Greek Marinade for Grilled Chicken

Greek Marinade for Grilled Chicken

It was day 2 for the kid’s Kilometre Club prior to school and the weather was miserable. The temperature was right at the freezing point and it was windy with a mix of light snow and rain. There was a big turnout and all the kids were great troopers as they kept on running. My three were happy with their performance and I was a proud dad. It is nice to know that the rest of the week is supposed to have much nicer weather.

Today’s recipe was made alongside the Lemon Roasted Potatoes I shared yesterday. The marinade for the chicken is full of Greek flavours that I use when making Greek salad and souvlaki. There is a wonderful combination of garlic and herbs in the marinade that comes through clearly with each bite. The red wine vinegar, lemon juice and salt work together in the marinade to tenderize and brine the chicken. I use this marinade for chicken mostly but it works great with pork and lamb. Souvlaki anyone???


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Greek Marinade for Grilled Chicken
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • ⅓ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup red wine vinegar
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tbsp oregano
  • 2 tsp thyme
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
Instructions
  1. Mix all the ingredients, minus the chicken breast in a bowl. Place the chicken breasts in a dish and pour the marinade over them, turning them in the marinade to ensure that they are completely coated. Cover the dish with a lid or plastic wrap and place in the fridge for at least an hour.
  2. Place the chicken on a hot grill and cook, turning once, until the meat has an internal temperature of 165F. Grilling boneless skinless chicken breast takes about 15-20 minutes, but can vary depending on the size and thickness of the meat. Remove from the grill and let the chicken breast rest for a few minutes before serving to allow the juices to draw back into the centre of the meat.
 

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27 comments

  1. Thank you Steve! I’m a Grecophile at heart, so I’m very happy indeed to see this post, as well as your recent Greek Potatoes! :)

  2. I love a good marinated chicken breast and this looks moist and delicious!! Great flavors and I bet it complimented your potatoes from yesterday wonderfully! :)

  3. Regarding the club, it is amazing that your kids endured and did not give up. Most kids would have with much complaining as well. You should be proud.
    The key to cooking chicken breasts is making sure they do not dry out. Your chicken here does look like the marinade was very helpful in that respect. In addition, I am sure it made an excellent meal paired with those potatoes. Well done Steve!

  4. itsgoodtobethecook

    YUM! My boyfriend loves greek flavors, I never know what to use. Thank you!

  5. oh this sounds delicious – i love marinated grilled chicken!

  6. I think these are some of my favorite flavors for grilling..meats or veggies, Greek flavors are the best!

  7. Made this tonight and it was a big hit! Just right on the balance of herbally to sour. And tenderized. Great for grilling and so simple–will add this to the regular rotation–thank you!

  8. This is exactly what I’ve been looking for. Trying it out tomorrow. Thanks!

  9. I made this for a get together yesterday and paired with tzatziki, Greek salad and fresh pitas it was a hit! The only change I made was decrease the salt to 1/2 tsp and I marinated the chicken overnight. Thanks so much! I’m already planning on making it again. :)

    • So glad that it turned out well Laurie! It is a great marinade that goes great with all those other greek dishes you made! I sometimes cut the chicken into cubes and make souvlaki with the marinade

  10. OMG this was brilliant, the second time I made this I left the skin on the chicken breasts & put a tspn of garlic butter under the skin after marinating them. Great tasty, tender chicken…yummmm

  11. This was fantastic!
    We enjoyed flavourful, juicy chicken breasts for two meals.
    With or without tzatziki… wouldn’t change a thing!
    Thanks Steve.

  12. what if you don’t have a bbq? can you just put in oven? if so, what temp and for how long?

  13. Love this recipe! I use it to marinate chicken cubes for kebobs.

  14. Our family absolutely loves this marinade! We use it with chicken, pitas and tzaiziki for homemade gyros. The leftover chicken is wonderfully moist and flavorful and great in a salad the next day! Thanks for the greay recipe!

  15. I was going to try this marinade with a boneless leg of lamb for Easter. Can I use this marinade with the lamb and put it in the crockpot as my oven will be occupied with other dishes? Also, any idea how long it will need to cook in the crockpot? The lamb is just over 4 pounds.

  16. An absolutely wonderful recipe which is true to the authentic Greek Souvlaki.
    All I added for a bit of color was 1/2 Tbsp of paprika. My husband, who is difficult with food (he has a “super taster” palate – they are a minority of the population…lucky me!) also really loved it!
    I will be making this recipe over and over again since I love Greek food! Thank you!!

  17. I ended up doing a variation of this, but it wasn’t grilled, rather oven baked and also we used plain yogurt for the marinade. Have a look see and maybe do a comparison! http://ifigottagetup.com/recipe/greek-marinated-chicken-potato-couscous/

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