Olive oil chicken on a plate with tomatoes

Olive Oil Chicken Thighs Mediterranean Style

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Marinate: 20 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 8
Author: Edyta
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Spice mixture:

  • 2 teaspoons of Sweet Paprika;
  • 2 teaspoons of Dried Oregano;
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon Coriander;
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder;
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated Nutmeg;
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground Pepper.

Finishing sauce:


  • Place the chicken either in a dish that can accommodate all the pieces or in a ziplock bag;
  • In a bowl, combine all the spice mixture ingredients and mix well;
  • Rub the chicken with the spices all over;
  • In a separate bowl, combine olive oil with lemon juice;
  • Pour the marinade over the chicken and distribute evenly to make sure that all the pieces are well covered with the spices and the marinade;
  • Marinate the chicken in a refrigerator for at least 20 minutes, or up to 8 hours;
  • Preheat your oven to 350F;
  • Preheat an oven-proof skillet and once hot, add 2 tablespoons of olive oil;
  • Add the chicken, skin side down, and do not move it for 7-8 minutes (until nicely seared and browned);
  • Flip the chicken and cook for another 5 minutes;
  • Transfer the skillet into a hot oven and cook the chicken for 20-25 minutes, until the internal temperature shows 165F;
  • Carefully remove the skillet from the oven (using oven-proof gloves);
  • Place the chicken on a serving plate and spoon over the finishing sauce on all the chicken pieces;
  • Garnish with freshly chopped parsley and serve with your favorite side dish.