For those of you who haven’t immediately scrolled to the bottom of this post to enter the so-amazing-I-can’t-contain-my-excitement giveaway (well done you because I would have!) I’ve got a little extra treat for you today.
Remember those six light & easy dinners in my last post? Well, this Greek lemon & oregano chicken with crispy potatoes is going to make the light & easy dinner tally seven. And boy, is this a good one! It’s so little effort to put together that you’ll be left wondering whether you’ve perhaps left out a step. And the taste … well. If you’ve ever been to Greece you’re likely to have had some version of this over there or at least seen other people eating it as it really is one of the most basic Greek classic home-cooked meals. As you take your first bite you’ll be transported right over to the shores of the Mediterranean to a cute little taverna with little blue wooden chairs and the sound of waves lapping against the shore.
OK, so I’m exaggerating a bit, but I must say that Mr. Scrummy and I were transported right back to our days in Athens when eating this lovely light and easy chicken dinner (I spent a very long time living in Greece which is why I tend to post Greek recipes here now and again – sorry if this is the fiftieth time you’ve read this here, but you know, just catering for new-comers and all …)
Preparing this dish really entails no more than heating up the oven to about 200C, popping some potato wedges into the oven with a little olive oil for about 20 minutes to start off the cooking process, then nestling some of those big chicken leg and thighs in between them before drizzling the whole lot with a mixture of olive oil, lemon juice and zest and dried oregano. Finally, grind over plenty of sea salt and black pepper, then chuck the whole lot back into the oven, go off and do your laundry, drink a glass of wine, watch TV, natter to a friend on the phone or whatever for 35 or 40 minutes and then come back and you’ve got yourself a beautiful dish of zingy, perfectly-cooked lemon chicken … and don’t forget those crispy potatoes. The juices from the chicken run into the potatoes and make them perfectly tasty and tender … and yet with plenty of yummy crispy bits as well. Don’t forget to scrape out all the juices and sticky bits from the bottom of the pan too as you serve this!
There’s really no wonder this meal is so popular in Greece. I can hardly imagine anyone not liking it and it wouldn’t be too much of an exaggeration to say I could eat it every day of the week without getting bored. Or at least a few days a week.
The very best way to serve this is with a nice big traditional Greek salad. Don’t leave out this part. Trust me on this one. It’s a tried and tested by myself and Mr. Scrummy about a hundred times (at least) and by at least 11 million Greeks about a thousand times each (at least) pairing. It works. And more on this in my next post because I get very upset about people not making Greek salads properly and would like to set you straight on that one … 😉
Scroll down to the end of the post for the recipe for the Greek lemon chicken, but maybe wait a bit because now …
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Good luck and see you later in the week for that Greek salad post!
- about 800 grams medium-sized potatoes, peeled & sliced into wedges
- olive oil (about ¼ cup plus a little extra)
- 2 large bone-in, skin-on chicken legs (the ones with both the leg & thigh)
- 1 lemon (zest & juice)
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- salt & black pepper
- Pre-heat the oven to 390F/200C (perhaps a little lower in a fan assisted oven).
- Put the raw potato wedges into a large baking dish or roasting pan (in one layer if you can – or not piled on top of each other too much). Drizzle with a little olive oil, toss with your hands and bake for about 20 minutes.
- Remove the potatoes from the oven and nestle the chicken in amongst them in the dish (be careful not to burn yourself on the dish like I did!) Poke the squeezed lemon halves in there as well - why not!
- Whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice & zest & oregano and drizzle all over the chicken and potatoes. Grind over plenty of salt and black pepper, then put the dish back in the oven and bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until the chicken juices run clear when you poke the meat with a knife.
- Serve with a big traditional Greek salad (see next post!)
I made this with big chicken legs, but you could easily use a whole chopped up chicken if you preferred, or even a whole chicken not chopped up – if you do this, just place the potatoes around the chicken and add them to the roasting pan at the beginning instead of pre-cooking them as in the recipe above.
Serve with a Greek salad of tomatoes, cucumber, onions, green peppers, black olives and a big slab of feta cheese. Sprinkle the salad with oregano and plenty of olive oil just before serving.
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