Greek Marinated Grilled Chicken Recipe
Feel the exotic combination of garlic, lemon and herbs that comes through with each bite of this Greek marinated chicken. This Greek inspired dish will surely please the minority of population with unique palates. Marinade used in this recipe will be good to use for any other dish. The intriguing combination of garlic, lemon and thyme with chicken gives this dish an authentic Greek touch.
3 skinless and boneless chicken breasts
¾ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
½ teaspoon salt
2 medium sized garlic cloves (minced)
1 tablespoon fresh oregano
1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
¼ cup olive oil
½ teaspoon paprika
1 tablespoon fresh parsley leaves (optional)
Rinse the chicken under running water; pat dry with paper towels. Cut each breast into half lengthwise.
With a lemon zester grate 1 tablespoon of zest from the lemon into a large bowl. Squeeze two tablespoons of juice from that lemon into the same bowl. Add ¾ teaspoon of black pepper, minced garlic, 1 tablespoon fresh oregano, 1 tablespoon of fresh thyme leaves, ¼ cup olive oil, ½ teaspoon paprika and ½ teaspoon salt to the lemon juice and zest. Stir the mixture to combine all the ingredients well. Taste the mixture; adjust quantities to your preference.
Place the chicken breasts in the mixture. Using your hands, coat the pieces on both sides evenly. Cover the bowl with a plastic wrap or lid and refrigerate it for at least 30 minutes. For best results marinate the chicken for 6-8 hours or overnight.
Preheat the grill for medium-high; lightly coat the grate with oil.
Place the marinated chicken on the grill; grill for about 12 minutes, turning the pieces occasionally until chicken cooks through.
Test the doneness of the chicken by cutting the thickest part with a fork tip or registering the internal temperature with a thermometer to 170 degrees F. Transfer grilled chicken to a serving platter; allow it to rest for 10 minutes before serving. Garnish with parsley leaves. Serve it hot with green salads and whole wheat pitas.
Notes & Tips:
You can use thighs for this recipe.
Cooking time depends on the thickness of the chicken.
Leftovers chicken from this dish can be used to make tasty sandwiches.
For less clean up use zip lock bag instead of a bowl to marinate the chicken.
This recipe works well for lamb and pork also.
If you don’t have a grill, use an oven to bake the marinated chicken at 350 degrees F for 20 minutes.
For authentic Greek touch garnish it with crumbled feta cheese.