Greek Chicken Marinade Recipe

This Greek Chicken Marinade is my go to during the summer. I always have the ingredients on hand, it’s super versatile, and it’s definitely a family favorite.

Greek Marinade for Chicken |

You’d think as a food blogger and caterer my family eats really well all the time. And while they eat pretty well most of the time, I’d be lying to you if I told you I put dinner on the table every night. Hell, I’d be lying if I told you I put dinner on the table more than once last week. I’m like any other busy mom. We have more than our fair share of thrown together-hodgepodge-fend for yourself kind of meals. And these last few weeks have been tough!

Greek Marinade for Chicken |

My poor kids (said with all the sarcasm) have been complaining for days that we have nothing to eat in our house. Granted I haven’t been to the store in a week but still. There is plenty of food in our fridge. We’re just lacking in the snacks and crap that they really want! I swear my kids would be happiest if I served toaster waffles and bagels and cream cheese for dinner every night. Never gonna happen, kids.

Greek Marinade for Chicken |
Greek Marinade for Chicken |

We start school at the end of next week so before then I hope to get back on some sort of meal planning program. Nothing major but I at least need to have food(s) around that the kids can prepare by themselves. I’m over being a short order cook and lunchbox slave so the more stuff I have on hand that is prepped and ready to go, the better off we’ll all be. In fact, the whole crew is sitting down today to plan out this weeks dinners. I’m hoping this will minimize both the complaints and my stress!

Greek Marinade for Chicken |

Which leads me to this Greek Chicken Marinade Recipe. It (or some version there of) is my go-to during the summer. My husband, the boys and I all LOVE it. It’s by far my favorite way to grill chicken. Citrusy and garlic-y, it’s soooooo versatile and makes for great leftovers. We often eat it off the grill with tzatziki sauce, pita, and a cucumber-tomato salad. The leftovers are awesome used in a wrap or on top of a green salad- perfect for grab and go and busy weeks! This is definitely going on our menu this week!

What’s your favorite (easy) midweek dinner? Happy Monday and thanks for reading!! xo, Kelley

photos by Kellie Hatcher/ recipe by Mountain Mama Cooks


Greek Chicken Marinade Recipe

  • Author: Kelley


My favorite Greek Chicken Marinade Recipe. It’s perfect on the grill or cooked on the stop top!


  • 6 chicken breasts (about 2 lb.)
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • zest from 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup olive oil


  1. Place the chicken breasts in a ziplock bag or a bowl with lid and set aside.
  2. Add the dijon mustard, red wine vinegar, lemon zest, lemon juice, oregano, minced garlic, salt, onion powder, and black pepper to a deep bowl. Stir in the olive oil. Pour 3/4 of the marinade onto chicken breasts and reserve the rest of the marinade for basting. Marinate the chicken for at least 2 hours and up to 6 in the refrigerator.
  3. When ready to grill, lightly brushing the grates with olive oil and set grill to medium high heat.
  4. Grill the chicken, basting with the reserved marinade and turning often so each side browns and chicken is cooked through, about 15-20 minutes or until the chicken juices run clear. Chicken can be served warm or at room temperature.
  5. Store leftovers in the fridge for up to 3 days.