Best Ever Greek Chicken Marinade

Incredibly juicy, tender, flavor exploding Greek Chicken made with an EASY marinade will become one of your favorite go-to chicken recipes!  Its’ my husband’s all-time favorite marinated chicken and perfect to have on hand for salads, gyros, chicken rice bowls, sandwiches, pasta, risotto, veggie etc.  It just makes everything better (and easier)!   

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Greek Chicken Marinade on chicken.

This marinated Greek Chicken is guaranteed to become a family favorite staple with its easy prep, pantry ingredients, and the fact you can make it ahead of time making dinner time a breeze.  A wonderfully delicious, Greek breeze.

Close up of Greek Chicken Marinade on chicken in a pan.

I love this marinated Greek chicken so much I’ve already shared recipes using it such as my Greek Chicken Gyros, Chicken Souvlaki, Beef Souvlvaki, Greek Gyro Pizza and One Pot BAKED Greek Chicken Risotto.  With grilling season upon us, however, I wanted to highlight just this chicken, so you can grill it up, serve with some veggies/hummus/lemon rice/potatoes and call it a healthy, scrumptious meal or go Mediterranean style and serve with Greek pasta salad, flatbread, tomatoes, red onions, feta and either Tzatziki or yogurt and call it a delightful taste of Greece.  But one of my favorite ways to serve this chicken is my Greek Chicken Salad with Pita Croutons and Tzatziki Dressing – heaven.  Can you tell I’m in love with this chicken?

Greek Chicken Marinade on chicken with herbs on top.

Now onto this obsessive worthy Greek Chicken Marinade!  Simply whisk together olive oil, lemon juice, balsamic vinegar and our hand picked herbs and seasonings of fresh garlic, dried oregano, basil, onion powder, cumin, salt, pepper and paprika.  By using both lemon juice and balsamic as well as layers of spices, we ensure our chicken isn’t flat/one note but seeping with a symphony of flavors and oh so tender!

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All Greek Marinated Chicken is SO juicy, tender and exploding with flavor from an EASY marinade! perfect for pitas, salads, pasta, rice/veggie etc. I love having this on hand!

Greek Chicken Marinade

Incredibly juicy, tender, flavor exploding Greek Chicken made with an EASY marinade will become one of your favorite go-to chicken recipes! Its' my husband's all-time favorite marinated chicken and perfect to have on hand for salads, gyros, chicken rice bowls, sandwiches, pasta, risotto, veggie etc. It just makes everything better (and easier)!
Servings: 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts pounded to 1/2" thickness

Greek Chicken Marinade

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp EACH cumin, dried basil, onion pwdr, sugar, salt
  • 1/4 tsp EACH pepper, paprika

Instructions

  • Whisk together all of the Greek Marinade ingredients in a large freezer bag and add chicken. Marinate 4-8 hours..
  • Remove chicken from fridge and let sit at room temperature 20-30 minutes.

SKILLET DIRECTIONS:

  • Heat one tablespoon olive oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium high heat. Once very hot, drain chicken from marinade, pat dry and add to skillet.
  • Cook undisturbed for 3-4 minutes, or until nicely browned on one side. Turn chicken over, cover, and reduce heat to medium. Cook for approximately 4-6 more minutes (depending on thickness of chicken), or until chicken is cooked through. Remove to cutting board and let rest 5 minutes before slicing.

GRILL DIRECTIONS:

  • Meanwhile, grease and preheat the grill to medium heat, 375-450°F.
  • Grill chicken undisturbed for for 5-7 minutes per side, or until chicken is cooked through. (An inserted thermometer should read 165 degrees F.) Remove chicken from grill and let rest 5 minutes before slicing.

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64 Comments

  1. Wenstar says

    I am OBSESSED with this chicken! I make it every week…soooo easy and delicious and flexible for leftovers. THANK YOU

    • Jen says

      Wahoo! thanks so much Wenstar! I’m honored this Greek chicken is such a favorite!

  2. MJ says

    could you use this on shrimp? I am definitely going to make this for chicken for meal prepping with some quinoa and veggies but I was thinking it could be delicious on shrimp over a greek salad. drooling thinking about it !

    • Jen says

      YES! Great minds think alike, I have plans for Greek Shrimp Bowls! I would reserve some of the marinade to toss the shrimp in after it’s cooked and only marinate the shrimp for 30 minutes. Enjoy!

  3. Suzie says

    This marinade was great! I cut the chicken into cubes, chopped a red onion and red pepper, tossed it all together and cooked it on a sheet pan. Tossed it with some kalamata olives and feta. It was really good. Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Jen says

      You’re so welcome Suzie! Your sheet pan dinner sounds fantastic!

  4. ROBYN says

    So great. best EVER EVER I’ve made! Thank your for the recipe so much!

    • Jen says

      You’re so welcome! I’m so pleased it’s a new favorite!

  5. Erika says

    Wow, this was the best chicken I’ve ever made! Totally putting this on my menu for chicken dinner nights !

    • Jen says

      Thank you for your awesome comment Erika, I’m honored this chicken was the “best you’ve ever made!!!”

  6. Stephanie says

    This Greek marinade was fabulous! Went with a mediterranean theme for dinner tonight, making your lemon rice & your tzatkiki sauce as well to serve with warm naan bread. The kids were smearing tzatkiki sauce on the bread with slices of chicken and loved it. It was a perfect summer evening meal, with light bright flavors of lemon, garlic, dill and oregano in every bite.

    • Jen says

      Thanks so much Stephanie, I’m so pleased it was a winner! Your Greek feast sounds like my perfect summer meal! I’m so happy the kids loved it too!

  7. Kaleb says

    So great. best EVER EVER I’ve made!

    • Jen says

      I love hearing that Kaleb! Thank you so much for taking the time to comment!

  8. Steph K says

    Chicken is juicy, tender!

  9. Betty says

    I have enjoyed cooking again thanks to your wonderful recipes. I thank you for that. I make your Greek chicken marinade at least once a week. I was wondering if I could marinade the chicken and freeze it before cooking ?

    • Jen says

      Your comment made my day Betty, thank you so much! Yes, you can definitely marinate and freeze the chicken. The key is to not over-marinate, so if you’re going to marinate first and then freeze, then cook the chicken as soon as it’s thawed. Otherwise, you can add the marinade, freeze immediately and then let it thaw and marinate after it’s thawed. I hope that helps!

  10. Cindy says

    The best! Made many many times!

    • Jen says

      Thanks so much Cindy, I’m so pleased it’s a repeat favorite!

  11. Mike says

    Will it be okay to marinate longer? I was thinking between 12 to 24 hours. Look forward to your response.

    • Jen says

      HI Mike, 12 hours should be okay but any longer and you run he risks of mushy chicken. It might be okay but it might not so that is why I caution a shorter marinade time. Good luck!

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