Thursday, December 8, 2011

Lemon and Black Pepper Chicken with Roasted Feta


I am always appreciative of wholesome, time-efficient meals and especially so during the frenzied month of December.

Here's a delicious main dish that you can pull together in a snap.


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Lemon and Black Pepper Chicken with Roasted Feta
  • 2 skinless boneless chicken breasts, sliced along the width to reduce thickness by half
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • Juice of one lemon
  • Zest of one lemon
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 block of feta cheese
  • Pinch of sea salt

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Note:
The cooking time of this dish will vary directly in relation to the size of the chicken.  The chicken pictured has been cut into small pieces and only required about 14 minutes to cook.

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Serves 4

Preheat oven to 400 F.

Spread a piece of parchment paper over a baking tray. 

Place chicken in a bowl and sprinkle with olive oil – work olive oil into chicken pieces to fully coat.

In a small bowl, combine lemon zest and black pepper.

Slice feta in half along width to create two thinner, equally sized slabs.  Cut feta slabs in half to create four squares and then cut squares into triangular shapes for a total of eight pieces.  Place feta triangles on parchment with oiled chicken and drizzle feta with a little bit of olive oil.
 
Sprinkle chicken and feta pieces with half the lemon pepper mixture and a touch of sea salt.

Place tray in the oven and bake for 10 minutes.  Remove tray from oven - flip chicken and feta pieces over and sprinkle with remaining lemon pepper mixture and a dash of sea salt.  Return to oven and bake until chicken is cooked through (another 10 minutes or so depending on thickness of chicken).

Just before serving, sprinkle chicken with lemon juice.

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Be sure to visit us again tomorrow afternoon when Santa's Elves announce the two winners of this year's holiday draw!!

71 comments:

  1. Lemon pepper chicken was one of my favorite dishes growing up. I love how this version is baked rather than pan fried!

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  2. Kelly, this dish is so simple, but with such complex flavours! I repeat myself, but I keep on being surprised on how you manage to create unusual dishes with the ingredients I know (and often have), but would never think of combining. It looks gorgeous with the scattered grenade.

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  3. OMG, looks amazing and simple - a winning combination. Thanks Kelly!

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  4. Good morning Kelly, I love grilled feta and we often serve it with fresh tomatoes. What a great idea to serve it with chicken. I thinkk everyone can appreciate a dish that's all baked in one tray. The lemon pepper sound lovely and a perfect way to balance the saltiness of the feta. I will have to give this a try.

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  5. Oooh, baked feta?!! What an great idea to cook it alongside the chicken. I bet it's amazing :)

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  6. SweetcarolinescookingDecember 8, 2011 at 1:27 PM

    I'm all about quick meals like this...sounds delicious! Goes with everything. :)

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  7. Those look delicious!! I love feta, it's one of my favorite cheese, I am sure I'd eat your dish more than once a week haha

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  8. This is so simple and cool at the same time. I love this idea!

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  9. This looks just fabulous. Exactly what I'm craving for this evening!

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  10. What a great combination of flavours, Kelly. That parchment is a real time saver for clean up. We use it all the time! Costco has a great deal for three large rolls and best of all ... they are made in FRANCE! Go figure!

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  11. That looks so yummy, Kelly! I imagine topping this delicious chicken on a bed of salad or pasta :)

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  12. tick tick, boom :D

    - I'm sorry, I'm not laughing at you... it always makes me chuckle how non-native English speakers call pomegranates though... same with my wife, because in Swedish it's a "grenade apple" :D

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  13. This looks so tasty and fresh! I love that you can just sling it in the oven too!... I love baked chicken too... the texture is always so nice... slightly chewy, slightly tough but in a good way, you know? Feta as well... yummy. When I first saw the pic I thought it was halloumi (which would also work really well!) Great dish Kelly :)

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  14. Yum! The wedges of feta look delicious!

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  15. --Delish!
    In a snap? Perhaps for you, Kelly cuz you're the foodie Queen.
    I can smell this baking right now.

    My Inner Chick http://myinnerchick.com

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  16. i've never heard of roasting feta before! does it change the flavor considerably? i have a hard time actually with feta (the taste); i tried it before when i was not vegan. interesting~~ :) the lemon pepper chicken sounds wonderful~ will season with lemon pepper for my dad when i make him dinner!

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  17. OH MY! I thought that was feta on there, then I thought no couldn't be...and it is! I'm definitely making this. I never thought to roast feta like that, but I'm definitely needing that in my tummy soon. :) This looks like a fantastic week night meal. And I think it might even get big spoons from the kids too. :) And frenzied? December? LOL!

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  18. Oh my goodness Kelly! This is a wonderful dish! You're right - so very easy and SO very tasty. Sometimes simplicity is the best and yields the most fabulous results! I can see the feta wedges being a great little appetizer to take to a holiday party. :) I'll make the whole dish for Bobby and me.

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  19. Oh i love the baked feta part of this! What a quick meal that sounds delish.

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  20. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love.December 9, 2011 at 12:01 AM

    This is totally my kind of chicken. Love lemon pepper flavors with it and the roasted feta is a really nice addition!

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  21. Anything I can pull together in a snap is a sure bet for me! Especially this gorgeous dish- love the roasted feta!

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  22. You always present wonderful dishes to make us interested and hungry.. well for me you do :). Love this Lemon and Black Pepper Chicken with Roasted Feta recipe

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  23. So good! I ADORE the roasted feta!

    Buzzed :)

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  24. Feta and lemon go together so well! I love how quick and easy this meal is!

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  25. So lovely. And you make it look so easy!

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  26. I love how simple this dish is, it looks wonderful!

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  27. how cool that you ate this growing up!

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  28. thanks you Sissi - I'm the Queen of practicality ;0

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  29. Thanks so much for stopping by Heidi - great to see you here! xo

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  30. No kidding. One dish wonders I call them :)

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  31. thanks Amy - we enjoyed!

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  32. yes, you can simply serve it up with beans or a tossed salad - simple, simple.

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  33. ha-ha, I'm like that too - I get on to a dish and I start making it 3 times a week! let me know if you give it a try - cheers!

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  34. thanks Greg - good things come from simplicity.

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  35. Hello Chef Michele! So nice of you to drop in... let me know if you give it a try and have a great weekend - xo

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  36. you know, it's the first time i use parchment in a dish like this but i have a feeling i'll be using it again... got to get on the Costco thing ;0

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  37. agreed, a nice fresh salad... i'm hungry... ;0

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  38. chewy and tough? sounds divine :)

    'sling it in the oven' you fracture me Charles....

    Have a good weekend! (what kind of temperatures are you having in France these days??) pretty dreary here and not much snow to speak of.

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  39. thanks Yummy!

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  40. truly, in a snap.

    have a beautiful weekend ms. kim - xo

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  41. i find there are many different consistencies of feta - i prefer the softer, moister kinds over the brick hard ones - it gives it a nice roasted texture a bit like a roasted or pan seared tofu. Seemed to be a hit with the family but you want to try not to overcook the chicken -

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  42. great! let me know if you give it a try. it was really nice with the chicken and drizzled in oil and the seasonings... yes, exactly, week night delight. i love easy, yummies that the whole family will enjoy - have a great weekend kristy!

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  43. i'm rather committed to simplicity - it seems to be working out well ;) yes, that's a super idea to serve the feta wedges as appetizers - maybe with a little cherry tomato on top and toothpick through it. I hope you enjoy it if you try!

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  44. Thanks so much for stopping by - the baked feta is a treat.

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  45. Thanks Stephanie - I'm on a black pepper kick lately.... can't seem to get enough of it...

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  46. thanks so much Sarah - roasted cheese is pretty wonderful and it's nice to have something you can throw in the oven at the end of the work day.

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  47. "chewy and tough?" - Ah, my wife love it that way. I know it's not most peoples' ideal way to eat chicken but it's really nice... almost like jerky :p

    Right now it's 7 degrees warm, and raining :( Tomorrow should be a bit colder, though no sign of snow :(

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  48. ha-ha, I always feel hungry looking at other food blogs too! Thanks Kay - have a great weekend!

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  49. Thank you Parsley Sage - the cheese seemed to work well with this recipe and I love that I could throw it on board with the chicken in one tray ;0

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  50. Agreed. Couldn't be simpler ;0

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  51. trust me, it is easy! lol. Thanks Sandi ;)

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  52. Thanks so much for stopping in - I hope you enjoy if you try it.

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  53. 7 - not too bad.... it's hovering around the zero mark here. You're looking forward to the snow? do u n wife ski?

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  54. Nah - never tried it, and my wife's only done "Swedish" skiing, which is cross-country type thing (more like walking on skates in the snow :p) Maybe I can give it a try during my vacation :)

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  55. The boys gobbled it up! especially the feta, which was fought over. Thanks for another great inspirational post!

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  56. This looks delicious and congratulations to the winners!

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  57. Mmm, looks good. For a second I thought it was a lemon pepper chicken pizza cut into wedges. I am a huge lemon fan and add it just about everything.

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  58. I thought I left a message but then it somehow dissappeared. hmmmm. These look wonderful, at firsth I thought they were lemon pepper pizza cut into wedges! :) I like how you baked them and added feta cheese, too.

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  59. Thanks so much Shauna - I'm so happy to hear the boys enjoyed... the feta was a hit here too! I appreciate you letting me know. Have a great weekend (we are in the arena 3 times ;0 - not getting any warmer in there... just about froze my tush off last night - haha). Stay tuned for Tuesdays post Shauna, your boys will get a kick I think!

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  60. Thanks Ann - have a good weekend!

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  61. hee-hee - hard to make out the details of this one - I like the convenience of this one - so easy to pull together... ;)

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  62. thanks Lisa, got it! Have a great weekend winning girl ;0

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  63. JeanettesHealthyLivingDecember 10, 2011 at 9:55 AM

    Love how simple this recipe is, perfect for this time of year when things are so crazy.

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  64. Wow..I never thought to roast feta like that before. That has to be such an awesome combination! Feels so very Greek/Mediterranean. I adore simple dishes with great ingredients and minimal fuss. I can easily incorporate this into a weeknight meal but also would serve this to guests with plenty of compliments!!

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  65. That looks delicious! And I think we could all use a little simple (and healthy) during this crazy time of year!

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  66. Oh my gosh, your chicken looks amazing and cooked perfectly. Two, considering the roasting kick I've been on lately, I never even thought to roast feta! Going to the top of my list.

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  67. The picture on Foodbuzz shows a whole chicken. Your recipe uses boneless breasts that look skinless. In advertising, this would be considered bait and switch.

    Please redo the recipe using a whole chicken!

    Jim

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  68. Topping with a cherry tomato is a great idea! If I can find some good feta, these are one of my appetizers on Sunday. Hope you have a marvelous week!

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  69. We had it for supper...bit hit! None left:) I need to make the feta pieces bigger next time!

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  70. inspiredediblesMay 7, 2012 at 5:00 PM

    Thanks so much for letting me know Jen - thrilled to hear it was a big hit! (I know what you mean about the feta...rather yummy isn't it? ;-)

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