Greek Chicken

This post was originally published in June 2019. It has been updated and republished on April 7, 2024.

Greek Chicken is juicy and tender with the best flavor. With garlic, lemon, oregano and some black pepper this marinade makes the best chicken for a perfect dinner.

Plate of grilled Greek marinated chicken.
How long does the chicken need to marinate?

This Greek chicken has more flavor the longer it marinates. To get the full flavor the chicken will need to marinate at least 6 hours. You can also have it marinate overnight.

What ingredients do I need for the Greek marinade?

Fresh squeezed lemon juice, vegetable/canola oil, minced garlic (I use the bottles/jar kind), ground oregano, black pepper and salt.

Can bottled lemon juice be used in place of fresh squeezed lemon juice?

YES!!! Bottled lemon juice is just as good!
On average a medium sized lemon will produce about 3 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice. This is not an exact amount. Every lemon depend on size and ripeness will produce a different amount. So 3 tablespoons is an average/estimate. For this recipe it calls for 7 to 8 medium sized lemons which is about 1 1/2 cups.

What is the best way to marinate the chicken?

I prefer using a zip top bag to marinate the chicken. I then put it in a large dish or on a plate in case it leaks. Large bowl or container with a lid works great too!

Do you have to grill this Greek Chicken?

You do not have to grill this chicken. You can cook it on your stove top in a skillet, or bake in in the oven. See the blog post below for instructions.

What can you eat along with Greek Chicken?

We love to make an entire Greek inspired meal with this Greek Chicken. On the blog there are recipes for a Yellow Lemon Rice, Tzatziki (cucumber) sauce, Naan Bread or Pita Pocket Bread (we prefer the Pita Pocket Bread to stuff everything to make a pocket sandwich , and a Greek Vinaigrette for a Greek side salad. A plate of Greek chicken, yellow lemon rice, tzatziki sauce and pita pocket breaad.A hand holding pit pocket bread stuffed with Greek Chicken, lemon rice, and tzatziki sauce.

Greek Chicken Marinade and Marinating the Chicken

The marinade makes this Greek Chicken amazing!

It is made with fresh squeezed lemon juice, some oil, minced garlic, salt, ground oregano and black pepper. The ingredients are simple but the flavor is perfection.

Juice your lemons and add the other ingredients in a small bowl or glass measuring cup and give it a good whisk/mix.

Greek chicken marinade

The chicken needs to marinate at least 6 hours, I let mine marinate all day or even overnight.

You can let the chicken marinate in a zip top bag (double them up in case it leaks), or in a deep dish or bowl with a lid. You will put the marinating chicken in the fridge to marinate.

Greek marinade being poured on chicken in a zip top bags to marinate.

Add your pieces of chicken to the marinade and make sure the pieces area all covered. Let it sit in its perfect lemony Greek marinade and soak up the goodness! Put the chicken in the fridge to marinate.

If you can remember, go and stir or shake the chicken in the marinade every hour or so to make sure all piece of chicken are soaking up the Greek Chicken marinade.

Chicken breast piece marinating in Greek Marinade to make Greek Chicken.

Cooking the Chicken

You can grill this chicken, bake it in the oven or cook it on the stove.

GRILLING: Heat your grill on medium heat. Place the chicken on the grill. There is oil in the marinade so expect a few quick flare ups when putting it on the grill. Let it cook for about 6-8 minutes on each side or until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees!

Pieces of Greek marinated chicken on the grill.
Greek Chicken on the frill with a digital thermometer showing the chicken has reached 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

OVEN BAKED: Heat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with prachment paper of grease the baking sheet. Place the chicken on the pan and let it cook for about 15 to 20 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

STOVETOP: Heat a large skillet with a bit of oil on medium-low heat. Cook the chicken for about 10-15 minutes, turning it half way through cooking time. Make sure the chicken reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

Grilled Greek Chicken on a plate ready to eat.

What to Eat with Greek Chicken

We serve our Greek Chicken with Yellow Lemon Rice, Tzatziki sauce and Homemade Naan bread or Pita Pocket bread.

Grilled Greek Chicken cut into pieces to be served.
A plate pf Greek chicken, lemon rice, tzatziki sauce, and pita bread.

The pocket bread is our favorite so we can stuff the chicken and rice inside, but the Naan bread is soft and the perfect bread to wrap the meat and rice in- either way you can’t go wrong!

Pita Pocket Bread stuffed with rice, chicken and cucumber sauce.
A hand holding pit pocket bread stuffed with Greek Chicken, lemon rice, and tzatziki sauce.

The perfect salad to go with this Greek Inspired meal is my Easy Greek Salad with Greek Vinaigrette Dressing.

Easy Greek Salad | The Butcher's Wife
Easy Greek Salad with Greek Vinaigrette Dressing | The Butcher's Wife

Hope you enjoy!

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Sliced Greek Chicken

Greek Chicken

This Greek Chicken has the best marinade that that is packed with great flavor. It is the perfect blend of lemon, garlic, oregano and pepper. Serve this with Yellow Rice and you have the perfect meal!
This chicken marinade recipe will marinade up to 3 pounds of chicken. I cut up my chicken breasts into smaller pieces, and usually get about 10-12 pieces of chicken out of 3 lbs.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Marinating Time (minimum time): 6 hours
Servings: 10 Pieces of chicken approx.


  • 3 lbs. chicken breasts cut into pieces I usually get somewhere between 10-12 pieces (maybe more) depending on the size I cut them
  • 7-8 medium lemons, squeezed *approx. 1 1/2 cups of lemon juice – see notes
  • 1 cup oil
  • 8 tsp minced garlic
  • 4 tsp salt
  • 4 1/2 tsp ground oregano
  • 1 tsp black pepper


  • In a bowl squeeze all of your lemons. Add the oil and other seasonings to the lemon juice. Mix well.
  • Add your cut up chicken pieces to a zip top bag, or large bowl with a tight lid (it needs a lid to be covered for marinating or your entire fridge will smell). Add your marinade to the chicken and mix well making sure the chicken is completely covered. Let your chicken marinate in the fridge for at least 6 hours, or overnight.
  • When you are ready to grill your chicken, heat your grill on medium heat. Take your chicken out of the marinade and place it on the grill. (Discard any leftover marinade.) Grill your chicken for 6-8 minutes per side or until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees.
    *See blog post above for instructions on coking the chicken on the stove or in the oven.
  • Remove chicken from the grill when done and enjoy! See blog post above for sides that go perfectly with this chicken.


I use 3 lbs. of chicken breasts and cut them up into medium sized pieces.  You can marinade the entire breast and grill it without cutting it into pieces but the flavor won’t be as good on larger pieces. The smaller/sized pieces are perfectly marinaded and the perfect portion for people.
You can use bottled lemon juice.  You will need about 1 1/2 cups. Add more lemon juice if you want a stronger lemon flavor.
You can bake the chicken pieces in the oven at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees.
You can cook these chicken breast pieces on your stove top in a skillet with some additional olive oil or canola on medium heat until they are browned on both sides and the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees.
We eat our Greek Chicken with Lemon Yellow Rice and Fresh Tzatziki Sauce and Naan or Pita pocket bread

Nutrition information is automatically calculated and should only be used as an approximation.

Serving: 1Piece of chicken | Calories: 383kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Monounsaturated Fat: 15g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 87mg | Sodium: 1324mg | Potassium: 637mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 57IU | Vitamin C: 42mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 1mg

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