Lemon Pepper Chicken and Halloumi

Lemon Pepper Chicken and Halloumi - A Cookbook Collection

This recipe for Lemon Pepper Chicken and Halloumi is a combination of two recipes that I love from Tom Kerridge’s Best Ever Dishes and Donna Hay’s Fast Fresh Simple. Lemon and pepper are a classic combination. The halloumi cheese gives a nice salty contrast to the sauce.

There is always a risk with chicken breasts that they will dry out, particularly when baked in the oven. Somehow, this chicken stays really moist and juicy. The fresh lemon flavour makes this a perfect Spring meal. This chicken would also be really nice served cold in a salad so you could always make more than needed and keep the leftovers. However I would not recommend eating halloumi cold!

Serves 2


  • 2 skinless chicken breast fillets
  • The juice and zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 2 tsp of freshly cracked black pepper
  • 2 tbsp. of runny honey
  • 2 tbsp. of Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp. of olive oil
  • Salt
  • A few sprigs of fresh thyme
  • 150g of Halloumi sliced


  • Make a few deep slashes into the chicken breasts but make sure not to cut through completely. Put the chicken into a ziploc bag.
  • In a bowl whisk together the lemon zest and juice, garlic, pepper, honey, mustard, olive oil, thyme and a small pinch of salt. Pour this over the chicken and allow it to marinade in the fridge for 30 minutes to an hour.
  • Preheat your oven to 180c/160c fan/gas mark 4.
  • Place the chicken breasts and halloumi slices into a suitable dish and pour over the marinade. Bake in the oven for approximately 18 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through.
  • Divide the chicken and halloumi between 2 plates and pour over some of the juices from the roasting dish. Remove the stalks of thyme.
  • Serve immediately with a green salad, some new potatoes or this harissa couscous.

Lemon Pepper Chicken and Halloumi -A Cookbook Collection

Lemon Pepper Chicken and Halloumi- A Cookbook Collection

7 thoughts on “Lemon Pepper Chicken and Halloumi

  1. Donna,

    I have never hear of halloumi cheese… I sure hope I can find some. This looks wonderful!

    If you see a new follow notification, I thought I already was following you. I’ve been having trouble with my WordPress Reader feed, so I just subscribed to your blog to make sure I stay updated.


    1. Thanks Debbie! I changed the blog recently and I think it’s causing some confusion.
      I love halloumi cheese. It’s known as squeaky cheese as it can have a rubbery texture. But it is great for frying or grilling as it doesn’t melt. I hope you can find some 🙂

      1. Perhaps that is why… I follow my own blog just so I can see it in the wordpress feed. It showed up today for the first time all week! Very strange… Rubbery cheese, huh?! 😉

        1. I know, I haven’t sold it to you very well! 🙂 It is delicious, often used in place of meat in vegetarian dishes. It’s a real ‘love it or hate it’ product.
          I find my WordPress reader very hit and miss about what it displays, I rely on my email instead to make I see posts, and I still miss a lot of them.

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