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Chicken with Olives and Lemons

This is Mediterranean chicken at its best!

Herbs combined with briny olives and tart lemons provide chicken with the “oomph” in this recipe that makes a tasty dinner for your family that is great for your friends too!

This is a tangy, healthy recipe slightly adapted from Cooking Light magazine.  Each chicken breast contains about 270 calories.  It’s delicious, "citrusy," garlicky baked chicken with olives adding a bit of saltiness.  The aromas coming from the oven weren’t bad either!

Chicken with Olives and Lemons


2 teaspoons lemon zest

¼ cup lemon juice

1 tablespoon olive oil

2 tablespoons minced garlic

4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves

Cooking spray

2 teaspoons chopped fresh oregano

½ teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary

1 teaspoon seasoned pepper

15 oil-cured olives, pitted and sliced in half*

1 large shallot, sliced

1 lemon, thinly sliced


Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Coat a 9” x 13” baking pan with cooking spray.

In a small bowl combine the first 4 ingredients.

Add chicken and marinate at room temperature for 5 minutes.

Sprinkle chicken with oregano and next 4 ingredients (through shallot.)

Top with lemon slices.

Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes.

Remove chicken from oven.

Preheat broiler to high.

Place chicken 3” from broiler element.

Broil on high until chicken is browned and done.

Serve with hot orzo or rice.

*Mine came from the deli  

It's a keeper!


  1. Pam, Great looking chicken dish with lots of flavor! My wife loves olives and I don't so she could have my share as well as hers... The calorie count is very positive too! Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

  2. This looks very inviting! No fresh herbs here. Well, there is thyme but it's under about four feet of snow--and more on the way.


  3. Dave, lucky wife!

    Bonnie, will it ever end.....!!!

  4. Chicken with lemons and olives are a marriage made in heaven. Yum.

  5. Hi there Pam....

    I suppose that with all the snow that you all have had, your feet rarely leave the kitchen....I know you are burning that stove up, making sure that everyone has plenty of comfort food to eat.
    You are right....this is a keeper! Great flavors have come together here...
    Y'all stay warm..

  6. All my favorite flavors, we might make this dish with pounded thighs, thanks Pam.

  7. Yum, yum! This is a keeper, Pam!

  8. I am looking for something fun to cook when we get home from our 3 week trip. This looks delicious.


  9. Hi Pam! Thank you for the lovely comment on our blog. This recipe sounds delicious and I bet it's great with fish too!

  10. Dear Pam, Healthy and delicious. Wonderful combo.
    Keep safe and warm and cozy.
    Blessings dear. Catherine xo

  11. Pam,
    This recipe looks wonderful, especially with the citrus to brighten things up. The olives help, too. Must try. Pinning. Stay warm!

  12. This is such a delicious meal Pam and as Greek I love all the flavors you added to these chicken fillets!

  13. I have a made a dish that is very similar to this, but it's been years... and I'm not sure why I haven't made it since!! Thanks for the reminder, will be making this very soon!!

  14. This sounds delicious Pam and these are some of my favorite flavors.

  15. We like lemon chicken so this looks like a sure-fire success. Thanks for sharing Pam.

  16. Wow that looks so good, all my favourite flavours looking out at me from that photo :-) Have a good week. Diane


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