Mom’s Lemon Oregano Chicken

My mom has been making this recipe for years, and it never fails to impress family and friends. It’s super easy to make and guarantees a delicious and healthy meal. I’m pretty sure she just made it up one day, and boy am I glad that such beautiful thoughts go through her mind.

I love this recipe because the marinade keeps the chicken moist and juicy, and infuses it with perfectly matched flavors. The oregano has a citrusy quality that is complemented by the lemon juice and zest, while the fresh garlic brings an extra zing to each bite. All together, the chicken is fresh, fragrant, flavorful, and is sure to be the star of any meal.

This chicken marinade is especially wonderful because of its versatility. You can marinate the chicken overnight or right before you cook it, and it can be used as a preparation for grilled, oven-roasted, or pan-cooked chicken. It also has a mild enough flavor that it can be paired with a variety of sides. This time, I oven-roasted the chicken and served it with sautéed asparagus and roasted sweet potatoes. However, my absolute favorite way to prepare this chicken is to grill it and serve it with some grilled veggies and John’s Garlic Rosemary Potatoes. Enjoy!


Mom’s Lemon Oregano Chicken

  • 1 1/2 pounds chicken (3-4 chicken breasts)
  • 4-5 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  • Zest and juice of one lemon
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • Salt and pepper to taste

In a bowl, combine olive oil, garlic, lemon juice and zest, dried oregano (crush the leaves gently between your fingers first to release the flavor), and salt and pepper. Mix the marinade to combine and taste it to check for flavor. If you plan to grill or pan-cook the chicken, marinate it in a separate dish or a plastic bag. If you’re going to oven-roast the chicken, simply pour the marinade directly over it in the pan and cook together. For best results, marinate the chicken overnight. If you don’t have enough time, letting the chicken marinate for even 5 minutes before cooking will boost the flavor. Let chicken rest for about 5 minutes before cutting to maximize juiciness.


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