Oven Baked Greek Chicken Breast (Easy Marinade!)

Last Updated on August 15, 2022 by Kayla Berman

Baked Greek Chicken is the perfect easy and healthy dinner recipe or meal prep option! Made with olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, and fresh herbs … this marinated oven baked chicken breast is flavorful, juicy, and tender. Bound to be a new dinner table favorite!

oven baked greek chicken on a plate with parchment paper

Quick, Easy, & Flavorful Chicken Recipe

One of my favorite recipes to make is just a simple, yet delicious protein option! Because the possibilities are truly endless.

These kinds of recipes are great to meal prep on a Sunday to keep you prepared for the week ahead or to make as an easy dinner on a busy weeknight!

Oven baked greek chicken is the prime example! This recipe takes less than 30 minutes to make, is made with real whole food ingredients, and is a delicious healthy option.

Plus it is loaded with incredible flavor from the easy marinade! It is savory, herby, juicy, tender, moist, and so much more. This recipe will have you saying goodbye to boring and dry chicken breast for good.

Looking for more recipes? Check out my Hawaiian pineapple chicken and buffalo chicken meatballs for more chicken options or my orzo pasta salad and lamb and feta meatballs for more Greek food.

close up shot of sliced greek baked chicken

Ingredients

Easy Baked Greek Chicken is made with all healthy and simple ingredients! They come together to make a tender, juicy, and flavorful dish.

Ingredient Notes

  • Chicken: This simple sheet pan dinner calls for 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts.
  • Olive Oil: The oil used in this easy chicken marinade is olive oil! It adds some classic greek flavors and keeps the chicken extra juicy. Add 2 tbsp!
  • Lemon: Fresh lemon juice from 1/2 lemon provides so much great flavor here. It brightens up the dish wonderfully!
  • Garlic: You’ll also need fresh garlic. Add 2 minced garlic cloves or however much you’d like. The more the better when it comes to garlic!
  • Fresh Parsley: I love the amazing flavor that fresh parsley gives to this recipe! It really just livens everything up. Add 2 tbsp.
  • Dried Herbs: In addition to some fresh herbs, you’ll also need some dried herbs. The result is a flavor explosion! Add 1 tsp oregano and 1/2 tsp thyme.
  • Salt & Pepper: Lastly, add 1/2 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp black pepper.

Substitutions & Additions

There are not many ingredient substitutions you can make to this recipe as it is quite simple, but I do have a few ideas!

Chicken: You could easily swap the boneless chicken breasts here with a different cut of chicken, perhaps chicken thighs or even bone-in chicken breasts. However, you may have to alter the cooking time accordingly! You could simply look up baking times for the cut you would like to use.

Garlic: I always use fresh garlic when I can, but if you do not have any on hand or available to you just replace with garlic powder. Try 1-2 tsp depending on how much you like garlic!

Herbs: Any of the fresh or dried herbs in this easy greek chicken marinade can be replaced with the opposite! For example, you could swap the dried oregano with fresh oregano or the fresh parsley with dried parsley.

Lemon Zest: Lemon zest is not a substitution, but an addition. It would add more of that delicious citrus flavor to this marinade!

oven baked and marinated greek chicken breast ingredients

How To Make This Recipe

This flavorful chicken is incredibly easy to make! All you have to do is coat the chicken breasts in a simple greek marinade and then bake.

That’s it! It’s the perfect recipe for busy weeknights or a healthy meal prep option.

Step By Step Instructions

Step 1: Start by preparing the chicken breasts.  Pound them with a meat mallet to tenderize and create an even thickness throughout.

Step 2: Place the chicken pieces in a shallow large bowl or container.  Add the olive oil, lemon juice, minced garlic, fresh parsley, oregano, thyme, salt, and pepper.

Step 3: Coat the raw chicken thoroughly in the marinade ingredients.  Cover.

Step 4: Let the chicken marinate in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.  I like to do overnight for the most flavorful and best results!

Step 5: The next day, or after a few hours, remove the chicken from the fridge and place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.

Step 6: Bake at 400 degrees for 20-25 minutes depending on the thickness of the chicken.  Then broil for 3-5 minutes to brown and crisp up.

Step 7: Remove from the oven, let the chicken rest for a few minutes, and then cut into slices.

Step 8: Serve and enjoy!

Expert Tips

Don’t skip the meat mallet! I think it is crucial to beat the chicken to tenderize it and create an even thickness.

The longer you marinate, the more flavor. So marinate for as long as possible!

Make sure the chicken rests for a few minutes before cutting into it.

To get a nice crisp and golden brown color, broil for a few minutes at the end!

sliced baked chicken with an easy greek marinade

Frequently Asked Questions

How long should I marinate chicken for?

When it comes to marinating chicken, the longer the better. The more time the chicken marinates for the more flavor it will absorb. I also think marinating for longer makes for extra juicy chicken!

I marinate my chicken in this recipe overnight. But a couple of hours should do the trick as well!

Could I grill this marinated chicken?

I don’t see why not! I think this chicken would be absolutely delicious grilled.

Simply follow all the same instructions up to the baking. Then grill in an outdoor grill or grill pan on the stove!

How long does it take to bake chicken at 400F?

It takes approximately 20-25 minutes to bake chicken at 400F. It will depend on the thickness of the chicken.

To be sure you could always use a meat thermometer and ensure the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees!

How to best serve this recipe?

I think the best way to serve this marinated chicken is in a rice bowl full of Mediterranean flavors. I’m talking rice pilaf, chickpeas, red onions, Kalamata olives, tzatziki sauce, feta cheese, and more. So yum!

Another great option would be to make loaded greek chicken gyro with fresh pita bread.

You could also serve with a simple side like – roasted potatoes, a greek salad, chickpea couscous salad, garlic parmesan smashed potatoes, roasted broccoli, or lemon parmesan pasta.

Or meal prep this greek chicken and add to a sandwich, wrap, panini, or salad throughout the week. The options are truly endless!

How to best store this recipe?

The recipe is best stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It should keep for about 5 days – 1 week!

Mediterranean rice bowl with chicken, rice, feta, veggies, and more

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Oven Baked Greek Chicken Breast (Easy Marinade!)

Greek Baked Chicken is the perfect easy and healthy dinner recipe or meal prep option! Made with olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, and fresh herbs … this marinated oven baked chicken breast is flavorful, juicy, and tender. Bound to be a new dinner table favorite!

  • Author: Kayla Berman
  • Prep Time: 10 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 Minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 2 Servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Greek

Ingredients

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  • 2 chicken breasts, boneless & skinless
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped finely
  • 1 tsp oregano, dried
  • 1/2 tsp thyme, dried
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper

Instructions

  1. Start by preparing the chicken breasts.  Pound them with a meat mallet to tenderize and create an even thickness throughout.
  2. Place the chicken pieces in a shallow bowl or container.  Add the olive oil, lemon juice, minced garlic, fresh parsley, oregano, thyme, salt, and pepper.
  3. Coat the raw chicken thoroughly in the marinade ingredients.  Cover.
  4. Let the chicken marinate in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.  I like to do overnight for the most flavorful and best results!
  5. The next day, or after a few hours, remove the chicken from the fridge and place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
  6. Bake at 400 degrees for 20-25 minutes depending on the thickness of the chicken.  Then broil for 3-5 minutes to brown and crisp up.
  7. Remove from the oven, let the chicken rest for a few minutes, and then cut into slices.
  8. Serve and enjoy!

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