Sheet Pan Greek Chicken is the perfect healthy weeknight meal! It requires so little effort but packs in a ton of savory flavor.
This just might be my new favorite sheet pan meal…which is saying something!
Chicken thighs cook alongside red onion, kalamata olives, artichoke hearts and thinly sliced lemon. It is full of savory flavor and completely satisfying. This chicken is beautiful over angel hair pasta but it would also be tasty over rice or zoodles. Or, add some potatoes to the sheet pan for a truly one-pan meal.
No matter how you decide to serve the Greek chicken, I hope you love it!
Easy Sheet Pan Greek Chicken
- 1 red onion
- 1 1/2 # boneless, skinless chicken thighs
- 1 lemon
- 1 jar pitted, kalamata olives
- 1 jar marinated artichoke hearts
- 12 oz angel hair pasta (or SUB gluten free pasta or new potatoes)
- 2 T olive oil
- S&P to taste
- Preheat the oven to 375 F.
- Slice red onion.
- Slice 1 lemon into thin slices.
- Toss chicken thighs & the sliced red onions w/ 2T olive oil. Place both on a sheet pan and sprinkle w/ S&P.
- Add ~1 cup olives and 1 cup drained artichokes to the pan nestled around the chicken. Place lemon slices over the top.
- Bake ~35 mins until the chicken is cooked.
- Cook angel hair pasta according to package directions.
- Remove lemon slices. Spoon chicken mixture over pasta.
What is the nutrition like in this sheet pan Greek chicken?
For a meal this quick and easy, it packs in quite a bit of nutrition! Here are some of the nutritional benefits from this sheet pan Greek chicken:
Onion (Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, Folate, Potassium, Antioxidants)
Did you know that the humble onion is actually packed with antioxidants? Onions also have vitamin C, vitamin B6, folate and potassium. Onions are a super budget friendly way to add some extra vitamins to your diet.
Chicken (Protein, Iron, Zinc, Selenium, B Vitamins)
Chicken breast is a great choice for anyone wanting to increase the protein in their diet without substantially increasing fat intake. However, while dark meat, like the chicken thighs in this recipe, is higher in fat, it also contains more vitamins and so has nutritional benefits of its own.
Lemon (Vitamin C, Beneficial Plant Compounds (hesperidin & diosmin))
Just one lemon provides 51% of the daily recommended vitamin C. This is important not only to fight colds, but for long term health as studies show consuming produce with vitamin C helps prevent heart disease and stroke. Consuming lemons can also help protect against anemia and kidney stones. The plant compounds hesperidin and diosmin may also help lower cholesterol.
Olives (Vitamin E, Iron, Calcium, Antioxidants, Healthy Fats)
The healthy fats in olives make them beneficial for heart health. Olives are also quite low carb, so great for any keto or low carb eaters. Eating olives may help reduce inflammation and support bone health.
Artichokes (Folate, Vitamin K, Vitamin C, Potassium, Magnesium)
In addition to vitamins and nutrients, artichokes provide significant amounts of fiber. Artichokes may help increase good cholesterol, also known as HDL cholesterol. They may also benefit blood sugar regulation, liver health and digestion. Some of these benefits are based on consuming artichoke extract though, which offers higher levels nutrients.
Olive Oil (Monounsaturated Fats – Oleic Acid, Antioxidants, Vitamin E, Vitamin K)
Due to the type of fat it contains, oleic acid, olive oil may reduce inflammation. It also may help reduce the risk of Alzheimer's, stroke and heart disease. Make sure to get high quality extra virgin olive oil, as it retains more antioxidants and nutrients.
Variations & Tips on How to Make Greek Chicken
Here are a few tips on how to make Greek chicken, as well as variations you can try to make this gluten free, paleo, low carb, etc.!
- Mix up the olives: Kalamata olives are delicious here but you can also use green olives if you prefer.
- Switch the base: Use gluten free pasta, quinoa or rice to make this gluten free. Serve over zoodles or cauliflower rice to make the dish paleo or low carb. You can also serve over potatoes!
- Add fresh herbs: If you have any extra herbs lying around, sprinkle some on top of the finished dish! Fresh parsley or oregano would be so good here.
- Sprinkle with feta: Once you top your pasta with the Greek chicken, sprinkle on some crumbled feta cheese if you enjoy dairy.
Want more tips on making delicious sheet pan meals? Check out my video with my best tips!
Can I meal prep this Greek chicken pasta?
Yes, you can absolutely meal prep this Greek chicken pasta. However, it comes together so quickly, it really requires very little prep.
I recommend you slice the red onion ahead of time. Even if you don't do a long meal prep session each week, washing and chopping your produce ahead of time is so much more efficient! That way you only have to get out your cutting board and knife once. Having everything chopped ahead goes a long way toward making dinnertime easy.
Want to make it even easier on yourself? Take just a few minutes to learn the right way to chop an onion! Trust me, this is so worth it as you'll save a ton of time in the long run. If you want to improve your knife skills, I actually have a whole series of videos on how to best chop fruits and veggies.
Once you've chopped your onion and stored in the fridge, dinner will come together super quickly on the night you plan to serve. Simply toss everything with the olive oil, salt and pepper and place on the sheet pan. You can cook the pasta while the chicken is in the oven.
You can of course also make the entire dish ahead of time, perfect to bring for lunches or if you get home late from work and need something ready to go when you walk in the door.
I want more healthy sheet pan dinners!
You're in luck! I recently put together a roundup of 9 healthy sheet pan dinners. It includes meal prep dinners with chicken, pork, steak, seafood and even vegetarian options.
Want to know my favorite sheet pan to use? Check out this episode of my podcast, Meal Prep Monday, where I share my all time favorite pans in terms of both quality and safe cooking.
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