Citrus-infused Mediterranean Chicken with Dates and Olives

Savor the flavors of the Mediterranean with this succulent Citrus-infused Chicken, featuring tender dates, zesty orange, and briny green olives, all roasted to perfection for a harmonious blend of sweet and savory goodness.





  • 1 whole chicken (about 4-5 pounds), cut into serving pieces
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 lemon, thinly sliced
  • 1 orange, thinly sliced, plus 1/2 cup fresh orange juice
  • 12 large soft dates, halved and pitted
  • 1 onion sliced
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 cup large green olives



  1. Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. Season the chicken pieces with salt and pepper, ensuring an even coating.
  3. In a large oven-safe skillet or roasting pan, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Brown the chicken pieces on all sides until golden.
  4. Arrange the lemon and orange slices around the chicken in the pan. Squeeze some juice from the lemon and orange over the chicken.
  5. Add the halved and pitted dates, distributing them evenly among the chicken pieces.
  6. Sprinkle the dried thyme over the chicken for a flavorful herb kick.
  7. Scatter the green olives throughout the pan, ensuring they are well distributed.
  8. Drizzle the fresh orange juice over the chicken for a burst of citrusy goodness.
  9. Transfer the skillet or roasting pan to the preheated oven and roast for about 45-50 minutes, or until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165°F (74°C) and has a crispy, golden exterior.
  10. Once done, remove from the oven and let it rest for a few minutes.
  11. Serve the citrus-infused Mediterranean chicken over a bed of couscous or your preferred grain, spooning the flavorful pan juices, dates, and olives over the top.
  12. Garnish with additional fresh herbs if desired and enjoy your delightful and aromatic chicken dish with a perfect balance of sweet and savory flavors.