Greek Chicken Thighs

I am bonkers for Greek flavors. Seriously, whenever you combine some of the the mainstay ingredients of Greek cuisine—which to me are oregano, olive oil, lemon juice and garlic or some other member of the onion family (there are many others of course, but these are my platonic Greek ingredients)—only good things can happen.

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And not just good things. Clean, bright-tasting good things, Healthful good things. Good things that adult AND kids like. Summery good things.  Greek Roasted Chicken good things.

Greek Chicken Marinade

I would use this Greek chicken marinade on anything, from slabs of zucchini to skewered shrimp or chicken to a piece of fish.  And I would definitely think about grilling most of those things, but in this case, the chicken got roasted, and the crackling skin and the moist dark meat were pretty much dinner bliss.  And as we are crazy about Greek flavors, we are also crazy about roasted chicken thighs – probably the favorite roast chicken part in our house.  

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Roasting Chicken Thighs:

Cooking skin-on, bone-in chicken in the oven is probably my favorite method; hands-on, and great results every time.  Roasting is very similar to baking, in that it entails cooking the food in the oven, with little to no liquid involved, usually uncovered.   Hot dry air circulating all around the food to provide a browned exterior and a juicy interior.  By definition roasting involves cooking at a higher temperature (and correspondingly short cooking times) than baking.  Roasting is the oven method of choice, but even if you are baking these chicken thighs at a lower temperature you can still get to very tender meat and crispy skin.   

If you want to cook this chicken at 350°F or 375°F instead of 425°F then just add another 10 to 15 minutes of baking time.  This is useful to know when you have the oven set at a different temperature for another dish – no need to cook them separately, chicken in general, and thighs in particular, are very accommodating.  Thighs vary in size like crazy, so very small thighs might be finished at 425°F in 30 minutes, while super large ones might take 50 minutes.  Use a meat thermometer if you want, and look for an internal temperature of 165°F.

The Beauty of Chicken Thighs

Chicken thighs are very forgiving – the moist, dark meat stays very tender, and even if you leave them in the oven for another 15 or even 30 minutes, nothing bad will happen.  I’ve done this by accident and I’ve done this intentionally, and in fact I happen to like them slightly overcooked.  The skin usually just gets even crisper and the meat gets fall-apart tender, and comes away from the bone really easily.

Charlie is also a big fan of the well cooked thicken thigh, and has been known to point at the crackley skin on other people’s plates and ask, “Are you going to eat that?”  It was a little cuter when he was a young child.

Greek Roasted Chicken Thighs / Cheyenne Cohen / Katie Workman /

The Easiest, Most Delicious Greek Roasted Chicken Recipe—the simple flavors of lemon and oregano turn ordinary roasted chicken thighs into a perfect weeknight dinner.

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What to Serve with Greek Roasted Chicken Thighs

Would serving this with a Modern Greek Salad be too much?  Well, I don’t think so.  Or try a salad made of ribbons of zucchini on the side, or Sugar Snap Pea Salad.  Also a bowl of Orange and Herb Orzo  passed around the table.  Simpler perfection would be hard to find.

This chicken is also great at room temperature or even straight from the fridge.  If you packed up a container of these along with the Red Onion Mint Orzo or Greek Tabbouleh Salad that would be one hell of a picnic.    Maybe some green beans tossed with Chervil Vinaigrette.  And some cookies for dessert, like Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies.  This portable meal would be a reason to own a picnic blanket.

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Greek Roasted Chicken Thighs

The simple flavors of lemon and oregano turn ordinary chicken thighs into a perfect weeknight dinner.
Yield: 6 People
Diet: Gluten Free


  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons kosher or coarse salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 pounds bone-in, skin on chicken thighs


  • In a large bowl, container or sturdy zipper top bag, combine the olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, vinegar, oregano, salt and pepper. Stir to combine thoroughly, add the chicken, turn to coat well, the cover or seal and refrigerate for 12 to 24 hours (or even up to 2 days!).
  • Preheat the oven to 425°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray with nonstick cooking spray. Remove the chicken from the marinade and place on the baking sheet skin side up. Roast for about 40 minutes until cooked though, depending on the size of the thighs. Serve the roasted chicken hot, warm or cold.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 505.7kcal | Carbohydrates: 1.39g | Protein: 31.43g | Fat: 41.06g | Saturated Fat: 9.89g | Cholesterol: 188.92mg | Sodium: 924.29mg | Potassium: 403.59mg | Fiber: 0.33g | Sugar: 0.1g | Vitamin A: 161.71IU | Vitamin C: 1.13mg | Calcium: 26.07mg | Iron: 1.59mg

The nutrition values are provided as an estimate. It is not intended as a substitute for the advice of a qualified healthcare professional.

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  1. We loved it! I’ve shared it with several friends. I also sometimes serve it with pieces of lemon to sprinkle over the chicken.

  2. Mine just came out of the oven – 40 minutes at 425 degrees but not cooked all the way through. Imagine cooking time varies based on the size of the thighs or could something else be at play?

    1. size of thighs is what caused that, you’re absolutely right. add another 10 to 15 minutes!

  3. Hi Katie,
    Due to the pandemic and another lock down here in Australia I could only find skinless/boneless thighs would they still work and how long would they need? Sorry for the trouble
    Kristal xx

  4. OMG this marinade is amazing!!! I tasted it before I put the chicken in to marinate and knew instantly that I wanted more so I made a 2nd batch and basted the chicken every 20 minutes while it was roasting. I love garlic so of course I used about 6 cloves instead of just 1 tsp. I meal prepped this for my lunches this week and am having garlic parmesan roasted broccoli along side the chicken. DELICIOUS!!!!

  5. I wanted an easy, last-minute recipe for bone-in thighs with a Greek flair, and this was perfect! I had only an hour or less to marinate and it was still delicious, and the texture was wonderful, with crispy skin. Thanks!

    1. sorry for the late reply, but the answer is yes! you can always cut down the marinating time if you need to, and just know that the food won’t be as deeply flavored…but still hopefully delicious!

  6. So, so, so good. It’s great roasted, and I LOVE it on the grill. Perfect, simple, tasty – I serve it with some homemade tzatziki and Greek rice with spinach. Clean, fresh flavors, and healthy! Mediterranean diet for the win.

  7. Simple, bright flavors.

    I marinated for 1.5 days and the flavor was perfect. I didn’t find the skin crispy enough so next time I will use the marinade and use the air fryer

  8. Does it REALLY have to take that much space to give a short, simple recipe for those of us who might not be interested in your commentaries? This could be solved by putting the recipe first.

    1. Hi, Lynne. Well, good news is coming your way – the site is being redesigned and come January 2020 there will be a “skip to recipe” button so you can fly past the commentary if you so choose.

  9. My wife said it was the best chicken she ever had after my first time doing it. And she is a foodie ;)

    I recently experimented by doubling or tripling the oregano and lemon. It creates a ton of marinade which I end up using it as a sauce once cooked.

    Either way, this dish is fantastic.

  10. I rarely leave comments on blogs but this one’s worth commenting. I tried this today and it’s soooo good! I cooked mine at 375F for 45 mins and cooked so we’ll. It’s so full of flavor and so easy to do! Everyone in the house enjoyed it. This is one of my fave chicken thigh recipes ♥️ Shared this to my friends and family!

  11. This is amazing chicken! How could something so easy be so full of flavor and yummy?! I had to use chicken legs since my store was out of thighs. I also chose to take the skin off of my chicken and it still roasted up beautifully and was full of flavor. This is going into my Best of 2019 file. Thank you!

  12. Excellent roasted chicken! Our store didn’t have chicken thighs, so I had to go with drumsticks. I skinned them to make this even healthier but was worried that I’d miss out on some flavor. No need to worry, it was still packed with flavor! It was absolutely delicious and it’s going into my Best of 2019 file. I can’t wait to try it with chicken thighs next time. Thank you!

  13. I think this sounds wonderful. I am going to fix it in my counter top convection oven and pass it on to a very picky friend who likes simple recipes with easy clean-up. I think he’ll love this..

    1. How do you like your counter top convection oven? I know people who love them….haven’t ever worked with one….

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