Jamie Oliver’s [almost-but-not-quite] 15 Minute Greek Chicken with Herby Vegetable Couscous and Tzatziki

February 25, 2014 · 11 comments

in chicken/poultry,greek,healthy,quick and easy,rice and grains

Let me get this out of the way: I’m pretty sure this took me a little longer than 15 minutes to make. Maybe I’m a little slow or maybe Jamie Oliver is a little crazy for assuming your water is already boiled and your ingredients are out (because who doesn’t just have water boiling and ingredients out all day while they’re at work?), or maybe a little bit of both. I can’t tell you exactly how long this took me since I did some prep the night before, making my tzatziki, chopping the vegetables (admittedly, I was too lazy to wash the food processor so I just diced them since I was already chopping fruit for the kids’ breakfasts), and pounding the chicken. The evening we had this, all I really needed to do was cook the chicken and couscous and toss everything together. So while it may have taken a little longer than 15 minutes when it was all said and done, this was still very quick and easy, healthy, and we all loved it. And you really can’t beat that.

The dish is not “traditionally” Greek, but has plenty of components found in Greek cuisine, like dill, tzatziki, and feta. The chicken is flavored with oregano, allspice, and lemon zest (a few of my most favorite things) and placed atop a bed of colorful, herby couscous studded with crunchy peppers and peas. It’s finished with some salty feta and cool tzatziki. I  had reservations about the peppers not being cooked, but it definitely worked. Plus, I think this could easily work as a cold dish, making it perfect for lunch.

Of course, I did completely forget the olives. Oh well, next time!



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Caroline {TheBarbeeHousewife} February 25, 2014 at 12:28 pm

I love the idea of herby vegetable couscous, this looks good and like a perfect 30 minute meal :)


Joanne February 26, 2014 at 5:48 am

It’s like when Rachael Ray assumes all your veggies are chopped for her 30 minute meals. Crazy! But it sounds like it didn’t take that long at all in the end, and was tasty! So – WIN.


Sandra R February 26, 2014 at 11:55 pm

Do you think this would work with quinoa instead of couscous? I’m trying to get more quinoa in my diet as a diabetic.


elly February 27, 2014 at 9:02 am

Sandra – definitely! It would just take a little longer for the quinoa to cook.


katie February 27, 2014 at 1:39 pm

Mmm this looks and sounds so good! Must make soon.


branny March 2, 2014 at 6:10 pm

We enjoyed this. Thanks! I used orzo instead of cous cous.


elly March 3, 2014 at 7:41 am

Glad you liked it! Orzo would make it even Greeker. ;)


Christina @ but i'm hungry March 3, 2014 at 12:35 pm

This looks absolutely fantastic- I can see it being a big hit over at my house. I’ll have to give it a try soon. I just discovered your blog and I’ve been exploring- I really love your site- your recipes, writing, and photos are so great! And I always love reading blogs of fellow Chicagoans. :)


elly March 3, 2014 at 1:10 pm

Thanks for stopping by Christina!


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