Mediterranean Baked Chicken with Tomatoes, Spinach and Feta

Packed with tons of Greek vegetables and tender chicken, this one dish meal will soon be on your “most requested” chicken dinner rotation.

a pan filled with vegetables, chicken and topped with lemons
Fluffy feta and briny lemons add punch to a humble casserole.

I made this casserole out of frustration- pure simple frustration. I keep seeing an Instagram influencer- a very cute young mom whose “catch” is to wear uber trendy “fast fashion” outfits, loads of make up, perfectly coiffed hair and smile while she dumps a bunch of pre-packaged, processed ingredients into a casserole, top everything with pre-grated cheese from a plastic bag, bake and call it dinner.

Enough.

We can do better.

Let’s substitute cream of Fill in the blank, mushy canned vegetables loaded with salt, jarred Alfredo sauce and pre shredded, packaged chicken for bright vegetables, lemon, brown rice and fresh herbs.

a board filled with vegetables and rice
Keeping this dish as healthy as possible.

This dish is to show all the parents or busy folks out there, you can make a quick casserole without sacrificing flavor, fresh ingredients or your health. I try and use pantry staples like long grain brown rice, Better than Bouillon, sun dried tomatoes and frozen spinach (I keep bags and bags of it in my freezer).

Lemons, onions, peppers and garlic are always in my kitchen. Stock up on big ticket items like the sun-dried tomatoes and feta from Costco.

Elevate your weeknight or weekend cooking with this hearty dish that really satisfies without sacrificing taste or health.

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a board with filled with vegetables and rice
So many powerfully healthy vegetable in this dish- eat as much as you like.

This yummy casserole is packed with brown rice, lemon, feta (use block feta) two kinds of tomatoes, onion, pepper, garlic, rosemary, dill, mint and oregano and a 12 oz bag of frozen spinach. I used fresh herbs, which take about 1 minutes to chop, but you can easily use a dried Greek or Italian herb seasoning blend from the spice aisle at your grocery store. Lately I have been ordering organic chicken from Pasturebird (not a sponsored post). This chicken, which is delivered right to your door, is next level. You will never go back to buying supermarket chicken after eating this poultry. No matter what I do- the chicken is moist, tender and incredibly flavorful. Give them a try.

All you do is spread UNBAKED brown rice in the bottom of a heavy casserole dish ( I used 9 x 13) then top with the chicken breast with the fresh herbs. Surround the chicken with tomatoes- I used sun-dried tomatoes packed in olive oil and sliced cherry tomatoes. I then add 2 teaspoons of Better than Bouillon to 2 cups of water and mix well. You can use 16 oz of broth or stock if you prefer. Pour this around the chicken and tomatoes.

Next, chop 1/2 a large yellow onion, 2 cloves of garlic and a pepper- whatever you like- I used yellow and sauté for a few minutes in olive oil. I seasoned the veggies with a sprinkle of dried Italian herbs, salt and pepper. Then toss in a 12 oz bag frozen bag of spinach- thaw first if you have time. Spread all of this on top of the herb covered chicken. Sprinkle with crumbled feta, top with thinly sliced lemons and a 1/4 cup of panko bread crumbs. Don’t have panko (why???) Use regular bread crumbs.

Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. The chicken will be tender and so juicy. The rice is fluffy and perfectly cooked. The vegetables are melt in your mouth amazing.

chopped peppers and onions and a pan with olive oil
I cook the veggies to add a bit of flavor to the dish.

I hope you give this recipe try and comment on how it turned out. Post your photos on my Instagram or Facebook page.

Enjoy!

a panful of cooked vegetables
Worth the 10 minutes it takes to develop more flavor

I know the list of ingredients looks long, but really it is mostly the herbs and seasonings. Everything chops up and is assembled in a flash. Pop this in the oven, have a glass of wine and relax.

Mediterranean Baked Chicken with Tomatoes, Spinach and Feta

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Recipe by Meggen Arthur Wilson Course: MainCuisine: GreekDifficulty: Easy
Servings

6

servings
Prep time

30

minutes
Cooking time

45

minutes
Calories

316

kcal
6

oz

This bright casserole is packed with fresh herbs and vegetables, brown rice, juicy chicken and tangy lemon and feta. Baked in one dish, it will become a weeknight hero dish.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup 1 long grain brown rice

  • 2-3 4-6oz 2-3 boneless skinless chicken breasts, sliced in half lengthwise

  • 2 tsp 2 Better than Bouillon chicken stock concentrate (or 16 oz can of chicken stock)

  • 16 oz 16 water- delete if using canned stock

  • 1 cup 1 Sun dried tomatoes in olive oil, drained

  • 1 cup 1 cherry tomatoes, sliced in half

  • 1 TBSP 1 fresh thyme, minced

  • 1 TBSP 1 fresh oregano, chopped

  • 1 TBSP 1 fresh mint, torn

  • 2 TBSP 2 fresh dill, chopped fine, stems removed

  • 8 oz 8 block Greek feta cheese, crumbled

  • 1 large 1 lemon, sliced thinly

  • 1 cup 1 pepper, chopped (yellow, red or orange)

  • 1 cup 1 yellow onion, chopped

  • 2 cloves 2 garlic, minced

  • 12 oz 12 frozen chopped spinach

  • 1 tsp 1 Kosher salt

  • 1 tsp 1 finely ground black pepper

  • 1 tsp 1 Italian herbs, dried

  • 1/4 cup 1/4 panko bread crumbs

  • 3 TBSP 3 Olive oil, divided

Directions

  • Pre heat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a 9 x 13 inch pan or deep casserole dish, spread out the uncooked brown rice. Top with the chicken breasts. Sprinkle the chicken with the chopped herbs- thyme, oregano, mint and dill. Scatter the sun dried tomatoes and cherry tomatoes around the chicken. Pour the bouillon around the dish to cover the rice taking care not disturb the herb coated chicken.
  • In a large sauté pan, heat 1 TBSP of the olive oil. Add in the chopped onions, peppers and garlic. Cook until softened. Sprinkle pepper mixture with the salt, pepper and Italian herbs. Sauté for one minute more. Add the spinach into the pepper mixture and cook until heated through and the vegetables are well mixed. About 2-3 minutes more on medium heat.
  • Top the chicken with the sautéed vegetables. Cover with the crumbled feta and top with lemon slices. Sprinkle the entire dish with the panko crumbs and the remaining olive oil.
  • Cover the dish tightly with aluminum foil. Bake, covered for 40 minutes. Turn the heat up to 375 degrees. Remove the foil and bake another 5 minutes or until the lemons are slightly charred and the panko is golden brown. The internal temperature of the chicken should reach 165 degrees.

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Notes-

  • Substitutions– You can substitute 2 TBSP of dried Fine Herbs or and Italian or Greek herb mix for the fresh herbs. Make certain your spice blend does to contain added salt.
  • Substitute crumbled goat cheese for feta for a slightly milder taste.
  • Can’t tolerate bell peppers? Try adding zucchini instead. Chop into chunks and drain on paper towels for a few minutes before cooking.
  • You can also top this dish with freshly grated parmesan cheese.
  • Don’t have sun-dried tomatoes on hand? Just double the amount of fresh tomatoes.
a plateful of rice and vegetables
Everything for dinner- in one dish

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2 Comments

  1. Can’t wait to try! Wondering if you can substitute cauliflower rice to stay low-carb? Maybe just make it separately? D

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