Take chicken breast up a notch with this quick and easy, but super-flavourful Greek seasoned chicken. It’s fast, delicious and great in a salad or souvlaki style.
Why you’ll love it
If you’re looking for a fast dinner, that’s also loaded with flavour, this Greek seasoned chicken is going to become your new best friend.
- Fast and easy to make
- Perfect weeknight dinner
- No mess, no fuss
- Serve with a simple salad or souvlaki style
- Great for meal prep
The Greek chicken marinade is loaded with tang from lemon and white wine vinegar, and a herby kick from oregano, thyme and dill. It gets oomph from garlic and onion powder and is an all round dinner winner.
This mediterranean meal would be lovely served with a classic Greek salad but we often serve it with a creamy cucumber salad and this 3 ingredient flatbread, then wrap it up souvlaki style. Flavour city!! It’s also really lovely with this avocado cream sauce.
Greek seasoned chicken ingredients
Many of the ingredients are things in your spice rack or pantry so you can have them on hand at all times. Add some chicken and, preferably fresh, garlic and you’re on your way to one amazing dinner.
Detailed quantities and directions in the recipe card below.
- Chicken: I most often use boneless, skinless chicken breasts for this Greek chicken recipe, simply because I love it and we always have it. However, it’s also really delicious chicken thighs. If you want to use skin-on chicken, I’d swap the lemon juice for zest to allow the skin to crisp up more easily.
- Garlic: I encourage using fresh garlic cloves for their superior flavour over powdered or even jar varieties. If you don’t like using fresh garlic, use jar garlic instead.
- Olive oil: Use a good quality extra virgin olive oil. I like a light flavoured one.
- White wine vinegar: White wine vinegar adds a nice tang but you could also use red wine vinegar, sherry vinegar or in a bind, apple cider vinegar.
- Lemon juice: Use fresh lemon juice, not the bottled variety. Feel free to add a little lemon zest if you really want to crank up the lemon flavour, or saute some lemon slices, as shown in these photos.
- Salt and pepper: That perfect seasoning duo.
- Onion powder: If you prefer, you could cook some fresh onion with the chicken but the convenience and flavour of onion powder added to the seasoning is wonderful.
- Herbs: I use three dried herb varieties, used often in Greek cooking – oregano, dill and thyme. You could also use dried parsley, basil or marjoram.
Greek Chicken Marinade Options
- Marinating time: While I only tend to marinate my chicken for 30 minutes, you can certainly do it for up to 6 hours. Sometimes I just cook it immediately and the chicken is still incredibly flavourful.
- Can I add Greek yoghurt? Yoghurt is a great tenderiser so you are welcome to add plain Greek yoghurt to this marinade too. About ⅓ of a cup is great and marinate for at least 1 hour. The yoghurt actually helps get those flavours deep into the chicken. Don’t wipe off the yoghurt. Just let it drop off a little then transfer straight to your hot pan.
Tools you’ll need
- A bowl for marinating the chicken.
- Large frying pan or skillet
How to make Greek chicken
You’ll love how simple this meal is. Juicy, tender chicken breasts that have been marinated in a simple but flavourful Greek marinade, then fried in just a little oil in a frying pan or skillet. There’s nothing to it.
See the recipe card below for the full recipe details.
- Prepare the chicken: Start by cutting the chicken into large tenderloin size pieces. I get 4-5 out of a medium chicken breast.
- Make the Greek chicken marinade: Simply mix together the marinade ingredients (photo 1) in a dish, then add the chicken and mix well to combine (photo 2). Let this chill for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
- Cook the chicken: Heat a touch more oil in a frying pan or skillet over medium high heat. Add the chicken and cook (photo 3) until golden, then flip and cook the other side until the chicken is just cooked through.
How long does chicken take to cook?
Chicken will take varying times to cook depending on how thick it is and how hot your cooking it – no stovetop is the same and the temperature will vary with just a small twist of the knob.
As a general rule, this chicken will take about 3-5 minutes on each side but the best way to check for doneness is to poke a meat thermometer into the thickest part. It is done when the internal temperature reaches 75C / 165F.
If you don’t have a thermometer, cut a piece open in the thickest part and it should be white but still juicy.
Can I grill this chicken?
You can grill this Greek seasoned chicken too. A grill pan, a grill on your barbecue or even under an overhead grill / broiler all work lovely. On a grill, they’ll get those gorgeous char marks and under a grill or broiler, be careful to keep an eye on it so they don’t burn.
Tips and tricks for the best Greek chicken
- Careful not up overcook the chicken. Chicken cooked perfectly is amazing but if it’s cooked too long it can be dry, tough and not delicious at all. I recommend investing in a digital meat thermometer. They don’t have to be expensive, will last forever and are invaluable in the kitchen.
- Get one side golden: This Greek chicken cooks pretty quickly, so you may only get one side golden and that’s just fine. It’s better to be juicy and just cooked inside than golden on both sides. That golden colour gives flavour though so make sure you get at least one side golden.
- If the chicken is burning or cooking too quickly just turn the heat down a little.
What to Serve with Greek Chicken?
Kalamata olives, roasted tomatoes and feta cheese are all amazing Greek ingredients and would all work well with this chicken. Tzatziki sauce would be wonderful on the side.
Roast potatoes are also great, as is this warm potato and asparagus salad. Of course, a classic Greek salad would be wonderful. This spiced roast sweet potato salad works well and this roasted beetroot feta salad too.
If you’re serving this up to guests, you could finish up dinner with this Greek orange semolina cake too.
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Greek Seasoned Chicken
- 3 large chicken breasts
- 1 tablespoon olive oil + a more for the pan
- 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- ¾ teaspoon onion powder
- ½ teaspoon cracked black pepper
- ½ teaspoon dried dill
- ½ teaspoon dried thyme
- Cut each chicken breast into 4-5 long pieces down the length.
- In a medium bowl, combine 1 tablespoon of olive oil, vinegar lemon juice, garlic, salt, oregano, onion powder, pepper, dill and thyme. Mix well, then cover and chill for 30 minutes or up to 6 hours.
- Heat a little more oil in a large frying pan or skillet over medium heat.
- Add half the chicken, letting a little marinade drain off first, and cook, turning often until just cooked through – about 8 minutes. Repeat with remaining chicken. The temperature of cooked chicken is 75C / 165F.
- Thighs will also work.
- Add up to ⅓ cup of yoghurt to the marinade for an extra tender result.
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