Greeker Than Greek Grilled Greek Chicken

7
Servings
20m
Prep Time
10-15m
Cook Time
30m
Ready In


"This chicken is FANTABULOUS in flavor! It has definite Greek flavors and I guarantee that those who make it will enjoy it. My whole family LOVES it! NOTE: The marinating time is not included in the overall prep. time."

Original recipe yields 7 servings
OK
  • FOR MARINADE

Nutritional

  • Serving Size: 1 (145.7 g)
  • Calories 355.1
  • Total Fat - 22.2 g
  • Saturated Fat - 3.7 g
  • Cholesterol - 96.4 mg
  • Sodium - 85.1 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 2.3 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 0.6 g
  • Sugars - 0.4 g
  • Protein - 35.5 g
  • Calcium - 39.3 mg
  • Iron - 2 mg
  • Vitamin C - 7.1 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.1 mg

Step 1

Trim all visible fat and membranes from chicken breasts. You may cut up the chicken in kebab size pieces (which I normally do. Refer to Note I below).

Step 2

Place chicken in single layer in Ziploc bag.

Step 3

Combine marinade ingredients and pour over chicken. Marinate in refrigerator 3-6 hours (being careful not to marinade longer than this time period because the lemon can cook the chicken, making is mushy and rubbery.)

Step 4

When you're ready to cook, remove the chicken from the marinade. It is preferable to allow chicken to come to room temperature prior to grilling, otherwise if you don't have time, you can skip the room temp. part.

Step 5

Grilling Process: Coat the grill grates with either non-stick spray or oil it with a rolled up paper towel that has been soaked in oil.

Step 6

Preheat to medium hot (the heat can be tested by holding your hand slightly above the grill grates for a few seconds before it is too hot to handle).

Step 7

Place chicken on grill top side down on the diagonal and cook about 4 minutes (or until you see grill marks when you lift up the edge.)

Step 8

Rotate chicken pieces so they're going on the diagonal the other way and cook about 4 minutes more (until you see criss-cross grill marks.)

Step 9

Turn chicken over and cook about 4-8 minutes on the opposite side, until chicken feels firm but not hard to the touch when you press on it with your fingers. (Actual cooking time will vary depending on the thickness of your chicken, and how hot your grill is. You can also test the doneness with an Instant-Read Meat Thermometer).

Step 10

Chicken can also be cooked in a stove-top grill. (Best results are achieved from outdoor grilling, preferably charcoal.)

Step 11

Even if you're only cooking for a few people I recommend making the whole recipe. The leftover chicken is great to cut up on top of a salad, or mixed into some stir-fried veggies for a quick lunch.

NOTE: I normally always cut up the chicken in kebab size pieces. I find that the marinade penetrates more deeply, giving it excellent results. I also skewer onion and red and/or green pepper pieces. I also serve it in pita pockets with tzatziki sauce or raita sauce. It comes out superb.


NOTE II: This recipe is low-carb, paleo, and gluten-free)


Tips & Variations


No special items needed.

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JostLori

We absolutely LOVED this chicken! Don't care much for chicken breast, so used skinless boneless thighs and made kebobs with onions and red peppers. The flavor was delightful (used Cavender's). Served with pita and tzatziki on the side.

review by:
(13 Sep 2021)

Mikekey

This is going into my Best of 2021 book.i am not a big fan of breast meat, but these were extremely moist and so much flavor from the marinade. I no longer have an outdoor grill, so I heated my cast iron grill pan in a 450F oven and "grilled" them. I will use the marinade on boneless thighs soon.

review by:
(12 Aug 2021)

NELady

I used chicken tenderloins for this recipe -- and they grilled up flavorful, juicy and AMAZING. My kids LOVED this chicken (my son thought it was exceptional with a little bit of BBQ sauce to dip in). Paired perfectly with rice. You can definitely taste the lemon but it isn't overpowering. Will make this again over the summer. Made for For Your Consideration tag game.

review by:
(5 Jun 2021)

Linky

DH likes to be the grill master, so I read the recipe to him emphasizing time. And yet he overcooked them. The flavor of the marinade was wonderful so I know that next time (when I will insist on being the grill master) they will be wonderful and moist!! We still really liked them anyway, even tho a little dry!!

review by:
(5 Jul 2020)

Mimi Bobeck

I pulled out my George Foreman grill to make this chicken and it was delicious! Bold Greek flavors which we love. Had a Greek salad and Lemon Greek potatoes to go with it. Can't wait to make it on the Coleman this spring!

review by:
(7 Jan 2020)

JaneyFL

Love the full flavors in this delicious chicken! If you like the deep full flavors of the Greek cuisine try this yummy chicken!

review by:
(14 Aug 2019)