Greek Chicken

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This Greek chicken is a moist and juicy recipe, infused with the essence of fresh squeezed lemon juice and fresh fragrant herbs. It’s the ultimate Greek chicken marinade that creates the most succulent end result!

The best part? It makes the most incredible leftovers! We love to use this chicken in our favorite pasta dishes, on top of salads, or simply with a side of Roasted Veggies.

The options are endless, and it’s absolutely exploding with fresh flavor whether baked or grilled.

Slices of Greek marinated chicken on a white surface, grilled lemon to the side.

I love creating a delicious chicken dinner the whole family can enjoy. This Greek chicken is exactly that – a nutritious, healthy family meal that appeals to everyone on your list!

Full of fresh, zesty lemon juice and herbs, it’s bright, juicy and perfectly crispy on the outside no matter how you cook it.

We’ve tried serving it every which way, and I can’t decide which is my favorite! On top of a bed of Lemon Basil Pasta, over aArugula Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette, or simply served alongside some delicious Roasted Cauliflower for a low carb option… they are all spectacular!

Come see why this is one of our family’s favorite chicken recipes ever – any which way we slice it!

Greek chicken breast on a white plate, topped with grilled lemons and feta cheese and herbs.

Why You’ll Love this Greek Chicken

  • Prep the marinade ahead
  • Delicious baked or grilled
  • Perfect atop pasta, salads or in Pita sandwiches
  • Nutritious and low carb
Slices of Greek marinated chicken on a white surface, grilled.

Greek Chicken Marinade Ingredients

Ingredients for Greek chicken laid out on a marble surface.

For the Greek Chicken

  • Boneless skinless chicken breasts – Choose similarly sized chicken breasts if possible, this ensures your grilling or baking will be even.
  • Lemons – sliced, throw them on the grill with the chicken if you’d like.
  • Feta – Optional! I like to add a little crumbled feta over this dish for even more of a Greek feeling.

For the Greek Chicken Marinade

  • Olive oil – Extra Virgin Olive Oil is what we traditionally use here, adding healthy fats, moisture and flavor to this dish.
  • Lemon juice – for that zesty Mediterranean flavor! Fresh squeezed is best but feel free to take a shortcut and use store bought.
  • Garlic – minced. I love fresh garlic, but it’s also okay to take a shortcut here and buy the minced garlic bottles in the produce section.
  • Thyme leaves – fresh is best, but you can also use dried as specified in the recipe card.
  • Oregano – fresh, chopped. Use dried if that’s what you have on hand.
  • Sea salt – to taste
  • Black pepper – fresh ground
A clear glass mason jar full of Greek chicken marinade.

Variations

  • Use dried herbs instead of fresh, or use my homemade Italian Seasoning as a substitute.
  • Add 1/3 cup Greek yogurt to marinade.
  • Add rosemary to marinade
  • Top with olives
  • Try this recipe with chicken wings, chicken drumsticks or thighs.
A clear glass mason jar full of Greek chicken marinade.

How to Make Greek Chicken in Just Six Easy Steps

On the Grill

  1. In a jar, bowl, or sealable bag, combine Greek chicken marinade ingredients. Add chicken and pour marinade over the top. Refrigerate, covered. A clear glass mason jar full of Greek chicken marinade. Chicken breasts in a white baking dish, being covered in a greek chicken marinade. Greek Marinated Chicken breasts in a white baking dish, covered in a greek chicken marinade.
  2. Preheat grill and brush with oil.
  3. Place chicken breasts on the grill, close lid and grill, covered. Greek chicken breasts on a grill. Greek chicken breast on a grill with a meat thermometer sticking out, slices of lemon being grilled too.
  4. Rotate chicken and grill until juices run clear. Greek chicken breasts on a grill, slices of lemon being grilled too.
  5. Allow chicken to rest to seal in the juices before slicing.
  6. Top chicken breasts with lemon slices and feta.

In the Oven

  1. Marinate chicken as described above.
  2. Preheat oven. 
  3. Place chicken breasts in a casserole dish. Bake until internal temperature reaches 160-165 degrees F. 
  4. Remove and top with feta. Allow to rest before serving.
Greek chicken breast on a white plate, topped with grilled lemons and feta cheese and herbs.

Greek Chicken Serving Suggestions

Greek Marinated Chicken Tips

  • The longer you marinade your chicken, the more moist and flavorful it will be. However, don’t marinate for much past 24 hours as the lemon juice will start to toughen the chicken instead of softening it.
  • Use a meat tenderizer to pound the chicken if one side of the chicken is a lot thicker than the other side. This will help it cook more evenly.
  • For the juiciest chicken, allow the chicken breasts to rest 5-10 minutes before slicing and serving. It seals the juices in.

Scaling up, down or substituting? You’ll love this printable Measurement Conversion Chart!

Greek chicken breast on a white plate, topped with grilled lemons and feta cheese and herbs.

Shortcuts

  • Buy pre-minced garlic at the grocery store.
  • Use store bought lemon juice.
  • Baking in your oven takes a little longer but is less hands-on.

Scaling up, down or substituting? You’ll love this printable Measurement Conversion Chart!

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Greek chicken low carb?

Yes! This Greek marinated chicken recipe has just 6 grams of carbohydrates per serving.

How long should you marinate chicken?

I find that 6-8 hours will produce the best flavor and texture in your marinated chicken recipes. Marinades without acid (vinegar, citrus juice etc) can be left longer, but 24 hours is generally considered a maximum.

Greek chicken breast on a white plate, topped with grilled lemons and feta cheese and herbs.

Make Ahead

  1. Mix up your Greek chicken marinade up to 48 hours in advance.
  2. Marinade this chicken up to 24 hours ahead of grilling or baking.

How to Store

  • At Room Temperature – Chicken can be left out while serving, but no longer than two hours.
  • Refrigerate – This Greek chicken can be stored covered in the refrigerator for 3-5 days.
  • Freeze – Allow chicken to cool. Place whole chicken, chopped chicken, or shredded chicken in bags or containers. Keep frozen for up to three months. Let thaw in refrigerator and then reheat in oven or skillet. To keep chicken moist, let simmer in a covered skillet or covered pan in the oven with a few tablespoons of chicken stock.

What to Do with Leftovers

  • Add it into a salad
  • Chop it up and put it in a Chicken Wrap
  • Serve it in a warm corn tortilla for Chicken Tacos
  • Cut it in cubes and serve in a soup
Slices of Greek marinated chicken on a white surface, grilled.

Dietary Considerations

  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free
  • Nut Free

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Slices of Greek marinated chicken on a white surface, grilled lemon to the side.

Greek Chicken

Author: Julie Blanner
This Greek chicken is a moist and juicy recipe, infused with the essence of fresh squeezed lemon juice and fresh fragrant herbs. It's the ultimate Greek chicken marinade that creates the most succulent end result!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Entree, Main Course
Cuisine American, Mediterranean
Servings 3
Calories 407 kcal

Ingredients
  

Chicken

  • 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 lemons sliced
  • cup feta crumbled

Greek Chicken Marinade

  • cup olive oil extra virgin
  • ¼ cup lemon juice 2 lemons, juiced
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic 6 cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon thyme fresh, leaves only
  • 1 tablespoon oregano fresh, chopped
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper

Instructions
 

  • In a jar, sealable bag, sealable jar or small mixing bowl, combine olive oil, lemon juice, minced garlic, thyme, oregano, salt and pepper. Add chicken to a casserole dish and pour over the top, cover and refrigerate or to the sealable bag. Refrigerate covered for 30 minutes or up to 24 hours.
  • Preheat grill to medium high heat. Brush with oil. Place chicken breasts on the grill and discard marinade. 
    Close lid and grill covered 6 minutes. 
    Rotate chicken and grill 5-7 minutes when juices run clear and internal temperature has reached 160°F using a meat thermometer.
    Grill lemon slices for 30 seconds on each side.
    Allow chicken to rest for 5-10 minutes to seal in the juices before slicing.
  • Top chicken breasts with lemon slices and feta.°

Notes

In the Oven
      1. Marinate chicken as described above.
      2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. 
      3. Place chicken breasts in a casserole dish. Bake until internal temperature reaches 160-165 degrees F. 
      4. Remove and top with feta. Allow to rest 5-10 minutes before serving.
Variations
  • Add 1/3 cup greek yogurt to marinade.
  • Add rosemary to marinade
  • Top with olives
Notes
  • You can substitute dried herbs, but it won’t be as flavorful. Use 1 teaspoon of each.

Nutrition

Calories:407kcalCarbohydrates:6gProtein:27gFat:31gSaturated Fat:6gPolyunsaturated Fat:3gMonounsaturated Fat:19gTrans Fat:1gCholesterol:87mgSodium:707mgPotassium:517mgFiber:2gSugar:1gVitamin A:249IUVitamin C:20mgCalcium:142mgIron:2mg
5 from 2 votes
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