3-Ingredient Mediterranean Marinade Is the Secret to Better Chicken

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Have you been looking for ways to make chicken recipes taste better? This Mediterranean marinade is super easy to make, and you probably have the ingredients at home. Feel free to customize the recipe and add some of your favorite herbs. Here’s how to make sure chicken will never taste boring again!

Tips and Tricks

This recipe is so easy that you’ll never cook chicken without it again. Again, feel free to add some fresh herbs or experiment with spice blends.

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You can either grill or bake the chicken. If you decide to use a grill, flip the meat halfway through until grill marks appear. If you’re using an oven, bake at 425°F. Whether you grill or bake, the chicken will be ready once an instant-read thermometer registers 165°F.

How to Make It


  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 2 medium lemons
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons dried or 2 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano, rosemary, thyme, or a combination (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 to 2 pounds chicken pieces (bone-in or boneless, skin-on or skinless)
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  1. Start by preparing the garlic and lemons. In a medium bowl, grate the garlic and zest one lemon. Then, squeeze the juice from both lemons into the bowl. It should give you about ⅓ cup.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients and marinate. Add olive oil, herbs, salt, and pepper to the mixture and stir well. Place the chicken in the marinade and coat evenly. Then, cover and leave in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. You can refrigerate it for up to 4 hours.
  3. Once you remove the chicken from the marinade, let the excess juices drip off before cooking.