Grilled Greek Lemon Chicken


One of my all time favorite kinds of chicken is marinated Greek chicken. It’s so flavorful and I love that it’s healthy. And when you grill it like so you just add that much more flavor. This recipe is so easy and it’s perfect for a weeknight meal. You end with perfectly tender chicken, a vibrant lemon flavor and perfect pairing of herb flavors to enhance the lemon. Just be sure to preheat your grill so you get a nice sear on the chicken breast and it will also help keep the chicken from drying out. Another thing to prevent dry chicken is always use a instant read thermometer to check the internal temperature of the chicken breasts, if you get much past 165 degrees you’ll likely end with dry chicken. Chicken breasts are my favorite portion of chicken to cook with but they can be temperamental if not properly cooked or grilled.

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This is likely going to be one of those recipes you’ll turn to time and time again. I’m already making them again today for company. The other great thing about this recipe is my kids absolutely loved it! They’ll eat anything I make (sometimes with a little dessert bribery) but getting them to love it can be a different story. I love a recipe like this that my whole family can agree on. And this makes for the perfect summer dinner. It is grilling season after all, so let’s take advantage before the cold weather comes!

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Grilled Greek Lemon Chicken

5 from 4 votes

Yield: 4 servings


  • 4 (6 oz) boneless skinless chicken breast halves
  • 1/3 cup olive oil , plus more for brushing grill
  • 1 Tbsp lemon zest
  • 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 4 cloves garlic , minced (1 1/2 Tbsp)
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp dried rosemary , crushed
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Chopped fresh parsley , for serving


  1. Using the flat side of a meat mallet, pound thicker parts of chicken to even thickness. In a small mixing bowl whisk together olive oil, lemon zest, lemon juice, garlic, oregano, basil, thyme, rosemary and season with salt and pepper (about 1 tsp salt 1/2 tsp pepper).
  2. Place chicken in a gallon size resealable bag, pour in olive oil mixture. Seal bag while pressing air out. Rub marinade over chicken. Transfer to refrigerator and allow to marinate 2 - 5 hours (rotate bag and move chicken around halfway through if possible). Preheat grill over medium-high heat (to about 425 - 450).
  3. Brush grill grates lightly with olive oil. Place chicken on grill, close lid, and grill about 4 minutes per side, or until chicken registers 160 - 165 degrees in center of chicken on an instant read thermometer. Let chicken rest 5 minutes, garnish with fresh parsley then serve immediately.
  4. Recipe source: Cooking Classy

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  • Medha @ Whisk & Shout: This looks so fresh and healthy! I love the lemony goodness :) July 12, 2015 at 1:14pm Reply

  • Shari Kelley: This looks like the perfect meal to me. I love all the herbs you used in this recipe. I appreciate the grilling tips because I’m a terrible griller. I think I need to get an instant read thermometer. Maybe that would help. Can’t wait to try this! July 12, 2015 at 5:41pm Reply

  • Kelly: This looks and sounds amazing, I will have to try this next week!

    xx Kelly July 12, 2015 at 7:37pm Reply

  • Medeja: Simple, juicy and flavorful! This chicken is just great! July 13, 2015 at 2:57am Reply

  • Joann: I do not have a grill. What is the better to cook it on the stove top or broiler? November 3, 2015 at 7:56am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I think the broiler would work better, you could probably even just bake this chicken. November 3, 2015 at 3:03pm Reply

  • Chris Colley: I’m not a confident griller either so I put the chicken breasts on a baking tray and roasted them for 40 minutes. My wife finds dry food unappetising so I used the marinade as the basis of a sauce, adding chicken stock, white wine, and reducing it over a medium heat on the hob. I then strained it the mixture and stirred in some crème fraische. Very tasty. December 29, 2015 at 2:31pm Reply

  • Brianna: Does anyone know the calories and nutrition facts? January 18, 2016 at 7:23pm Reply

    • MyuBug: If you have the MyFitness Pal app you can go to menu and select My Recipes/Food which will allow you to add a recipe then it will calculate nutritional information. March 14, 2016 at 2:31pm Reply

  • Christina: This is probably a silly question, but I don’t have time to prep and give the chicken enough time to marinate the day of… Would I be able to prep this the night before and have it marinate for that much longer? May 9, 2016 at 5:44am Reply

  • linda: Soooo Nice June 25, 2016 at 8:07am Reply

  • Teresa Sacco: What goes best with this chicken, rice or pasta, vegetables? December 21, 2016 at 8:12am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Orzo, couscous or rice in my opinion but pasta would also be good with some kind of fresh sauce. And I like broccoli or asparagus with it because I like the way those pair with lemon. December 21, 2016 at 5:12pm Reply

      • Teresa Sacco: Making rice and broccoli
        thanks December 21, 2016 at 5:21pm Reply

  • Mark: Thawed some breasts, put in marinade for about 2 hours, hot grill (~450f) 3-4 minutes each side. I swapped the lemon juice for 1/2 lemon + 1/2 lime. Everyone loved it. A keeper! February 21, 2017 at 7:55pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad it was enjoyed – thanks for commenting Mark! February 27, 2017 at 12:41pm Reply

  • Amanda: The grilled Greek lemon chicken was so good probably going to be one of my days dinner every week I’m on diet and it’s so hard to find things to eat but this is the best I’ve found. February 23, 2017 at 3:24pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you found it and loved it Amanda! February 27, 2017 at 12:38pm Reply

  • Ms. Kathleen McDermott: Ha anyone tries awecing this room temperature? I’m looking for a do ahead recipe for a crowd. June 6, 2017 at 9:57am Reply

  • Ms. Kathleen McDermott: I failed to proof my question above ! I meant to write: “has anyone tried serving this at room temperature? Possibly slicing the breasts and pouring sauce over just before serving? I am looking for do-ahead recipes for a crowd. And I am tired of my old stand-by, Chicken Marbella” June 6, 2017 at 10:01am Reply

  • Eileen: We’re having a christening buffet this Sunday and I thought I would try this recipe out. I’m going to slice the chicken once cooked, but has anyone had this dish cold? Hopefully it will tast just as good. June 7, 2017 at 3:17am Reply

  • Leeds Scott: this chicken is delicious!! I marinated mine for 10 hours. Served with brown rice and broccoli, amazing. January 15, 2018 at 4:05pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for taking the time to leave a review Leeds! January 17, 2018 at 1:01pm Reply

  • L: Great recipe. My whole family loved this and I plan to make it regularly. February 11, 2018 at 10:45pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for taking the time to leave a review, glad you loved the lemon chicken! February 12, 2018 at 10:23am Reply

  • Murphy: Loved It. It was perfect and I will be making this weekly from here on out!!!!!! March 14, 2018 at 8:01pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Yes! So glad to hear it! March 15, 2018 at 9:58pm Reply

  • Gitta: This is a delicious and easy recipe! We love it! March 27, 2018 at 4:58pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: So glad you love it! Thanks for the great feedback! March 28, 2018 at 2:30pm Reply

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