Greek Chicken Salad

Sunday 31 May 2009

Greek Chicken Salad

*Greek Chicken Salad*

Serves 4
Printable Recipe

I subscribe to a cookery magazine each month called Delicious. This was one of the recipes featured in the June 2009 issue. I adapted it a bit to our own tastes, and you know what ???? It was delicious!

3 free range chicken breasts
the juice and finely grated zest of one lemon
a handful of chopped fresh oregano
3 TBS olive oil
1 fat clove of garlic peeled and crushed
6 rashers of free range dry cured smokey bacon, cooked until crisp and cut into 3 pieces each
70g of fresh salad leaves
50 g of black olives, preferably kalamata, but I used those lovely dry cured black olives and they were wonderful
1/2 of a small cucumber, peeled, cut in half lengthwise, seeded and sliced into half moons
12 cherry tomatoes, cut in half
100g of thick Greek Yogurt
the finely grated zest and juice of another small lemon
1 garlic clove, peeled and crushed

Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Pre-heat the oven to 190*C/375*F. Place your chicken breasts in a shallow glass baking dish. Squeeze the juice of the first lemon over the chicken. Add the lemon zest, chopped oregano, garlic, and half of the olive oil. Rub all of this into the breasts. Season to taste with some sea salt and the black pepper. Set aside to marinate for about 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, place in the oven and roast for 15 to 20 minutes, until done and the juices run clear. Don't overcook, as dry chicken tastes nasty. Start checking at 15 minutes.

Place the salad leaves, olives, cucumber and tomatoes in a bowl and toss with the bacon pieces.

In another bowl, whisk together the yoghurt, second clove of garlic, the rest of the olive oil, the zest and juice of the second lemon and some salt and pepper. Taste and adjust the seasoning as necessary. (If you find this too thick, you can thin with a bit of water. I didn't feel this was necessary myself. I loved the consistency.)

Divide the salad amongst 4 chilled plates. Slice the roasted chicken and divide it equally amongst the plates and serve each with some of the dressing drizzled over top. Pass any remaining dressing at the table. (In fact I would double the dressing ingredients so that there is plenty to go around. It's delicious, and if you use the no fat Greek yoghurt, it's not too bad for you.


  1. Really, Marie! It's 2:30 in the AM and I am salivating over that Greek Chicken Salad like I haven't eaten in a week. (Well, I guess what with the stomach flu, I haven't eaten in quite a few days! LOL)

  2. Great new blog Marie and what a nice idea to start it with a give-away!

  3. Yuum....this is going to be fun, recipes and more insights from Marie. Thank you faraway friend.
    Hugs, Barb

  4. This blog is going to be a scorcher, I can tell. I'd love to be in your "opening day give away" (there, I just did you a slogan!). Looking forward to the next helping.

    love, Angie, xx

  5. Wow...that salad looks good! I love your recipes and insight on life. I'll link back to you too!

  6. this blog is awesome marie! i love it! everything about it, from the layout, to the colors, to the photographs, everything!

    oh, and put me in the drawing-i would love to be a winner! :)

  7. Love both 'Year at Oak Cottage', and your new 'English Kitchen' blog, Marie. Thank you so much for sharing your life views as well as your recipes with us. I have lived in Texas, in the U.S. all my life, and love to read about your life there in England.
    Please enter me in your give-away. Or just e-mail me at And have a great day.

  8. Lovely new blog Marie - I'm sure it is going to be a very popular place to visit :0)

  9. Forgot to say I have linked your new blog on my site - thanks Rosie

  10. The new blog is absolutely lovely! Can't wait to see more. :-)

  11. Marie I lvoe this. You are making me into a virtual foodie. I love all your recipes and the photos are scrumptious! I really feel like trying so many of your recipes!

  12. Hi Marie. I love your new blog. I've been aviding follwing A Year at Oak Cottage and have just added this one to my RSS feeder.

  13. Sorry! My last post was in my test account for something else. This one contains my actual details but the sentiments remain the same. :o)

  14. Dear Marie, Congrats dear!!! Is a lovely and wonderful place as you!!! Is beauty and nice! I love it. Of course I will add to my favorites blogs, Im so proud of my dear friend (You) yes you are soooo smart!!! Je,!! Huggs and kisses, Gloria

  15. LOVE this new blog Marie! The total foodie focus is exciting and your new presentation fantastic! I look forward to following along with you here. :o) Pity I'm too late for the giveway, but fun to see. So glad this new veg box scheme trial was a winner...what delicious vegetables. You know how I love veggies! Happy Day, sweet friend ((BIG HUGS))

  16. Oh, I'd love to do something like that weekly produce box! There was a place doing it in my area, but their memberships are all full. Bummer.

    Anyway, I'm loving this blog! Consider yourself bookmarked ;)

  17. Oh Marie, yet another blog!! how do you do it? I can't keep up with my one! This blog is quite lovely. We have been enjoying fresh potatoes as well as asparagus, strawberries, peas . . . .Lovely. Much love to you, Todd and Jess! Raquel XO

  18. Juhannus/Shona4 June 2009 at 09:55

    I'm waiting for the delivery of my first Abel and Cole veg and fruit box which I ordered after reading about the potatoes you received...I can't wait. I'm looking forward to following your new blog but my husband and I wonder how you manage to fit so much into your busy life.

  19. Wow a new blog...can't wait for the recipes...your buttermilk pancakes are now a standard in our home. Already I am drooling over some of the new recipes

    Best wishes

  20. Oh Wow, amazing blog and great recipes, thanks so much.

  21. Nothing like starting at the very beginning... :)

    This made a lovely dinner tonight. I had used 2 chicken breasts last night and wanted to use up the rest in the packet. And what better way to celebrate Greek Easter! This was absolutely delicious, with all those fantastic Greek flavours that we love. That lemon, garlic, oregano smell sends me straight back to memories of a holiday we had in the Greek Islands many moons ago.

    I took your advice and doubled the sauce recipe and it was just right for us. We had some nice, crusty bread to go with it. Big thumbs up - I think we'll be making this quite a lot in summer.

    1. This was such a long time ago now Marie. I don't even remember now what I was giving away to celebrate my starting it! So happy you went back to the beginning and even then found something delicious to try. I am going to make this salad for myself once I get into my own place! I can't wait! Thank you for your generous comments and faithfulness. I truly do appreciate it! xoxo


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