Some days put you in the mood for sizzling beef, a plate of Greek-style steak souvlaki with bell peppers, kalamata olives, and sun-dried tomatoes. Other days leave you craving a dish that is simpler, lighter and boasting only 4 fresh ingredients. If you are short on prep time, yet you want to dine well, this Greek-style roast chicken will hit the spot, all the while being friendly to your wallet. It gets bonus points for taking just 10 minutes to prepare.
Naturally, you can bake this roast chicken with drumsticks, though the thighs are so much tastier! Reserve the drumsticks for chicken coconut curry, a delightful, creamy dish with a sauce made of coconut milk and tomato. That dish has 12 ingredients, nowhere near the small number we are looking at here. Go easy on yourself and keep to the basics of cooking, stay focused on quality and purchase the best free-range chicken you can afford. It makes all the flavor difference in the world. Cherry tomatoes make for nice pre-sized bites, you can also add them to a matching and quick to prepare balsamic tomato and onion salad.
Olives are quite another story. We recommend black olives here, but really anything goes. Choose your favorite ones, or seek out new-to-you varieties and add them to the roast chicken dish whether they be Castelvetrano, Cerignola, Liguria, Gaeta or Amfissa olives.
Greek-Style Roast Chicken Recipe
Values are per portion. These are for information only & are not meant to be exact calculations.
- 8 chicken thighs, bone-in, skin on
- 2 cups cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
- 2 cups black olives
- 1 tbsp. fresh oregano leaves
- 2 tbsp. olive oil
- Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
- Preheat oven to 375 F.
- Place the chicken thighs on a baking dish.
- Drizzle olive oil all over the chicken and season to taste.
- Place in the oven and roast for 30 mins.
- Add the cherry tomatoes, olives, and oregano leaves.
- Return to the oven for another 15 to 20 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through.