Cooking in England | Yummy Greek Chicken

 Disclaimer: I am a newbie blogger and trying new things, not sure if  food blogging is my thing, bear with me!

This delicious Greek Marinated Chicken recipe has been floating around Pinterest for awhile now, and for good reason! It is so simple to put together and the results are amazing.

Cast of characters, minus the chicken...


This recipe calls for a yogurty garlicky marinade which flavors the chicken for a few hours. I marinated my chicken for about 5 hours. Grab a small bowl and mix the yogurt and olive oil. I use regular yogurt and it works just fine, but plain greek yogurt will work out just as well.


Then add the spices..


Once the sauce is made, the fresh ingredients are chopped and added to the marinade. As you will see, I am what I call a "chunky chopper". I love a big chunk of garlic. You can chop yours as large or small as you please.



Squeeze the juice from half a lemon into the marinade and then add the zest of the lemon.


Whisk all the ingredients and grab your chicken.


The recipe calls for 3-4 lbs of chicken pieces. I have now made this recipe about 3 times and I have used all sorts of chicken piece combos. For this particular night, I used 6 chicken thighs (half with skin on), and 1/2 lb of chicken tenders. But, I have used all chicken breasts before and it turned out perfect.


Add the chicken to a large ziploc bag and add the marinade. Mush (yes, mush) around the chicken pieces until they all are well coated in the marinade. Then pop in the fridge for a few hours!


Once you are ready to cook the chicken, preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Add the chicken to a casserole dish. The marinade should stick to the chicken pretty well. Squeeze out the remaining marinade over the chicken.




Bake for 40-50 minutes and voila! yummy Greek Marinated Chicken! The casserole dish will be filled with a lot of clear liquid. I let the chicken sit for about 5 minutes and then transfer to a serving dish.

This dish is so great for many reasons. It is such an inexpensive way to eat chicken with amazing flavor. The ingredients are probably laying around your kitchen anyway. Like I said, this is round number 3 with this recipe and it is pleasing every time!


Served with cheesy potatoes..


Enjoy!
adapted from..
Greek Marinated Chicken
Ingredients
  • 1 cup plain yogurt 
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil 
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced or chopped
  • 1 Tbsp dried oregano 
  • 1 lemon
  • ½ tsp salt 
  • freshly cracked pepper 
  • ¼ bunch fresh parsley 
  • 3½ to 4 lbs chicken pieces 
Instructions
  1. To make the marinade, combine the yogurt, olive oil, garlic, oregano, salt, and some freshly cracked pepper in a bowl. Use a fine holed cheese grater or a zester to scrape the thin layer of yellow zest from the lemon skin into the bowl. Also add the juice from half of the lemon. Stir until the ingredients are well combined. Roughly chop a big handful, or about ¼ bunch, of parsley and stir it into the marinade.
  2. Add the chicken pieces and marinade to a gallon sized zip top bag. Remove as much air as possible, close the bag tightly, and massage the bag to mix the contents and make sure the chicken is well coated. Refrigerate the bag for 30 minutes or longer.
  3. After marinating for at least 30 minutes, either cook the chicken on a grill OR preheat the oven to 375 degrees in preparation to bake the chicken.
  4. To bake the chicken, place the chicken pieces in a large casserole dish (9×13). Bake the chicken in the preheated 375 degree oven for 40-50 minutes, or until golden brown on top.
-Jamie

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6 comments

  1. That looks delish! Thanks for sharing!

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  2. I am a chunky chopper, too, but mainly out of pure laziness! Ha! Dicing just takes too long for an inexperienced cook like me! :o) I love your bright blue cutting board! It looks gorgeous in the photos!

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  3. Jamie,
    I made this recipe and it was awesome. I accidently left out the oregano. Put it all together on Friday night after several cocktails and didn't get in the oven until Sunday afternoon. I covered mine for 35 minutes on bake and switched to broil for the last 15 minutes. Awesome!!! Love you

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    1. I bet it was delicious after marinating for that long! I can't see your name on here (anonymous) but I love you too ;)

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