This Greek chicken with zoodles is a flavorful dish that’s nutritious, budget-friendly, quick, and easy to make. It’s perfect for a family dinner when you’re busy and don’t have much time.
Mediterranean Chicken Skillet Dinner
If you’ve read any of my other posts, you may have noticed that I love a wide variety of flavors.
As someone who grew up in a military family, I was exposed to a range of international foods.
For that reason, I’ve figured out ways to replicate some of my favorite dishes.
This chicken with tomatoes and olives definitely has a strong hint of Greek flavor.
Greek Chicken with Zoodles Ingredients
Besides the zucchini, the main ingredients of this recipe are chicken, tomatoes, and olives.
But that’s obviously not all because I can’t leave out the seasonings.
It also has olive oil, lemon juice, Italian seasoning, garlic, crumbled feta (or Parmesan), and black pepper.
Yes, it is loaded with flavor that you can savor with every single bite.
One other thing you may have noticed is that this is an anti-inflammatory dish.
Any time I feel aches and pains, I try to make a few meals that help fight my body’s inflammation.
But you’ll also notice that I don’t like to sacrifice flavor.
I use delicious foods and spices to make it taste good.
For these reasons, I used zoodles (spiralized zucchini to resemble noodles).
Not only does it give you the satisfaction of pasta, but it also increases the nutrition of the dish.
When I went to the grocery store to purchase the ingredients, I was disappointed to see that they were out of zucchini.
So I asked the clerk if they had any.
He said that as soon as he put zucchini in the bin, customers grabbed it.
But he also informed me that they had the zucchini spirals in the frozen vegetable section. So I got that instead.
I’ll admit that this is much easier, but I prefer the taste of fresh zucchini.
However, when you’re looking for convenience, at least it’s an option.
For exact measurements of each ingredient and full directions, go to the recipe card at the bottom of the page. You can even print out the card by using the “print” button.
How to Make Greek Chicken with Zoodles
If you plan to serve this with regular pasta, go ahead and make it because this dish cooks very quickly. Set it aside.
Since I wanted this dish to be anti-inflammatory, I left out the pasta and used zoodles, hence the name.
You’ll need a large skillet—either an iron skillet or one that can hold all of the ingredients.
Put it on the stove and turn the burner on medium-high heat. Add the olive oil.
As soon as the olive oil is hot, add the chopped chicken, tomatoes, lemon juice, garlic, Italian seasoning, and chopped Kalamata olives.
Cook for approximately 3 minutes, stirring constantly.
You need to do this to avoid anything burning or sticking to the bottom of the pan.
Add the zucchini spirals to the pan.
Use tongs to gently toss it until the zucchini is well coated and tender but not mushy.
This should take about 2 minutes.
Remove the skillet from the heat and sprinkle with black pepper and either feta or Parmesan cheese.
Plate it up and serve it hot.
Benefits of Anti-Inflammatory Ingredients
This dish is packed with anti-inflammatory ingredients.
However, regardless of how you’re feeling, it’s super nutritious and will help keep you healthy.
Chicken is low in calories but packed with protein.
In addition to being nutrient-dense, it strengthens your bones and helps build muscle.
According to Healthline.com, tomatoes are a great source of vitamin C, potassium, vitamin K, and folate. You’ll also benefit from their anti-inflammatory antioxidants.
The National Institutes of Health claims that olive oil contains oleocanthal, an element with properties similar to ibuprofen.
Olives contain good fats that are anti-inflammatory as well as heart-healthy.
According to the Arthritis Foundation, garlic has an anti-inflammatory compound called diallyl disulfide, making it one of the healthiest spices you can use.
I like to combine a variety of anti-inflammatory ingredients to maximize the nutritional value of any meal.
Of course, I enjoy desserts and sweet treats, but there are times when I want nutritious food that’s also delicious.
Another treat we enjoy is a plate of marinated mushrooms. You can also use these as ingredients in other dishes.
You can also serve this creamy banana berry smoothie, either as a beverage or for dessert. The fruit it contains provides natural sweetness.
- 2 cups of chopped chicken
- 1 tablespoon of olive oil
- 1/2 cup of chopped fresh tomatoes
- 1/4 cup of lemon juice
- 1 tablespoons of Italian seasoning
- 1 teaspoon of minced garlic
- 1/3 cup of chopped Kalamata olives
- 1/3 cup of crumbled feta or Parmesan cheese (or a mixture of both)
- Dash of black pepper
- 1 cup of zoodles (spiral cut zucchini)
- Heat the olive oil in a large skillet on medium-high.
- Add chopped chicken, chopped tomatoes, lemon juice, Italian seasoning, garlic, and chopped Kalamata olives.
- Cook for about 3 minutes, stirring constantly to make sure all of the ingredients are mixed.
- Add the spiral-cut zucchini and toss with the tongs until it is well coated. Cook for another 2 minutes.
- Sprinkle with black pepper and crumbled feta or Parmesan cheese.
If you prefer traditional pasta, you may use that instead of or in addition to zoodles. Cook it separately and add it to the mixture right before serving.
Amount Per Serving Calories 254Total Fat 18gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 11gCholesterol 76mgSodium 260mgCarbohydrates 5gFiber 1gSugar 2gProtein 19g
The nutrition information is a product of online calculators. I try to provide true and accurate information, but these numbers are estimates.