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Baked Greek chicken is juicy, tender and full of lemon and rosemary flavor! Make this Mediterranean chicken recipe with thighs or breasts. Either way, it’s delicious!

There are hundreds of baked chicken recipes out there, and it’s because it’s such an easy way to cook chicken.

This recipe is no different. First, marinate the chicken to give it a tasty Greek flavor. Then, bake and serve with your favorite side.

Making baked Greek chicken

Baking chicken is simple to do; after marinating, just place the chicken thighs or breasts into a greased baking dish and place it in the oven to cook!

It’s also important to season your chicken. This recipe is for baked Greek chicken, but the process is the same for any flavor of marinade. If you’re short on time, rather than marinating, you rub the poultry with some oil and sprinkle a spice blend over the top. Lemon pepper seasoning is a fantastic choice.

Recipe video

To see the entire process from start to finish, check out the video in the recipe card at the bottom of this post!

Make and marinate the chicken thighs.

This recipe uses a Greek yogurt marinade. If you make an extra batch, you can serve it as a dipping sauce! The yogurt creates caramelization on the outside of the chicken, and the whole dish has a wonderful tangy flavor.

Marinade Ingredients

  • Greek yogurt – use a plain, full-fat variety
  • Olive oil
  • Garlic – use fresh cloves for better flavor
  • Lemon – juice and zest
  • Fresh herbs – oregano and parsley
  • Spices – red pepper flakes, kosher salt, and black pepper

Whisk everything together in a bowl and pour over the chicken. Marinate for 30 minutes to an hour in the refrigerator.

Use a shallow dish or Ziploc bag to marinate the chicken, not the same dish you’ll be baking it in.

Bake and serve.

When you’re ready to bake, transfer the chicken pieces to your greased baking dish. Arrange them in a single layer and place the dish in the oven.

This baked Greek chicken goes great with a side of couscous salad, rice, Greek briam (roasted vegetables) or crusty bread.

Baking times and temps

Cook time will vary a bit based on how much chicken you’re baking, as well as the type of oven you’re using.

For this recipe, the chicken takes about 45 minutes at 375°F. It’s a good idea to check it at the 35 minute mark, just in case your oven runs hot.

Once cooked through, remove the chicken from the oven and let it rest before slicing. This helps keep the moisture inside the meat instead of all over the plate.

Recipe notes

  • For bone-in meat, increase the cooking time to about 1 hour, or until the internal temp reaches 165° F.
  • Create an extra crispy texture by using chicken with the skin on, if you prefer.
  • Marinating chicken for longer than an hour may result in the proteins breaking down, leading to an unpleasant consistency.
  • If boneless chicken breasts are very thick or weigh more than 6 ounces, slice them in half horizontally, place between sheets of plastic wrap, and use the flat side of a meat mallet to gently pound them to an even thickness.
  • For best results, use an instant read cooking thermometer to determine that the chicken is cooked to an internal temperature of 165°F.

Other Mediterranean Chicken Recipes

If you enjoy the light citrus flavors and bright fresh herbs of Mediterranean cuisine, there are plenty of other ways to use them on poultry!

Baked Mediterranean Chicken is sure to become another easy favorite dinner recipe. It features artichoke hearts, black olives, tomatoes and feta cheese. Opa!

If you prefer grilling over baking, Greek souvlaki pita is a fantastic meal for lunch or a light dinner!

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This post was originally published on Kevin is Cooking on Feb 2, 2014. The content has been updated with new images and a video.

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Baked Greek chicken is juicy, tender and full of lemon and rosemary flavor! Make this Mediterranean chicken recipe with thighs or breasts.

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Course: Dinners
Cuisine: Greek, Melting Pot
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Marinating Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 346kcal
Author: Kevin Is Cooking

Ingredients

  • 1.5 lbs boneless chicken thighs , or breasts (skin on or off)

Chicken Marinade

  • 1 cup Greek yogurt , plain flavor
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 6 cloves garlic , crushed and chopped
  • 1 medium lemon , zested and juiced
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/8 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup fresh oregano leaves , chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley , chopped




Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • In a bowl, whisk together all marinade ingredients.
  • Place chicken into gallon size plastic food storage bag or large plastic container. Pour marinade over chicken pieces, close bag or cover container with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 30 to 60 minutes (See Note 1).
  • Use cooking spray or olive oil to coat the inside of a baking dish. Shake excess marinade from chicken and place the pieces in a single layer into dish. Bake uncovered for 45 minutes or until golden brown and chicken reaches 165°F internal temperature (See Note 2).

Notes

  1. Marinating chicken for longer than an hour may result in the proteins breaking down, leading to an unpleasant consistency.
  2. If boneless chicken breasts are very thick or weigh more than 6 ounces, slice them in half horizontally, place between sheets of plastic wrap, and use flat side of meat mallet to gently pound them to an even thickness.
    For best results, use an instant read thermometer. The chicken is cooked when it reaches an internal temperature of 165°F.

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

Nutrition

Calories: 346kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 113mg | Sodium: 297mg | Potassium: 359mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 352IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 92mg | Iron: 2mg
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