Greek Chicken Marinade

Make this easy Greek Chicken Marinade and get grilled chicken that is tender and flavorful. Marinade features Greek yogurt, lemon and fresh herbs.

Table of Contents
  1. About Greek Chicken Marinade
  2. Marinade Ingredients
  3. How to Make Greek Grilled Chicken Marinade
  4. Pita Sandwiches
  5. Greek Chicken Marinade Recipe Recipe
  6. Frequently Asked Questions
  7. Other Chicken Dinner Recipes

During grilling and picnic season, I’m always looking for new ways of marinating chicken. Barbecue chicken and bacon wrapped chicken are two of my favorites, but this new Greek Chicken Marinade with fresh lemons, Greek yogurt and fresh herbs.

This recipe is light, healthy and fresh. It fits Mediterranean diets and is low in sugar and gluten free.

a plate of grilled chicken with greek marinade

About Greek Chicken Marinade

  • Flavor: This grilled chicken recipe has a very simple flavor. It is slightly tangy, with hints of citrus, lemon and dill. Because it has a mild flavor, it goes with just about any side dishes and is also perfect on salads.
  • Texture: The Greek yogurt and lemon juice help to tenderize the chicken. The olive oil keeps it extra moist. The texture of this chicken is great! So easy to slice.

Marinade Ingredients

For a simple Greek marinade, use these ingredients:

  • Greek yogurt. I keep 2% on hand, but whole milk yogurt works too.
  • Olive oil. Other oils will work as well, but extra virgin olive oil is a heart healthy choice.
  • Lemons. Fresh lemon juice gives flavor and tenderizes the chicken. You can use lemon zest as well if you’d like.
  • Minced garlic. Buy a jar of minced garlic or press your own. Fresh garlic is best over garlic powder, but use that in a pinch if you have to.
  • Fresh oregano, basil and dill. If all you have is dried herbs, use about 1 teaspoon of each.
  • Salt and pepper.

I love red onions and sometimes add about ¼ cup sliced red onions to the marinade as well.

How to Make Greek Grilled Chicken Marinade

  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the yogurt, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, oregano, basil, dill, salt and pepper. Mix well.
greek yogurt chicken marinade in a bowl
  • Add the filleted chicken breasts and turn them so that the marinade coats them.
  • Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate, allowing the chicken breasts to marinate for at least 2 hours, but up to 8 hours. You can also use a freezer bag for this if you need to.
chicken in greek marinade in a bowl
  • Preheat the grill to 400ºF.
  • Once the grill is heated, place the chicken on the hot grill grates. Allow the chicken to cook for about 5 minutes, then use tongs to flip and cook for an additional 5 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through (165ºF). The exact timing will depend on how thick the chicken breasts are, so be sure to check the internal temperature.
uncooked greek chicken on a grill
  • Allow the chicken to rest for 5 minutes, then serve.

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Make it a meal.

Looking for serving ideas? Here’s what we like this chicken with:

overhead view of grilled chicken on a table

Pita Sandwiches

This chicken makes great pita sandwiches or chicken gyros. Slice the chicken, add your favorite veggies and hummus, then stuff those pitas full. Drizzle with tzatziki sauce.

greek chicken in a bowl with fresh herbs and lemons
greek chicken in a bowl with fresh herbs and lemons

Greek Chicken Marinade Recipe

4.75 from 8 votes
Make this easy Greek Chicken Marinade and get grilled chicken that is tender and flavorful. Marinade features Greek yogurt, lemon and fresh herbs.
Servings 4
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Marinate Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes

Ingredients
 

  • 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt 127 grams
  • 1/3 cup olive oil 2.5 ounces
  • Juice of 2 lemons 2.5 ounces
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 3 tablespoons fresh oregano
  • 3 tablespoons fresh basil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill
  • dash salt & pepper
  • 1.3 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts two fileted breasts (or thin sliced)

Instructions
 

  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the yogurt, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, oregano, basil, dill, salt and pepper. Mix well.
  • Add the filleted chicken breasts and turn them so that the marinade coats them.
  • Cover and refrigerate, allowing the chicken breasts to marinate for at least 2 hours, but up to 8 hours.
  • Preheat the grill to 400ºF.
  • Once the grill is heated, place the chicken on the hot grill grates. Allow the chicken to cook for about 5 minutes, then turn to cook for an additional 5 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through (165ºF). The exact timing will depend on how thick the chicken breasts are, so be sure to check the internal temperature.
  • Allow the chicken to rest for 5 minutes, then serve.
  • Store any leftovers in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Notes

Refer to the article above for more tips and tricks.
The calories shown are based on the recipe serving 4, with 1 serving being ¼ of the chicken. Please note that the calorie count shows higher than it will actually be since most of the marinade stays in the bowl.
Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the calories shown are just an estimate. **We are not dietitians and recommend you seek a nutritionist for exact nutritional information. The information in the nutrition box are calculated through a program and there is room for error. If you need an accurate count, I recommend running the ingredients through your favorite nutrition calculator.**

Nutrition

Calories: 345kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 14g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 96mg | Sodium: 181mg | Potassium: 592mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 132IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 1mg
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Calories 345
Keyword easy grilled chicken recipe, greek

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you bake this chicken?

Yes. Preheat the oven to 400ºF. Line a shallow baking pan with parchment paper or foil. Place the chicken in a single layer. Bake for 10-20 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 165ºF.

Can you cook Greek chicken in a skillet?

Yes. Heat olive oil in a skillet and once it is hot, add the chicken. Cook for about 4-5 minutes on each side, or until the internal temperature reaches 165ºF.

Can I use other cuts of chicken?

Yes. I’ve used this on chicken thighs and it is great.

Can I make Greek chicken kabobs with this marinade?

Yes. Simply marinate the chicken in the same way, just cut it in bite size pieces.

Is this marinate good with pork chops?

Yes. So good!

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About Julie Clark

I'm Julie Clark, CEO and recipe developer of Tastes of Lizzy T. With my B.A. in Education and over 30 years of cooking and baking, I want to teach YOU the best of our family recipes.

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