Greek salad with oregano marinated chicken

  • Preparation Time30 mins
  • Cooking Time15 mins
  • Serves4
  • DifficultyMedium

For the chicken

1 lemon, juiced
2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1 tsp dried oregano
A couple good pinches salt
10 grinds black pepper
4 (170 to 200g) boneless skinless chicken breasts

For the dressing

60ml extra-virgin olive oil
2 tbsp red wine vinegar
1 lemon, juiced
2 cloves garlic, smashed with the side of your chef's knife
1 tsp dried oregano
3 pinches salt
10 to 15 grinds black pepper

For the salad

2 to 3 hearts cos lettuce
1 English cucumber, peeled, cut in 1/2 lengthwise, then cut into 1-cm chunks
3 vine-ripened tomatoes (about 340g), cored and cut into 1-cm chunks
1/2 red onion, very thinly sliced
50g pitted kalamata olives, coarsely chopped
30g crumbled feta cheese
1) In a non-reactive dish, combine the lemon juice, olive oil, oregano, salt, and pepper and mix together. Add the chicken breasts to the dish and rub both sides in the mixture. Cover the dish with cling film and let marinate in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes and up to 4 hours.

2) Combine all the ingredients for the dressing in a resealable container and shake vigorously. Refrigerate until ready to serve, and then bring to room temperature before tossing salad.

3) Cut off any dark tips and the bitter white bottoms from the cos lettuce leaves. Cut the lettuce into 2.5-cm strips and place in a bowl that is large enough to hold all the salad ingredients comfortably. Scatter cucumber, tomatoes, red onion, olives, and feta over the top. You can prepare the salad up to a few hours in advance. Cover it with moist kitchen paper and refrigerate until 30 minutes before serving.

4) Heat a nonstick skillet or griddle pan over high heat. Add the chicken breasts and cook, turning once, until well browned, about 4 to 5 minutes on each side or until cooked through. Let the chicken rest on a cutting board for a few minutes before slicing it into thin strips.

5) Give the dressing a good shake and pour it into a nice serving bowl, using the lid to sieve out the garlic.

6) Toss salad just before serving and fan chicken out on top.

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