Summer means grilling. But it doesn’t have to be all steaks, burgers, and BBQ chicken. In fact, marinades are one of my favorite ways to make grilled meat even more flavorful, and this grilled Greek chicken marinade is by far one of my new favorites.
The chicken marinates in a Greek yogurt marinade for at least an hour 15 minutes before being thrown on the grill. I know it may sound strange to put a yogurt chicken on the grill, but just trust me on this one! Also, if you have a time, let it marinate for one hour. Giving it more time really does make a difference.
Don’t have a grill?
Honestly, neither do I. The grill pictured above is actually my father’s, and I took this picture when we made the Greek chicken marinade in Connecticut a few weeks ago. While it does taste delicious on the grill, you actually don’t need one to make it.
Why? Hm, guess. That’s right—the cast-iron skillet will do the job for you. Better yet, if you have the budget for it, why not splurge on a cast-iron grill pan? It makes city people like me kind of feel like you’re enjoying a summer grill. Except you’re in a hot kitchen instead of on the back porch. But you know, I’ll take what I can get.
How to serve grilled Greek chicken
One of my favorite ways to enjoy this chicken is in a pita. However, if you find yourself with a pack of pocketless pitas (like I did while photographing this), get creative. You can make a greek Chicken bowl instead!
Cut up lots of fresh vegetables, pita bread, chicken, and add tzatziki sauce. It’s the perfect light meal for a summer dinner, or even to meal prep for lunch during the long week ahead.
Other easy chicken meals
Because you can never have enough chicken recipes.
- Creamy Chicken Pasta with Sun-Dried Tomatoes
- Three-Ingredient Pesto Chicken
- Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Chicken
- Creamy Tuscan Chicken
- Buffalo Chicken Mac & Cheese
- Chicken Salad
- Chicken Fajita Quesadillas
And you can add this one to your list, too! Plus, you can always find more dinner recipes here.
Grilled Greek Chicken Marinade
- Grill or a grill pan
For the Greek Chicken
- 1 5.3 oz. container of plain Greek yogurt
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 4 garlic cloves minced
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 1/3 cup olive oil
- 1 lb. chicken tenderloins
For the Pita Bowl (optional)
- Toasted pita
- Fresh cut vegetables
- Mixed Greens
- Tzatziki sauce
- In a large bowl, mix together the Greek yogurt, lemon juice, minced garlic, salt, pepper, oregano, and olive oil.
- Add in the chicken tenderloins and make sure they are fully covered in the marinade.
- Place in the fridge to marinate for at least 15 minutes. If you can even do 30 minutes or an hour, do it!
- If you plan on grilling, heat up the grill.
- Using tongs, place the marinated chicken on the hot grill (or a cast-iron skillet or grill pan). Cook on each side for at least 5 minutes, or until the chicken is fully cooked through. To test, remove a tender and cut it in half to see if it is no longer pink on the inside.
- Serve any way you like! For an easy lunch or dinner, serve it with toated pita, fresh cut vegetables, mixed greens, and tzatziki sauce.