Mediterranean Chicken Thighs with Lemon-Cucumber Relish is an easy meal that’s perfect for lunch or dinner! 

Mediterranean Chicken Thighs with Lemon-Cucumber Relish

New chicken dinner alert! 

I don’t know about you, but I’m always looking for ways to jazz up chicken. I mean, there are only so many ways a girl can enjoy chicken breasts. Which is why when I do mix up my chicken dinner game I reach for bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs. 

MY WORD. You talk about so much flavor hidden inside a protein. Plus, chicken thighs are relatively inexpensive compared to chicken breasts. I KNOW!

For this Mediterranean Chicken Thighs with Lemon-Cucumber Relish you will not only be impressed by the flavor, but how it only takes 5 minutes to prep. 

This dish is so versatile and can be made for lunches during the week or when you need dinner on the fly. Trust me when I say, this will be in your dinner rotation weekly! 

Let’s see what all the fuss is about! 

What’s in this Mediterranean Chicken Thighs with Lemon-Cucumber Relish? 

This dish is fabulous because not only does it come together quickly, but the flavor. OMG! Big fan of using fresh ingredients to make simple meals! For this recipe you will need: 

  • Bone-in Chicken Thighs
  • Cumin
  • Cucumber
  • Grape Tomatoes
  • Garlic
  • Lemon Zest + Juice
  • Feta 

Tips for Making Mediterranean Chicken Thighs with Lemon-Cucumber Relish:

1) Chicken Thighs. For this recipe I used bone-in, skin on chicken thighs because they pack so much flavor. When roasted at high heat the flavors just blend together beautifully. My biggest tip is making sure you bring the chicken to room temperature before cooking! 

roasted chicken thighs in a skillet

2) Cucumber. I would use an English cucumber. You can generally find them in the grocery store and are typically wrapped. This type of cucumber doesn’t have that waxy skin and tastes fresher! 

grape tomatoes, cucumbers, lemons in a bowl

Do I have to use bone-in chicken thighs? 

Nope! You could use regular chicken thighs or even chicken breasts. If you do cook chicken breasts you will need to decrease the cooking time so as to not dry out the chicken. 

May I substitute the cucumbers? 

Yes! I would try red onion or even pita chips that have baked. You could even leave out these additions as the flavor itself with the tomatoes is amazing! 

Mediterranean Chicken Thighs with Lemon-Cucumber Relish

What should I serve this with? 

Couscous would be a great side to add to this dish. Of course, a big heaping spoonful of hummus and pita would be delicious as well. 

More Chicken Recipes to Enjoy: 

Mediterranean Chicken Thighs with Lemon-Cucumber Relish

Mediterranean Chicken Thighs with Lemon-Cucumber Relish


  • 8 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 2 1/2 cups chopped cucumber
  • 1 cup halved grape tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup chopped red onion
  • 1/2 tsp lemon zest
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • feta crumbles, for garnish


  1. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Spray a cast-iron skillet with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Place the chicken thighs into the skillet. Drizzle the tops with olive oil, cumin, salt, and pepper. Cook the chicken thighs for at least 45 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees.
  3. Meanwhile, mix together the cucumbers, grape tomatoes, red onion, lemon zest, lemon juice, garlic, salt, and pepper. Toss to combine.
  4. Remove the chicken thighs from the oven and top with the relish and feta. Serve and enjoy!
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Mediterranean Chicken Thighs with Lemon-Cucumber Relish