Photo: Johnny Autry; Styling: Mary Clayton Carl
Hands-on Time
8 Mins
Total Time
46 Mins
Serves 4 (serving size: 1 breast half, 1/4 lemon, and about 4 olives)

Briny olives and tart lemons combine with fresh herbs for a Mediterranean-influenced chicken dish. Serve with hot cooked orzo.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 400°.

Step 2

Combine first 4 ingredients in a large zip-top plastic bag. Add chicken to bag; seal. Shake to coat chicken. Marinate 15 minutes at room temperature. Arrange chicken mixture in a broiler-safe 11 x 7–inch glass or ceramic baking dish coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle chicken evenly with oregano and the next 4 ingredients (through shallot); top with lemon slices. Bake at 400° for 20 minutes.

Step 3

Remove chicken from oven. Preheat broiler to HIGH.

Step 4

Place chicken 3 inches from broiler element; broil on HIGH for 3 minutes or until chicken is browned and done.

Chef's Notes

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Ratings & Reviews

amil3s's Review

June 24, 2014
Made this twice now. Doesn't have enough flavor. Plus, the chicken under the lemon slices poaches in lemon juice and doesn't get that charred look like in the picture.

JessicaSophia's Review

January 30, 2014
I cut up a whole chicken and removed the skin to make this dish. It's got a great flavor, is so much faster to cook than a whole roast chicken, and looks gorgeous! The chicken stayed super-moist, and I like the quick broil at the end to brown it a bit. Will totally make again.

EllenDeller's Review

November 12, 2013
I rarely find a CL recipe we don't like, but this is one. The lemon and herbs are nice, but the chicken was dry and, despite the broiling, rather pale. The broiler also dried up what might have been some liquid--I would not call it a sauce--which made it more dry. I think we like chicken breast with some carmelization to it. In retrospect, I'd brown the breasts in some oil or butter first, then bake. I also think it needs a touch of sweetness, but I'm not sure what would fit the "Greek" profile here. I won't make this again.

Mcondon3's Review

June 24, 2013
The marinade is very good. This recipe does not lack in flavor! It's quick, flavorful, low fat and a health dinner option!

LauraJM's Review

November 14, 2012
I made this tonight when I was trying to figure out what to do with some chicken breast I had in the fridge. I used what I had on hand which meant: diced olives and thinly sliced onion in place of shallots. I also left out the zest because I was feeling lazy. I added some thinly sliced zucchini that I coated in a little bit of olive oil and salt. They were a delicious addition. The chicken baked for ~30 minutes and broiled for 2 but I used ~8oz breasts. If I served this to company I would marinate the chicken ahead of time or brine it as another reviewer suggested.

emdishner's Review

August 10, 2012
Had this with chicken and rock fish. really good.

RainerMarie's Review

June 19, 2012
I have made this several times!! The combination of Olives and Lemons is a perfect blend. I used Kalamata Gourmet Black Olives. When I make this, I make enough for leftovers so that I can make a homemade lemon flavored chicken noodle soup as well:) I side this dish with Lemon Lovers Asparagus;)

S0PRAN01's Review

June 14, 2012

liafinney's Review

May 25, 2012
Nice basic recipe, one which I do variations of from time to time. Halved recipe as it was only the 2 of us and I didn't want leftovers. I added some sundried tomatoes to pan before baking and sprinkled add'l rosemary and oregano over it when I was ready to serve. Served with orzo and some toasted pine nuts and a green salad with a basic EVOO & white balsamic vinegar dressing. Very pretty on the plate and nice tang in the mouth. I rarely marinate, simply because I don't think of it, but the taste of the lemon in the chicken will hopefully make me remember to think of it more often. I think this is something you could easily dress up for guests.

JeanE23's Review

April 20, 2012
Excellent. The chicken came out very moist and flavorful.