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Lemon Feta Chicken with Oregano

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Lemon Feta Chicken with Oregano is made with Mediterranean ingredients such as lemon, oregano and feta cheese turning ordinary chicken into a spectacular dinner. The cheese forms a light crust on top when broiled – you won’t even miss the skin!

Lemon Feta Chicken with Oregano is made with Mediterranean ingredients such as lemon, oregano and feta cheese turning ordinary chicken into a spectacular dinnerLemon Feta Chicken with Oregano

I have a slow cooker version of this recipe, Slow Cooker Lemon Feta Chicken. A few more popular chicken drumstick recipes are Honey Teriyaki Drumsticks, Baked Chicken with Dijon and Lime, Sweet ‘n’ Spicy Asian Glazed Grilled Drumsticks, Filipino Adobo ChickenΒ to name a few.

This is sooo easy to make with only a few ingredients; simply marinate the legs with lemon juice and oregano and bake. Once it’s done, top it with fresh grated feta cheese and broil until golden.

Lemon Feta Chicken with Oregano is made with Mediterranean ingredients such as lemon, oregano and feta cheese turning ordinary chicken into a spectacular dinner

I keep this simple and serve it with a salad on the side or you can make this with one of my favorite summer sides, Sauteed Zucchini with Summer Tomatoes.

Lemon Feta Chicken with Oregano is made with Mediterranean ingredients such as lemon, oregano and feta cheese turning ordinary chicken into a spectacular dinner

I first published this recipe back in 2009 using skinless chicken thighs, but a year or two ago the USDA changed the data for chicken thighs and the calories, fat and points increased so much, I started using drumsticks instead. There’s a part of me that hopes they made a mistake but until then I use thighs less often.

The drumsticks I used were pretty small, so if yours are really large the points may increase slightly.Β  Hope you enjoy!

Lemon Feta Chicken with Oregano is made with Mediterranean ingredients such as lemon, oregano and feta cheese turning ordinary chicken into a spectacular dinner

Lemon Feta Chicken with Oregano is made with Mediterranean ingredients such as lemon, oregano and feta cheese turning ordinary chicken into a spectacular dinner

Lemon Feta Chicken with Oregano

5 from 1 vote
7
Cals:195
Protein:28
Carbs:3
Fat:7
Lemon Feta Chicken with Oregano is made with Mediterranean ingredients such as lemon, oregano and feta cheese turning ordinary chicken into a spectacular dinner.
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Lemon Feta Chicken with Oregano is made with Mediterranean ingredients such as lemon, oregano and feta cheese turning ordinary chicken into a spectacular dinner
Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 50 mins
Total: 55 mins
Yield: 4 servings
Serving Size: 2 drumsticks

Ingredients

  • 8 skinless chicken drumsticks, (about 30 oz total)
  • kosher salt and fresh ground pepper
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/3 cup feta cheese, grated

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375Β°.
  • Season chicken with salt, pepper, garlic powder, oregano, and lemon juice.
  • Place in a roasting pan and bake for about 40 to 45 minutes, or until chicken is no longer pink in the center near the bone.
  • When chicken is cooked through, remove from the oven and sprinkle with feta.
  • Broil on low for about 2-3 minutes, until cheese is golden brown (careful not to burn).

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Nutrition

Serving: 2 drumsticks, Calories: 195 kcal, Carbohydrates: 3 g, Protein: 28 g, Fat: 7 g, Saturated Fat: 2 g, Cholesterol: 106.5 mg, Sodium: 250 mg, Fiber: 0.5 g, Sugar: 0.5 g

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110 comments on “Lemon Feta Chicken with Oregano”

  1. I used chicken breasts and it turned out great! The only issue is that I couldn't get my feta to melt AT ALL…I even left it under the broiler for about 10 minutes before I pulled everything out in fear that it would burn or dry out. Is there a trick to getting the feta to melt/brown like yours?

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      Skinnytaste Gina

      I buy a chunk of feta and grate it myself. If you buy the pregrated stuff, it will be dry. Also make sure it's not fat free feta!

  2. I'm a little confused. The description says "simply marinade…." but then the legs are just tossed with the lemon juice and spices and popped into the oven. Should they be allowed to marinade for a while first? And then how long? Making them tomorrow….they look and sound fantastic!! Love your website!

    1. I asked Gina on twitter and she said they are seasoned with the spices and lemon and then baked. Hope that helps!

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    Andrea Levine

    Gina, I love seeing all these comments from people dated back so many years, it's heartwarming & tummy yummy that you've helped so many continue to live a happy healthy lifestyle! I'm a convert to a very strict all around self inflicted eating/drinking plan! I lost 155 lbs 13yrs ago, so guy's you can do it & keep it off…I'm a chef but not great at keeping track of recipes/photos/they're all in my head, that being said…I'm so grateful for the Gina's of the world & what they do! Thanks, from the bottom of my flat tummy, love ya Andrea

  4. how do you grate feta cheese? The only feta I've ever seen in the grocery store is either crumbled in a container, or a block, but it is still super crumbly/impossible to grate.

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    Bonnie Lucas

    It have a bunch of chicken thighs in the freezer and I think I'll skin some and use them to make this. Has anyone tried that?

  6. Would it be possible to BBQ this somehow? My oven is on the fritz but this recipe looks so good!

  7. I have a dinner party coming up, and a good percentage of the women are watching their weight seriously over the summer. I love your fabulous gourmet recipes that give us all the info we need (like the point values) to make good decisions about what we're eating. Thank you for that! I love, love, love your website and share it with lots of people. Here's what I was thinking with this recipe: I'd like to use chicken breast and cook it slow and off to the side on the outdoor grill – get nice grill marks and then add the feta that should melt quickly. What do you think?

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      Skinnytaste Gina

      Thank you!! I think that would work lovely! Serve it with a greek salad on the side πŸ™‚

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    Abigail Stricker

    I made the older version of this and I always loved it, looking forward to trying it this way as well!

  9. Gina! So excited about your cookbook- I've already preordered 4 for myself (of course!) and family/friends. Your recipes have made cooking so enjoyable without the guilt! I make your Asian Turkey Meatballs at least once a week- house favorite πŸ™‚ Many thanks for your great posts!