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Braised Mediterranean Chicken Thighs in a round pasta plate with olives and lentils and in the background another plate and a serving platter.

Mediterranean Chicken Thighs with Lentils & Greek Olives

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  • Author: Carlos Leo
  • Total Time: 1 hours 5 minutes
  • Yield: 8 serving 1x


This one-pot meal of Mediterranean Chicken Thighs is braised for 45 minutes in the oven with green lentils & veggies. The chicken thighs are well seasoned with Mediterranean spices like Za’atar, sumac, smoked paprika and other spices. Garnish with pitted jumbo premium Chalkidiki olives, lemon zest, and some lemon thyme herbs.

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Units Scale
  • 8 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs, excess fat trimmed
  • 2 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped onion
  • 1-1/2 cups carrots in bite-size pieces
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 4 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup green lentils
  • 2 Tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 Fresh lemon thyme sprigs

Mediterranean spice mixture:

  • 4 Tablespoons za'atar
  • 1 teaspoon smoked ground paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ground oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground sumac
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons Sea Salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper



  1. Preheat oven to 325°F.
  2. Combine in a small bowl the za'atar, sumac, smoked paprika, coriander, oregano, cumin, sea salt & pepper.
  3. Wash and pat dry the chicken thighs. Rub them with the Mediterranean spice mixture getting into all the crevices. You will have some leftover (unused) spice mix. Keep it aside.
  4. In a 5-quart Dutch oven, heat 2 Tablespoons of EVOO over medium-high. Brown chicken in two batches, placing skin side down for four minutes and then three minutes on the other side. Transfer to a plate.
  5. Sautee the onions and carrots for 4-5 minutes and add some of the spice mix, garlic, tomato paste, and lentils. Make sure to mix well.
  6. Add the chicken broth. Taste if needs more seasoning, and add more Mediterranean spice mix if so.
  7. Bring the chicken thighs back to the pot and arrange them to make sure that most of the meat gets submerged in the liquid
  8. Throw in the bay leaves and a couple lemon-thyme herbs (or regular thyme). Bring to simmer and cover.
  9. Braise in the oven for 45 minutes or until chicken is fork-tender (at least 175°F).
  10. Transfer chicken to a platter. Strain remaining mixture, reserving liquid. Add lentils and vegetables to chicken on platter and cover to keep warm.
  11. Return liquid to pot and boil over medium-high heat for around 10-15 minutes until reduced by half.

For plating, put the lentils and carrots on the plate, add the chicken thighs, and then pour the reduced sauce over the chicken. Add the pitted green olives, lemon zest, and finish with some chopped lemon thyme.

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Category: Dinner
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean


  • Serving Size: 8 serving
  • Calories: 587
  • Sugar: 5 g
  • Sodium: 941 mg
  • Saturated Fat: 3 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 14 g
  • Carbohydrates: 53 g
  • Fiber: 13 g
  • Protein: 42 g
  • Cholesterol: 130 mg
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