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


  • 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


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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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  1. Jody Jackson says


    You are absolutely my favorite chef! I love your recipes….so much…wonderful flavors!

    You are such a blessing!

    May the Lord continue to prosper you and your family!


    • Jen says

      Thank you for such a kind, thoughtful comment Jody! Seriously, your words means the world to me! All the best to you and yours as well!! xo

  2. Ashley says

    This looks delicious and simple! I have a great Greek seasoning I use often but never made a marinade before!

    • Jen says

      Thank you Ashley! delicious and simple is the best! I think you will find the marinade makes a world of difference!

  3. Jen B says

    This Greek chicken marinade is so easy and tastes amazing! I use fresh oregano and lemons from my garden. My husband and I both love it and we’ve grilled with it a few times already. I normally don’t cook a lot of chicken because it’s so boring and unappetizing to me (my dad cooked the same chicken dish every night when I was a kid) but this one changed my mind about chicken. I’m thinking of making up batches of Greek marinated chicken and freezing them so I always have something delicious on hand this summer! Thanks for the win!

    • Jen says

      Thank you Jen, I’m so happy you loved it, especially when you’re not usually a chicken fan! Fresh oregano and lemon from your garden sound divine! Marinating chicken makes a world of difference in transforming boring chicken into amazing!

  4. Doris O'Gorman says

    paprika pepper is one ingredient in the greek marinade for chicken recipe, what is it ??? i know it must be a spice but have not seen this particular spice on shelves

    • Jen says

      Hi Doris, I had updated the recipe but probably needed to clear the cache. It should red paprika, pepper – so two separate ingredients. Enjoy!

  5. Christina says

    If marinated overnight will the lemon juice dry out the chicken?

    • Jen says

      Hi Christina, because its only 1 tablespoon lemon juice I haven’t had that experience, just really juicy chicken. Enjoy!

  6. Carol B says

    Just made this recipe, and it is DELICIOUS! I let it marinade overnight, and the chicken was juicy and flavorful. I made extra, and am going to make Greek wraps with it tomorrow. This recipe is a keeper!

    • Jen says

      Thank you Carol, I am thrilled this recipe is a keeper!

  7. Sabrina says

    Can I use this marinade for pork ? I want to make pork skewers
    Thanks k you

    • Jen says

      Yes, that would be delicious!

  8. Alyssa says

    Made this dish last night — freaking incredible! My whole family loved it which rarely happens. Along with the chicken (used the nonstick skillet version), I roasted some carrots and potatoes and made a Greek salad with homemade croutons.

    With the leftovers, I’d love to make the flatbread!

    Thank you for this delicious recipe. I will be making it for years to come!

    -Alyssa from Michigan

    • Jen says

      LOL! I love your enthusiasm Alyssa, thank you! Your entire meal sounds delicious and I think you’ll love the flatbread too! Thanks for your awesome comment!

  9. Taylor says

    Where can I find the nutritional value for this recipe? Made it tonight in a pita with cucumbers, olives, tomatoes, purple onion, feta, hummus, and LOVED it, but trying to track my calories. Thanks!

  10. Julia says

    Loved this marinade! Followed the recipe exactly and cooked my chicken on my stovetop grill pan and it came out beyond expectations. Eating the leftovers for lunch today and it’s still just as good. Thanks for posting!

    • Jen says

      Awesome Julia, I’m thrilled this chicken came out “beyond expectations!” Thank you for taking the time to comment!

  11. Chris says

    A local lotto winner, turned restauranteur, built a multi store business grilling fresh chicken in my town. I yearned for the recipe for over 20 years and all I could determine was that he used cumin in his Greek marinade. His chicken is absolutely fantastic. Now I know how he did it. Yours is as good or better. The second attempt I learned not to grill it over ‘even’ a low flame because the sugar burns. Indirect grilling at 375 is the key. Thank you!!

    • Jen says

      Thanks so much Chris, I am so happy to hear you’re able to recreate that same chicken you love! Thanks for taking the time to comment 🙂

  12. Aimee says

    This recipe is outstanding! It tastes just like the grilled chicken I grew up eating at a local restaurant. Thank you for sharing your recipe with our family. We will enjoy it again and again.

    • Jen says

      Thank you so much Aimee! I am thrilled you love it so much and it is a new family favorite! Thank you for taking the time to comment!

  13. Debbie says

    This chicken was seriously delish! It is the PERFECT marinade. My entire family devoured it and it was such a healthy dinner served with a Greek salad and quinoa. My 10 year old son said “Mom this is so good you could serve this in a restaurant”. My husband said “wow this tastes just like the amazing Greek chicken that I used to get in NYC”. I am so happy that I found your blog…I will be trying the Korean beef bowls next! I love the 30 minute meals for weeknights. Also can’t wait to try the Pork tenderloin. Thank you! I will def be making this often.

    • Jen says

      YAY! I’m thrilled your whole family thought this was restaurant worthy! Thank you so much! I love the Korean bowls, and the tenderloin, I hope you love them too. I am working on building up my 30 Minute Meals so hopefully there will be more in there shortly! Happy cooking!

      • Debbie says

        Is it ok to use siracha instead of the gochujang in the Korean bowls? My local Shoprite didn’t have it.

        • Jen says

          Hi Debbie, there is a notable flavor difference between the two with Gochujang being sweet and spicy and Sriracha being tangy spicy. I think using Sriracha would be fine but I would start with 1 tablespoon and add more to taste. Hope this helps!

  14. kazy says

    Hi Jen, I was going to bake this instead of frying or grilling. Should I discard the marinade? You didn’t instruct to discard it when grilling, so I thought I could bake it in the marinade or does that ruin the flavor?

    • Jen says

      I Kazy, I would discard the marinade first. Enjoy!

  15. karen says

    If I make a big batch of the Greek marinade, how long will it last in the refrigerator?

    • Jen says

      Hi Karen, minced garlic doesn’t last that long once chopped, so I would say about 3 days. If you replaced the garlic with garlic powder then I think it could last 1-2 weeks because the only ingredient you would need to worry about is the lemon juice which can last some time. Hope that helps!

  16. Susan says

    The Best Greek Chicken….your absolutely right! This was a big hit with my family! Thank you so much for sharing your recipe!

    • Jen says

      You are so welcome Susan! I’m thrilled it was such a hit! Thank you for taking the time to comment!

  17. Kathryn says

    Jen this is my first time trying out one of your recipes as I came across your site on a random search for a Greek chicken marinade- and let me just say that the chicken turned out to be AMAZING!! The flavors were fantastic and my picky husband just loved it- plus the chicken turned out to be incredibly tender as well:) I will definitely be trying your other recipes!

    • Jen says

      Welcome Kathryn, I’m so happy you loved your first recipe from my site! I hope you have fun exploring and find many new favorites!

  18. Emily says

    I absolutely love this marinade! I’ve made it three times now and my entire family goes crazy for it. I double the recipe for two pounds of chicken and grill it on my George Foreman! haha, anyways thanks for an amazing recipe:))

    • Jen says

      Thank you so much for taking the time to comment Emily! I’m thrilled this Greek marinade is a hit with the entire family!

  19. David Schumpert says


    Your recipe looks rad but I have a question in a suggestion.

    I almost never ordered chicken a restaurant because it’s so much cheaper than any of the other meats so I feel like I’m getting ripped off. Plus I like turkey better than chicken on the whole because it’s a pretty bland meat. Just the same, your marinade sounds delicious.

    I assume you’re grilling instructions are for direct heat, but we all know what assume means. Also would be cool if you put the date of your articles at the top below your byline.

    Thanks & Happy New Year!

    • Jen says

      Hi David, I hope you love this chicken! Yes, the grilling instructions are for direct heat, enjoy!

  20. Alison says

    Love, love, love this recipe it’s amazing!! I marinated my chicken for 11/2 days because I couldn’t cook it last night. Cooking it for the family tonight and the house smells so good and it’s delicious! This Greek chicken is just what I was looking for thank you so much!! I will be trying as many of your recipes as I can cook!

    • Jen says

      Sorry for the delay Alison as I’m catching up on comments, but I LOVE hearing that this Greek chicken is a new favorite! I hope you’ve been able to try many more of my recipes and hopefully discovered some new favs!

  21. 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!

  22. 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!

  23. 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!

  24. 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!

  25. 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!!!”

  26. 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!

  27. 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!

  28. Steph K says

    Chicken is juicy, tender!

  29. 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!

  30. Cindy says

    The best! Made many many times!

    • Jen says

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