The secret to these moist and tender chicken breasts is the feta brine. Not only does the brine prevent the breasts from drying out, the feta adds a subtle, tangy yet fresh flavor. This also works well with bone-in, skin-on chicken pieces, but be sure to adjust the cooking time accordingly. Bruising the herbs releases their lovely aromatic oils without having to worry about picking the bits off the chicken when done brining.


Recipe Summary

20 mins
25 mins
8 hrs
8 hrs 45 mins
4 chicken breasts


Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Instructions Checklist
  • Pound chicken to an even 1-inch thickness and place in a gallon-sized resealable bag.

  • Lightly crush oregano and rosemary sprigs using the back of a knife or a meat mallet so they are lightly bruised but still whole. Place on top of chicken.

  • Combine feta cheese, reserved brine, water, and garlic in a blender and process until smooth. Pour brine mixture over chicken, seal the bag, and refrigerate for 8 hours to overnight.

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

  • Remove chicken from brine and pat dry. Brush with olive oil place in a large baking dish. Season with black pepper and place a lemon slice on each breast.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until chicken is no longer pink in the center and the juices run clear, 22 to 25 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 165 degrees F (74 degrees C).

Nutrition Facts

233 calories; protein 26.8g; carbohydrates 2.6g; fat 12.7g; cholesterol 79.8mg; sodium 219.3mg. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
I made it as is. Pretty good. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
I made it as is. Pretty good. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This was great. I did not pay the chicken dry after they were out if the marinade. It gave a lot if flavour and broiled the top of the chicken after they were done baking. Served with herb roasted potatoes sautée peppers onions and snowpeas with balsamic glaze. Finished with a nice kale slaw at the end of the meal. Bbq'ing this will be great too. Read More