Even though there are countless ways to make chicken interesting, it's easy to fall into the habit of making the same recipe over and over. Why reinvent the wheel when you know the recipe by heart and can throw it together with ease? We're not here to tell you to change your ways, but we are here to tell you that mixing up your chicken game is easy and tasty beyond belief. (Not to mention, healthy.) These 17 Mediterranean diet chicken recipes are so good we insist you give 'em a go. We're guessing you won't look back.
How is it possible that something this beautiful only takes 15 minutes to make? (Talk about a great last-minute meal.) Its secret lies largely in the colorful toppings, a vibrant and flavorful combination of red onion, tomatoes, green olives, fresh parsley, and feta cheese. Though the chopping really doesn't take that long, you can always cut corners by tossing everything but the feta into a food processor. Add spinach for extra greens and sliced pepperoncini for a touch of heat.
As much as we'd like to live under the Tuscan sun, we'll settle for diving into this slow-cooker Tuscan stew. Full of hearty veggies like baby potatoes, carrots, onion, and garlic and livened up with fennel seeds and white wine, this stew is the perfect nourishing meal for a cold day or when your immune system (or gut) is in need of some TLC. We love that this recipe sticks to chicken thighs, making the meat that much juicier.
Pasta with tomato sauce is a simple staple all cooks should have in their repertoire. But if you're ready to take the next step—we say you are—then upgrade to this equally as easy chicken pasta bake. Chicken is marinated with artichoke juice, garlic, and oregano leaves to make it extra tasty, and the bake is stuffed with white beans for extra protein, Kalamata olives for a touch of salt, and mozzarella cheese to create melty perfection. This recipe is ideal for leftover lovers, as the flavors intensify when left in the fridge.
This four-ingredient recipe has our attention for so many reasons. One, it tastes like a pizza (but won't leave you feeling overstuffed). Two, all it takes is a few simple layers to make it just right (pesto, cheese, tomatoes, done). Three, it goes with just about any Mediterranean-style side (or piled on top of a scoop of farro or other whole grain). Could it get any easier or more delicious? We think not.
This chicken salad recipe can be modified to satisfy almost any diet. Want to keep it low-carb? Scoop it into lettuce cups. Craving something more hearty? Stuff it into a whole-wheat pita or add a generous dollop to a grain bowl. Prefer to eat Paleo? Use a Paleo-friendly mayo in place of the Greek yogurt. Filling, flavorful, fun... this recipe has it all. (It even has crunchy for crying out loud.)
Do pinwheels have you thinking of mayo-drenched, rubbery meat-stuffed deli counter buys? This recipe will get rid of that vision for good. Filled with peppery arugula, sun-dried tomato spread, grilled chicken (roasted or sautéed is fine too), provolone cheese slices, and a drizzle of thick balsamic, these Italian wraps transform pinwheels from no way to every day. For a little extra color—not that it needs it—use sun-dried tomato or spinach wraps in place of the lavash bread.
We'll never get enough of one-skillet wonders. With tart sun-dried tomatoes, juicy artichoke hearts, bitter capers, and freshly squeezed lemon, this Mediterranean diet chicken recipe certainly delivers when it comes to flavor. Serve with multicolored quinoa, wild rice, or on top of a pile of leafy greens to complete the meal. And feel free to throw in some chicken thighs for good measure—slash some juicier bites.
Don't save garlic yogurt sauce solely for meals out. The tangy sauce is super easy to make at home and is the perfect complement to these charred chicken kebabs. Made easily on a grill, grill pan, or simply in the oven, these kebabs are great for a simple dinner or for entertaining. Add mushrooms and artichoke for an extra dose of veggies and serve with a side of whole grains to make it extra Mediterranean (and filling).
Pasta salad doesn't have to be a soggy, sad mess. This recipe boasts more greens and veg than it does pasta, really punching up its weight when it comes to the whole salad part. We love the creaminess from avocado and feta cheese, the subtle crunch from cucumber, and that color burst from the arugula and sun-dried tomatoes. Pro tip: Sub in whole-wheat pasta for some extra fiber.
When this recipe says it's almost no work at all, it isn't kidding. As with most Instant Pot meals, it only requires throwing items in the pot and patiently awaiting the outcome—which, in this case, only takes 20 minutes. The stew-like tomato sauce makes the perfect topping for cauliflower rice, quinoa, or even pasta, and it tastes extra delicious with a sprinkle of freshly grated Parmesan cheese. It's dishes like these that make us super thankful the Mediterranean diet exists.
Mediterranean diet dishes often boast Italian flavors, but this recipe goes big on Greek with lemon, oregano, and plenty of garlic. We love that this recipe sticks to the basics—hearty carbs and lean protein—and leaves the rest to simple spices. That said, there's no harm in adding zucchini, broccoli, mushrooms, or other delicious veggies to the mix. (Extra nutrients never hurt anyone.)
If chicken thighs and pizza had a low-carb baby, this would be it. The bake starts with a layer of tomato sauce, which sautéed chicken thighs bask in to soak up all those tart juices. Artichokes and black olives add extra fiber and oomph, and of course, the bake is covered with plenty of shredded cheese and torn basil for that pizza-like flair. Will chicken ever be the same? We doubt it.
Is there anything more Mediterranean than a sky-high pile of fresh veggies and sliced cheese? This salad makes us think of days sitting next to the turquoise sea, noshing on local produce, and attempting to speak a new language. For the days we actually can't do that—which is, sadly, far too often—bite into this. We like swapping the bacon for prosciutto and cracking lemon pepper on top for a little extra somethin'. At least your taste buds can have a vacation.
Want to step away from the same ol' grains and average pasta? We say go for a pilaf, a Mediterranean spin on rice (or in this case, orzo). Cooked in sautéed onion juice and chicken broth, the orzo soaks up all kinds of flavor, meaning add-ins can be minimal. Sun-dried tomatoes, olives, and artichokes are classics, but feel free to substitute any veggies and cheese you have on hand. (Goat cheese works particularly well with this flavor combo.)
What makes this soup broth so delightfully creamy? Surprise: It's not actually dairy. In fact, chicken broth isn't even used to flavor this melt-in-your-mouth soup. Instead, egg yolks are used for the lemony color, and sautéed veggies and herbs give it its unforgettable flavor. Another incredible add-in: homemade dill and chive oil. But don't worry, even though it sounds fancy, it's easy to make: Just add herbs and oil to a food processor and pulse away.
We've talked a lot about oregano, fresh herbs, sun-dried tomato, and artichokes, but one of our absolute favorite Mediterranean meal ingredients is one we haven't mentioned yet: harissa. The delicious chili paste adds just the right amount of kick to chicken breasts (or thighs!) and the honey sweet potatoes. Serve on a pile of sautéed spinach, massaged kale, or arugula for some added greens.
This recipe is great for a quick snack (a filling one at that), last-minute meal, or on-the-go grub—as in, it's one of those perfect recipes worth memorizing. Greek yogurt and feta are mixed to create a thick, creamy sauce that won't soak through the wrap (phew), and roasted red peppers, shredded chicken, spinach and olives make up the rest. We love adding cucumber for some crunchiness and toasted seeds for some healthy, Mediterranean fats.