Baked Greek Chicken

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Baked Greek Chicken

Baked with Greek herbs, olives, and a creamy eggplant topping, this chicken is equal parts delicious comfort food and easy one-pot dinner. And if you can’t get enough, it’s also good as leftovers the next day, on top of some more salad greens, or maybe with a big bowl of soup.

The recipe calls for some baba ghanoush, a creamy eggplant dip that tastes similar to hummus, but isn’t made with legumes. If you’re very lucky, you’ll be able to find a Paleo-friendly version of this in a store, but for most people, the homemade route is the only way to avoid a whole bunch of junk oils and added preservatives. There’s a recipe for this right here; it’s not very difficult, but it does take some time, so if you’re in a hurry, you can skip it altogether.

Even if you do end up leaving out the baba ghanoush, though, the chicken is still loaded with flavor thanks to a simple but powerful Greek seasoning. You’ll even have leftover seasoning to use on your next batch of chicken or baked fish. Also, because it’s all herbs, it’s actually autoimmune-friendly as well as delicious. To modify the recipe for an autoimmune diet, just leave out the baba ghanouj, paprika, and cherry tomatoes: the dish will be a little different, but you’ll still get most of the flavor and all the convenience. Enjoy!

Baked Greek Chicken Recipe

Servings SERVES: 4Preparation time PREP: 15 min.Cooking time COOK: 30 min.

Ingredients

  • 3 large chicken breasts, cut into large chunks;
  • Zest and juice of 1 lemon;
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil;
  • 1 red onion, cut into slices;
  • ⅓ cup pitted kalamata olives;
  • 2 tsp. Greek seasoning (instructions below);
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled;
  • ½ cup baba ghanoush (optional);
  • 1 tsp. paprika;
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes;
  • 1 tbsp. balsamic vinegar;
  • Baby spinach;
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper;

Ingredients for the Greek seasoning

  • 1 ½ tsp. dried oregano;
  • 1 tsp. dried thyme;
  • ½ tsp. dried basil;
  • ½ tsp. dried marjoram;
  • ½ tsp. dried minced onion;
  • ¼ tsp. dried minced garlic;
Chicken preparation

Preparation

  1. Preheat your oven to 450 F.
  2. Combine all the ingredients for the Greek seasoning in a small bowl.
  3. Coat the chicken on both sides with the Greek seasoning plus salt and pepper to taste.
  4. In a bowl, combine the lemon zest, olive oil, red onion, olives, and garlic, and toss to coat.
  5. Place the onion mixture in the bottom of a baking dish, and top with the chicken pieces.
  6. Spread the baba ghanoush over top of the chicken, drizzle with lemon juice, and top with a dash of paprika.
  7. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes; then add the tomatoes and drizzle with balsamic vinegar.
  8. Bake for another 15 minutes.
  9. Serve on a bed of baby spinach.

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