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marinated greek chicken on a white plate

Greek Chicken Marinade

Course Main Dish
Cuisine Greek
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Marinade Time 4 hours
Servings 6
Calories 296kcal
Author Christy


  • 2 lbs. boneless skinless chicken breasts 3-4 breasts
  • Zest from one lemon
  • 1/3 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 plain yogurt don’t use non-fat
  • 2 Tbsp. minced garlic
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. black pepper
  • 1 tsp. dried basil
  • 2 tsp. dried oregano
  • Chopped fresh parsley for garnish


  • Remove any visible fat and use a fork to poke holes in about 5 places on each chicken breast to allow the marinade to soak into the chicken .
  • In a small mixing bowl, whisk together lemon zest, lemon juice, olive oil, yogurt, garlic, salt, pepper, basil, and oregano
  • Add chicken to bowl and rub marinade over chicken. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, preferably 4-6 hours. Don’t marinade over 24 hours.
  • Preheat grill over medium-high heat (to about 425°F or 218°C) and oil grill grates with a grill brush and olive oil to prevent sticking.
  • Remove chicken and discard leftover marinade. Cook chicken breasts on the grill for 5-8 minutes per side or until the internal temperature of the chicken reads 160 – 165° F (71-74° C) in the thickest part with an instant read thermometer.
  • Remove from grill and let the chicken rest for 5 minutes before slicing to make sure it stays juicy. Slice, garnish with fresh parsley and serve right away.


Cooking time can vary based on size and heat temperature so I recommend using a  meat thermometer when cooking whole chicken breasts or thighs. Here are some general cook time ranges for different cooking methods (exact time depends on size and temperature):
  • Grilled Breasts - 5-8 minutes/side at about 425°F (218° C)
  • Grilled Thighs - 4-5 minutes per side at about 425°F (218° C)
  • Grilled Kabobs with 1" pieces - 4-6 minutes per side
  • Stovetop Skillet as 1" Chunks - 10-12 minutes on medium-high heat w 1 Tbsp. oil
  • Breasts in Oven - 18-22 minutes at 400°F (205° C)
Breasts and thighs should marinate 4-6 hours, with a minimum of 2 hours and a maximum of 24 hours. 1" chunks can be fully marinated in 1 hour or half hour at the absolute minimum. 


Calories: 296kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 97mg | Sodium: 496mg | Potassium: 635mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 73IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 63mg | Iron: 2mg