Our Greek chicken bowl features juicy chicken thighs served with toasted pita, tzatziki sauce, tomatoes, and olives. The chicken is tender and aromatic, marinated in extra virgin olive oil, mustard, lemon, and fresh herbs. This bowl is simple to prepare and can be a quick dinner, lunch, or the star of your barbecue Sunday.

If you love our Greek Chicken Bowl you will also love this Lamb Burger BowlChicken Meatballs With Lemon Rice or Chicken Chops!

A Greek chicken bowl with tomatoes, tzatziki and pita on a table

Why this recipe sings

  • It is a play on the classic Greek souvlaki. The juicy chicken is served over grilled pitas, cut-up tomatoes, thin onion slices, homemade tzatziki sauce, and juicy green olives.
  • It is delicious. The fabulous marinade contains mustard, extra virgin olive oil, herbs, a little honey, and lemon zest. There is no salt involved. However, you will season the chicken to taste with plenty of sea salt at the end, while it is sizzling hot right after cooking.
  • It is easy to prepare. The chicken marinade requires quick prep, and the cooking takes about 30 minutes in total.

Here is what you need

Ingredients for Greek chicken bowls.
  • Chicken Thighs, skinless, and boneless are my favorites. I find them juicy and less prone to drying out. If you prefer using chicken breasts, cut them into bite-size pieces before marinating.
  • Extra virgin olive oil, sea salt, and freshly ground pepper

for the marinade

  • Mustard I love Dijon because it is spicy and has great flavor, but any mustard will do great.
  • Lemon Juiced and zested, adds a bright, fresh note.
  • Honey Apart from the slight sweetness, honey caramelizes and gives a nice char to the chicken.
  • Fresh herbs Use the leaves from 2-3 sprigs of fresh oregano, thyme or rosemary. If fresh herbs are unavailable, use dried oregano or thyme.

for serving

  • Tzatziki sauce You can make your own using our fabulous recipe or buy it from the store. I like the Cedar’s Brand classic tzatziki.
  • Greek pita bread I love homemade Greek pita bread, it never disappoints. Naan bread is also great to use.
  • Olives Classic Greek Kalamata olives or the ones of your preference.
  • Onion Thinly sliced onion is a fresh, zingy note to the chicken.
  • Tomatoes— Whether you choose cherry or regular size, you’ll get juicy, ripe, flavorful tomatoes. When they are out of season, I love using Campari tomatoes.

for serving

  • Tzatziki sauce You can make your own using our fabulous recipe or buy it from the store. I like the Cedar’s Brand classic tzatziki.
  • Greek pita bread I love homemade Greek pita bread, it never disappoints. Naan bread is also great to use.
  • Olives Classic Greek Kalamata olives or the ones of your preference.
  • Onion Thinly sliced onion is a fresh, zingy note to the chicken.
  • Tomatoes— Whether you choose cherry or regular size, you’ll get juicy, ripe, flavorful tomatoes. When they are out of season, I love using Campari tomatoes.

How to make our Greek chicken bowls

Olive oil, herbs, mustard and lemon juice in a food processor.
  • Add all the marinade ingredients and plenty of freshly ground pepper in a food processor and pulse until smooth.
  • Place the chicken pieces in a bowl and pour over the marinade. Mix well and marinate chicken from 15 minutes to an hour.

Cook chicken in batches

Chicken thighs cooking in a pan.
  • Place a skillet over medium-high heat. Add a couple of tablespoons of olive oil. Add three to four chicken pieces when the oil is hot but not burning. Cook for 4-5 minutes per side or until juices run clean. Transfer chicken pieces to a platter and cover with aluminum foil, while you finish cooking the rest.
  • Season the chicken to taste with sea salt as it comes out of the pan and on the platter.
  • While the chicken is cooking cut the cherry tomatoes in half and slice the onion. Preheat the oven to 200°C / 390°F
  • Brush a bit of olive oil on each side of the pitas, place them on a baking sheet, and warm them in the oven while the chicken cooks.

Serve

A Greek chicken bowl with tomatoes, tzatziki and pita on a table.

When chicken is ready, serve 2-3 pieces in bowls with cut-up pitas, tomatoes, olives, and a generous dollop of tzatziki sauce. Drizzle tomatoes with olive oil and season with sea salt.

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A Greek chicken bowl with tomatoes, tzatziki and pita on a table.

Greek Chicken Bowl

by Jenny | The Greek Foodie
Our Greek chicken bowl features juicy chicken thighs served with toasted pita, tzatziki sauce, tomatoes, and olives.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Marinating (optional) 30 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Greek
Servings 4
Calories 635 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 lbs chicken thighs skinless and boneless
  • sea salt
  • freshly ground pepper

Marinade ingredients

  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil plus more for cooking
  • ¼ Dijon mustard
  • 1 lemon juiced and zested
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2-3 sprigs fresh oregano, thyme or rosemary only the leaves and soft parts

Instructions
 

Marinate

  • Add all the marinade ingredients and plenty of freshly ground pepper in a food processor and pulse until smooth.
  • Place the chicken pieces in a bowl and pour over the marinade. Mix well and marinate chicken from 15 minutes to an hour.

Cook chicken in batches

  • Place a skillet over medium hight heat.
    Add a couple of tablespoons of olive oil. When the oil is hot but not burning, add three to four chicken pieces.
    Cook for 4-5 minutes per side or until juices run clean.
    Transfer chicken pieces to a platter and cover with aluminum foil, while you finish cooking the rest.
    Season the chicken to taste with sea salt as it comes out of the pan and on the platter.
  • Preheat the oven to 200°C / 390°F
  • While the chicken is cooking cut the cherry tomatoes in half and slice the onion.
  • Brush a bit of olive oil on each side of the pitas, place them on a baking sheet, and warm them in the oven while the chicken cooks.

Serve

  • When chicken is ready, serve 2-3 pieces in bowls with cut-up pitas, tomatoes, some olives, and a generous dollop of tzatziki sauce.

Notes

The nutritional analysis is only an estimate based on available ingredients and the recipe’s preparation. 

Nutrition

Calories: 635kcalCarbohydrates: 6gProtein: 37gFat: 51gSaturated Fat: 12gPolyunsaturated Fat: 9gMonounsaturated Fat: 25gTrans Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 222mgSodium: 176mgPotassium: 480mgFiber: 0.4gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 194IUVitamin C: 0.05mgCalcium: 35mgIron: 2mg
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