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Garlicky Greek Chicken Will Be Your Next Dinner Obsession

Delish logo Delish 5/23/2022 Lauren Miyashiro

There are some major flavors you might think about when you think of Greek food. To us we can't stop but imagining all things lemony, garlicky and packed with herbs like oregano. We made sure to highlight all of these when developing this easy one-skillet Greek chicken thigh recipe.

What kind of thighs should you use?

This recipe can be made with either boneless skinless chicken thighs or bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs. We tend to favor skin-on chicken thighs because of the extra flavor the skin adds. Who doesn't love crispy chicken skin?! If you want to save a few grams of fat, this can easily be delicious with boneless skinless thighs. The cook time may vary by a couple of minutes. Got chicken breasts instead of thigh? Try this Greek stuffed chicken recipe.

How long should you let the chicken marinate?

All you really need is 15 minutes but if you have extra time, use it! Marinate for up to 2 hours to get the flavor deeper into the chicken. Always marinate the refrigerator and discard whatever touches raw meat!

How do you cook Greek chicken thighs?

After the chicken marinates for a bit (even 15 minutes makes a huge difference), everything (chicken, asparagus, zucchini!) comes together in one pan. Start on the stovetop to get the chicken skin nice and crispy, then throw it in the oven for perfectly juicy and tender results.

Can I use other vegetables?

Absolutely! While we love asparagus and zucchini in this dish, you can toss in any veg that roasts up nicely. Some good options are broccolini, Brussels sprouts or bell peppers.

What do you serve with Greek chicken thighs?

Since everything goes into the skillet, you don't really need anything on the side to make this a well-rounded meal. However, if you're a little more into carbs, whip up a side of buttery mashed potatoes or fluffy, herby rice.

What do I do with leftovers?

Store in an airtight container in the fridge for 3 to 4 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Have you made this recipe? Let us know how you liked it in the comments below!

Yields: 4

Prep Time: 20 mins

Total Time: 50 mins


  • 3 tbsp.

    extra-virgin olive oil, divided

  • Juice of 1 lemon

  • 3

    cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 tsp.

    dried oregano

  • 1 lb.

    chicken thighs

  • kosher salt

  • Freshly ground black pepper

  • 1/2 lb.

    asparagus, ends removed

  • 1

    zucchini, sliced into half moons

  • 1

    lemon, sliced


  1. In a large bowl, combine 2 tablespoons olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, and oregano. Whisk until combined then add chicken thighs and toss to coat. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let marinate in the refrigerator for at least 15 minutes and up to 2 hours.
  2. When you’re ready to cook the chicken, preheat oven to 425°. In a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat, heat remaining tablespoon olive oil. Season both sides of marinated chicken with salt and pepper, then add chicken skin-side down and pour in the remaining marinade.
  3. Sear until the skin becomes golden and crispy, about 10 minutes. Flip chicken and add asparagus, zucchini and lemons to the skillet.
  4. Transfer pan to oven and cook until the chicken is cooked through and the vegetables are tender, about 15 minutes.
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