my family’s Greek chicken and potatoes recipe

Recently, I conducted an impromptu poll on Instagram and asked if there’s any interest in me sharing my family’s Greek recipes. There was a resounding YES, so here we go! I don’t think many of you know this, but I am half-Greek thanks to my mom’s side of the family. I identify closely with the culture of Greece, especially the food… remember when I posted our avgolemono soup recipe? It’s just the ultimate comfort food. Today I wanted to share my favorite weeknight, easy dinner: Greek chicken and potatoes. Sean and I eat least once a week usually and we love how it’s so easy to get a hearty meal with very little effort.

my family's greek chicken and potatoes recipe, an easy weeknight dinner. one pot meal with fresh herbs, lemon, mini potatoes, and chicken legs. #recipe #greekfood #greekrecipe #greekchicken #chickenrecipe #roastchicken

Greek Chicken and Potatoes (serves two)

Ingredients

  • 1.5 lbs chicken (I prefer bone in, skin on legs)
  • 1.5 pounds baby potatoes
  • 1/4 cup fresh oregano
  • 1/4 cup fresh thyme
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 lemons
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • feta (optional, but come on!)

Directions

Preheat the oven to 375. Wash the potatoes and rinse the chicken then pat dry. In a shallow pan (I used this cast iron pan) drizzle some olive oil. Cut the baby potatoes into quarters and add them to the pan. Toss the potatoes in the olive oil. Place chicken thighs on top of  the potatoes and drizzle the skin with more olive oil. Squeeze the juice of one lemon over the entire pan. Coarsely chop the fresh herbs, mince the garlic and sprinkle over the potatoes and chicken. Season with salt and pepper. Slice the second lemon into rounds and place on top of the potatoes. Roast for approximately 45 minutes, checking the internal temperature of the chicken before removing. Also, you may want to test a potato with a fork to ensure it’s soft enough! Serve with crumbled feta to sprinkle on top.

my family's greek chicken and potatoes recipe, an easy weeknight dinner. one pot meal with fresh herbs, lemon, mini potatoes, and chicken legs. #recipe #greekfood #greekrecipe #greekchicken #chickenrecipe #roastchicken

Can we talk briefly about the epic crispy skin that this recipe creates?? In my book, one of life’s best luxuries is perfectly cooked, crispy chicken skin. While I much prefer dark meat in general, you can also make this recipe with white meat. I’d suggest tenting foil over the pan to help maintain moisture in the chicken. If you end up making my family’s recipe, definitely be sure to let me know!

Photography & styling by Jojotastic, recipe adapted from my grandma’s notes.

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