Oven-Roasted Shrimp or Chicken Santorini

Shrimp Santorini is a signature Greek dish bursting with sizzling shrimp, sweet tomatoes, rich feta cheese, olive oil and herbs.

This dish originated on the Greek island of Santorini and is the epitome of Greek cuisine. Traditionally, it was cooked over a fire in a double-handled copper pot and could be made using a number of other proteins like mussels or chicken.

I came up with my own version using all of the same delicious ingredients and then roasting everything together on a baking sheet lined with foil in a 400-degree oven. The result is a yummy one-pan Greek-inspired dinner that is perfect to serve on a busy school night, but it is also fancy enough to serve at your weekend dinner party.

Servings: 6

4 cloves chopped garlic

½ teaspoon kosher salt

¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

1 teaspoon fresh lemon zest

¼ teaspoon dried oregano

2 tablespoons fresh chopped parsley

¼ teaspoon dried mint

¼ cup fresh lemon juice

¼ cup red wine vinegar

¾ cup olive oil

2 pounds large tail-on shrimp, peeled and deveined,

or 2 pounds chicken breast, cut into strips

1 large red onion cut into chunks

10-ounce container grape or cherry tomatoes

1 cup marinated artichoke hearts

1 cup kalamata olives

¼ cup capers

½ cup crumbled feta

Orzo pasta or couscous for serving

1. In a mixing bowl, combine the garlic, salt, red pepper flakes, black pepper, lemon zest, oregano, parsley and mint.

2. Whisk in the lemon juice, vinegar and olive oil. Set the marinade aside.

3. Place the shrimp or chicken into a zipper baggie, and pour half of the marinade over to coat. Allow it to marinate for 35 to 45 minutes.

4. Add the red onion, tomatoes, artichokes, olives and capers into a mixing bowl. Toss with the remaining half of the marinade.

5. Heat the oven to 400 degrees and line a baking sheet with nonstick foil. Set the shrimp or chicken onto the prepared baking sheet, and place it in the oven to roast. For the shrimp, roast for 2 to 3 minutes before adding the remaining vegetables. If using chicken, roast for 10 to 12 minutes before adding the veggies. Roast for another 8 to 10 minutes, or until the tomatoes are just beginning to blister. 

6. Remove the pan from the oven. Sprinkle with the crumbled feta. Serve with orzo pasta or couscous.

This article was originally published in the August 2022 issue of 225 magazine.