Crispy Mediterranean Chicken Salad with Lemon Herb Tahini Dressing

Crispy Mediterranean Chicken Salad with a fresh, zesty lemon herb tahini dressing, cherry tomatoes, avocado, arugula, and cucumber. This nutritious dinner recipe is packed with flavor and is perfect for anyone who loves a big vibrant meal as well as those on a carb-conscious, paleo, or keto diet.

If you’re a fan of a.) zesty, briny Mediterranean flavors, b.) crispy, tender chicken, c.) big ol salads jam packed with goodies and/or d.) creamy salad dressings, this is the ultimate meal for you!

Perfectly crispy yet moist chicken is combined with all the good veggies, and everything is swaddled in the most amazing creamy zesty tahini salad dressing. 

If you’ve never heard of tahini, or if you have never made a sauce or dressing using tahini, lean in and trust me on this one! Tahini makes for an amazing creamy salad dressing with health benefits!

The concept behind the salad is simple: we bake up chicken thighs that have been marinating in goodness, whip up a zesty creamy tahini dressing while the chicken is baking, then throw everything in a big ol’ bowl and toss it all together.

Let’s make it!

How to Make Crispy Mediterranean Chicken:

In a large bowl, combine all ingredients for the chicken. Use your hands to toss everything around until chicken is well coated in marinade. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 20 minutes (up to 1 hour).

When you are ready to bake the chicken, preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Transfer the chicken (including marinade) to a foil-lined baking sheet or a casserole dish. Bake 30 to 35 minutes, until chicken is cooked through. Increase oven heat to 425 degrees F and bake an additional 8 to 10 minutes, until skin is golden-brown and crispy.

Remove chicken from the oven and allow it to sit 10 minutes before slicing and serving with with salad.

How to Make Lemon Herb Tahini Dressing:

This magical, versatile creamy tahini salad dressing couldn’t be any easier to make!

Add all ingredients for the dressing to a small blender and blend until smooth. Taste sauce for flavor and add lemon juice or sea salt to desired taste.

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Crispy Mediterranean Chicken Salad

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: baked chicken, gluten free, grain free, healthy, keto, Mediterranean, paleo, whole30
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Author: Julia

Baked Mediterranean chicken with a creamy tahini dressing

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Ingredients

Mediterranean Chicken:

Lemon Herb Tahini Dressing:

  • 1/2 cup tahini well stirred
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley
  • 1/2 cup fresh mint
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt

For the Salad:

  • 5 ounces baby arugula or greens of choice
  • 2 avocados sliced
  • 1/2 medium cucumber peeled and thinly sliced
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes

Instructions

Make the Mediterranean Chicken:

  1. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients for the chicken. Use your hands to toss everything around until chicken is well coated in marinade. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 20 minutes (up to 1 hour).

  2. When you're ready to bake the chicken, preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

  3. Transfer chicken (including marinade) to a foil-lined baking sheet or a casserole dish. Bake 30 to 35 minutes, until chicken is cooked through. Increase oven heat to 425 degrees F and bake an additional 8 to 10 minutes, until skin is golden-brown and crispy.

  4. Remove chicken from the oven and allow it to sit 10 minutes before slicing and serving on top of salad with tahini dressing.

Make the Herb Tahini Dressing:

  1. Add all ingredients for the dressing to a small blender and blend until smooth. Taste sauce for flavor and add lemon juice or sea salt to desired taste.

Make the Salad:

  1. Add the ingredients for the salad to a large serving bowl (or divide between smaller bowls). Drizzle in desired amount of dressing and toss until everything is well-combined.

  2. Serve salad with sliced baked Mediterranean chicken on top.

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