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Mediterranean Chicken-A Skillet Dinner

Are you tired of the same old chicken dishes you've been making week after week?  Are you looking for an easy dinner recipe that tastes like you spent all afternoon preparing it?  

This easy Skillet Mediterranean Chicken dish is just that recipe. It's full of all the Italian flavors you love with the added benefit of being low carb.

Easy Italian Skillet Chicken Dinner

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Skillet Mediterranean Chicken
Skillet Mediterranean Chicken

I knew I had a winner when my oldest son, a pretty opinionated presence at my dinner table, told me this was "one pretty fabulous dinner".  Who can argue with that?

Why You'll Love This Skillet Dinner

It's flexible:  Use the chicken pieces you prefer.  I prefer bone-in chicken thighs for this dinner but also include bone-in chicken breasts for family members who prefer them.  If you like boneless chicken breasts you'll need to alter the cooking time or try this chicken cutlets Mediterranean dinner.

It's flavorful:  This dish is packed with layers of flavor starting with garlic, salt, and pepper.  Additional layers of flavor come from Italian seasoning, marinara sauce, and olives. The optional cheeses are like icing on a cake.

It's quick to make: You will definitely have this dinner on the table in an hour, usually less than that.

Cleanup is easy: You have one pan to clean.  Yay!

About the Ingredients

I used bone-in chicken thighs and boneless chicken breasts with the skin on because some in my family prefer one or the other.  I like to use breasts with the skin on for dishes like this because it seems to keep the breasts from drying out. Choose a mix of chicken that your family will like but remember to keep the skin on.

It's not always easy to find boneless, skin-on, chicken breasts in my local grocery store so I just buy the bone-in breasts and debone them myself. It also saves quite a bit of money to debone the breasts yourself.  Who doesn't like to save money?

You can easily debone chicken breasts, too. I've made a two-minute video to demonstrate just how easy it is. Watch the How to Debone Chicken video.

I use avocado oil in this skillet dinner because it is a healthy oil that can withstand the heat of the skillet.

Much of the flavor in this dish comes from the garlic and olives but you won't want to skimp on the Italian seasoning.  It pays to purchase a good quality Italian seasoning mix to keep in your pantry.  I have come to love the Sicilian and Tuscan dried herb mixes I find at Home Goods.

Cheese is optional but it adds flavor. I like to use both provolone and parmesan cheese.

I think you'll love that this is a quick dinner made from beginning to end on your stovetop. On average, it takes me about forty minutes to prepare this dinner.  


Tips for Success

Choose the right vegetables. This recipe is both low-carb and keto-friendly, but you wouldn't know it. I usually add zucchini right to the pan to make this a one-pan skillet dinner. Broccoli, cauliflower, or asparagus will work, too.  You could serve it over linguini or another pasta, too, if you are not watching your carbs.

Use the right tools. You'll want to be sure you are using a large enough skillet for this dish.  A 12-inch skillet works well when making four servings. My 14-inch skillet is large enough to hold eight chicken pieces and the sauce for this dish. I also like to make this dish in my rectangular electric skillet.

Read labels.  Choose no-sugar-added jarred sauce for this recipe to control the carb count.

Taste as you go.  The key to tasty meals is flavor.  Use spices and herbs to get the flavor you and your family will love.

Mediterranean Chicken Skillet Dinner

Mediterranean Chicken Skillet Dinner

Yield: 4 servings
Author: Donna Urso
Prep time: 15 MinCook time: 45 MinTotal time: 1 Hour
A one-pan, Mediterranean Chicken skillet dinner with the robust flavors of tomatoes, olives, garlic and Italian seasonings. Low Carb and Keto-friendly.

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Approximately one hour before cooking, rinse and pat dry the chicken. Mix together the salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Toss the chicken pieces in the seasoning mix and set them aside.
  2. Heat the avocado oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Place the chicken pieces in the hot skillet, skin side down. Cook until the tops are well browned, six to ten minutes. Turn the chicken over and cook for another five minutes.
  3. Pour off the excess fat so that there are only about two tablespoons in the pan. Reduce the heat to medium. Add the onion to the pan and cook until translucent, about three to five minutes. Add the garlic to the pan and cook for a minute.
  4. Add the zucchini, olives, and Italian seasoning to the pan. Cook for 5 minutes.
  5. Spoon marinara sauce over the chicken and the vegetables. Reduce to simmer. Cover the pan and cook until the chicken reaches 175-185 degrees F, about 20-30 more minutes.
  6. Top each piece of chicken with a slice of provolone cheese. Turn off the heat, Cover, and let the cheese melt.
  7. Garnish with the chopped, fresh parsley and grated Parmesan cheese.

Nutrition Facts

Calories

477.71

Fat (grams)

33.54 g

Sat. Fat (grams)

10.24 g

Carbs (grams)

12.29 g

Fiber (grams)

3.47 g

Net carbs

8.83 g

Sugar (grams)

5.83 g

Protein (grams)

30.94 g

Sodium (milligrams)

1374.78 mg

Cholesterol (grams)

106.34 mg

Please use this nutritional information as a guide only.

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