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Greek Chicken

An incredible Greek chicken dinner of marinated & grilled chicken breasts with a side of grilled zucchini & corn, a simple Tzatziki sauce, and grilled pita bread

Course Dinner
Cuisine Greek
Keyword greek chicken, greek chicken marinade
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Marinating Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 452 kcal

Ingredients

Chicken Marinade

  • 1.8 pounds (~2-3 breasts) boneless skinless chicken breasts (or thighs)
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 3-5 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Salad

  • 2 (13 ounces) small zucchinis
  • 2 (14 ounces) ears corn
  • 1 tablespoon shallot
  • Olive oil and canola or vegetable oil
  • 2-4 pita breads

Tzatziki Sauce

  • 1/4 of 1 large English cucumber (~1/2 cup measured after grating)
  • 1/2 cup plain full-fat Greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 large lemon, separated in 2 halves, one for grilling one for juicing (1/2 teaspoon zest, 1 tablespoon juice)
  • 1 and 1/2 tablespoons olive oil

Instructions

  1. MARINATE CHICKEN: Prepare the chicken breasts by halving each breast horizontally. Cover chicken breasts with plastic wrap (to avoid splatter). Using a meat mallet or the bottom of your frying pan, pound breasts to even thickness (you don't want the meat super flat, just even in thickness). Pat dry with paper towel. Place in a large ziplock bag. In a bowl, whisk together the honey, oregano, garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper (add to personal preference, I add 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper). Once combined pour over prepared chicken breasts. Turn to coat and massage into the breasts and then place in the fridge for 20-30 minutes. Marinating too much longer than an hour will cause the chicken to "cook" in the acid.

  2. TZATZIKI: While chicken marinates, prepare the sauce so it can have a chance to chill before serving. Grate a cucumber with the large holes in a cheese grater. Line a small bowl with a few paper towels (or clean kitchen towel) and place the grated cucumber on top. Squeeze out as much extra moisture as you can from the cucumber (to keep the sauce from being watery). Once it's drained add to a medium sized bowl. Add in the Greek yogurt, minced garlic, red wine vinegar, first half of lemon (1/2 teaspoon lemon zest, 1 tablespoon lemon juice), olive oil, and salt and pepper to taste (I add 1/4 teaspoon salt and a pinch of pepper). Place in the fridge until ready to serve.

  3. GRILL: Preheat grill to medium heat (400 degrees F). Halve zucchini lengthwise. Shuck corns. Drizzle zucchini halves and corn with olive oil and then lightly sprinkle with salt and pepper. Rub the oil and salt/pepper into all sides of the zucchinis and corn. Set aside. Remove the chicken from the marinade and discard any remaining marinade. Prepare the fully preheated grill by cleaning and then generously oil the grill (I drench a rolled-up paper towel in vegetable oil and, holding it with tongs, rub it over the grill grates).

  4. GRILL CONT.: Add the chicken to one half of the grill. Add the zucchinis and corn to the other side. Cook the chicken for 4-5 minutes per side or until it registers 160 degrees F (carryover heat will take it to the safe temperature of 165 degrees F). Grill zucchinis for 3-5 minutes per side, flipping once. Grill corn about 10 minutes total, flipping every 3-4 minutes until bright yellow and lightly charred. Remove finished ingredients to a plate and cover with foil. Once everything is removed give the grates a quick clean with the brush. Now add the remaining half of lemon to the grill and the pita bread. Grill the lemon for 2-3 minutes (until lightly charred) and the pita bread for 30 seconds to 1 minute per side or until toasted and warmed through.

  5. ZUCCHINI CORN SALAD: Let chicken rest under the foil. Cut the grilled zucchini into half moons (about 1/2 inch thick) and slice the corn off the cob. Toss in a bowl with the 1 tablespoon shallot. Add a drizzle of olive oil (about 1/2 tablespoon) and then juice the grilled lemon and add to the bowl. Season to taste with salt and pepper (I add about 1/4 teaspoon each). Toss to combine. Rip the pita bread into bite size pieces.

  6. SERVE: Serve the chicken breasts alongside the zucchini and corn salad, the pita bread, and the tzatziki sauce.