Greek Chicken Marinade

This super flavorful Greek Chicken Marinade is so versatile! Fresh lemon juice, garlic and oregano come together to make this marinade shine. You can grill, bake or prepare the chicken in a skillet. Serve with a salad or roasted vegetables on the side for a dinner that’s easy to make and out of this world delicious.

marinated chicken breasts in baking dish

Why You’ll Love This Greek Chicken Marinade Recipe

Fresh, simple flavors are what make this Greek Chicken Marinade shine. Fresh lemon juice and fresh garlic are a must when making this marinade recipe. Since there’s only a few ingredients here, they need to be the best quality for the best flavor.

This marinade is so versatile, too. You can use it to bake, grill or cook the chicken in a skillet. Another wonderful thing about this marinade recipe is that you don’t need a ton of time for marinating. Since the flavors are so fresh and bold, just a couple of hours will get you great flavor.

Ingredients You’ll Need

  • Fresh Lemon Juice: Not the bottled kind, fresh is best for this marinade recipe.
  • Fresh Garlic: Nothing quite beats the flavor of fresh garlic, so crack a few cloves and mince them with a knife or put them through a garlic press.
  • Olive Oil: Greek olive oil would be wonderful, but any good quality olive oil will work.
  • Oregano: Dried oregano works quite well for this recipe, if you want to use fresh cut it down to 1/2 teaspoon.
  • Paprika: Adds a little smoky flavor and color.
  • Kosher Salt and Fresh Black Pepper: Don’t forget to season the marinade with salt and pepper, too!
greek marinade in bowl with lemons and whisk

How Long Do You Need To Marinate The Chicken?

Since we’re using fresh lemon juice, you don’t want the chicken in the marinade for too long. However, we have let this chicken marinate overnight at times and it is still fine.

The length of time for marinating also depends on what type of chicken that you’re using. Bone-in thighs or legs will take more time for marinating than boneless, skinless chicken breasts.

Because of the acidity in lemon juice, it can change the texture of the chicken if left for too long. Again, we really haven’t found that to be a problem with this marinade. To sum it up, you’re going to need at least 2 hours of marinating time or up to 8 hours.

chicken breasts marinating in greek marinade

How To Cook

This chicken can be prepared really any way you like after marinating, but there are some tips to making different cooking methods work best.

If you’re grilling the chicken, make sure that you remove most of the marinade from the chicken before placing it on a hot grill. The oil in the marinade will cause the flames to flare up on the grill, possibly resulting in some burnt chicken. But as long as you remove most of the marinade before grilling, the chicken will turn out perfect!

You can also bake this chicken right in the marinade! Since the marinade will cook with the chicken, it is safe to use in this way. You can also boil some of the reserved marinade for 5 minutes and use it as a sauce for the grilled chicken, as long as it’s boiled first it’s safe to use.

Another way to make this chicken is to cook it in a skillet on the stove top. Just a few minutes on each side until you get a nice brown exterior with extra juicy chicken.

grilled chicken breasts with lemons and parsley

What Side Dishes Go With Greek Chicken?

Chicken is such a versatile protein, you can serve it with pretty much anything you like. Whether its a potato dish or a salad, or roasted vegetables, it’s going to be delicious.

Sometimes, we even serve this slice this chicken and serve it over pasta with some of the sauce from the baking dish. Again, you can only repurpose the marinade if you’ve cooked it, or if you reserved some of the marinade before adding it to the raw chicken.

baked chicken breasts with greek marinade

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marinated chicken breasts in baking dish

Greek Chicken Marinade

  • Author: Dan
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1/2 cup 1x

This flavorful Greek Chicken Marinade is super versatile! Fresh lemon juice, garlic and oregano come together to make this marinade shine.



  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 12 tablespoons finely minced garlic (depending on how much garlic flavor you like!)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • Fresh black pepper to taste


  1. Place approximately 1 pound of chicken in a resealable plastic bag or a dish.
  2. Add the ingredients for the marinade to a bowl and whisk to combine.
  3. Pour the marinade over the chicken, making sure to coat all the chicken well.
  4. Refrigerate the chicken and let marinate for at least 2 hours or up to 8 hours.
  5. Cook the chicken on the grill, in the oven or on the stove top in a skillet. Refer to the post for cooking tips!

Recipe Notes

This marinade recipe is enough for approximately 1 pound of chicken. If you have more than that, simply double the marinade.

  • Category: Marinade
  • Method: No Cook
  • Cuisine: American

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