White platter of grilled and sliced chicken breasts with lemon wedges.

Greek Chicken Marinade Recipe

Contributor: Christine Pittman

This Greek Chicken Marinade is THE BEST because of a secret ingredient, and a technique that really gets the flavor into the chicken.

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  • Author: Christine Pittman
  • Prep Time: 40 minutes
  • Rest Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 2 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Category: Entrée
  • Method: Grilled
  • Cuisine: Greek


  • 8 boneless, skinless chicken breasts*
  • ¾ cup olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced
  • 2 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • ½ tsp. dried thyme


  1. Using a knife, score chicken breasts on one side with hash marks, about ⅛-inch deep and ½-inch apart.
  2. In a large bowl whisk together the olive oil, mustard, lemon zest and juice, vinegar, garlic, salt, oregano, and thyme.
  3. Add chicken to bowl and submerge in marinade. Let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes, or in the fridge for 2 hours. Redistribute chicken halfway through marinating time.
  4. Preheat grill to medium-high heat. Add chicken. Cook 6 to 8 minutes on each side or until chicken registers 160°F on an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the breast.
  5. Remove chicken from grill. Let rest 10 minutes.**

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*If you’d like to only marinate 4 chicken breasts, remove half of the marinade before adding the chicken. The reserved marinade can be frozen for up to three months and used later. It also makes a delicious Greek salad dressing – make a salad and serve the chicken on top!

**While the chicken is resting, you can optionally warm up 1/4 cup of honey in the microwave. Then brush it lightly on the chicken. Let chicken continue to rest. The honey adds a nice bit of sweetness and goes well with the other flavors in the marinade.