One of the easiest recipes in Mediterranean cuisine... Chicken Riganati, or Greek Lemon Roasted Chicken, is juicy and tender and requires just a handful of ingredients. Prepare it for a weeknight dinner or a special occasion. You'll love the lemon and oregano flavor of the dish and the easiness of putting it together.
When it comes to cooking, my chicken recipes always include a whole lot of spices. My pantry is literally overloaded, and I would usually incorporate at least 5 different spices into my regular chicken recipe.
So, when I made Chicken Riganati or Kota Riganati, I was pleasantly impressed with how so little ingredients can produce such a delicious and succulent meal.
Greek food as a part of the Mediterranean Diet is by default considered one of the tastiest in the world. The simplicity and the abundance of vegetables in the recipes' ingredients make it one of the healthiest cuisines.
What's interesting is that without realising this, Mediterranean food is the one we tend to order the most often for take out. I can't get enough of it and their garlic sauce is one of its kind!
And when it's summer and hot outside, there's no salad recipe that I make more often than Greek Chicken Panzanella. Super flavorful and my family loves it!
Back to our Greek Lemon Roasted Chicken. The recipe comes together super quickly. Your oven will do the rest of the job.
If you're a fan of this recipe, you need to try my other chicken recipes! This mustard chicken is a reader favorite, and skillet chicken with bell peppers is perfect for weeknight dinners or special occasions.
Make sure you use a freshly squeezed lemon juice and if possible Greek or Mediterranean Oregano, which tends to have the most earthy and savory flavor.
To prepare the recipe, drizzle chicken with olive oil and freshly squeezed lemon juice. Then, rub it with oregano, garlic, salt and pepper. Pop it in the oven and wait for the magic to happen. Juicy, flavorful and delicious chicken is calling your name.
This Greek Lemon Chicken is one flavorful meal that will cheer you up after a long day.
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Greek Chicken Riganati (Kota Riganati)
- Preheat the oven to 350 F.
- Rinse the drumsticks, pat dry and place it in a medium baking pan.**
- Drizzle chicken with olive oil and lemon juice.
- In a small bowl combine oregano, garlic, salt, and pepper and rub it into a chicken. Tuck the lemon slices in between the chicken.
- Bake for 60 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 180 F on an instant-read thermometer. Flip the chicken halfway and baste it a 4-5 times during baking***
- Remove from the oven, sprinkle with Kalamata olives and Feta cheese.
- Serve with roasted or mashed potatoes, pasta or Basmati rice.
**I used 1.25 qt rectangular baking dish.
***If you want your chicken to have an extra crispy skin, turn on a broiler and broil it for a few minutes keeping an eye on it at all times.
Iryna Bychkiv is the founder and writer of the culinary website Lavender & Macarons, where she shares clean, European-inspired recipes that are delicious, easy to prepare, and made with wholesome ingredients. Iryna loves creating meals that are simple yet healthy and unique, including vegan and vegetarian recipes.
Iryna is also a freelance writer for MSN and Associated Press Wire.