Grilled Lemon Chicken on wooden cutting board

Greek Marinade

An easy Greek Chicken Marinade recipe that yields the most tender, juicy chicken. Perfect for prepping meals in advance, freezing or just a quick go-to chicken dinner.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: Greek Chicken, Greek Marinade
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 29kcal
Author: Kristen Chidsey


  • 2 cups Wellsley Farms plain Greek yogurt
  • 3 lemons zest and juice
  • 2 tablespoons oregano
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt


  • Whisk all ingredients together. 
  • This marinade yields enough for 3-4 pounds of chicken. 

To Marinate Chicken

  • Divide 3-4 pounds of chicken thighs, chicken breasts, or chicken drumsticks between 4 freezer safe bags and pour about 2/3 cups of marinade in each bag. Seal the bag and use hands to massage the marinade into the chicken.
  • Either freeze immediately or let chicken marinade anywhere from 30 minutes to 4 hours before cooking. 
  • Defrost Chicken in refrigerator overnight. Take chicken out of fridge and let come to room temperature 15-20 minutes before cooking. 

To Grill Greek Chicken

  • Grill over medium-high heat for 5-6 minutes per side for chicken breast, 8-10 minutes for chicken thighs or drumsticks, or until chicken reaches internal temperature of 165 degrees. 

To Bake Chicken

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place marinated chicken in baking dish and bake for 15-20 minutes for chicken breast, 35-40 minutes for thighs or drumsticks. 

To Cook Greek Chicken in Skillet

  • Heat one tablespoon olive oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium high heat. Once very hot, remove chicken from marinade, scraping off excess marinade (so it will not splatter in oil). Cook until browned one side (3-4 minutes for breast, 5-7 minutes for chicken thigh or drumstick.) Turn chicken over, cover, and reduce heat to medium. Cook for approximately 6-8 more minutes (depending on thickness and cut of chicken), or until chicken is cooked to 165 degrees. 


This marinade works for chicken, pork, or lamb. 
Nutrition values are based on marinade. 
Nutrition Facts
Greek Marinade
Amount Per Serving
Calories 29
% Daily Value*
Cholesterol 1mg0%
Sodium 1175mg51%
Potassium 94mg3%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 20IU0%
Vitamin C 14.3mg17%
Calcium 57mg6%
Iron 0.5mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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