This Greek Marinated Chicken is hands down the most flavorful and juiciest chicken recipe I’ve ever made! Full of Greek flavours such as oregano, garlic, parsley and lemon, this dish screams flavor! The secret to this chicken dish is in the marinade!
I made the most fabulous chicken recipe this past weekend and I’m so excited to share it! Ya’ll…this chicken is full of flavor and is so juicy! It’s my absolute favorite grilled chicken recipe and you are going to LOVE it!
I make this Greek Marinated Chicken with chicken thighs and drumsticks. You can use chicken breasts if you want, but I find using boneless skinless chicken thighs and drumsticks to be the best because they provide so much flavor. The dark meat has more fat than the breast so when I’m wanting melt in your mouth chicken, I go for the dark meat.
I’m going to give you guys the secret to why this chicken tastes so amazing. It’s the marinade. The marinade base calls for plain Greek yogurt. What an AMAZING base! It’s full of protein and provides a creamy coating to the chicken which is super healthy! Yeah for Greek Yogurt!
For best results flavor wise with this Greek Marinated Chicken recipe, you will want to marinate the chicken overnight. I simply combine all the ingredients into a big ziplock size freezer bag, add my chicken pieces and move the chicken around in the marinade until all pieces of chicken are well coated. I let that bag sit in the refrigerator overnight.
The next day when I’m ready to grill, I pull the bag out of the fridge and place my chicken pieces on a hot preheated grill. I typically grill my chicken for about 25 to 30 minutes or until each piece is done. It’s easy to tell on the chicken legs when the chicken is done because the meat will slightly pull back from the bone.
From there, you are ready to eat! Look how delish these thighs and drumsticks look! Mouthwatering, huh? I always top my grilled Greek Marinated Chicken with fresh lemon zest. It helps intensify the flavor in every bite and let me tell you, every bite is FULL of garlic and just the right amount of lemon flavor. It’s just beyond delicious!
This recipe is really easy to make. This Greek Marinated Chicken is gluten free and can be baked in the oven or grilled. Personally, I like this one on the grill but you do have that choice to bake it in the oven! Keep in mind though that we are at the end of summer. Gosh…can you believe that! The kids go back to school next week!
Sadly, summer is fastly coming to an end so get the most use out of your grill while you can! I’m lucky, I live in Arizona so I grill pretty much year round but not everyone can do that so enjoy your grilling season while you can! And with that, if you’re looking to get as much grilling in as you can and are looking for more recipes to grill, check out my Marinated Flank Steak and my BBQ Grilled Chicken Wings! Let’s get to grilling!!
Happy Eats, friends!
This Greek Marinated Chicken is hands down the most flavorful and juiciest chicken recipe I've ever made! Full of Greek flavours such as oregano, garlic, parsley and lemon, this dish screams flavor! The secret to this chicken dish is in the marinade!
- 1 5.3 ounce tub of plain Greek Yogurt, (I use Chobani)
- 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (if you have a flavored olive oil, use it!)
- 6 cloves fresh garlic, minced
- 1/2 Tablespoon dried oregano
- 1 lemon
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1/4 cup fresh chopped parsley
- 4 lbs boneless and skinless chicken thighs and drumsticks
To make the marinade, combine the yogurt, olive oil, minced garlic, oregano, salt and pepper in a bowl. Stir well.
Use a cheese grater or zester to scrape a thin layer of lemon zest from half the lemon. Add lemon zest to the bowl of marinade ingredients.
Add the juice from half the lemon into the bowl of marinade.
Chop 1/4 cup of fresh parsley and add to the marinade and mix well with the marinade until all ingredients are well combined.
Grab a gallon sized Ziplock bag and add the chicken pieces and marinade to the bag. Move the chicken around to ensure each piece is well coated.
Refrigerate the the chicken in the marinade for at least 30 minutes. I like to marinate mine overnight!
After marinating, you can choose to grill the chicken or bake in the oven. If you bake in the oven, preheat oven to 375 and bake for about 40 to 60 minutes to ensure done. If you choose to grill the chicken, grill for a total of 35 minutes or until the juices run clear and the chicken is done all the way through.
Top with fresh grated lemon zest and serve.
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- Recipe source: inspired by Budget Bytes