Greek Marinade for Chicken with Yogurt

Greek marinade for chicken

All you need to take your chicken to the next level is a simple yet full of Mediterranean flavours marinade! And I have just the perfect Greek marinade for chicken for you to try!

It takes just a few minutes to create and adds tons of flavor to any type of chicken. You can easily use it to add flavor to chicken for a meal or to great delicious grilled chicken for your next barbecue.

Greek marinaded chicken

Greek Marinade for Chicken

Greek chicken marinade is a simple to prepare marinade to make your chicken more flavorful without a lot of extra work.

Marinades are used for all kinds of meat and this one could be adapted to other meats but is definitely a star when added with chicken.

  • Easy to make: Marinade takes just a few minutes to prepare.
  • Use with any type of chicken: You can add any cut of chicken into the marinade.

Delicious Greek marinade for chicken

Greek marinade for Chicken with yogurt 

It is definitely best to use Greek yogurt for this recipe if you have it, because the yogurt works to tenderize the chicken. However, if you don’t have any Greek yogurt, you can use plain natural yogurt and it will work in a similar way.

If you don’t have any kind of yogurt you could use lemon juice as stated at the recipe below.

Tip: Depending on what you are serving with the chicken, you can add a teaspoon of sweet smoked paprika to the marinade for extra flavor.

Key Ingredients Greek Marinade for Chicken

Marinade: The marinade is made up of olive oil, lemon, garlic cloves, yogurt and red wine vinegar with dried oregano and runny honey in the mixture.

Chicken: You can use any type of chicken for the piece, thighs, breasts or chicken pieces. It is also optional if you want to have the skin on or off. You’ll want around 1lb or 1 ½ ounce for this recipe.

Greek marinade for chicken ingredients

Greek chicken marinade Key Preparation Tips

Take a large bowl or a ziplock bag and add the oil, lemon zest, crushed and peeled garlic and Greek yogurt. Mix in the oregano, honey, and red wine vinegar and season with salt and black pepper. Use a whisk to combine them.

Greek marinade for chicken recipe

 

Take the chicken and add to the marinade bowl or bag then put in the fridge for a minimum of two hours, ideally overnight.

Greek chicken marinade

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees (390 F) and roast the marinated chicken for 20-30 minutes depending on the size. You might need nearer 40 minutes for something like bone in chicken thighs.

Tip: If you used chicken with skin on, transfer them to a grill and heat until the skin is crispy with a good level of caramelization.

Greek chicken marinade

How to cook the marinated chicken on the grilled pan or barbecue

If you want to grill the chicken instead, use a direct heat to caramelize the meat before moving it to the edge of the pan to cook indirectly.

I do not recommend the griddle pan method, only the barbecue for skin on or bone in pieces of chicken, though skin on, bone in chicken thighs can be browned in the pan before being transferred to the oven to cook through.

Greek marinade for chicken

 

Variations

There are two main variations for this Greek Marinade for chicken. First one is with yogurt and the second one is with lemon juice.

While I always use olive oil for marinades, you can switch the type of oil you use depending on the style of dish you want to use the chicken in. So you could use sesame oil for Asian style dishes or canola or vegetable oil for Mexican or American style dishes.

Best Greek marinade for chicken

Making ahead of time and storing

You can store the cooked chicken for up to 2-3 days in the refrigerator in an airtight container and reheat it to use in different recipes.

Can you reuse leftover marinade?

You shouldn’t reuse a marinade that has contained uncooked chicken unless it has been cooked in some way. That’s because there’s harmful bacteria that can come from raw chicken and pass through the marinade.

As a best practice, if you want to use your marinade more than once, simply set aside a portion of the marinade in the fridge before you add the raw chicken. This leftover marinade can be safely used later for 2-3 days.

Greek marinated chicken

Serving suggestions

You can serve the chicken as it or can serve it alongside other Greek favorites such as salads:

  1. Greek Orzo Salad (Orzo feta salad)
  2. Traditional Greek salad (Xoriatiki)
  3. Delicious Greek Lentil Salad Recipe with Feta cheese (Fakes Salata)
  4. Refreshing Watermelon Feta Salad recipe
  5. Grilled Halloumi and Roasted Vegetables Salad Recipe
  6. Greek Pasta Salad recipe
  7. Greek chickpea salad

You could also serve it alongside some easy lemon rice, Greek lemon potatoes or vegetable dishes you love.

Greek marinade for chicken recipe

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Find out how to make Greek yogurt from scratch with my super easy recipe!

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Greek marinade for chicken

Greek marinade for chicken

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  • Author: Eli K. Giannopoulos
  • Prep Time: 2 hours
  • Cook Time: 30 min
  • Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Yield: 3-4 portions 1x
  • Category: Main
  • Method: Grilled
  • Cuisine: Greek

Description

All you need to take your chicken to the next level is a simple yet full of Mediterranean flavours marinade! And I have just the perfect Greek marinade for chicken for you to try!


Ingredients

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For Greek chicken marinade

  • 90ml extra virgin olive oil (1/3 cup)
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 large garlic cloves
  • 3 tbsp Greek yogurt (or the juice of 1 lemon) 
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano 
  • 1 tbsp runny honey
  • 2 tsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • black pepper
  • 500g chicken thighs, breasts, or other chicken pieces, skin on or off (1 lb 1 1/2 oz)


Instructions

  1. In a large bowl or ziplock bag combine the oil, lemon zest, garlic cloves, peeled and crushed, Greek yogurt (or the juice of the lemon, if you don’t have any Greek yogurt to hand), dried oregano, honey, red wine vinegar, salt and plenty of black pepper. Whisk to combine.
  2. Add your choice of chicken pieces and marinate in the fridge for at least two hours, but preferably overnight.
  3. In the oven: In a 200 degrees (390 fahrenheit) oven roast the chicken pieces for 20-30 minutes depending on their size (40 minutes for bone in chicken thighs) until the meat is cooked through. If the pieces still have their skin, finish them under a hot grill if needed to get nice crispy skin and a good level of caramelisation. 
  4. On a griddle pan or barbecue: Cook on a direct heat until the meat is caramelised before moving to the edge of the pan or an area of indirect heat to cook through. We do not recommend the griddle pan method, only the barbecue for skin on or bone in pieces of chicken, though skin on, bone in chicken thighs can be browned in the pan before being transferred to the oven to cook through. 

 


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