April 29, 2020

The Best Greek Chicken Marinade

The Best Greek Chicken Marinade is loaded with lemon juice and zest, garlic, basil, oregano and more for a flavorful easy grilled chicken that everyone will love!
Best Greek Lemon Grilled Chicken
During these times of being home, I'm thinking about lighter, happier, simpler times. One time that I want to share that was so great was last year for Memorial Day. I created this delicious Greek chicken marinade and yes, I'm going to go ahead and call it the Best Greek Chicken Marinade! I hope you think the same.

platter of grilled Greek chicken
For Memorial Day, we always get together with Troy's dad and stepmom. We go to a local Memorial Day parade which is a tradition for many years for Troy's dad so it means a lot to him. Then, we walk back to my in-laws house and hang out for the whole day grilling up lots of food and pretty much eating from 11 AM-6 PM haha. We blow up a pool for the kids and experience one of the first warm days of season. It is one of our favorite days of the year.

sliced Greek grilled chicken
Last year, my mother-in-law and friend Wendy asked me to come up with a marinade for Greek lemon chicken. She wanted to make these awesome Greek bowls with grains, tomatoes, tzatziki sauce, feta cheese, cucumbers, kalamata olives and more.

I made up the Greek lemon marinade on the spot and it was amazing!! I knew that I had to share it eventually and to reminisce about that great time, I am finally sharing the recipe with you. I truly hope that we can do this this year and if not, I can't wait until we can celebrate our tradition again!

The Best Greek Chicken Marinade

Ingredients for the Best Greek Chicken Marinade

  • Lots of lemon juice
  • Lemon zest
  • Olive oil
  • Fresh chopped garlic
  • Onion powder
  • A little salt
  • Italian blend seasoning
What does the best Greek chicken marinade taste like? Pure heaven! It is very lemony and full of garlic and different herbs. You can enjoy this chicken on a salad, on a Greek rice bowl or on it's own. I highly recommend marinating this chicken for at least 30 minutes. The optimal time would be to marinate the chicken for a couple of hours or even overnight in the fridge.

Greek Lemon Grilled Chicken

How to Cook Marinated Greek Chicken

The very best way to cook this Greek lemon chicken is to grill it. I have made it on a charcoal grill and on a gas grill and think that it is the tastiest on a charcoal grill. We actually own a gas grill ourselves though so use whatever you have. You could also pan fry it if you don't have a grill but grilling the chicken gives it the best flavor.

Chef'n Citrus Juicer
You are going to think that I'm crazy but my very least favorite kitchen task (aside from washing the dishes) is squeezing lemons and limes. I don't know why but I seriously hate it. If Troy is around, I ask him to do it. I just found a product that makes it so much easier though and I'm obsessed.

The Chef'n Citrus Juicer makes it easy to squeeze the lemon or lime and helps to get out 20% more juice than by not using a juicer. Super helpful for this recipe and for making anything with lemon. I cook with lemons and limes all the time so it is super helpful to make my least favorite task easier.

juicy grilled Greek chicken

The Best Greek Chicken Marinade

Yield: 1 1/2 pounds of grilled chicken 

The Best Greek Chicken Marinade

The Best Greek Chicken Marinade is loaded with lemon, garlic, basil, oregano and more for a flavorful easy grilled chicken that everyone will love!
Prep Time:  5 minutes Cook time: 10 minutesTotal time: 15 mins



  1. Take a zester or grater and grate zest from lemon. Slice lemon in half and using a citrus juicer, remove all juice from lemon.
  2. In a sealable bag, combine ingredients. Let marinate for at least 30 minutes.
  3. Grill chicken until chicken is cooked through about 5 minutes on each side- it is helpful to use a grill mat if possible.

Like this recipe? Check out more Greek-style recipes:
Mediterranean Lemon Chicken and Potatoes
Spiralized Greek Pasta Salad
Greek Stuffed Chicken
Greek Chicken Salad
Greek Roasted Vegetable and Chickpea Pasta Salad

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The Best Greek Lemon Chicken Marinade
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Chef'n. All opinions are my own.

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