Greek Salsa Chicken

Greek Salsa Chicken topped with feta cheese, olives and tomatoes. This is one of my favorite weeknight recipes. This delicious dinner comes together in under an hour. I have sort of a love/hate relationship when it comes to chicken. I love that it is inexpensive and there are so many different recipes to make chicken incredible. On the other hand, I hate chicken because it is so easy to cook a bad piece. A dry piece of chicken will just not do! I rely on my meat thermometer to tell me when the chicken is done. If you do not have a meat thermometer, I highly suggest that you buy one. They are inexpensive and using it will always produce a juicy and delicious piece of meat. These chicken breasts are roasted in lemon juice, keeping the chicken super moist and flavorful. I usually serve it with oven roasted potatoes and a garden salad. Next time you are wondering what to make on a busy weeknight, remember this recipe…you won’t be disappointed! :)

 

Greek Salsa Chicken

Yield: 6 servings

Ingredients:

For the Salsa:
4 ounces crumbled feta cheese
1 cup halved grape or cherry tomatoes
1/4 cup pitted kalamata olives
1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tablespoon freshly chopped oregano
For the Chicken:
6 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (7 ounces each)
pepper to taste
kosher salt to taste
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 lemons, cut into wedges

Directions:

Preheat oven to 450°.
In a large bowl, combine feta, tomatoes, olives, parsley, lemon juice, 1/4 cup olive oil and oregano. Cover and chill in refrigerator.
Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large roasting pan over medium-high heat. Season chicken with kosher salt and pepper. Sear chicken, about 1-2 minutes each side; remove from heat.
Squeeze lemon wedges over chicken to coat. Place the squeezed lemon wedges around the chicken breasts. Roast until chicken reaches an internal temperature of 160°, about 25-30 minutes. Transfer chicken and lemons to a large platter. Top with salsa.

45 Responses to “Greek Salsa Chicken”

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    Stephanie @ okie dokie artichokie — February 8, 2011 @ 8:05 am

    Those humungo chunks of feta cheese look divine! What a healthful, well-rounded meal. I love side of crunchy potatoes, too. :-)

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    Lindsay @Eat, Knit, Grow — February 8, 2011 @ 8:17 am

    That looks delicious! I couldn’t agree more about the meat thermometer, definitely a dinner saver!

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    Judimae — February 8, 2011 @ 8:24 am

    Beautiful photo of a wonderful looking dish. Easy instructions and probably tastes like a million — a must try for me. Thanks!

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    The Food Hound — February 8, 2011 @ 8:41 am

    Feta, lemon, tomatoes and olives would make shoe leather taste good :) Here’s hoping I never again have to eat a chicken breast the texture of shoe leather!! I need to get better about using my meat thermometer, clearly!!

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    Nina — February 8, 2011 @ 8:45 am

    This looks *so* delicious, I could have some for breakfast now! Those are three of my favorite flavors – feta, tomatoes and kalamata olives. You are *so* right about the thermometer. Everyone should have that as a kitchen staple!!

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    This Italian Family — February 8, 2011 @ 8:49 am

    This looks so very tasty! Thanks for sharing this recipe!

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    Tes — February 8, 2011 @ 9:24 am

    Wow this looks so amazing! Your salsa chicken looks so fresh and healthy. I need to try this soon :)

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    AliGirl Cooks — February 8, 2011 @ 9:46 am

    I think I should just spend time cooking all of your recipes! You post such delicious food!

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    Cara — February 8, 2011 @ 10:23 am

    That looks awesome and right up my alley! This may be dinner sometime this week! Thanks for sharing! :)

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    Sara — February 8, 2011 @ 11:01 am

    This meal looks so delicious – reminds me of summer, which is a good thing when it’s 30 degrees outside!

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    megan @ whatmegansmaking — February 8, 2011 @ 11:12 am

    I don’t like olives, but I love feta cheese, so I think I”ll try this! The potatoes look great too!

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    Kristen@PrettySweet — February 8, 2011 @ 7:03 pm

    Always looking for different chicken entrees! Thanks for the ideas. =) This is another that I’m filing away to try…

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    sheila @ Elements — February 8, 2011 @ 7:41 pm

    Perfect! It doesn’t get any better than this! :)

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    ezsrecipes — February 8, 2011 @ 8:06 pm

    Oh man this looks sooooo good. I love Greek flavors so this sounds perfect!

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    UrMomCooks — February 8, 2011 @ 9:16 pm

    Pretty much olive oil, lemon and feta are a cook’s best friend! This looks wonderful-I am making it soon! Scrumptious picture!

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    Linda Hill — February 8, 2011 @ 9:35 pm

    Another winning recipe and yet so simple. Beautiful picture!

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    Cakewhiz — February 9, 2011 @ 1:01 am

    Fantastic picture and this looks like a very hearty, healthy meal.

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    Mary — February 9, 2011 @ 1:27 am

    The ingredients you’ve used guarantee a lovely meal. This sounds and looks delicious. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary

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    Lucie — February 9, 2011 @ 3:38 am

    I love recipes like this one: super simple yet fresh-tasting and really satisfying!

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    lena — February 10, 2011 @ 7:52 am

    this looks absolutely inviting! can i chk with you regarding crumbled feta cheese, is it the same as the normal feta cheese?..not too familiar with this though..

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    Holly Owens — January 31, 2012 @ 8:43 pm

    Made this tonight and I thought it was great! I substituted the kalamata olives for capers because its all I had on hand and served it over angel hair because I had some left over from the night before. It was delicious, I loved all the flavors together. I will definitely make it again!

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    Nicole — January 31, 2012 @ 10:32 pm

    I made this tonight with parmesan lemon brown rice…It was amazing! Thank you for sharing!!

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    thegozes — February 13, 2012 @ 2:43 pm

    I made this for dinner over the weekend and it was fantastic! The cold leftovers were even better. Thanks for sharing!

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    Julie — February 15, 2012 @ 5:22 pm

    I love greek food and this recipe surely fulfills my cravings for it! The salsa that goes on top of the chicken is delicious!! Will definitely make this recipe again!

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    Karen Stoud — February 18, 2012 @ 7:00 pm

    This is a great recipe! Tried it tonight and we loved it.

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    RO — March 20, 2012 @ 5:03 pm

    I made this for dinner tonight. Yum yum! Added 1 clove minced garlic to both salsa & chicken. Next time I will cut lemon by half. Loved the fresh taste of the Greek salsa!

    • Christina replied: — March 27th, 2012 @ 7:59 pm

      So glad to hear you enjoyed the chicken! Thanks so much for letting me know how it turned out for you! :)

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    MommyHatesDora — March 25, 2012 @ 11:43 am

    This was simply fantastic! Being a sandwich addict, I enjoyed it even more as a pita filling :) Sliced the chicken, added some lettuce & red onions – a bunch of the Greek Salsa. Yum, Yum, Yum, Yum, Yum – Delicioso!

    • Christina replied: — March 27th, 2012 @ 7:47 pm

      Yea! I am so glad to hear that you enjoyed the chicken. I will have to try it stuffed into a pita…I bet it was delicious! :)

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    Dawm — July 4, 2012 @ 4:02 pm

    Just made this to take to 4th July BBQ, very easy especially if you sear the chicken in a big roaster that you can just put in the oven, less mess that way. Thanks for an easy healthy recipe

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    danielle blevins — August 16, 2012 @ 7:59 pm

    I made this for dinner tonight and my entire family LOVED it! I used only one lemon total because we are not lemon fans, I also used a clove of garlic while cooking the chicken and another clove in the salsa, will be making this again soon!

    • Christina replied: — August 17th, 2012 @ 11:22 pm

      Yea! I am so happy to hear that you enjoyed the chicken! Thanks so much for letting me know how it turned out for you! :)

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    Lina M. — September 13, 2012 @ 3:20 pm

    THIS IS AWESOME. I have made it a few times for my family and we love the “salsa” so much that we make it to snack on with pita chips.I add a touch or red wine vinegar (like 1/2 a teaspoon) for an extra greek kick. Amazing.

    • Christina replied: — September 14th, 2012 @ 9:39 pm

      Lina,

      I am so happy to hear that you enjoyed the salsa! I will have to try it with the splash of red wine vinegar next time. Sounds great! :)

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    Audrey R. — September 22, 2013 @ 2:36 pm

    I made this recipe last night and it was amazing! So easy, refreshing and juicy!
    I tweaked it a bit, taking out the olives (I’m not a fan) and after mixing the tomatoes in the lemon sauce, I squeezed the seeds of each and oven roasted the tomatoes before adding them into the sauce again.
    Also I added basil.
    It was so good!

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    Judi — January 14, 2014 @ 4:49 pm

    This was fantastic. Served it for dinner tonight with some herb noodles. My boys (including hubby) loved it. I didn’t have kalamata olives on hand so I used black olives instead, I am certain the Kalamata would add so much more. Thanks for posting this recipe.

    • Christina replied: — January 15th, 2014 @ 11:29 am

      Judi,
      I’m so excited to hear that you enjoyed the chicken! I love the idea of serving it with some herb noodles. Thanks so much for letting me know how it turned out for you!! :)

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