Greek Chicken Marinade

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This Greek chicken recipe is easy to make with simple ingredients. The greek chicken marinade is bold and flavorful with hints of paprika, oregano, lemon, onion and garlic. It can be baked or grilled!

a plate of 3 Greek Chicken breasts, one sliced into strips


It’s no secret that Mediterranean cuisine is my absolute favorite. Which is why I make this Greek chicken recipe on repeat all year long!

The greek chicken marinade is easy to whisk together and is loaded with flavorful ingredients like oregano, mustard, lemon juice, paprika and garlic. It infuses the chicken with flavor so every bite is bursting with flavor.

Serve this greek chicken on top of our favorite greek salad, with a side of tzatziki sauce or hummus and homemade pita bread for a meal your entire family will love!

Greek Chicken cut into strips on top of a greek salad

Greek Chicken Recipe: Ingredients & Substitutions

overhead photo of the ingredients in this Greek Chicken Marinade recipe
  • Chicken breasts. this greek chicken marinade can be used on chicken thighs, or even steak if you’d like!
  • Dijon mustard. choose your favorite variety such as yellow, spicy, etc.
  • Honey. granulated sugar works well in place of honey.
  • Dried oregano. you can replace 1 Tablespoon of dried oregano with 2 Tablespoons of fresh oregano.
  • Smoked paprika. Regular paprika works well in this recipe, however I love the smoky flavor of smoked paprika.
  • Onion powder. you can substitute 1 Tablespoon finely diced onion for the onion powder.
  • Minced garlic. jarred or freshly minced both are great. Or substitute 1 teaspoon garlic powder for the 1 Tablespoon minced garlic.
4 Greek chicken breasts on a plate with lemon

How to Make Greek Chicken Marinade

Let’s walk through how to make Greek chicken step-by-step, and don’t forget to watch the video.

Marinate chicken

Begin this recipe by making the Greek chicken marinade. Measure the marinade ingredients into a medium bowl.

Greek Chicken Marinade ingredients in a bowl before mixing

Then, whisk until the mixture is homogenous (uniform throughout).

Greek Chicken Marinade in a bowl after being whisked together

Next, place the chicken breasts into a glass container with a lid or in a plastic bag inside another container (in case the bag leaks).

Pour the marinade over the chicken turn to coat the chicken. Marinate the Greek chicken in the refrigerator for 1- 6 hours.

two photos showing chicken being marinated in Greek Chicken Marinade

Cook the chicken

You can cook the chicken either by grilling it or baking it in the oven.

First, remove the chicken breasts from the marinade and shake off excess greek chicken marinade.

Greek chicken on a plate after being marinated in a Greek Chicken Marinade

Grill

Then, grill the Greek chicken over medium heat for about 5 minutes on the first side, and 3-5 on the second side, until chicken reaches an internal temperature of 160 degrees F.

Bake

Or, you can bake the chicken in a 9×13″ baking dish at 400 degrees for 14-20 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit on an instant read thermometer.

Note: both the grill time and baking time depends entirely on the thickness of your chicken breasts.

4 grilled Greek chicken breasts

Serve

Serve the Greek chicken warm with your favorite mediterranean dishes. Here are some suggestions:

Greek chicken cut into slices on top of a greek salad

Store

Store leftover greek chicken in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

I like to slice it into strips and store it in a glass container as a way to meal prep chicken for the entire week. If it’s already sliced, I am more likely to eat it for lunch!

a fork taking a bite of a slice of Greek chicken

Freeze

You can also freeze this greek chicken in an airtight container for up to 1 month. Reheat on the stovetop or in the microwave.

3 Greek chicken breasts on a plate, one of them cut into strips

Recipe FAQs

Can I double this recipe?

Yes! Double the recipe to meal prep a large amount of greek chicken or to feed a crowd.

What do you serve with Greek chicken?

Serve this recipe with your favorite Greek dishes like:
Homemade tzatziki sauce and homemade hummus (you can use store-bought but homemade is so much better)!
Greek Salad or Greek Orzo Salad.
Homemade pita bread or homemade naan!

How long does Greek chicken last?

Up to 5 days in the refrigerator or 1 month in the freeze when stored in an airtight container.

a fork taking a bite of Greek chicken on a greek salad

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Greek Chicken Marinade Recipe

Laura
This Greek chicken recipe is easy to make with simple ingredients. The greek chicken marinade is bold and flavorful with hints of paprika, oregano, lemon, onion and garlic. It can be baked or grilled!
5 from 3 votes
Course lunch, Main Course
Cuisine American, Mediterranean
Servings 8 Servings
Calories 138
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time1 hour 10 minutes
Marinating1 hour
Total Time1 hour 15 minutes

Ingredients 
 

Instructions 

Marinate chicken

  • In a medium bowl, whisk together lemon juice, olive oil, mustard, honey, oregano, paprika, onion powder, minced garlic, sea salt, and pepper.
  • Place chicken breasts into a glass container with a lid or in a plastic bag inside another container (in case the bag leaks).
  • Pour the marinade over the chicken turn to coat the chicken.
  • Marinate in the refrigerator for 1- 6 hours.

Grill

  • Remove the chicken breasts from the marinade and shake off excess marinade.
  • Grill over medium heat for about 5 minutes on the first side, and 3-5 on the second side, until chicken reaches an internal temperature of 160 degrees F.

Video

Notes

Ingredient Substitutions
  • Chicken breasts. this greek chicken marinade can be used on chicken thighs, or even steak if you’d like!
  • Dijon mustard. choose your favorite variety such as yellow, spicy, etc.
  • Honey. granulated sugar works well in place of honey.
  • Dried oregano. you can replace 1 Tablespoon of dried oregano with 2 Tablespoons of fresh oregano.
  • Smoked paprika. Regular paprika works well in this recipe, however I love the smoky flavor of smoked paprika.
  • Onion powder. you can substitute 1 Tablespoon finely diced onion for the onion powder.
  • Minced garlic. jarred or freshly minced both are great. Or substitute 1 teaspoon garlic powder for the 1 Tablespoon minced garlic.
Store/freeze
Store leftover greek chicken in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days, or in the freezer for up to 1 month. Reheat on the stovetop or in the microwave.

Nutrition

Serving: 0.25pounds chicken | Calories: 138kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 225mg | Potassium: 441mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 77IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. 5 stars
    This marinade was delicious!! Quick to mix up and I cooked it on the BBQ after 4 hours of marinating. I will use your recipe again, Thank you for sharing!