taste is divine.

So, you ready… Let’s get into the kitchen.


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15 Min
40 Min



  • 4 medium
    chicken thighs, bone-in, skin on
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    salt, kosher variety, to taste
  • ·
    black pepper, freshly ground, to taste
  • 1 Tbsp
    grapeseed oil
  • 2 medium
    shallots, diced
  • 3 clove
    garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp
  • 1 tsp
    crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp
    dried oregano
  • 1/2 c
    kalamata olives, sliced
  • 1 1/2 c
    chicken stock, not broth
  • 1/2 medium
    lemon, thinly sliced
  • 12 - 14 small
    cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 Tbsp
    olive oil, extra virgin
  • 2 Tbsp
    sweet butter, unsalted

  • ·
    long-grained white rice
  • ·
    basil leaves, freshly torn, for garnish (optional)
  • ·
    feta cheese, for garnish (optional)

How to Make Poultry Essentials: Mediterranean Style Chicken


  2. Gather your ingredients (mise en place).
  3. Place a rack in the middle position, and preheat the oven to 400f (205c).
  4. Season the chicken thighs with a bit of salt and pepper.
  5. Add the grapeseed oil to an ovenproof skillet over medium heat.
  6. Add the chicken thighs to the skillet and brown, about 2 minutes per side.
  7. Remove the chicken and reserve.
  8. Remove all but a scant teaspoon of the oil, then add the shallots, and sauté until softened, about 2 – 3 minutes.
  9. Add the garlic, capers, chili flakes, oregano, and Kalamata olives.
  10. Sauté for an additional 2 – 3 minutes.
  11. Add the chicken stock, lemon slices, and the cherry tomatoes.
  12. Allow to simmer for 2 – 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  13. Nest the chicken thighs back into the pan.
  14. Brush the tops with a bit of olive oil, and maybe a bit of additional pepper.
  15. Place in the preheated oven, and bake uncovered for 30 to 40 minutes.
  16. Remove the chicken from the pan, and then remove the lemon slices... whisk in the butter, 1 tablespoon at a time.
  18. Place some rice on a plate, add a chicken thigh, drizzle with the sauce, add a few pieces of torn basil, and maybe some crumbled feta. Enjoy.
  19. Keep the faith, and keep cooking.

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About Poultry Essentials: Mediterranean Style Chicken

Course/Dish: Chicken
Main Ingredient: Chicken
Regional Style: Mediterranean
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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