Greek Chicken

Dinner | January 19, 2016 | By

I’m all over chicken cooked outdoors with those beautiful grill marks, but right now I’m looking out at about 5 inches of snow with more coming our way and temps that won’t even see a high of 20° today. It’s Michigan and it’s winter. Enough said. That’s not to say that I’ve never stood at the grill in my warmest Eddie Bauer coat and boots lined with fur, nor am I above sending my husband out with a grill fork in hand either. Greek Chicken marinated in Greek yogurt (what else!) and some great spices gives you the look and flavor of grilled chicken while still in the comfort of your own kitchen in slippers or even your pj’s (who am I to judge?). It’s such a delicious throwback to warm summer days it’ll almost make you forget the cold, snowy weather outside.

Marinade:

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 – lemons, juiced and zested 
  • 1 tablespoon of Good Seasons Greek Dressing & Recipe Mix (see photo)
  • 1/3 cup of plain Greek yogurt
  • Salt and pepper

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Gather all the ingredients except the salt and pepper in a large zip lock bag, seal it and squish it around using your fingers until it’s all mixed together. 

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Trim the fat from 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts and cut them in half for faster cooking. Season each of them with salt and pepper, then make a few angular slices made across the top of each breast.

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Place the chicken breasts into the bag with the marinade with let them marinate at least a couple of hours up to overnight.

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Preheat the oven to 400°. You’ll be cooking in a large oven-safe skillet ~ if you don’t have one, TJ Maxx or Marshall’s sells them individually for under $15.00. You’ll never be sorry you invested in one. I’m forever transferring my oven-safe cookware from stovetop to oven. It makes cleanup so much easier and keeps all those yummy brown bits in the same pan.

Warm the large oven-safe skillet over medium-high heat and drizzle in a bit of olive oil. Slowly add the chicken pieces, letting them sear until you get a nice golden-y brown color, then turn and repeat. Greek Chicken

This is the color you’re going for ~ faux grilled! The chicken will not be cooked through at this point. Pop the skillet into the preheated oven and bake 10-13 minutes (depending on thickness) or until the chicken is cooked through.

I’ll show you my favorite way to enjoy this faux grilled Greek Chicken:

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It’s a make-your-own Greek Bar ~ pita, tzatziki (store bought or make your own), Feta cheese, chopped tomatoes, a side of rice and a couple wedges of lemon to squeeze on top. Opa!    

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