This Grilled Greek Chicken Recipe is my go to for deliciously moist and flavorful chicken. Enjoy as is, on top of your favorite salad or tucked into a pita.
Hello, grill marks.
This is the first official grilling recipe of the season and it’s a delicious one.
We are those people who grill all year round, especially this past winter when temps were in the mid 50’s around Christmastime (that probably will never happen ever again). There’s just something about grilled food when made on a warm spring/summer day that just tastes so much better and is the main reason I look forward to this time of year.
Since spring has arrived and the chives started to peek out of the soil in my garden, I’ve been itching to start planting. Over the last few years we’ve became quite the gardeners and every spring I look forward to weeding out my raised flower garden and planting my herbs. Pat handles the tomatoes, peppers and anything else we decide to grow this year.
Obviously it’s still a tad early to plant because in Michigan we should expect snow up until May. But that doesn’t mean the itch goes away, so in the meantime I just count on my good ol’ trusty grocery store to deliver the goods, i.e. fresh herbs.
To Make This Grilled Greek Chicken Recipe You Will Need:
- 4 medium chicken breasts
- rosemary leaves (fresh)
- oregano leaves (fresh)
- thyme leaves (fresh)
- olive oil
- juice from 2 large lemons
- kosher salt
- freshly ground black pepper
Start off by pounding 4 chicken breasts to about a 1/2 inch thickness. I slip one breast at a time into a gallon size resealable bag, sealing only half of it so air can escape. Using the flat side of a meat tenderizer, hammer out all your frustrations.
Place the flattened chicken breasts into a large, shallow dish and set off to the side.
Mince up 1-1/2 tablespoons fresh rosemary and 1 tablespoon minced fresh thyme leaves.
Also, finely mince 1-1/2 tablespoons minced fresh oregano.
Add those to a medium bowl.
Next, use a garlic press to squeeze in the 3 cloves of garlic and then pour in 1/4 cup of olive oil.
Grab a handheld juicer and squeeze in the juice from two large and juicy lemons.
Season with a generous pinch of both kosher salt and black pepper and then whisk together.
Pour the marinade over top of the chicken.
Use tongs to toss and coat the chicken breasts. Cover with plastic wrap and let them sit out on the counter top for 30 minutes to 1 hour, toss them around every now and again in the meantime.
Once the chicken has marinated, preheat your grill to medium/medium high.
Place the chicken on the hot grill grate and cook for about 4 to 6 minutes depending on their size. Adjust the heat to avoid burning.
Flip and continue to grill for 4 to 5 more minutes or until the chicken is fully cooked.
Let these rest for a few minutes before serving.
The flavor is out of this world and the chicken is so extremely moist. I serve this with roasted vegetable couscous, salad, grilled veggies… you name it. It’s a hit no matter how I serve it. Love, love, love.
Enjoy! And if you give this Grilled Greek Chicken recipe a try, let me know! Snap a photo and tag me on twitter or instagram!
Grilled Greek Chicken
- 1½ tablespoons minced fresh rosemary leaves
- 1½ tablespoons minced fresh oregano leaves
- 1 tablespoon minced fresh thyme leaves
- 3 cloves garlic, grated or squeezed through a garlic press
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 2 large lemons, juiced
- kosher salt , to taste
- freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- 4 chicken breasts, pounded to 1/2 inch thickness with flat side of meat tenderizer
- Add the fresh herbs, garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper in to a large shallow dish and whisk to combine.
Use tongs to toss the chicken breasts into the marinade. Cover with plastic wrap and let sit on the counter for 1 hour. *note:
- if marinating for 2 hours, refrigerate for 1-1/2 hours and remove from the fridge a half hour before grilling.
- Preheat grill to medium-high. Grill chicken about 4 to 6 minutes per side. Every grill is different, so watch and flip when good grill marks form and remove when the chicken is fully cooked.
- Serve as is or thinly slice for topping a salad.
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Hey, I actually have all three of these herbs in my garden!!! So going to try this for tomorrow night’s dinner! Thanks Laurie!
Yay! Let me know how it turns out E! ❤️
Now that is some sexy grill marks!!
Tried it as I said, and it turned out just deeeeelicious! So juicy, just like you said, and full of flavour! Really nice, definitely a repeat, and came at the right time, as I was looking for something healthy, yet tasty, and special, so thanks, Laurie! Had it with roasted yellow flesh, purple (russian blue) potatoes and carrots on the side.
Laurie, I made this last weekend and it was outstanding! Terrific flavor and moist and easy, too. Will definitely make again (and again … ) Thank you!
I’ve made this three times for Greek salads since you made it for my birthday lunch…. so that averages out to once a month! I’d say it has officially made it into our dinner rotation! 🙂 It’s so delicious and Jeff loves it too. (Homegrown herbs makes this extra special.)
I’m so glad!! And yes, homegrown herbs are where it’s all at! XO
Making this again tonight. Just realized I haven’t shared this with you and your readers: I was once in a huge hurry, and I threw all the ingredients for the marinade in a mini chopper and I pulsed a couple of times! Worked like a charm and saved me some time. I’ve been doing it this way ever since. Just in case anyone is looking for a shortcut…
I love your shortcut! Thanks for sharing 🙂
BTW, this way of tenderizing meat = genius. Thank you! You continue to be my kitchen hero:)