Recipes That Get Us Through the Week: Mediterranean Chicken Plate
On Sunday, when I am putting together the week's meal plan and shopping list, I am always looking for quick, easy dinners that the kids love just as much as the adults at the table. Our very simple Mediterranean Chicken Plate always wins. It's so quick to make and it combines some of our favorite things from Trader Joe's (in fact, everything here is from Trader Joe's, although you can find these ingredients at just about any grocery store). (Editor's note: the pepperoncinis are not from Trader Joe's. Why don't they have pepperoncinis!?!)
The best part about this meal is that it's a perfect dish for venn-diagram family eating. Meaning, everyone can pick the portions of the dish they want to eat, yet you're all having the same meal. Some of our kids love the cucumbers, others like the artichokes and hummus, and they all love the olives. It's a win in my book if they are all eating something from the one meal that was served.
Mediterranean Chicken Plate
Prep time: 20 minutes. Cooking time: 25 minutes
- 4 chicken breasts
- 2 T of olive oil
- 2 T lemon juice
- 2 cloves garlic
- Salt and pepper
- 1/2 C kalamata olives (or the entire jar, if you're our family)
- 1/2 C roasted red peppers
- 1/2 C artichoke hearts
- 1/4 C pepperoncinis
- 1/2 C sliced cucumbers
- 1/4 C sliced feta cheese
- Fresh pitas or pita chips
- 1 C hummus
- Optional: rice
To make the marinade, mix lemon juice with olive oil. Add minced or pressed garlic and salt and pepper to taste. I look for my marinade to get a light yellow, opaque color when mixing to know I have the right ratio of oil and lemon juice. If it's not coming together and getting opaque, keep adding a little bit of oil or lemon juice to get it right (you can always save extra for a salad later). Add chicken breasts and marinade them for as long as possible. If we get 20 minutes of marinading time, we're happy, but a little longer will give it even more flavor.
When you're ready to cook, heat the grill. Put the chicken breasts on a sizzling grill (you can also cook these in a little olive oil in a skillet, of course). If you're serving rice, get that cooking too.
While the chicken is cooking, get your fixings ready. Chop any vegetables and place them on a platter. Feel free to get creative with whatever you have on-hand and sounds delicious. Radishes? Fresh bell peppers? Tomatoes? Do it all! The key to this dish is to make it fun and appetizing - the more choices, the more the kids (and you!) get to customize your dish. Serve a generous amount of hummus. Get some hot sauces.
When the chicken is cooked, slice it up and serve it all on a platter for everyone to choose.
So simple, right?!
P.S. Another chicken dish that gets us through the week.