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Easy Greek Chicken Recipe

This easy Greek chicken recipe is a versatile dish that is the perfect main dish for dinner with a side of rice or pairs beautifully with a big salad. The simple marinade features Mediterranean flavors of lemon, garlic, red wine vinegar and lots of herbs.

An easy Greek Chicken recipe is a flavorful addition to your meal plan.

Easy Greek Chicken

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I am super picky about chicken. It has to be full of flavor for me to eat it. But to complicate matters, if it’s something I’m going to feed to my daughter, it can’t be remotely spicy at all or else it’s a no go. My son doesn’t care. He’d literally eat anything he could eat with only 4 teeth.

It’s frustrating to have to cook two dishes all the time so I try to come up with dishes that will please us all, adults and kids alike. Those family friendly chicken recipes like Instant Pot Barbecue Chicken, Shredded Chicken Tacos and Parmesan Chicken nuggets are on repeat in this house. This recipe is too- especially in the summer when there are so many lovely fresh herbs.

Like the other family friendly recipes, this one is quick and easy. It only takes a few minutes to prep the meat to cook and about 15 minutes to cook it. Dinner=no sweat.

Ingredients

Ingredients for Greek chicken: chicken breasts, olive oil, red wine vinegar, herbs, garlic and lemon

Ingredients for Greek chicken: chicken breasts, olive oil, red wine vinegar, herbs, garlic and lemon

  • Chicken– Thinly sliced chicken breasts or chicken cutlets work very well for this recipe. You could use any cut of chicken you prefer, just adjust the cook time accordingly.
  • Lemon– The juice and zest of 1 lemon adds brightness and a little bit of acidity to the dish. A citrus press and a microplane make getting the juice and zest easy.
  • Garlic– Fresh garlic cloves gives tons of flavor. I like to press them using a garlic press so they just kind of dissolve. You could also mince them.
  • Red Wine Vinegar– A little bit of red wine vinegar adds a robust fruity background.
  • Herbs– Fresh parsley, oregano, thyme and rosemary all give this dish its Mediterranean flavor. Feel free to sub dried oregano, thyme and rosemary but adjust the amounts according to the recipe notes. Don’t sub dried parsley.
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil– Extra virgin olive oil adds moisture and creates the base of the marinade.
  • Salt and pepper– Add a little sea salt and pepper to taste.

How to Make

An easy Greek chicken recipe pairs well with a big salad or roasted vegetables and rice.

Easy Greek Chicken Breasts

To make this easy Greek chicken recipe, start by making the marinade.

Add the herbs, olive oil, lemon juice and vinegar to a food processor.

Add the herbs, olive oil, lemon juice and vinegar to a food processor.

To make it, add the lemon juice, olive oil, vinegar, garlic and herbs to a food processor. Pulse until everything is well combined.

The marinade will look like this when it's processed.

The marinade will look like this when it’s processed.

Place the chicken in sealable bags or into a large bowl. Pour the marinade over the chicken and cover it. Let it rest for up to 30 minutes in the fridge.

Cover the chicken in marinade

Cover the chicken in marinade

When the time is up, heat up a grill pan or skillet over medium-medium high heat. Cook the chicken for about 7 minutes per side or until it reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit in the thickest part.

Grill the chicken on a grill pan.

Easy Greek Chicken

Serving Suggestions

Easy Greek Chicken is a yummy light dinner.

Easy Greek chicken

This dish is very versatile. It makes a fantastic addition to this big lemony loaded Greek salad. You could also serve it with rice and a simple vegetable side dish like these garlic roasted green beans. It would be delicious over a Caesar salad or with a light lemony orzo. 

For presentation, add kalamata olives, tomatoes and herbs to your serving platter.

Substitutions and Tips

Easy Greek chicken gives you moist, tender chicken breast loaded with fresh flavor.

Easy Greek Chicken

  • Not a fan of chicken? This marinade is delicious on shrimp skewers or on veggies, rice or pasta.
  • Use boneless, skinless chicken to let the meat absorb the marinade the best.
  • This is fabulous on the grill as well.
  • If you are going to substitute the herbs for dried herbs, make sure to use fresh parsley. The fresh parsley has a much brighter flavor than the dried parsley does.
  • For using dried herbs instead of fresh, only use a teaspoon instead of the tablespoon for fresh.

Looking for other light chicken recipes? Try these:

An easy Greek Chicken recipe is a flavorful addition to your meal plan.

Easy Greek Chicken

Make this yummy Greek chicken for a lovely light dinner anytime of the year!

Easy Greek chicken is a delicious dinner.

Easy Greek Chicken

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An easy Greek Chicken recipe is a flavorful addition to your meal plan.

Easy Greek Chicken Recipe


  • Author: jfletcher
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 14 minutes
  • Total Time: 19 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x

Description

This easy Greek chicken recipe is a versatile dish that is the perfect main dish for dinner with a side of rice or pairs beautifully with a big salad. The simple marinade features Mediterranean flavors of lemon, garlic, red wine vinegar and lots of herbs.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 2 chicken breasts, cut in half, or 4 chicken cutlets
  • the juice and zest from 1 lemon
  • 4 garlic cloves, pressed
  • 2 tbs red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 c fresh parsley
  • 1 tbs fresh oregano (or 1 tsp dried)
  • 1 tbs fresh thyme (or 1 tsp dried)
  • 1 tbs fresh rosemary (or 1 tsp dried)
  • 1/22/3 c extra virgin olive oil

Instructions

To make this, start by making the marinade. To make it, add the lemon juice, olive oil, vinegar, garlic and herbs to a food processor. Pulse until everything is well combined. Place the chicken in sealable bags or into a large bowl. Pour the marinade over the chicken and cover it. Let it rest for up to 30 minutes in the fridge. When the time is up, heat up a grill pan or skillet over medium-medium high heat. Cook the chicken for about 7 minutes per side or until it reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit in the thickest part.

Notes

Feel free to substitute chicken thighs.

  • Category: meats and poultry, main dishes
  • Method: grill
  • Cuisine: American, Mediterranean, Greek

Keywords: Greek chicken breast, Greek chicken, Mediterranean chicken, lemon herb chicken,

 

 

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