Mediterranean Chicken Recipe with Lemons & Olives

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This Mediterranean Chicken is juicy, crisp chicken infused with lemon, garlic, and herbs, baked in the same pan with onions, lemons, and olives. A complete meal in a pan, ready in less than an hour!

Overhead shot of Saucy Mediterranean Chicken with Lemons and Olives in a white pan.


One-Pan Mediterranean Chicken Dinner

As a devout chicken connoisseur, allow me to introduce you to this Mediterranean feast of Skillet Chicken adorned with olives and zesty lemons.

My cravings, you know, those whimsical hanger voices, often guide me better in the kitchen than anything else. My desire for diverse flavors trails me just as my kids do, shadowing every move. Be it my workspace or a romantic date night, they follow, are relentless, and persistent! And so, the craving saga led me to a jar of tempting olives resulting in an overwhelming urge to mix them with something, to concoct a dish so that I wouldn’t devour the whole jar right there and then.

Bowl of Olives.

Recipe Ingredients

  • Boneless, Skinless Chicken Thighs
  • Red Onion & Garlic
  • Seasonings
  • Lemons
  • Olives
  • Chicken Broth & Wine
Raw boneless, skinless chicken thighs rubbed with a garlic paste and set to marinate.

How To Make Mediterranean Chicken with Lemons and Olives

Picture this: succulent chicken thighs marinated in a fragrant blend of garlic and herbs, eagerly waiting their turn to sizzle in a hot skillet. All the ingredients are destined to unite in this single pan – it’s my preferred style. Adding lemons, wine, and olives into the mix, it soon becomes evident that this chicken dinner won’t be just an ordinary meal. It’s the epitome of simple yet flavorsome dining.

  1. Mix garlic paste, oregano, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper in a bowl. Add chicken thighs, coat evenly with the mix, and set aside.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the seasoned chicken and cook until browned on both sides. Remove and set aside.
  3. In the same skillet, cook onions and garlic with some salt until tender.
  4. Add lemon slices and wine to the skillet, scrape any stuck bits from the bottom and cook for 3 minutes.
  5. Add chicken broth, return chicken to the skillet, and boil. Then reduce to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes.
  6. Stir in the olives and simmer for another 10 minutes.
  7. Take off heat and let it sit until some liquid is absorbed (5-7 minutes).
  8. Serve chicken, topped with olives and remaining liquid.

This versatile dish effortlessly transitions from lunch to dinner. Or even becomes a ‘snack straight from the skillet’, if you’re so inclined! 🙃

Chicken thighs in a skillet with Lemons and Olives.

Helpful Recipe Tips

  • Marinate Ahead: For more intense flavors, you can marinate the chicken with garlic, herbs, and spices ahead of time. Even an hour can make a difference.
  • Choosing Your Wine: When the recipe calls for wine, use one that you enjoy drinking. The flavor of the wine will concentrate as it cooks, so it’s important to choose one that you find pleasant. If you don’t consume alcohol, you can substitute with additional chicken broth or a splash of grape juice for a hint of sweetness.
  • Using Skin-on Chicken: While the recipe calls for skinless boneless chicken thighs, using skin-on can add more flavor. Just be sure to cook the skin side first to render out some of the fat and get a nice, crispy sear.
  • Adjusting Thickness: If you find that the sauce is too thin for your liking at the end of cooking, you can remove the chicken and boil the sauce on high for a few minutes to reduce it. Conversely, if it’s too thick, add a little more chicken broth or water.

What To Serve With Mediterranean Chicken

Close-up photo of Chicken thighs with Lemons and Olives arranged around the chicken.

Storing Leftovers

  • If you have leftovers, they will keep well in the fridge for 3 days, making this a great option for meal prep. Just make sure to reheat gently to avoid overcooking the chicken.

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Mediterranean Chicken with Lemons and Olives

Saucy Skillet Chicken with Lemons and Olives – Delicious pan seared chicken thighs prepared with olives, lemons, and red wine.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 4 Servings


  • 1 tablespoon garlic paste,, or minced garlic
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon Italian Seasoning
  • salt and fresh ground black pepper,, to taste
  • 6 pieces skinless boneless chicken thighs
  • 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 small yellow onion,, finely diced
  • 2 cloves garlic,, minced
  • salt and fresh ground black pepper,, to taste
  • 1 small lemon,, thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup wine,, use your favorite
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup marinated olives
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  • Combine garlic paste, oregano, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper in a large bowl; mix until thoroughly incorporated. 
  • Add the chicken thighs to the bowl and rub the paste into the chicken until evenly coated; set aside.
  • Heat olive oil in a large nonstick skillet or pan over medium-heat.
  • Remove previously prepared chicken thighs from the bowl and add them to the hot oil. Cook for 5 to 6 minutes, or until chicken begins to brown; turn them over and continue to cook for about 5 more minutes, or until browned.
  • Remove chicken thighs from skillet and set aside. 
  • Add the onions and garlic to the pan; season with salt and cook for about 3 minutes, or until onions are soft. Stir frequently.
  • Lower heat to a medium and add the lemon slices and wine, stirring to loosen any browned bits stuck to the bottom; cook for 3 minutes.
  • Add the chicken broth, return the thighs to the skillet, and bring to a boil; lower heat to a simmer and continue to cook for 5 minutes.
  • Add the olives and continue simmering for 10 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and let stand 5 to 7 minutes, or until most of the liquid is absorbed, but not all of it. 
  • Serve chicken and ladle olives and liquid over the chicken thighs.


  • You can prepare the chicken thighs up to 24 hours ahead. Just cover and refrigerate until ready to cook.
  • Garlic Paste: This is blended garlic with a touch of oil, sold at most grocery stores. You can use fresh garlic instead.
  • Wine: When a recipe calls for wine, use one that you like. The flavor of the wine will concentrate as it cooks, so it’s important to choose one that you find pleasant.
  • Chicken Thighs: This recipe calls for boneless thighs. If you want to use bone-in thighs, you can, but remember that bone-in chicken thighs will need to cook longer than boneless thighs.
  • Olives: I used Tomato & Pepper Marinated Olives here, and they’re delicious, but you can use whatever marinated olives you have on hand. If they are on the larger side, cut them in half.


Calories: 158kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 549mg | Potassium: 174mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 148IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 1mg

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  1. Grace Hickey says:

    I loved this recipe so much!! I never write reviews but this one deserved one. I liked the addition of marinated olives, I’d never think to add that to a hot dish. So so good!

    1. Katerina says:

      Thrilled to hear you loved the recipe and found the marinated olives to be a tasty addition! Thank YOU! 🙂

  2. Tammy says:

    This was quick and easy to male—less than 20 minutes. Flavor was delicious—I spooned it over plain pasta and it was a hit!

    1. Katerina Petrovska says:

      That’s great! I am very glad everyone enjoyed it! Thank YOU! 🙂

  3. Lisa says:

    Was just okay….actually can do without Olives. Just use a little olive juice instead of olives.

  4. Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet says:

    Loving the flavors in this dish! Adding this skillet chicken to our menu for this week!

  5. Jessica | The Novice Chef says:

    I’ve really got to try this! Love skillet meals right now! Makes dinner so much easier!

  6. Brandy | Nutmeg Nanny says:

    I can only imagine the flavor those olives bring!

  7. Kim Beaulieu says:

    This is such an awesome dinner Kate. No one does skillet dinners like you. This is just gorgeous.

  8. Lisa @ Wine & Glue says:

    Those olives look ridiculously good! I would devour them! And this dinner is going on our menu!