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Grilled Greek chicken thighs shown on a white speckled plate atop a light blue surface. The chicken is garnished with fresh chopped herbs, lemon slices, & lemon wedges.

Greek Marinade

  • Author: Jess Larson | Plays Well With Butter
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 cup 1x
  • Category: Sauces & Condiments
  • Method: Marinade
  • Cuisine: Greek


A Greek-inspired grilling marinade perfect for whenever you’re grilling up a recipe or meal with a little bit of Mediterranean flare. This Greek marinade has a Greek yogurt base, which keeps whatever you’re grilling completely tender & juicy, & tons of garlic, lemon & oregano to add tons of Mediterranean flavor to every single bite. Perfect for grilled chicken, grilled lamb, or grilled veggies!


  • 2 pounds meat or veggies of choice
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 4 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 2 lemons, zested & juiced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons Kosher salt 
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper

Greek marinade ingredients arranged on a light blue surface: greek yogurt, garlic, lemon, olive oil, red wine vinegar, honey, dried oregano, salt, & pepper.


  1. Mix the Greek grilling marinade: Add the yogurt, garlic, lemon zest, lemon juice, olive oil, red wine vinegar, honey, oregano, Kosher salt & ground black pepper to a bowl or jar. Whisk or shake to combine. Set aside, or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 3 days.Greek marinade shown in a small ball jar, sitting atop a light blue surface with lemon wedges & dried herbs on the surface in the foreground & in the background.
  2. Marinate: Pour the Greek grilling marinade over your meat or veggies of choice. Marinate for at least 6 hours or up to overnight.Chicken thighs in a large glass mixing bowl, marinating in Greek marinade. The bowl sits atop a light blue surface. Fresh lemon zest has been sprinkled on top.
  3. Grill as desired. Enjoy!Grilled Greek chicken thighs shown on a white speckled plate atop a light blue surface. The chicken is garnished with fresh chopped herbs, lemon slices, & lemon wedges.


  • Suggested marinade time: Marinating time will vary based on the type of protein you’d like to use. Because of the amount of lemon juice used in the marinade, it’s important not to marinate for too long, as it will really negatively affect the texture of meat. Having tested this Greek marinade on a variety of different proteins with a variety of different marinating times, here’s what we suggest:
    • Seafood – at least 20 minutes & no more than 1 hour.
    • Chicken & pork – at least 4 hours & up to 6 hours for maximum flavor.
    • Beef & lamb – at least 12 hours & up to 24 hours for maximum flavor.
    • Veggies – at least 20 minutes & up to 24 hours.
  • 10-Minute Meal Prep: If you’d like to marinate something later in the week, I suggest making the marinade in advance, whenever you’re meal prepping for the week. Store it in a jar or an airtight container for up to 5 days – the flavors meld together even more as the marinade sits. At least 4 hours before you’re ready to hit the grill, simply pour the marinade over whatever meat or veggies you’re using it on – easy peasy!
  • It doubles as a really great salad dressing: Reserve some of your Greek marinade for drizzling over a Greek salad filled with cucumbers, bell peppers, feta & kalamata olives. You won’t regret it!

Keywords: Greek marinade, greek yogurt marinade, greek chicken marinade, greek lamb marinade