When Your Chicken’s Flavor Needs A Kick In The Butt

September 9, 2019

When Your Chicken’s Flavor Needs A Kick In The Butt

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One Pan Basil Halloumi Chicken

A flavorful chicken dish with the herbal aroma of basil.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Greek
Keyword chicken
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4
Author S.M. Lees


  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 8 oz halloumi cheese
  • 2 cartons cherry tomato
  • 4 leaves fresh basil
  • 2 tspn salt
  • 2 tspn pepper
  • 1/3 cup olive oil

Basil Oil

  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 handfuls large fresh basil
  • 1 tspn salt
  • 1 tspn pepper
  • 1/2 lemon juiced


  1. Preheat your oven to 350˚F. 

  2. Turn the block of halloumi on its side and cut it into three to four even slices. Set aside.

  3. Pour the olive oil, salt, and pepper into a large plastic bag. Put the tomatoes and chicken in and massage until everything is evenly coated in the seasoned oil.

  4. Dump everything onto a foil lined baking sheet. Top the chicken with the large basil leaves and then the slices of halloumi.

  5. Bake for 15 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit, then turn on the broil setting and cook for another 10 minutes or until the cheese is golden brown and the chicken is cooked.

  6. Take the chicken out and let it rest on a plate and continue to cook the tomatoes for 10 more minutes.

  7. Meanwhile, add the olive oil, garlic, salt, pepper, and lemon juice to a blender and blitz for 30 seconds. Next add the basil and blitz until it's the consistency of pesto, about 30 seconds.


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