Greek Chicken – and Grandmama’s Phone Call From Heaven


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Greek Chicken - EVERYONE Should have this recipe in their recipe files!

This is one of those hearty, warming, and simple to prepare meals that everyone should have in their rotating recipe files. I make this on those days where I want a nice, no fuss, rustic supper. You can use any cut of bone in, skin on chicken you like, but it becomes especially budget friendly when you use drumsticks or leg quarters.

But before we get started, I have something on my mind and heart that I’ve been wanting to share with you…

Y’all know we lost Grandmama several months back, but it seems like just yesterday. She was just one of those people who seemed to wrap your entire life up in a big old bear hug and then to have her gone left such a void for all of us. My goodness, was she ever a wonderful person.

Well, I gotta tell y’all about a dream I had a few nights back.

The other night, I had a dream that Grandmama called me from heaven.

It was the middle of the night and my phone rang. I picked it up and quickly left my bedroom to avoid disturbing anyone. “Hello?”

“Well hello! How are you?” Came her familiar telephone voice.

“Grandmama? How are you doing?! Did you find Grandaddy?”

“Oh Lord, yes! As soon as I got here he was waiting and he was SO EXCITED! He’d done planted this big old garden and the minute I got here everything just started coming in all at once and it’s just been all we could do to get ’em put up!”

I have never heard Grandmama sound so excited, so filled with joy and purpose. Remembering all those years her and Grandaddy worked full time and enjoyed gardening on evenings and weekends took me back to the photos of tomatoes covering the dining room table. Anytime they had a bumper crop they’d pose it all up, take a photograph, and often frame them to hang in their house. Grandaddy would bring in wheel barrows full of vegetables and they’d fill five gallon buckets and deliver them to family and friends with pride. What was left would be “put up” by freezing, canning or making pickles and relishes.

They loved every minute of it.

But here was Grandmama talking about all of the work her and Grandaddy were having to do in Heaven and for a moment, I forgot about how much they enjoyed working and how fulfilling it always has been for them. See, I’m living among the generation of folks whose goal seems to be to finding creative ways to get out of work.

“But Grandmama, you’re in heaven. Can’t you just snap your fingers or make a wish and have all of that done?”

I could feel her smile through the phone lines as she said “Well, you know us. We kindly like to do for ourselves.”

This was her Heaven. My grandmama and grandaddy were there together and for them, Heaven is a big old garden with veggies coming in every day.

She told me she had to go and I told her I sure was glad she called. “You take care and tell everybody I said hi!”

And then she was gone. But I had my phone call from Heaven.

And I’ll never forget it.

~takes a deep breath~ Anyway, I just wanted to share that with y’all today. I think most of you will understand.

Even if you don’t though, we can still make us some Greek Chicken and all be happy come suppertime.

Greek Chicken - EVERYONE Should have this recipe in their recipe files!

You’ll need: potatoes and chicken for starters….

You can use any cut of chicken you want but it needs to be bone in, skin on chicken for juicy and flavorful results. Leg quarters and split breasts work really well but I’m using drumsticks for the economy of it. I got eleven in this package for around $5.00 and only used half, so I got an entire supper, meat, veggies, and all, for around five dollars.

You can use any type of potato you have. Russets work well as do fingerlings, red potatoes, and even yukon gold. Whatever you have on hand is fine, really. Just eyeball about how many you want to use. I used about 8 small red potatoes but you can certainly do more if you like.

Greek Chicken - EVERYONE Should have this recipe in their recipe files!

You’re also going to need some spices and such, but you probably already have those on hand.

Garlic powder, black pepper, kosher salt (or regular table salt), Oregano (I used the cheap stuff, but told it that it was the expensive stuff so it didn’t know – spices can’t read their labels), Olive Oil (but you can substitute vegetable oil), and lemon juice.

You can use a fresh lemon if you like, but I like to use bottled juice because I always have it on hand.

If you decide to go with fresh lemons or fresh oregano you’ll just need to eyeball it and decide on your own, or to your own taste, how much you want to use.

If you decide to follow my recipe, the exact amounts are below.

Greek Chicken - EVERYONE Should have this recipe in their recipe files!

To begin with, wash and quarter your potatoes. 

Or cut ’em up however you want. Feel free to rebel in your own kitchen.

Greek Chicken - EVERYONE Should have this recipe in their recipe files!

Arrange all of your chicken and potatoes in a 9×13 baking dish. 

It doesn’t have to be greased.

Greek Chicken - EVERYONE Should have this recipe in their recipe files!

Mix up all of your dry stuff in a small bowl.

Cut the salt in half if you are not a big salt person or if you are watching your salt intake.

Greek Chicken - EVERYONE Should have this recipe in their recipe files!

While I have all of this mess out on my counter, I go ahead and mix up a double batch. I put the rest in a baggie and label it so the next time I want to make this dish I just pull that out and have it in the oven even faster!

This is also excellent to serve in a little dish alongside another dish of olive oil for dipping pieces of bread with your meal.

Greek Chicken - EVERYONE Should have this recipe in their recipe files!

Have members of your extensive household staff sprinkle the seasonings all over the chicken and potatoes in the dish. 

Or, if you’re like me and don’t have any staff, either do it yourself or tell your daughter, when she asks if she can help

“Yes! I have a perfect job and I was just hoping someone would come in and help me!”

Greek Chicken - EVERYONE Should have this recipe in their recipe files!

Drizzle the lemon juice over the chicken and potatoes.

Greek Chicken - EVERYONE Should have this recipe in their recipe files!

Followed by all of the olive oil.

Cover with foil and bake at 350 for one hour.

Remove foil, increase oven temperature to 400, and bake for 30 more minutes, or until nicely browned.

Greek Chicken - EVERYONE Should have this recipe in their recipe files!

Enjoy this heartwarming meal with the people you love most!


greek chicken
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt*
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ⅓ cup lemon juice
  • ⅓ cup olive oil
  • 3-4 pounds chicken drumsticks, or whatever type of bone in, skin on chicken you prefer
  • 8-10 small red pototatoes (more or less, per taste)
  1. In small bowl, stir together all dry ingredients.
  2. Wash and quarter potatoes.
  3. Place chicken and potatoes in deep 9x13 baking dish. Sprinkle with seasonings. Drizzle with lemon juice followed by olive oil. Cover with foil and bake at 350 for one hour.
  4. Remove foil and increase oven temperature to 400. Bake for 30 minutes more, or until lightly browned.
*If you prefer less salt, cut this amount in half

“This thing we call ‘failure’ is not the falling down, but the staying down.”

~Mary Pickford. Submitted by Jackie.


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  1. Laura says

    Just made this for dinner tonight and it turned out FANTASTIC!!! So flavorful, moist and healthy.

    Since my husband and I aren’t huge fans of potatoes, we did 1/3 of baby carrots and 1/3 of pearl onions along with 1/3 of red potatoes. Also added an extra teaspoon of garlic. Kept everything else the same.

    My husband was literally licking his fingers :) This recipe goes into the rotation for sure.

  2. Misty says

    Hi Christy~

    This is my first visit to your site…I am so glad I found it! :)

    Your story brought tears to my eyes and a smile to my heart. I get calls from my grandma and my daddy every now and then, and it gives me peace.

    I also wanted to tell you that your comment about you telling the Oregano that it was the expensive kind, and that spices can’t read their labels made me giggle…I loved that!

    Looking forward to trying this yummy sounding recipe soon!

    Misty in Colorado

  3. Beckie says

    Christy, this is recipe is amazing! I am so glad I took the time to read your phone call from heaven. It touched my heart so much. I had a similar dream about my daddy, and I too, will never forget it. Thank you for sharing that, you never know who will be lifted up by your words, today it was me. :)

  4. Samantha says

    I made this for dinner tonight and it was FANTASTIC! The chicken skin was crispy and the meat was so moist. Thanks for another great recipe! Easy, yet so tasty! Love your blog and the recent redesign!

    (P.S. I added some quartered onions to the pan, only becasue my mother always roasts onions with her potatoes.)

  5. Venelia Turner says

    Would love to receive your emails! I heard of your site a few years ago through my niece, Tiana Brook, who is a big fan of yours. She had posted a picture of a peanut butter cake with your wonderful peanut butter icing on FB. My mom, who was a wonderful southern cook, use to make a peanut butter icing that I always loved, but I didn’t have her recipe…your recipe tasted just like it! Since then I have really enjoyed Southern Plate and your recipes. Tiana’s grandmother (my mother-in-law) and my mom were two of the greatest cooks I have known. Your recipes remind me so much of them. I gave my two best friends your original recipe book for Christmas last year. They love it. I was a Home Economics major at Auburn, and taught Home Ec at Ardmore High and Decatur High for 25 years, and I still love reading recipes and cooking. Thanks for a wonderful recipe site!

  6. Janel says

    Christy, you scored again tonight! I’ve been having to look for recipes that are not fried and so I tried the Greek Chicken tonight. It was delicious and was so easy to prepare. Those are two huge points for the Greek Chicken! I marked this recipe as a winner in my recipes and so will be using it again! Thanks!!!

  7. Shelly says

    Oh my…how this dream makes me reminisce about the dream that I had about my granddaddy a while ago. He passed away in October of 2010. I believe at the time that I was thinking an awful lot about him. I knew that he had went home to heaven, yet still I just wondered how he was. I think that is just our human mind that does that since it can’t fathom what is waiting for those who believe in heaven. One night I dreamed that we were all at my mama and daddy’s house for a celebration of some sort. We were all in the dining room gathered around the table. I looked up and I saw my granddaddy looking in thru the french doors of my mama and daddy’s dining room. He had the biggest smile on his face. He had this glow about him too. I remember looking around to see if anyone else had noticed him. It seemed as if I was the only one that could see him. I looked back at him, still grinning from ear to ear and mouthed “are you ok?” With the biggest smile on his face he shook his head yes. He then continued to observe what we were all doing and I looked away for but a moment and looked back and he was gone. I firmly believe that God has a way of communicating things to us in the most subtle yet most astounding ways. That was from God just for me letting me know that granddaddy is far better off than I ever imagined and he wouldn’t ever want to come back. Oh the wonderous love of Jesus! Thank you for your blogs, recipes, tips! When I read your blog or one of your cookbooks I feel as though i am sitting with you at your kitchen table! God Bless you and your family!

  8. John says

    Made this with boneless chicken thighs since that is what I had on hand and it was still delicious (just decreased the oven time a bit). Maybe next time I will serve wit orzo to soak up all those yummy pan juices. Thanks for an easy and delicious recipe!

  9. Eva Milicent Compton says

    What would be a good side dish to serve with the Greek chicken? you mentioned earlier that you could dip your bread in it. What kind of bread would you prefer? thank you for sharing and also what a sweet story!

    Eva Compton

    • Pat Land says

      Anything green is always good. I like to add asparagus, broccoli. spinach or fried okra. Or you may want to just add a nice big green salad. The chicken and potatoes are very filling, so you don’t need a lot. Oh, yes, a Key Lime Pie is a perfect desert, too.

  10. Lesli M says

    Mmm, just found a recipe for tomorrow night! Much appreciation for the story. I have dreams where I see my loved ones who have passed on sometimes. It always makes me a bit melancholy for them, but also reminds me that I will see them again!

  11. Alicia Simonelic says

    I just came across your recipe which I am making for my family tonight! Thank you! Also, I am a Medium and when I read your story, it was very touching. Please know that our loved ones never really die. It was not a dream that you had. It was a visitation from your GrandMother! There is a difference between a dream and a visitation. To see how many others posted on their own experiences similar to yours makes me smile!

  12. Toni says

    Hi, Christy,

    I just wanted you to know that I absolutely adore your site. It brings your love of food, home and family to all of us. Can’t wait to try this chicken. I love cooking and everything I have tried from your site has turned out great! And, I have given the Fruit Cocktail Cake recipe to a couple of friends already and turned them on to Southernplate, as well. Have a great day!

  13. Shelia says

    So love your site. Still crying from your dream. God always gives me dreams of my loved ones when they move to Heaven. Except my Momma. She moved to Heaven 3 yrs ago and I still don’t have my dream. You gave me another jolt of Faith with your dream. Gods no respect of persons do I ll have my dream. I feel her presence can t wait to try this recipe of Greek chicken ! Have a God Bless You Week

  14. Debbi Saunders says

    Oh Christie,
    Your dream gave me chills and brought tears to my eyes!!! What a beautiful dream!! Although I do believe that we will all be working in Heaven…. :)
    Thank You so much for sharing…<3

  15. Beth K. says

    Thank you for a great recipe idea. I will be trying this tomorrow night. I just want you to know I may not comment much, but I’m always on here and in your book for supper ideas. The hoe cake has become a table staple. Especially when I need to spread the meal out a bit. I love you for all you do. You are truly a blessing to me and my family. Have a great week Christy. I think I have been following you for nearly two years. It’s almost as if you’ve become family to me.

  16. Evelyn Bonilla says

    My mom who was Italian made this dish quite often. Generally, she made it for Sunday mid-day meal after mass. On Sundays, we’d always have our main meal at 1 or 2 pm as they did in Italy. The only difference in her preparation was she added quartered onions.
    Thank you for bringing back sweet memories.

  17. says

    Just found this recipe on Pinterest, looking for a way to use up my bone-in chicken. It smells delicious – cooking as we speak.

    I also love your story about your grandmama’s phone call from heaven. I still dream about my grandma, and almost all of my dreams include a phone call. I used to call her while walking home from night classes in college. When she passed, I kept forgetting and would still hop on my phone afterwards. It was a little tradition that changed abruptly.

  18. Tiffany says

    I just came across this recipe on Pinterest and it is baking in my oven as we speak. I LOVE that its naturally gluten free so I didn’t have to make any changes/substitutions to the recipe. It is hard for me to come across recipes that are gluten free that don’t have tons of ingredients or are complicated to make. Thank you for a simple recipe!

  19. Barbara Miller says

    wooo hoooo….leg quarters are on sale here for .89 cents a pound. gonna stock up and make this. it is so yummy!!!!! all your recipes are though….you have spoiled me to the easy way of cooking.

    • says

      Hey! I don’t know that I’ve ever used Greek seasoning but if I had it on hand I wouldn’t hesitate. And yes, I’d just substitute the same amount of dry greek seasoning for the other dry ingredients. Thanks!
      P.S. Now I’m wondering why I don’t have Greek seasoning…

  20. Marina says

    This recipe is so simple with very few ingredients yet the dish is large on flavor! What a fantastic recipe – thanks for posting.
    I only had skinless/boneless thighs & yellow potatoes and it turned out great. I did add the fresh squeezed lemon & olive oil before spices to give them something to stick to.
    This dish will be in our dinner rotation & I’ll make with whatever fresh veg I have on hand (squash, Brussels sprouts, etc).
    Thanks Christy !!!!

  21. Jennifer says

    I made this tonight and it was fantastic! My kids (1 and 4 years old) loved it too. I unfortunately found out as I went to throw it together that I was out of lemon juice (which never happens), so I made it without and it was still so good. I’ll be making it again for sure, and it will be even better next time when I add the lemon. Thank you!

  22. Tammy R. :~} says

    We love this dish and I make it every week or two! I use 1 or 2 teaspoons (+/-) of Cavender’s Greek Seasoning, minced garlic (fresh or jarred), some black pepper and a handful or so of fresh oregano out of my herb garden. I also throw in yellow squash, zucchini squash, fresh mushrooms and/or fresh asparagus, if I have them. I just add more of the seasonings I mentioned. I mix everything together in a large bowl with olive oil and lemon juice to make sure everything is coated before dumping it into a 9×13 casserole dish. I typically use thighs because those are what we prefer. This recipe is fantastic as is or with your own personal tweaks!

  23. Teresa H says

    I am so glad I came across your website today!!!!! I needed something different for drumsticks and this was perfect my family loved it even my picky children! Lol Definitely going to try out some more of your recipes.

  24. Jamie says

    I actually do not have Tin foil… Have you ever tried it with out the time with the tin foil?
    We try not to use it.. So I don’t have any on hand.
    Also.. You said chicken breasts would work.. What if they are boneless?
    Clearly I’m new at this whole cooking thing.

    • says

      Boneless will work but you will definitely want to cover it to keep it from drying out. You can cover it with a baking sheet though, just set it on top and it will help tremendously :) OR You can use a baking dish with a lid. You’re doing fine! :)


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