4.98 from 35 votes

The Best Ever Greek Chicken Marinade

 March 20, 2022

The juiciest, most delicious chicken of your LIFE is just a marinade away. This recipe is truly The Best Ever Greek Chicken Marinade, and is a surefire way to ensure that your chicken turns out perfectly moist and juicy, every single time. Plus, this marinade comes together with only six ingredients, so it’s perfect to whip up any time that you’re craving restaurant-quality chicken.

A bowl of the best ever greek chicken marinade, with a spoon and fresh herbs beside it.

Friends, if you’ve been to my blog before, then you’ll know that I’m all about the simple and easy recipes. As a busy mom of two rambunctious little boys, I just don’t have time to make all of the intricate and complicated recipes that I used to love. These days, my meals need to be quick, easy, and simple. So, what does that mean?

It means that my meals need to consist of SIMPLE ingredients that I can almost always have on-hand – whether that be spices, produce, or even meat (like chicken breast) that I can easily freeze. There is nothing worse than needing to make dinner, only to open your fridge and realize that you’re missing so many key ingredients. In my house, that just won’t fly, so I always make sure that my recipes are something that can easily be made on a whim.

Second, it also means that I need recipes that won’t take a ton of time to make. Between spending my days developing recipes and filming TikToks (which, if you aren’t following me on TikTok yet, you can find so many quick, easy recipes and kitchen “hacks” over there), to being a present mama for my boys, there is only so much time in the day that I can spend cooking meals. That’s why so many of my recipes come together fairly quickly – because that’s what I need for my life, and I know many of you need that, too!

A bowl of sliced chicken, marinated with the best ever greek chicken marinade, over peas and rice.

The Key to Getting the Juiciest Chicken Ever

There are three ways to ensure that you will get the juiciest and most delicious chicken ever. The first, is of course, to make this marinade. Because the ingredients are so simple and easy, I really recommend making the recipe exactly as is, to ensure the perfect blend of flavors. That means no substitutions- this recipe is truly as simple and easy as it gets!

Second, make sure that you are letting your chicken marinate for at LEAST 1-2 hours, but 2-4 if you really want to maximize the flavor profile. This requires a little bit of prep on your end, but I promise, it’s so easy and worth it. Once you bite into that delicious, flavorful chicken, you won’t regret it!

Third, I highly recommend using organic chicken breast for this recipe. Organic chicken breasts are so much more flavorful than conventional chicken breasts, so if you can, I highly recommend opting for organic.

Raw chicken, marinated with the best ever greek chicken marinade, and fresh lemon wedges.

What You Need to Make This Delicious Chicken Marinade

This marinade requires only 6 simple and easy ingredients to make, and truly could not be easier!

  • Olive Oil: Olive Oil is a staple of Greek / Mediterranean cooking, and is essential to making this marinade! It is also full of healthy fats, and has a delicious, rich flavor.
  • Lemon: A squeeze of fresh lemon juice helps to cut through the fat of the olive oil, and bring brightness to this dish!
  • Garlic: Fresh garlic adds the best flavor, and I highly recommend it whenever possible! Sure, you can use minced garlic or garlic powder, but fresh garlic is truly the best.
  • Thyme: Thyme is essential to Greek cooking, and adds the perfect herbaceous flavor to this recipe!
  • Dijon Mustard: Dijon mustard adds tang to this marinade. Don’t knock it until you try it!
  • Sea Salt: A pinch of salt is necessary for any good marinade!
A bowl of chicken, marinated with the best ever Greek chicken marinade, on top of rice and peas with a side of dijon mustard. A fork rests inside of the bowl.

How to Make This Greek Chicken Marinade

Making this marinade could not be simpler! Simply whisk together all of your marinade ingredients in a small bowl, until fully combined. Then, pour it over your chicken, and place the chicken in the fridge for a minimum of 1-2 hours, and a maximum of 24 hours.

Then, prepare your chicken according to your preferred method. Store any leftovers in the fridge, and enjoy!

A Few of My Favorite Chicken Recipes

If you’re looking for a few chicken recipes to serve this marinade, then you’re in luck. Chicken is one of my favorite ingredients to work with – in fact, I love working with it so much, that I created a roundup of my 8 Favorite “Family-Friendly” chicken recipes!

But for a few of my notable favorites, I love my One Pan Greek Chicken and Lemon Rice (which is perfect with this marinade!) or my Sheet Pan Bruschetta Chicken Breasts! And to continue on with the Greek theme, I also love my Cozy Lemon Chicken & Rice Soup – aka my take on an avgolemono soup!

I hope you guys love this recipe! If you make it, be sure to leave a comment below and let me know what you think! And if you post to Instagram, I repost your remakes on my IG stories! xx

Dairy Free/gluten-free/Grain Free/Nut Free/Paleo/Refined Sugar Free

The Best Ever Greek Chicken Marinade

4.98 from 35 votes
Nicole Modic
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 5 minutes
SERVES 1 Pound of Chicken
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The juiciest, most delicious chicken of your LIFE is just a marinade away. This recipe is truly The Best Ever Greek Chicken Marinade, and is a surefire way to ensure that your chicken turns out perfectly moist and juicy, every single time. Plus, this marinade comes together with only six ingredients, so it's perfect to whip up any time that you're craving restaurant-quality chicken.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 Cup Olive Oil
  • 1 Lemon juiced
  • 2 Garlic Cloves
  • 2 Teaspoons Thyme
  • 1 Teaspoon Dijon Mustard
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt

Instructions

  • In a bowl, whisk together all of the ingredients for the marinade until they're fully combined.
  • Then, pour your marinade over the chicken.
  • Store your chicken in the fridge for a minimum of 1-2 hours, and a maximum of 24 hours.
  • Cook chicken according to your preferred method, and enjoy!
  • Store any leftovers in the fridge, for up to one week.

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  1. 4 stars
    I would love to see a ratio of oil to lemon for this recipe. I was doing a large amount (about 8 lbs of chicken) and the number of lemons called for was giving me a LOT of juice. Lemons vary in size and amount of juice per lemon. I was using 2 cups of oil so stoped after 5 lemons (the recipe called for 8) because I already had 1 cup of juice! 2 to 1 ration seemed high. I added a bit more to even it out some. The marinade tastes great but won’t be grilling until tomorrow

  2. With just a handful of pantry staples, I can transform ordinary chicken into a gourmet feast bursting with Greek goodness. I can already imagine the sizzle of the grill and the mouthwatering aroma wafting through the air as this marinated masterpiece cooks to perfection. Thank you for sharing your culinary magic with the world – dinner tonight is going to be nothing short of legendary!

    • I am so thrilled to hear that! Thank you so much for making this recipe and for leaving such a kind review!

  3. Delicious marinade! What is the edamame/rice/lentil dish that this chicken is plated on? It looks fantastic!

  4. Looking forward to trying this marinade.
    Curious if you have a favorite cooking method for your chicken? And if you’ve baked them, what’s your approximate bake time and temp you’ve used before for these?
    Do you flip chicken during baking or no?
    Thanks. Interested in making for company and wanna get them right! 🙂

  5. 5 stars
    Thank you for this recipe 🙏 it has become a family staple! We usually marinate for at least 4 hours (we also tenderize the chicken breasts and give them a good stabbing with a fork). Coming off the grill the chicken is insane – super juicy and so flavorful. *chef’s kiss*

    • I am so happy you enjoyed it, Michael! Thank you so much for making this recipe and for leaving such a kind review!

    • Hi Lilian, yes! While I do not have one, you can follow any slow cooker chicken recipe and use this marinade. ☻

  6. Hi Nicole! Def trying this along with ur perfectly cooked chicken cooking method!
    But doesn’t the lemon in the marinade “cook” the chicken a bit? Usually I see recipes adding it in right before cooking

    • Hi Melina! Just be sure not to let the chicken marinate for more than 24 hours. As long as it marinates for less than that, it should be good!

  7. Saw this marinade yesterday, made it this morning and cooked the chicken this evening. This is simply wonderful! Certainly the best I’ve found and so very easy. I had chicken breast cutlets so after marinating I poured marinade and chicken into a frying pan and sautéed for about 8 minutes. Delicious!!

    • Yay! I am so thrilled that you loved this recipe, Gale! Thank you so much for making it, and for leaving such a kind review!

  8. Looking forward to trying this 🙂 do you have a recipe for the rice/edamame mix pictured with the chicken? Would love to try that as well.

    • Ooh yes, that would be delicious Marilyn! If you decide to give it a try, let me know how it works out for you!

    • Hi Robin! This is a recipe for a marinade, so you can marinate your chicken and prepare it any way that you’d like! 🙂

  9. 5 stars
    Marinade is so simple to make and absolutely delicious!! Was a big hit with my BF. Fresh lemon juice makes such a big difference. Served with spinach pie and a Greek salad. Will make again!

    • I am thrilled that you loved this recipe, Carol! Thank you so much for making it, and for leaving such a kind review!