Every cook needs easy, “real life” recipes that deliver tasty results again and again, with simple ingredients and minimal prep time. This easy, one pan Greek lemon chicken and potatoes recipe is one of those. Just a few staples from the pantry and fridge, 15 minutes of prep and an hour in the oven, and you have a main dish and side dish in one, with tons of amazing flavor. This dish relies on the classic Greek combination of lemon, garlic, oregano, and olive oil. As it cooks, it basically forms its own sauce that’s so yummy you’ll want to drink it straight!
A couple of weeks ago, my husband and I were finishing up a LONG day of yard work, and we were both dead tired. I suggested ordering pizza for dinner, and he kind of gave me the side eye. Don’t get me wrong, because he is not especially demanding. He just travels a lot for work, and he eats a lot of restaurant food. He appreciates a home cooked meal when he can get one. Luckily, I remembered this super easy recipe, and soon we had a homemade dinner without a lot of fuss.
This recipe uses basic, inexpensive (actually very cheap) ingredients I usually have on hand. Drumsticks are one of my favorite cuts of chicken because they are so cheap and easy to work with. I usually get a huge pack of drumsticks from Costco for $8-$10, and it’s enough for four meals for a family of four! For this recipe I also used farm-fresh red potatoes, which I get delivered every week with my milk, but you can use any thin-skinned, red or gold potato.
Start your one pan Greek lemon chicken and potatoes by making the seasoning mix, a combination of kosher salt, garlic powder, dried oregano, black pepper, and red pepper flakes. This seasoning mix is the secret to the recipe’s huge flavor, along with the lemon and olive oil.
Arrange the chicken and potatoes in a 9 x 13-inch baking dish, and sprinkle with the seasoning mix. As you are sprinkling, try to get some of the seasoning under the chicken skin and some on top. The skin on the chicken legs will usually be bunched up, exposing the meat, so you can season the meat first, then pull up the skin and season some more. The skin is like a sock that has fallen down and needs to be pulled back up. After seasoning, it will look like this:
Drizzle the chicken and potatoes with lemon juice and olive oil. I use fresh lemon juice, but you can certainly use bottled if that’s what you have. I also used olive oil from the island of Crete, which I fell in love with when I went on a trip to Greece last year. I usually don’t buy it because it’s a little more expensive, but recently it was my lucky day and my favorite store put it on sale. Use whatever olive oil you like.
Cover the baking pan with foil. Bake the chicken and potatoes for 40 minutes at 350 degrees, then remove the foil. Bake 20 minutes longer at 400 degrees until browned.
I admit it’s not the prettiest dish, but the flavor is amazing! The sauce is so good, you’ll probably start looking for pieces of bread to dip in it. You may just start eating it with a spoon!
Tastes so good you'll want to drink the sauce straight! Chicken and potatoes meet lemon, olive oil, garlic and oregano in this simple one pan recipe.
- 2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 1 tablespoon dried oregano
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
- ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes, crushed slightly
- 8 chicken drumsticks
- 6-8 medium red or yellow potatoes, or about 2 pounds
- 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
- 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil, preferably from Greece
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Combine salt, dried oregano, garlic powder, black pepper, and crushed red pepper flakes in a small bowl. Set aside.
- Pat chicken drumsticks dry with paper towels. Set aside.
- Scrub potatoes and cut into 1-inch chunks.
- Arrange potatoes and drumsticks in a 9 x 13-inch baking pan. Sprinkle with seasoning mixture, making sure some seasoning gets under the skin of the chicken. End by pulling the skin of each chicken leg up over the meat, so the meat is covered and the skin is on top.
- Drizzle the chicken and potato mixture with lemon juice, then olive oil.
- Cover pan with foil. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes.
- Remove foil and raise oven temperature to 400 degrees. Bake an additional 20 minutes until browned.