Best Mediterranean Chicken Marinades

The best flavors of the Mediterranean applied to your chicken meal prep.

These 4 quick and simple recipes are the best to know for delicious chicken dinners. These are all flavors from the Mediterranean countries that we love and are found in your pantry or fridge.

My favorite is definitely tied with the Greek and Italian versions. The Pesto you can buy ready at the super market or make your own. The zucchini and scallions are the perfect addition here. The Greek yogurt version is awesome with the orange flavors and you can sub in lemon or lime if your prefer!

The second beauty of this recipe is that you can pan fry them in a matter of minutes or you can transfer the contents of the bag to a small baking dish and bake for 10-12 minutes. Both way are super delicious and simple.

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best Mediterranean chicken marinades

Best Mediterranean Chicken Marinades

5 from 2 votes


  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken thighs or breasts FOR EACH MARINADE, sliced into strips

Italian Marinade:

  • 3 tbs pesto
  • 1 medium zucchini, sliced into thick half moons
  • 3 scallions, sliced

Spanish Marinade:

Greek Marinade:

  • 2 tbs Greek yogurt
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • zest of half orange + juice
  • 1 orange bell pepper, sliced into strips
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • salt and pepper to taste

French Marinade:

  • 1 large shallot, sliced
  • 1 tbs Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbs honey
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbs ginger
  • 1 tbs olive oil


  • Marinate the chicken 30 minutes or up to overnight OR freeze the bags for a later date.
  • To BAKE: Transfer contents to a small baking dish and bake for 12-15 minutes at 425℉ (or until internal temperature of the chicken reads 165℉).
  • To PAN COOK: Just dump the contents into a hot pan and cook for 4-5 minutes per side. (I use this method usually).
Author: Stella

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