Grilled Greek Chicken

Greek Chicken Recipe –  chicken marinated in a flavorful blend of olive oil, lemon juice, Greek seasoning, oregano, garlic, and paprika. Whether grilled to perfection or baked in the oven, this dish is a surefire crowd-pleaser that’s both easy to make and packed with flavor. Serve alongside a crisp Greek salad, fluffy lemon-herb rice, and creamy tzatziki sauce for a complete Mediterranean feast that’s perfect for any occasion.

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Grilled Greek Chicken Recipe

This Greek Chicken is a flavor explosion! Tender, juicy chicken breasts marinated in a blend of olive oil, lemon juice, and aromatic herbs and spices like oregano, garlic powder, and smoked paprika. Each bite is a burst of citrusy zest and savory goodness, perfectly balanced with a hint of smokiness. Whether grilled to perfection or baked in the oven, this Greek chicken is a flavor-packed delight that’s sure to leave you craving more.

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How to Make Greek Chicken Marinade

This dish is super simple to make with only a few simple ingredients. In a medium bowl, whisk together olive oil, lemon juice, lemon zest, oregano, Greek seasoning, garlic powder, smoked paprika, salt, and black pepper. Place chicken in a large gallon-sized Ziploc bag. Pour marinade over the chicken. Seal tightly and store in the fridge for 4-24 hours. Remove the chicken from the marinade and discard the marinade. Grill/cook until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165ºF. 

Helpful Tips & Frequently Asked Questions

  • You can use this marinade on any cut of chicken– chicken breasts, chicken tenders, chicken thighs, chicken wings, or chicken drumsticks/legs.
    • You can use boneless or bone-in chicken. Adjust the cooking time to ensure an internal temperature of 165ºF.
  • I suggest pounding the chicken breast to an even thickness. We put the chicken in a ziplock bag and use a flat meat mallet to pound out the hump carefully. This ensures that the chicken cooks evenly and you don’t have juicy chicken and half-dry chicken.
  • I don’t have a grill. Can I cook the chicken in the oven or skillet? Yes! To cook the chicken breasts inside, pan-sear it for 3 to 4 minutes per side over medium-high heat. Place on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake at 400ºF for 10 minutes. Use a meat thermometer to check for an internal temperature of 165ºF.
  • What is Greek Seasoning? Greek seasoning is a combination of dried herbs such as oregano, garlic, lemon, black pepper, mint, and bay leaves.
  • Variations/Additions to the marinade ingredients:
    • fresh garlic cloves
    • red wine vinegar
    • fresh thyme
    • fresh parsley
    • honey
  • Can I freeze Greek Chicken? Yes! You can freeze the chicken uncooked or cooked.
    • Prepare the marinade. Place the chicken in a freezer bag and pour the marinade over the chicken. Seal the bag and freeze. When ready to cook, thaw in the refrigerator overnight and cook.
    • To freeze cooked chicken, cool completely and place in a freezer bag and freeze. Thaw and reheat in the microwave.
    • Store leftover chicken in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
  • Store leftover chicken in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
    • Leftovers are delicious in Greek Chicken Gyros or tossed with our favorite Greek Pasta Salad.
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What to Serve with Grilled Chicken

When it comes to serving alongside Greek chicken, it’s all about enhancing its Mediterranean flavors while providing a satisfying and well-rounded meal. 

  • Start by offering a traditional Greek salad, featuring crisp lettuce, juicy tomatoes, cucumbers, red onions, and tangy feta cheese tossed in a refreshing vinaigrette. The salad’s bright and crisp flavors perfectly complement the chicken’s savory richness. 
  • Additionally, consider serving a side of fluffy lemon rice or creamy tzatziki sauce for dipping, adding depth and creaminess to each mouthful. 
  • For a complete Mediterranean feast, round out the meal with warm pita bread and a platter of olives and roasted vegetables, offering a variety of textures and tastes to tantalize the palate. 

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Greek Chicken

Yield: 4 people
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Greek Chicken Recipe –  chicken marinated in a flavorful blend of olive oil, lemon juice, Greek seasoning, oregano, garlic, and paprika. Whether grilled to perfection or baked in the oven, this dish is a surefire crowd-pleaser that's both easy to make and packed with flavor. Serve alongside a crisp Greek salad, fluffy lemon-herb rice, and creamy tzatziki sauce for a complete Mediterranean feast that's perfect for any occasion.

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  •  In a medium bowl, whisk together olive oil, lemon juice, lemon zest, oregano, Greek seasoning, garlic powder, smoked paprika, salt, and black pepper.
  • Place chicken in a large gallon-sized Ziploc bag. Pour marinade over the chicken. Seal tightly and store in the fridge for 4-24 hours.
  • Remove the chicken from the marinade and discard the marinade.
  • Grill/cook until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165ºF.

Notes:

  • You can use this marinade on any cut of chicken– chicken breasts, chicken tenders, chicken thighs, chicken wings, or chicken drumsticks/legs.
    • You can use boneless or bone-in chicken. Adjust the cooking time to ensure an internal temperature of 165ºF.
  • I suggest pounding the chicken breast to an even thickness. We put the chicken in a ziplock bag and use a flat meat mallet to pound out the hump carefully. This ensures that the chicken cooks evenly and you don’t have juicy chicken and half-dry chicken.
  • I don’t have a grill. Can I cook the chicken in the oven or skillet? Yes! To cook the chicken breasts inside, pan-sear it for 3 to 4 minutes per side over medium-high heat. Place on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake at 400ºF for 10 minutes. Use a meat thermometer to check for an internal temperature of 165ºF.
  • What is Greek Seasoning? Greek seasoning is a combination of dried herbs such as oregano, garlic, lemon, black pepper, mint, and bay leaves.
  • Variations/Additions to the marinade ingredients:
    • fresh garlic cloves
    • red wine vinegar
    • fresh thyme
    • fresh parsley
    • honey
  • Can I freeze Greek Chicken? Yes! You can freeze the chicken uncooked or cooked.
    • Prepare the marinade. Place the chicken in a freezer bag and pour the marinade over the chicken. Seal the bag and freeze. When ready to cook, thaw in the refrigerator overnight and cook.
    • To freeze cooked chicken, cool completely and place in a freezer bag and freeze. Thaw and reheat in the microwave.
    • Store leftover chicken in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
  • Store leftover chicken in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
    • Leftovers are delicious in Greek Chicken Gyros or tossed with our favorite Greek Pasta Salad.

Steph

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Comments

  1. What, no tzasiki (sp?) sauce? ha ha

    Seriously, that chicken sounds wonderful and the photo looks excellent. Ima gonna have to try this one soon. I like greek flavors.

  2. Oh Velva – I am an Auburn girl thru and thru. I was pulling for Tebow to kill the turds!  You are better than us – we had our Longhorn gear on!!  War Eagle! Hook 'Em! Go Gators!!

  3. Your grilled grrek lemon chicken looks really good. A perfect weeknight supper. Fresh lemon juice is such an awesome marinade flavoring.

    btw, congratulations on winning the national championship! Although, we are a die hard Gator family, we were rooting for Alabama in the championshp.

  4. Sounds and looks YUMMY, Steph… Those limas look good also.. Both hubby and I love Limas –but so many people don't like them.

    It's snowing like crazy here today.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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