This Greek yogurt chicken is a low carb delicious main dish that will have everyone reaching for seconds.

Chicken breasts are marinated in yogurt, lemon juice, and a few spices then grilled until they’re tender, juicy, and full of Mediterranean flavor!

This recipe for Greek lemon chicken is so simple, yet it comes out so flavorful!

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A Zesty Low-Carb Entree!

  • This simple and light Greek yogurt chicken marinade tenderizes the meat and infuses it with a tangy flavor.
  • Low in calories and packed with protein from the yogurt and chicken, this recipe is ready in minutes
  • Greek yogurt chicken is so versatile it can be used in other recipes all week long!
ingredients for greek yogurt chicken, including chicken, garlic, lemon, olive oil, greek yogurt, spices, and salt and pepper

Simple Ingredients

Chicken – Boneless skinless breasts, drumsticks, and thighs will work in this recipe. Chicken breasts can even be cut into chunks and grilled kabob-style! Stock up on chicken when it’s on sale and freeze pieces in smaller portions so they’re always available!

Marinade – Greek yogurt is creamier than regular yogurt so it adheres better to the chicken pieces.

Variations – Switch up the seasonings with this DIY garlic and herb seasoning or an Italian blend that can also be used to season grilled veggies. Add some fried capers for even more flavor.

How To Make Greek Chicken

  1. Prepare marinade (as per the recipe below).
  2. Marinate chicken in a bowl for up to two hours.
  3. Grill chicken for 6-8 minutes per side.
  4. Let chicken rest before garnishing with lemon slices, chopped parsley, or a sprinkle of red pepper flakes.
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Pro Tip:

A zippered bag can be used to marinate the chicken without having to wash a bowl!

Serving and Storing Ideas

Keep leftover Greek chicken in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Slice or chop it up and use it cold in a salad, tuck it into a wrap for an energizing workday lunch, or add it to a tasty soup.

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Tips For Success!

  • Chicken breasts might need to be flattened so they cook evenly. Simply roll them between two pieces of parchment paper with a rolling pin or use a meat mallet.
  • A meat thermometer is your best bet for determining if the chicken is done. It should read 165°F when placed in the thickest part of the meat.
  • Letting the meat rest after it’s taken off the grill allows the juices to recirculate back into the meat so it stays nice and juicy!

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Greek Yogurt Chicken

This recipe for Greek Yogurt Chicken has a saucy lemon marinade!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Time to Marinate 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 22 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Author Holly


Mixing Bowls
Medium Bowl or zippered bag


  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts*

Greek Yogurt Chicken Marinade

  • cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon dried basil
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon salt or to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper or to taste


  • In a bowl, mix the marinade ingredients until smooth.
  • Place chicken pieces in a zippered bag (or the bowl). Spoon marinade over the chicken and make sure it is well coated. Marinate in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour, no more than 2 hours.
  • Preheat grill to medium heat.
  • Place chicken on hot grill. Discard remaining marinade. Cook 6-8 minutes per side until chicken juices are clear and the internal temperature reaches 165˚F.
  • Allow chicken to rest 3-5 minutes before slicing. Garnish as desired with lemon slices, chopped parsley, or a sprinkle of red pepper flakes.


  • *substitute 2 chicken legs (skin-on thighs or drumsticks) 
  • If chicken breasts are exceptionally thick, place them between two sheets of parchment paper and roll them with a rolling pin or use the flat side of a meat mallet to gently flatten them out
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 472kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 39g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 27g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 720mg | Potassium: 502mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 181IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 54mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Mediterranean

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At Easy Low Carb® we believe that every meal should be full of big bold flavor! From amazing main dishes and simple sides to the best party snacks, reducing carbs doesn’t mean giving up your favorites!
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