Oven Roasted Greek Chicken with Lemon Quinoa is the easiest weeknight dinner with great flavors that everyone loves. The bone in skin on chicken guarantees moist meat, and the marinade guarantees amazing flavor!
I’ve been making a point of trying to cook during the day when I can use natural light to photograph the food - not an easy thing to do because I don’t cook specially for this blog. I photograph what we are eating for dinner. Using natural light so much easier now that it’s summer and the light stays with us for so long. These photos, I think, look particularly nice with a beautiful natural light glow from one said and gorgeous contrasting shadows on the other. I’m a little proud of them. And trust me, this dinner was as delicious as it looks.
Roast chicken is quite possibly one of the oldest, most beloved easy dinners. I really wish I was more original, but I think roast chicken breasts is one of my signature dishes. I’ve worked it down to a science. I have great marinades that I know everyone loves, like this Lemon Garlic Roasted Chicken, and I can tell how long the breasts need to cook by their size so that it always comes out moist, juicy and flavorful. Do you want to know what my secret is? I have two - 1) I ALWAYS use bone in skin on chicken for roasting, and 2) I marinate the chicken for as long as possible. Twelve hours, Eighteen hours, the longer the better! Which makes this dinner even better, because you can do all the prep on the weekend or the night before, and it’s ready to be thrown in the oven as soon as you get home from work or when you get a second away from the kids.
Do you want to know what my secret is? I have two.
What Makes This Greek Chicken?
Good question. I’m calling this Oven Roasted Greek Chicken because I use a lot of traditional Greek flavors like oregano, lemon, onion and fresh parsley. It’s a very simple but very Mediterranean flavor profile. Some other Mediterranean flavors include mint, dill, and bay leaves. These flavors can be found in many different types of Mediterranean cuisines including Italian and French, not just in Greek dishes, but I tend to feel that when something highlights oregano, it leans toward the Greek side of things. What are your thoughts on that?
I served this oven roasted Greek chicken and lemon quinoa with a fresh tomato, cucumber, red onion and feta salad. Super fresh with complimentary flavors that go perfectly with Greek chicken. Other side dishes that would go well are my Simple Sauteed Veggies and my Thyme Zucchini with Parmesan.
If you like these kinds of flavors, check out these recipes from some other food bloggers:
Greek Quesadillas from Damn Delicious
Greek Grilled Chicken & Humus Wraps from Cooking Classy
One Pan Mediterranean Chicken & Potatoes from Cafe Delites
Do you have a signature dish that you love making at home? What is it? Tell me in the comments!
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