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Mediterranean Chicken Pasta Bake


Embark on a delightful culinary adventure with our Mediterranean Chicken Pasta Bake: a symphony of flavors inspired by the sun-kissed regions surrounding the azure Mediterranean Sea. This enticing recipe brings together succulent chicken thighs, impeccably crisped skin, and tender bowtie pasta in a rich medley of spices, herbs, and zesty ingredients. Let’s dive into the delectable details of crafting this gastronomic masterpiece.

Ingredients Needed:



Chili powder

Smoked paprika

Skin-on bone-in chicken thighs

Olive oil

White or yellow onion

Red pepper

Serrano chile pepper (optional)


Lemon zest

Lemon juice


Dried thyme

Reduced sodium chicken broth

Dry white wine (optional but recommended)

Feta cheese

Whole cherry tomatoes

Pitted kalamata olives

Bowtie pasta

Reserved pasta water

Fresh parsley (optional for garnishing)

Making the Mediterranean Symphony

Step 1: Spice Infusion Begin your culinary journey by creating a flavor-packed spice rub. In a small bowl, combine salt, pepper, chili powder, and smoked paprika.

Step 2: Marinating the Chicken Score the skin-side of the chicken thighs and generously rub the spice mixture over the skin. Allow the chicken to marinate for at least 2 hours, or for an intensified flavor, refrigerate overnight.

Step 3: Searing the Chicken Bring the marinated chicken to room temperature before searing. In a spacious, oven-safe pot, sear the chicken skin side down, ensuring a crispy exterior. Patience is key – let the magic unfold for 2 to 3 minutes.

Step 4: Mediterranean Aromatics Saute onions, red pepper, and optional serrano chili in olive oil. Add garlic, lemon zest, lemon juice, cumin, thyme, chicken broth, and wine, creating a fragrant concoction.

Step 5: Baking the Symphony Reintroduce the seared chicken into the pot and add feta, cherry tomatoes, and olives. Bake for 20 minutes, letting the flavors harmonize into a savory crescendo.

Step 6: Pasta Elegance While the chicken bakes, boil bowtie pasta. Reserve some pasta water for adjusting sauce consistency. After baking, mash feta, tomatoes, and veggies to form a luscious sauce. Combine with pasta, toss, and return to the oven for a final warm embrace.

Step 7: Garnish and Serve Optionally garnish with fresh parsley and serve immediately. Pair with French bread, garlic bread, a vibrant green salad, or your preferred roasted vegetables for a complete Mediterranean feast.

Storage Information:

This indulgent Mediterranean Chicken Pasta Bake, a tapestry of Mediterranean flavors, can be stored in the fridge for up to 5 days or in the freezer for up to 4 months. Embrace the culinary magic even in leftovers!

FAQs for a Perfect Culinary Experience

Can I Use a Different Pasta?

Certainly! Opt for ziti, rotini, penne, or fusilli. Long pasta like spaghetti or fettuccine works too, but avoid thin varieties like angel hair or capellini.

What Wine to Choose?

For an authentic touch, go for dry white wines such as chardonnay, pinot greige, or sauvignon blanc. The wine enriches the dish with depth and richness.

Wine Alternatives?

If wine isn’t your preference, substitute with an additional 1/2 cup of reduced sodium chicken broth for an equally delightful experience.

Is It Spicy?

This pasta bake boasts bold flavors with a hint of spice from chili powder and smoked paprika. A robust dish that delights the taste buds!

Mashing the Feta, Olives, and Peppers?

After baking, effortlessly mash together feta, cherry tomatoes, olives, and veggies to create a sumptuous sauce, enveloping the pasta in Mediterranean perfection.

Mediterranean Chicken Pasta Bake

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A Culinary Symphony in Less Than 3 Hours.


  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 teaspoon chili powder

  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika (regular paprika may be substituted)

  • 4 skin-on bone-in chicken thighs

  • 4 to 6 tablespoons olive oil, divided

  • 1/2 cup white or yellow onion, finely diced

  • 1/2 of a medium red pepper, seeded and diced small

  • 1 serrano chile pepper, seeded and finely minced (optional)

  • 3 to 5 cloves garlic, finely minced

  • Zest from 1 lemon

  • Lemon juice from 1 lemon

  • 1 teaspoon cumin

  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

  • 1/2 cup reduced sodium chicken broth

  • 1/2 cup dry white wine (optional but recommended)

  • 8 ounces full-fat cheese, cubed

  • 3/4 cup whole cherry or grape tomatoes

  • 1/2 cup pitted olives

  • 8 ounces bowtie pasta

  • 1/2 cup reserved pasta water (for possible use)

  • Fresh parsley or basil, finely minced (optional for garnishing)


  • Dry Rub Creation: In a small bowl, combine salt, pepper, chili powder, and smoked paprika.
  • Chicken Preparation: Score chicken skin, apply spice rub, and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight.
  • Preparation Begin: Allow chicken to reach room temperature, preheat oven to 350F.
  • Cooking Initiation: Sear chicken in olive oil for 2-3 minutes, then set aside.
  • Mediterranean Medley: Sauté onion, red pepper, serrano, and garlic. Add lemon zest, lemon juice, cumin, thyme, chicken broth, and wine.
  • Assembling Brilliance: Place seared chicken back into the skillet, add feta, cherry tomatoes, olives, and bake for 20 minutes.
  • Pasta Integration: Boil bowtie pasta, reserve water. After baking, mash feta mix and pasta. Toss, then bake for an additional 5 minutes.
  • Garnish and Serve: Optionally, garnish with fresh herbs and serve promptly.


  • Storage Wisdom: Leftovers stay fresh in the fridge for up to 5 days or freeze for up to 4 months.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories: 483kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 39g
  • Protein: 14g
  • Fat: 30g
  • Cholesterol: 42mg
  • Sodium: 789mg
  • Fiber: 5g
  • Sugar: 8g

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