Kalamata olives, feta cheese and extra virgin olive oil are quintessential Greek ingredients, adding a robust and luxurious edge to a roast chicken. Keep a little of the herbed feta aside to eat with bread while waiting for the chicken to cook.






Skill level

Average: 3.9 (15 votes)


  • 1.5 kg chicken, butterflied, back bone removed
  • salt and cracked black pepper
  • green leaf salad, to serve

Herb feta

  • 125 ml (½ cup) extra-virgin olive oil
  • 300 g Greek feta, cubed
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 90 g pitted Kalamata olives 
  • 2 tbsp Greek yoghurt
  • 2 tbsp oregano leaves
  • 2 tbsp thyme leaves   
  • ½ tsp dried oregano
  • ¼ tsp dried thyme

Cook's notes

Oven temperatures are for conventional; if using fan-forced (convection), reduce the temperature by 20˚C. | We use Australian tablespoons and cups: 1 teaspoon equals 5 ml; 1 tablespoon equals 20 ml; 1 cup equals 250 ml. | All herbs are fresh (unless specified) and cups are lightly packed. | All vegetables are medium size and peeled, unless specified. | All eggs are 55-60 g, unless specified.


The following recipe has been tested and edited by SBS Food and may differ slightly from the podcast.

Preheat the oven to 180°C

Season the chicken on both sides with salt and cracked black pepper.

To make the herb feta, using a food processor, process ingredients until smooth. Pour mixture over the chicken and turn to coat. Place the chicken in a baking dish skin-side up. Bake for 40–50 minutes until chicken is tender and cooked through.

Slice chicken into pieces and serve with salad.

© 2012 Maria Benardis


Photographs by Alan Benson