One Dish Mediterranean Baked Chicken with Tomatoes, Spinach and Feta

One dish Mediterranean baked chicken is the delicious casserole upgrade you’ve been looking for.

a pan filled with vegetables, chicken and topped with lemons

Why this recipe is so good:

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

Ingredients in One Dish Mediterranean Baked Chicken:

fresh ingredients-

  • chicken breasts
  • block feta cheese
  • bell peppers- yellow, orange or red
  • cherry tomatoes
  • lemon
  • yellow onion
  • garlic
  • fresh herbs: rosemary, dill, mint, thyme, oregano

pantry ingredients-

  • long grain brown rice
  • sun dried tomatoes in olive oil
  • olive oil
  • Better than Bouillon or chicken stock
  • panko bread crumbs
  • salt, pepper, Italian herbs- dried
  • frozen chopped spinach
a board with filled with vegetables and rice

How to make this recipe:

  1. Chop your veggies and crumble the feta cheese.
  2. Pour the uncooked rice in a baking dish. Top with the chicken breasts. Season the chicken with fresh herbs, scatter the tomatoes and pour the bouillon or stock over the entire chicken and rice mixture.
  3. Sauté up chopped onion, garlic and peppers, add thawed frozen spinach, herbs and sun dried tomatoes. Pour this mixture over the chicken. Sprinkle in the feta. Top with lemon slices. Cover and bake for 45 minutes. remove the foil and bake the last five minutes to brown the lemon slices.

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.

a blue plate with chicken and rice

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.


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.

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a plateful of rice and vegetables

One Dish Mediterranean Baked Chicken with Tomatoes, Spinach and Feta

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 u003cemu003eherou003c/emu003e dish.
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Course: Main
Cuisine: Greek
Keyword: baked chicken
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 316kcal


  • 1 cup long grain brown rice
  • 2-3 4-6oz boneless skinless chicken breasts , sliced in half lengthwise
  • 2 tsp Better than Bouillon chicken stock concentrate (or 16 oz can of chicken stock)
  • 16 oz water- delete if using canned stock
  • 1 cup Sun dried tomatoes in olive oil , drained
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes , sliced in half
  • 1 TBSP fresh thyme , minced
  • 1 TBSP fresh oregano , chopped
  • 1 TBSP fresh mint
  • 2 TBSP fresh dill , chopped fine, stems removed
  • 8 oz block Greek feta cheese , crumbled
  • 1 large lemon , sliced thinly
  • 1 cup pepper , chopped (yellow, red or orange)
  • 1 cup yellow onion , chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic , minced
  • 12 oz frozen chopped spinach thawed
  • 1 tsp Kosher salt
  • 1 tsp finely ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp Italian herbs , dried
  • ¼ cup panko bread crumbs
  • 3 TBSP Olive oil , divided


  • 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.
    uncooked chicken surrounded by tomatoes and rice
  • 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.
    a panful of cooked vegetables
  • 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.
    a blue plate with chicken and rice


  • 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.
  • Nutrition

    Calories: 316kcal
    a plateful of rice and vegetables
    Everything for dinner- in one dish

    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).

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

      1. Meggen Wilson says:

        Denise- I’m going to experiment with a low carb option. Thanks for the question.