For all the Chicken Souvlaki lovers, my Low Carb One Pan Greek Baked Chicken Dinner with Tzatziki Sauce is easy to whip up and won’t leave you with a sink full of dishes! It’s as healthy as it is delicious, and makes a great weeknight dinner.
One of my all-time favorite meals to get at a Greek diner is Chicken Souvlaki, served as a giant salad along with lettuce, tomato, cucumber, Kalamata olives, pepperoncini, feta cheese, pita bread, and Greek salad dressing. This Greek baked chicken dinner is reminiscent of that with marinated chicken, but it’s a bit heartier, with roasted veggies standing in for salad. I like to whip up a quick tzatziki to dollop on top. This meal is so full of flavors and textures, you won’t even miss the carbs!
How Long Does it Take to Bake Chicken in the Oven?
At 350F, I typically bake bone-in chicken breasts, drumsticks, and thighs for 40 to 60 minutes, depending on their size. Boneless chicken breasts cook quite a bit faster and only take about 30 minutes at 350F. When baking at 400F, boneless chicken breasts only take about 20 minutes; however, for this Greek baked chicken dinner I bake the boneless chicken on a bed of vegetables so they take about 30 minutes to fully cook.
For food safety reasons, be sure to cook your chicken to an internal temperature of 165F (use an instant-read thermometer and insert it into the thickest part of the meat without touching the bone). The juices should run clear and not pink.
What is Chicken Souvlaki?
Souvlaki is a Greek dish consisting of skewered meat. In Greece, the meat used is commonly pork, but chicken, beef, and lamb are also used. It can be served with pita bread and/or potatoes, as well as various sauces.
Greek restaurants here in the US commonly serve the skewered meat along with a salad of lettuce, tomato, cucumber, Kalamata olives, pepperoncini, feta cheese, pita bread, Greek salad dressing, and/or tzatziki sauce.
What Spices Are in Greek Seasoning Mix?
If you buy a store-bought Greek seasoning mix, it’s likely to contain a blend of onion, garlic, oregano, and possibly a touch of mint. When I make Greek seasoning at home, I like to add rosemary and sometimes dill, depending on what I’m making. For the best flavor I utilize fresh ingredients when possible, but if I only have dried on hand they work as well.
How to Make Greek Chicken
The key to making this melt-in-your mouth Greek baked chicken dinner is in the marinade! Fresh lemon juice tenderizes the meat, and olive oil and seasonings (like garlic, oregano, and rosemary) add flavor. Once the meat is marinated, you can cook it on a grill, in an oven, or on the stovetop.
Ingredients for Greek Chicken Marinade
I keep my marinade for Greek chicken simple and use just a few basic ingredients:
- Fresh lemon juice
- Extra-virgin olive oil
- Fresh oregano (or dried oregano)
- Fresh rosemary (or dried rosemary)
- Black pepper
How to Cook Greek Chicken
Greek chicken is fairly versatile in that it can be cooked several different ways. Here, I used the oven because it was convenient, but if it’s hot outside and you don’t want to heat up the kitchen, you can fire up the grill instead. Or cook the chicken in a pan (with a little oil) on the stovetop.
More One Pan Chicken Dinner Recipe Ideas:
- Sheet Pan Garlic Herb Butter Chicken & Potatoes from Café Delites
- Sheet Pan Korean Chicken and Vegetables from Dinner Then Dessert
- One Pot Brown Rice Pilaf with Chicken Sausage, Mushrooms, and Rosemary from An Edible Mosaic
Low Carb One Pan Greek Baked Chicken Dinner with Tzatziki Sauce
Greek Baked Chicken:
- 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into 2-inch strips
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 2 teaspoons minced fresh oregano or 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 2 teaspoons minced fresh rosemary or 1 teaspoon dried rosemary, plus a couple more sprigs
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 2 medium zucchini sliced
- 1 red bell pepper chopped
- 1 medium onion chopped
- 1/2 of an organic lemon sliced
- 1/4 cup black olives
- 4 oz feta cheese, cut into cubes
- For the Greek Baked Chicken, combine the chicken, lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, oregano, rosemary, salt, and black pepper in a zip-top plastic bag. Refrigerate 15 minutes so the chicken can marinate (or up to 2 days). While the chicken marinates, chop the vegetables.
- Preheat the oven to 400F. Toss the chicken together with all remaining ingredients for the baked chicken. Spread everything out in a 9 by 13-inch baking dish. Bake until the chicken is fully cooked and the vegetables are tender, about 30 minutes, tossing once halfway through.
- For the Tzatziki, stir together everything in a medium bowl and refrigerate until using (can be made and stored in the fridge up to 3 days ahead).
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