Simple marinated citrus Greek chicken with a two ingredient sauce. It’s perfect all year round and you only need one skillet to make dinner in 30 minutes!
I know this is lame, but I really don’t care for Valentines Day. I think it’s kind of lame. I’d rather spend all year making my husband feel loved. And now thanks to social media it has become even more over the top. Everyone is trying to go big and I’d rather do little things for the family. Then there’s the singles. We’ve all been there. Valentines day is more like singles awareness day than anything else. And the poor men. What pressure they are under to suddenly become romantic.
Don’t even tell me to go out to a restaurant either. Heck. No. The lines are ridiculous! Every time we drive past a place and see the wait we think, seriously? Don’t do it!!! Just stay in or celebrate another day!
I know, I sound crabby, but I just think it’s silly.
Our family is big on showing love even if I don’t sound like it. Notes hidden in coats, heart attacked rooms, surprise dates, the list goes on forever. One thing I really enjoy is making a fancier meal and getting the table all gussied up just for our little family. This citrus Greek chicken looks like something you’d be served in your favorite restaurant on Valentines day, but it’s the easiest recipe ever.
However, I’ve got rules so listen up!
Boneless, skinless chicken breasts should not be overcooked. Ever. Here’s a really simple way to have perfectly cooked, perfectly moist chicken every single time.
I cringe when I hear about breasts in the oven for an hour or a half hour on the stove top. Please, please don’t do that. Your dinners will be 100 times better if you cook the chicken properly.
Marinated meat is an easy way to have flavor without extra calories or effort, but it must have time. We like to marinate our chicken at least two hours or up to overnight. You pick what works for you.
And finally, oil packed sun dried tomatoes should always be in your fridge. They are amazing. The end.
Why Do You Marinate Chicken?
Marinade adds flavor to meats and makes them more tender.
Marinade allows fluids and seasonings to enter the meat so it will maintain its moisture during grilling and not dry out as quickly.
Can You Use Fresh Tomatoes in Place of Sun Dried Tomatoes?
Sun dried tomatoes have a very tart, concentrated flavor which will enhance the flavor of your dish.
However, if you do not have sun dried tomatoes, you can substitute either drained canned tomatoes or fresh plum tomatoes, seeded and chopped.
Or, you can roast tomatoes until they are nearly dry.
Citrus Greek Chicken
Citrus Greek Chicken
- 4 Chicken Breasts, boneless, skinless
- 1/3 Cup Olive Oil
- 1/3 Cup Orange Juice
- 1 Tablespoon McCormick Greek Seasoning, see note
- 2 Teaspoons Salt
- Pinch of Pepper
- 2 Cloves Garlic, minced
For the Sauce
- 3/4 Cup Oil Packed Sun-dried Tomatoes, drained
- 1 Cup Orange Juice
- In a large ziploc bag, add the chicken, olive oil, orange juice, seasoning, salt, pepper and garlic.
- Seal and squish the bag all over to coat the chicken.
- Refrigerate for 2 hours or up to overnight.
- Heat a grill pan over high heat.
- Add a drizzle of olive oil and add the chicken.
- Quickly turn down to medium low and cook for 6-7 minutes.
- Turn the chicken and cook an additional 6-7 minutes or until cooked through.
- Remove from pan.
- Add the sun-dried tomatoes and orange juice and allow to simmer for 2-3 minutes then pour the sauce over the top of the chicken or add the chicken to the pan.
- Allow to rest for 2 minutes and serve.
Panko Chicken With Lemon Cream Sauce
This was fantastic! I served it alongside spinach ravioli bathed in pesto and spinach, and the whole plate topped with the orange tomato sauce…so freakin’ delicious!
This sounds AMAZING!! Thank you so much for the feedback and I’m so glad you enjoyed it!
Truly amazing recipe. It has instantly become one of my favorites. I already posted here, but it didn’t give my rating. Thank you for sharing this delightful meal!
Thank you for taking time to leaving a rating Krystal!
Licked the pan. That’s how incredible this recipe is!
I lick the pan too! So dang good! Thanks for the support!
I want to try this recipe with Shrimp instead of chicken. Have you ever done it with shrimp or any seafood?
We haven’t tried it with any seafood but I imagine it could be fantastic. If you try it please let us know!
Could I bake the chicken if I needed to make 8 breasts at the same time? I’ve made this several times on the stove perfectly and we LOVE it!
Absolutely! 350 for 30 minutes! 🙂
You can’t go wrong with sun-dried tomatoes! Looks very flavorful.
We agree, they are our favorite!
Sounds great, but what would you recommend for side dishes?
Thank you! We have this salad which would be great, https://ohsweetbasil.com/greek-salad-recipe.html or roasted potatoes are always wonderful! https://ohsweetbasil.com/honey-roasted-red-potatoes.html
Oh! That salad looks perfect! I’ll be trying this recipe and the salad for this summer for the Greek side of the family when they visit. For potatoes I’m going to try a lemon potato recipe to go with it.
True, there’s no need to go in restaurant to make the dinner special, we can make it on our own at home. OK, sometimes it is not so special for the cook in charge, because cooking fancy, complex dishes tend to produce stress. You’ve just made the point with this recipe, we need to simplify those home events. Simple ingredients combined with lots of love and everybody will enjoy.
Love the way you cook the chicken. Nothing can make the dinner special if the meat is overcooked, which happens a lot with chicken breasts. What I usually do is to brown the chicken for 1-2 minutes each sides, then simmer with vegetables covered for 30 minutes.
Can you make this in slow cooker?
Absolutely! Just proceed as normal and throw it all in together!
How long would you cook it in the slow cooker on low or high? Thx.
Hi Gail, I love slow cooking so I would do love for 4-5 hours or high if in a rush for 3.
I can’t wait to make this! Is the Greek Seasoming a dry mix? I’ve never seen such a thing. Seems I’m always mixing my own. Thank you!
Hi Denise! We found it in the spices section of our store. It’s the McCormick brand. 🙂
I love these flavors! Sun-dried tomatoes are the best!
This looks and sounds delicious, into next week’s meal plan it goes! Quick clarification though….is the orange juice from the orange or orange juice that you drink?
Actually, either is fine. I use Simply Orange orange juice if I don’t have the fruit on hand. 🙂
Marisa Franca @ All Our Way
I am totally with you!! We don’t give each other cards, candy, or gifts but we do give each other love, respect, and honor every single day. After 46 years we tell each other “I love you” every day and say thank you for the small considerations. Your chicken recipe sounds fantastic. Have a wonderful day.
Well yay!! I feel like we are the only ones not going crazy!