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Greek-Style Chicken with Pickled Onions, Tomatoes, and Tzatziki


A short soak in vinegar helps mellow red onions and turns them sweet and spicy -- they make a great complement to juicy bites of chicken and tzatziki.

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  • Servings: 4

Source: Everyday Food, November 2011


  • 1 medium red onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons red-wine vinegar
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (1 1/2 pounds total), cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest, plus 4 teaspoons lemon juice (from 2 lemons)
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1/2 English cucumber, halved crosswise and thinly sliced
  • 2/3 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley leaves
  • 4 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 pint grape or cherry tomatoes, halved (2 cups)
  • Cooked long-grain white rice, for serving


  1. In a medium bowl, combine onion and vinegar; season with salt and pepper. In another medium bowl, combine chicken, lemon zest, and oregano; season with salt and pepper.

  2. In a third medium bowl, make tzatziki: Combine cucumber, yogurt, parsley, and lemon juice; season with salt and pepper.

  3. In a large nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium-high. Add chicken and cook until golden brown and cooked through, about 10 minutes. Add tomatoes to pickled onions and serve with chicken, tzatziki, and rice.

Cook's Notes

Serve this meal with warm pita or other flatbread instead of rice, if you like.

Reviews Add a comment

  • maggy
    13 FEB, 2014
    had a similar dish when in greece! want to make this recipe at home... love greek food!
  • ancockrell
    11 FEB, 2013
    This dish is yummy. Next time I will use 1/2 the amount of parsley and lemon juice. Since this dish has a lot of flavor, it paired well with jasmine rice. Very easy to make. The directions are very easy to fallow.
  • SKS
    18 NOV, 2012
    I made gyro-style pitas which were really good! This recipe has well-balanced flavors, with the grilled chicken, pickled vegetables, and cool yogurt sauce.
  • Laura S
    19 AUG, 2012
    I love this recipe and so does my husband!!! One of our favorites! As is.
  • artfart1975
    22 MAY, 2012
    This is a good recipe, BUT you must must MUST put garlic into the tzatziki or it's not really tzatziki! I don't know what happened in the MS Kitchens, but that is super key to making excellent tzatziki!
  • MS10593083
    11 JAN, 2012
    The pickled onion was not as sweet as I'd hoped. If I was to make it again I would either use balsamic vinegar or add some sugar. I think cucumber should be shredded for tzatziki, and needs a bit of garlic, more lemon juice, and mint, not parsley. The chicken was good, but I added some olive oil, lemon juice, not just zest, and some garlic. So it was ok, but I made a lot of changes.