Greek Chicken Marinade – GypsyPlate

Give your chicken a boost with this Greek Chicken Marinade! With olive oil, lemon and fresh herbs, it adds so much brightness to your otherwise ordinary chicken.

It’s so easy to make and works great with any cut of chicken. The end result will be tender, succulent meat that you’ll want to make again and again…

Marinades are a great way to enhance the flavors of your food. Some of our favorites are our Jamaican Jerk Marinade, our Cuban Mojo Marinade, and our Carne Asada Marinade.

This Greek Chicken Marinade lives up to the best of them. It’s light and summery, with lots of fresh herbs (though you can use them dried in a pinch).

Whether you’re grilling, baking or cooking in a skillet, this will be your new favorite chicken marinade.

Give your chicken a boost with this Greek Chicken Marinade!  With olive oil, lemon and fresh herbs, it adds so much brightness to your otherwise ordinary chicken.
  • Olive oil – This is essential for a marinade, as it helps fat-soluble flavors (in this case herbs) infuse into the meat. It also helps keep the meat moist.
  • Lemons – We use both the juice and a little zest.
  • Garlic – It wouldn’t be very Greek without it.
  • Fresh herbs – Oregano, parsley, thyme and rosemary. If you run out of fresh herbs, substitute 1 teaspoon dried for every 1 teaspoon of charges.
  • Salt – In addition to adding flavor, salt helps tenderize meat.
  • Pepper

Did we mention it was easy? Simply chop your garlic and herbs, zest a lemon and squeeze them both, then mix all the ingredients together. That’s it!

Give your chicken a boost with this Greek Chicken Marinade!  With olive oil, lemon and fresh herbs, it adds so much brightness to your otherwise ordinary chicken.

The best way to marinate chicken is to place it, along with the marinade, in a ziploc bag. Squeeze out as much air as possible before closing it. Reserve in the refrigerator during the marinade.

If you’re marinating a large amount of chicken (this recipe is good for about 2 pounds), you can place the chicken and marinade in a large bowl or baking dish. Cover with cling film, then refrigerate.

Give your chicken a boost with this Greek Chicken Marinade!  With olive oil, lemon and fresh herbs, it adds so much brightness to your otherwise ordinary chicken.

Greek Chicken Marinade works well with all cuts of chicken, bone-in or bone-in.

If you’re using whole cuts, our top choice would be thighs. They are naturally more tender and juicy, and are more tolerant. Although they are safe to eat at 165°F, we prefer them at 185-190°F.

Chicken breast, on the other hand, should only be cooked to 165°F. Otherwise, it becomes dry and tough.

If you’re cooking breast, we recommend cutting it into bite-size pieces and cooking it on skewers, like our Greek Chicken Souvlaki.

chicken souvlaki on a plate

We recommend at least 30 minutes. If you are in a hurry, it will add great flavors to your chicken.

For best results, both in flavor and tenderness, marinate overnight. You will be amazed at how tasty your chicken is.

Important: Never reuse marinade that has been used on raw meat without first boiling it for several minutes. We prefer to throw it away and make a new marinade each time.

Give your chicken a boost with this Greek Chicken Marinade!  With olive oil, lemon and fresh herbs, it adds so much brightness to your otherwise ordinary chicken.

So here it is folks, a simple and easy way to make your otherwise boring chicken shine. Try it for a delicious Greek evening.

Grill it, bake it, sear it… the choice is yours. Don’t forget the pita bread and the tzatziki!

bowl of greek chicken marinade on the gypsy plate

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup olive oil

  • 2 squeezed lemons + the zest of one of them

  • 6 garlic cloves, finely chopped

  • 1 tablespoon fresh oregano, chopped

  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped

  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped

  • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, chopped

  • 1 teaspoon of salt

  • 1 teaspoon of pepper

Instructions

  1. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Marinate the chicken for at least 30 minutes or overnight.

Remarks

  1. This recipe is good for about 2 pounds of chicken.
  2. If fresh herbs are missing, substitute 1 teaspoon dried for every 1 teaspoon of charges.
  3. Discard marinade after use.

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