This sheet pan Greek-style chicken dinner is delicious, healthy, and easy to make. It’s packed full of Mediterranean flavors, and everything bakes to perfection in the oven on a sheet pan.
Hi, Cousins—here’s another one of my sheet pan dinners! This Greek-inspired one-dish meal is one the entire family is sure to enjoy. You don’t have to prepare any side dishes (unless you want to) as it has both protein and veggies. Maybe just some garlic bread, rice, or a grain. This recipe is also easy to double!
What Is a Sheet Pan Greek Chicken Dinner?
Sheet pan dinners are an easy way to cook a delicious and healthy meal with minimal effort. The chicken is marinated in an olive oil-based Greek marinade, which is also used to coat the vegetables. The vegetables are roasted alongside the chicken to bring out their natural flavors while the chicken cooks evenly and perfectly. The end result is a flavorful, nutritious meal that is sure to please everyone at the dinner table.
What Makes This Recipe Greek?
One of the many fun things about exploring international cuisine is that you will learn to combine ingredients you know in new ways! If you are a foodie or home chef, you will likely recognize all of the ingredients on the ingredient list below. Not to worry if you haven’t cooked with kalamata olives or feta cheese before, as they are super easy to use.
Sheet Pan Greek Chicken Ingredients and Shopping List
Greek Marinade Ingredients
- Olive oil—you will need 3/4 cup, preferably extra virgin if you have it.
- Lemons—the juice of one full lemon, and one sliced lemon with the peel on.
- Garlic—a tablespoon of minced garlic, more if you and your family love garlic.
- Thyme—2 teaspoons dried thyme. If you have an herb garden use 6 teaspoons of fresh thyme.
- Greek-inspired spices
- Dijon mustard—for Dijon creaminess and a spicy kick.
- Salt and pepper—to balance out and enhance all the ingredients.
Sheet Pan Chicken Ingredients
- Chicken thighs—a pack of 4 or 6 bone-in and skin-on for maximum flavor.
- Zucchini—3 medium-sized zucchini, green or yellow, or a mix of both.
- Red and orange bell pepper—2 of each (4 total) chopped into 1-inch slices.
- Cherry tomatoes—1 pint of cherry tomatoes.
- Kalamata olives—make sure they are pitted.
- Feta Cheese—1/2 cup of crumbled feta cheese to garnish once baked.
- Fresh parsley—fresh chopped parsley sprinkled on top once baked.
Sheet Pan Dinner Supplies
- Medium bowl for the marinade
- Large bowl to marinate the chicken in
- Spoon for mixing
- Cutting board and knives to chop the veggies
- Sheet pan
- Non-stick baking spray
- Oven mitts
- Optional: kitchen tongs for the chicken
FAQs and Pro-Tips for a Sheet Pan Greek Chicken Dinner Recipe
Can I Substitute Boneless Chicken Thighs?
There are a couple of reasons to use bone-in thighs in this sheet-pan Greek-style chicken dinner.
- Flavor—the bone releases delicious flavor while your chicken bakes.
- Moisture—keeping the bone in ensures that your chicken stays moist.
- Cooking time—boneless thighs cook faster, and this recipe is timed for bone-in.
Can I Remove the Chicken Skin?
Keeping the skin on while baking is also essential for flavor, moisture, and texture. If you must remove it, wait until after it’s baked through. Just be mindful that much of the marinade will end up on the skin, not the chicken.
Can You Marinate the Chicken Longer?
Yes! If it fits better in your schedule, you can marinate the chicken the night before, in the morning, or several hours beforehand. Just make sure you let it marinate for at least 30 minutes.
If you opt for a longer marinade time, be sure to cover the bowl with a lid, plastic wrap, or silicone bowl cover.
What Are Kalamata Olives?
Excellent question! Did you know that there are over 139 varieties of olives? Kalamata olives are native to the Kalamata region in southern Greece. While this variety of olives can grow in different regions of the world, they require a precise climate.
Kalamata olives are a type of black olive, but their taste, texture, and size vary from the standard black olive. You may find them to be a bit tangier. This tang provides the perfect contrast with the feta and other ingredients in this dish.
Just make sure you buy pitted Kalamata olives!
How Do I Crumble the Feta Cheese?
It’s super easy! Just use your fingers to gently break it apart, then sprinkle it on top once baked.
Is This Sheet Pan Greek Chicken Mediterranean Diet-Friendly?
Yes, it is—but it’s also a meal the entire family will enjoy!
The Mediterranean diet is one of the healthiest and most delicious diets out there. It is based on the traditional diet of countries surrounding the Mediterranean Sea, including Greece, Italy, and Spain. It emphasizes eating whole foods—including fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts, and olive oil, while limiting red meat, processed foods, and refined sugars.
One of the reasons this diet is effective is that its whole-food approach is filling, nutritious, and delicious.
What to Serve With Your Sheet Pan Greek-Style Chicken Dinner?
- Rice—any rice, white, brown, jasmine, wild rice, pilaf, and more.
- Lentils—brown, green, yellow, pink, or whatever you prefer.
- Grains—quinoa, bulgar wheat, barley, buckwheat, and more.
- Mixed grains—you can mix rice and any of the grains above.
- Potatoes—feel free to roast, mash, or bake potatoes.
- Bread—dinner rolls, crusty French bread, or garlic bread.
More Easy Chicken Dinner Recipes
- Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas
- Easy One-Pot Chicken Parmesan
- Chicken Pot Pie with Biscuits
- Creamy Chicken Tetrazzini
How to Store Greek Chicken & Veggies Leftovers
Your Greek-style chicken leftovers are perfect to enjoy for lunch the next day or to eat again for dinner a few days after you bake it.
- Refrigerator—let cool while you eat, and store the leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for 3 to 4 days.
- Freezer—once cool, store in a freezer-safe baggie or container for up to 3 months. Defrost in the fridge overnight.
- Reheating—the fastest and easiest way to heat this up is on a microwave-safe dish for 2 to 3 minutes in the microwave.
Greek Chicken Thigh Sheet Pan Dinner
- In a medium-sized bowl, add all of the marinade ingredients and mix to combine. Place the chicken in a large freezer bag, and pour ½ of the marinade on top.
- Place in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
- While the chicken is marinating, prep the vegetables.
- Spray a large baking sheet with non-stick spray.
- Place the zucchini, peppers, onions, and tomatoes on the baking pan. Pour the remaining marinade on the vegetables and toss to combine. Preheat the oven to 420 degrees F.
- Add the chicken to the vegetable baking pan.
- Bake for 30 minutes.
- Remove the pan from the oven, add the olives and sliced lemons. Place the pan back in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes.
- Garnish the chicken and vegetables with feta cheese and fresh parsley.