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This Mediterranean chicken thighs recipe is an easy and fast dinner that’s full of fresh flavors! Mix up the Mediterranean chicken marinade and marinate the chicken, then cook it and top it with simple, fresh toppings. You’re going to love it!
And if you love Mediterranean flavors, try my creamy Mediterranean chicken salad, easy collard green wraps, or chopped Mediterranean salad.
What Is Mediterranean Chicken?
This recipe for Mediterranean chicken thighs consists of a simple marinated chicken that’s topped with the best Mediterranean flavors: tomatoes, olives, red onions, feta cheese, and fresh basil!
Why You’ll Love This Mediterranean Chicken Recipe
- Bursting with Mediterranean flavors
- Juicy chicken + fresh toppings
- Just marinate, cook, and top!
- Ready in just 20 minutes
This section explains how to choose the best ingredients for Mediterranean style chicken, what each one does in the recipe, and substitution options. For measurements, see the recipe card below.
For the Mediterranean chicken marinade:
- Olive oil – Use extra virgin olive oil for best flavor.
- Balsamic vinegar – Use a high quality vinegar that doesn’t have added sugar.
- Garlic – Use fresh or jarred garlic.
- Sea salt & black pepper
- Italian seasoning – You can purchase it, but I like to make homemade Italian seasoning.
For the Mediterranean chicken:
- Chicken thighs – Use boneless, skinless thighs. Otherwise, bone-in will work as well, but you’ll need to cook them for a bit longer.
- Roma tomatoes – Or any other kind of tomato you like!
- Black olives – You can use regular black olives or even kalamata olives.
- Red onions – Red onions are the best for true Mediterranean dishes.
- Feta cheese – To easily make this Mediterranean chicken recipe dairy-free, skip the feta cheese.
- Fresh basil – Other fresh herbs are great too, like parsley or dill.
How To Make Mediterranean Chicken Thighs
This section shows how to make the best Mediterranean chicken with step-by-step photos and details about the technique, to help you visualize it. For full instructions, including amounts and temperatures, see the recipe card below.
- Mix up Mediterranean chicken marinade. In a large bowl, whisk together olive oil, balsamic, garlic, sea salt, black pepper, and Italian seasoning.
- Marinate chicken thighs. Marinate the chicken for at least an hour and up to 24 hours.
TIP: Don’t over-marinate. The maximum time is 24 hours; beyond that, they can get mushy.
- Cook chicken. Heat olive oil in a large skillet. Shake off any excess marinade from the thighs and place them into the skillet in a single layer. Sear on both sides.
TIP: Use an instant read meat thermometer to check that the chicken is done. Internal temperature should be 165 degrees F at the thickest part.
- Add toppings. Top with tomatoes, olives, onions, feta, and basil ribbons.
Store any leftovers in the refrigerator for 2-3 days. Wait to add toppings until right before serving.
Can you freeze Mediterranean chicken?
You can freeze the chicken for 2-3 months, but don’t freeze the toppings.
Reheat the Mediterranean chicken thighs in a hot skillet or microwave, without the toppings. Add toppings after reheating.
What To Serve With Mediterranean Chicken
- Roasted Asparagus
- Sauteed Zucchini
- Kale Crunch Salad
- Cucumber Noodle Salad
- Chopped Mediterranean Salad
- Greek Lemon Potatoes
- Baked Feta
More Easy Chicken Recipes
- Crispy Baked Chicken Legs
- Creamy Lemon Parmesan Chicken
- Grilled Bruschetta Chicken
- Pan Seared Chicken Breast
Tools To Make Mediterranean Chicken
- Large Skillet – A larger size gives chicken enough space to cook.
- Instant Read Meat Thermometer – Cook your Mediterranean chicken thighs perfectly with a meat thermometer, so you won’t overcook them.
Easy Mediterranean Chicken Recipe
Mediterranean Chicken Recipe
This Mediterranean chicken recipe takes just 20 minutes! These easy Mediterranean chicken thighs have a quick marinade and fresh, bright toppings.
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In a large bowl, whisk together the olive oil, balsamic, minced garlic, salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning for the marinade. Add the chicken thighs and move around to coat. Cover and marinate for at least 1 hour, up to 24 hours.
Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Shake off excess marinade from the chicken thighs and place them in a single layer on the skillet. Sear for 5-6 minutes per side (reduce heat if the chicken browns too much), until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F (74 degrees C).
Top the chicken with tomatoes, olives, onions, crumbled feta, and basil ribbons, in that order.
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Serving size: 2 chicken thighs with toppings
Note: nutrition is calculated with 1/3 of the marinade as the rest is discarded.
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Made this for dinner tonight and it was great! Mixed the seasoning without marjoram and sage because I was out. Used free range, organic chicken tenderloin cuts (smaller cuts than a filet). Let marinade 30 minutes, and added crumbled feta, chopped red onions and sun-dried tomatoes and a sprinkle of basil. Had with roasted vegetables, flat bread and Italian red wine (Cannonau from Sardegna). My wife normally does not prefer food cooked with olive oil — she grew up on a dairy farm — but she loved this!
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My daughter gave this recipe the thumbs up and keeps asking me to make it again. Very good find. So very tasty and easy to make. Next time I’m going to try it with chicken breast. I love chicken thighs but my husband and daughter are not very fond of them. Lol
We LOVE mediterranean food and this chicken was SO yummy! Hubby requested I make it again next week so I know it’s a win!
This was so delicious and packed with flavor! I will definitely make this again!
Feta Cheese and basil is my love language! This chicken was exquisite and it’s definitely going to be on repeat at my home. SO SO good!