Perfect for any meal this Mediterranean Chicken is flavored with lemon, paprika, cumin, cinnamon and oregano. Whether you make it in your Instant Pot, oven or stove-top, it comes out delicious and juicy every single time and can be used in a variety of dishes.
If using Chicken Breast: Score the chicken using a knife so that the spice rub gets absorbed. If using Chicken thighs, trim off the extra fat and cut into half width-wise.
In a gallon size ziplock bag (for easy clean-up) or a bowl, add all ingredients listed under "Spice Rub" and mix well. Add chicken pieces. Seal the ziplock bag. Mix well to get chicken coated with the rub. Refrigerate for 15 minutes if you have the time (optional).
Chicken Breast: Place the chicken breast on a lined baking sheet. Turn on the oven on BROIL mode. Broil chicken for 8 minutes on the first side. Chicken should be golden brown by now. If not, broil it for another 2 minutes. Flip the chicken and broil for 6 minutes on the other side. Cooking time may differ based on the thickness of the chicken, so adjust accordingly. Rest 5 minutes before slicing.
Chicken Thighs: Place the chicken thighs on a lined baking sheet. Turn on the oven on BROIL mode. Broil chicken for 6 minutes on the first side. Chicken should be golden brown by now. If not, broil it for another 2 minutes. Flip the chicken and broil for 5-6 minutes on the other side depending on the thickness. Rest 5 minutes before slicing.
Instant Pot recipe
Turn ON the Instant Pot. Pour 1 cup water in the inner pot. Place the trivet in. Place the chicken breast on top. Close the lid. Cook on Manual or Pressure Cook (high-pressure) for 8 minutes for Chicken Breast, or, 6 minutes for thighs. Release the pressure naturally (NPR), or QR after 10 minutes. Rest 5 minutes before slicing.
Stove top recipe
Heat a skillet on medium-high for 30 seconds-1 minute. Place the chicken breast and cook for 7-8 minutes on the first side. Flip and cover the pan with a lid. Cook for another 5-6 minutes. Cooking time may differ based on the thickness of the chicken breast, so adjust cooking time accordingly. Rest 5 minutes before slicing.
When using chicken breast, score the chicken lightly so the marinade can penetrate and flavor the chicken evenly.
If using chicken thighs, trim off the excess fat, that allows for an even crisp exterior
If you have the time, let the chicken marinade for 15-20 minutes in the refrigerator. The chicken come out more moist and juicy this way.
This chicken can be cooked in multiple ways: on an outdoor grill, oven broiler, oven-baked, pan-grilled and even steam-cooked in an Instant Pot using the pot-in-pot method.
Mediterranean chicken is an excellent way to enjoy a low-carb meal by pairing it with a greek salad.
For meal-prep, let the chicken cool down completely before slicing it. Store it in an air-tight container and refrigerate up to 4-5 days.
Note: The nutrition facts below are my estimates and for the chicken only, they do not include sides. If you are following any diet plan, I recommend cross-checking with your preferred nutrition calculator.