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Marinate-All-Day Greek Lemon Chicken (Video)

Marinate-All-Day Greek Lemon Chicken is an easy low-carb main dish, and your house is going to smell amazing!

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Marinate-All-Day Low-Carb Greek Lemon Chicken found on KalynsKitchen.com

Today I’m reminding you about this delicious Marinate-All-Day Greek Lemon Chicken that sounds perfect if you’re looking for a special dinner to make on a week night, and this easy recipe will be a winner with anyone who likes the flavors of Greek Lemon Chicken! I don’t know how many people still roast chicken at home now that it’s so inexpensive to just grab a rotisserie chicken at the store, but I promise that not only is this chicken delicious, but the wonderful smell that fills your house while the chicken is roasting makes it worth the little bit of extra effort.

Greek Lemon Chicken marinates all day in a plastic bag in a mixture of lemon juice, olive oil, and Greek spices, and in the evening you just pop it in the oven for an easy dinner in about an hour. And of course this is amazingly low in carbs, for people who are interested in that.

What ingredients do you need for this recipe?

  • olive oil, good quality
  • grated lemon zest (optional but recommended)
  • fresh lemon juice (see notes)
  • Greek Seasoning (affiliate link)
  • salt and fresh ground black pepper

Marinate-All-Day Low-Carb Greek Lemon Chicken process shots collage

How to Make Marinate-All-Day Greek Lemon Chicken:

(Scroll down for complete printable recipe, including nutritional information.)

  1. Mix the fresh lemon juice, lemon zest, Greek Seasoning (affiliate link), olive oil, salt, and pepper to make the marinade. 
  2. Tying the chicken is optional, but I like to do it, and it keeps it together.
  3. Put the chicken in a plastic bag with the marinade and let it marinate all day in the fridge.
  4. I rig up a roasting pan by putting a rack inside a baking dish, which lets the hot air circulate under the chicken, but you can roast it just on a baking sheet as well. 
  5. Start the chicken with breast side down and cook at 450F/220C for 25 minutes.
  6. Then turn the chicken over, lower the heat to 350F/180C and cook 35-45 minutes more. I use an Instant-Read Meat Thermometer (affiliate link) to cook until the chicken reaches 170F.
  7. You can broil the chicken for a couple of minutes if you’d like to brown the top a bit more, but even if you skip that step, this chicken is pretty photogenic!

Marinate-All-Day Low-Carb Greek Lemon Chicken thumbnail photo

Make it a Meal:

This would taste great with Cauliflower Rice with Basil, Parmesan, and Pine NutsSlow Roasted Asparagus (which can cook at the same time as the chicken), or Mary’s Perfect Salad Dressing on spring lettuce mix for a low-carb meal.

More Low-Carb Ideas for Chicken:

Pan-Grilled Chicken with Green Olive, Caper, and Lemon Relish ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Low-Carb Thai Curry Chicken Wings ~ All Day I Dream About Food
Green Chile and Chicken Mock Enchilada Casserole ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Clean Eating Low-Carb Bok Choy Cashew Chicken ~ The Gracious Pantry
Baked Chicken Stuffed with Pesto and Cheese ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Oven Baked Crispy Chicken ~ Barefeet in the Kitchen

Weekend Food Prep:

Roasted chicken is great left over, so this recipe has been added to a category called Weekend Food Prep to help you find recipes you can prep or cook on the weekend and eat during the week!

Marinate-All-Day Greek Lemon Chicken

Marinate-All-Day Greek Lemon Chicken

Yield About 6 servings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes

This Greek Lemon Chicken is absolutely delicious and it marinates all day while you’re at work and then roasts in about an hour for an amazing low-carb dinner.


  • Whole chicken, about 5 pounds (I used a whole chicken from Costco for this photo)

Marinade Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup olive oil, good quality
  • 1 tsp. grated lemon zest (optional but recommended)
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice (see notes)
  • 1 T Greek seasoning, see note below
  • Salt and fresh ground pepper to taste


  1. I usually tie the chicken with string, but you don’t have to.
  2. Zest the skin of the lemon and then squeeze the juice. If you don't have a lemon zester (affiliate link), any type of microplane grater (affiliate link) or even a fine cheese grater will work.
  3. Mix marinade ingredients in measuring cup.
  4. Put chicken in large Ziploc bag, pour marinade over, then zip bag shut and mix well, until chicken is well coated. Put in fridge and let chicken marinate all day while you’re at work.
  5. After work, preheat oven to 450F/220C, drain marinade off and put chicken in glass or heavy metal roasting pan, breast side down. (I like to use a pan with a rack in it so the hot air circulates under the chicken, but any roasting pan or baking dish will work.)
  6. Roast about 25 minutes, then turn breast side up and baste with pan juices.
  7. Lower heat to 350 and roast about another 35-45 minutes, or until top is browned and Instant-Read Meat Thermometer (affiliate link) reads about 170. It takes about an hour and 15 minutes for a 5 pound chicken.
  8. Let rest 10 minutes before carving.


You could use fresh-frozen lemon juice for this recipe.

There are many good brands of Greek Seasoning (affiliate link).  If you don’t have Greek Seasoning, I’d use 1 tsp each oregano, garlic powder and marjoram; or other spices you like on chicken.

Nutritional information for calories, fat, and protein is going to be much lower than shown for this recipe because of course you're not eating all the oil that's in the marinade and some of the 5 pounds of chicken is bones!

This recipe created by Kalyn.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1013Total Fat: 63gSaturated Fat: 16gUnsaturated Fat: 41gCholesterol: 333mgSodium: 1169mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: ogSugar: 0gProtein: 103g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.

If you make this recipe I'd love to hear how it turns out. Leave a star rating or share on social media with the hashtag #KALYNSKITCHEN, thanks!

Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Greek Lemon Chicken would be a great dish for the South Beach Diet, and low-carb eating plans, even Keto. Those who are South Beach Dieters who are following the letter of the law should should let other family members have the legs and thighs and eat the breast meat, which has less saturated fat.

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    54 Comments on “Marinate-All-Day Greek Lemon Chicken (Video)”

  1. You can enter "diced chicken" or "leftover chicken" into the blog search bar and find all the recipes for cooked chicken.

  2. Roast chicken is great any way you do it! I want to know recipes on what to do with the left overs? I bag them in 4 oz baggies for daily eating but I need ideas on how to make tasty small meals with it. I also make broth/stock with the bones and guts! I make sure it is fat free and it usually take me 2 days to make it. But chicken with salad is getting a little tiresome. I love your blog! It gives me inspiration to keep on losing weight and cooking well.

  3. Glad you liked it. (And wow, does this need a new photo!)

  4. I prepared this recipe last night and let me just tell you, between three people, that chicken got DEMOLISHED! Delicious, healthy, and from now on, a staple in our household. Great recipe!

  5. Hope you like it. This should be good on the grill. (And this is a very old post, and I'm hating that top photo; must make it again!)

  6. I also love Grecian Cvhicken, and today I am going to try to make some myself. I have been studying this recipe for a while and finally decided to grill it. Thanks for the tips!!!!

  7. I lost 20 pounds last year on SBD, but alas, feel off the wagon last October. I gained back 10 pounts. So now it is back to the grindstone for 2009! This recipe looks fantastic and will be a good way to get back into the swing of things. My husband will be sure to love it as well. Thanks for a GREAT site!

  8. Ohhh my goodness this chicken looks YUMMY and actually like something I can do too 😀 Always looking for good chicken recipes, thank you SO SO much, Carm

  9. Kaylan,

    This recipe took me back! My yia-yia (Greek grandma) used to make Greek chicken all the time when I was little and I used to think “Do we have to eat this all the time?”. Now I would love to eat it ALL THE TIME!

    I love reading your blog, it’s like food porn.

  10. I’ve been roasting my chickens just about like this for many years now. The first time I tried it with lemon and thyme and was just totally blown away with such incredible flavor! It was a stunning discovery.

  11. This sounds delicious! The picture is making my mouth water – the chicken looks wonderful and crispy.

  12. Historical update: Comments before this one are from the original post in early 2006. Fun to see some familiar names!

  13. Hello,

    I tried this recipe and i want everybody to know that low carb do taste good.

  14. Hey, thanks to all my friends for their nice comments. Everyone, this is sooooo delicious, I do hope you will try it.

  15. Awesome picture! kalyn, your dishes are always flavoured with a balanced and aromatic choice of seasonings with herbs, as always, it’s very tempting! happy weekend!

  16. Great looking roast chicken. I will def try this recipe. I’ve bookmarked already…

  17. Hi Kalyn,
    It made me smile reading that you had to resist to baste the chicken with melted butter 😉 Because that’s what I learned from my grandma and as much as I try to cut back on excessive use of butter, I just love it too much to be successful in doing so…

  18. Oh, I LOVE Greek Chicken! I make a slow cooker version and it is the only recipe I know that can make me salivate just from the aroma. YUM!

  19. Aw, that comment above is so sweet. (Psst: Mixed Masala! You can join in Weekend Herb Blogging! C’mon!)
    Kalyn: You’re tagged!

  20. Hi Kaylan,

    I’ve been visiting for a couple of weeks now and decided to let you know. Very nice site you have here. Beautiful photos, delicious looking recipes and great low-carb information. I had been thinking of going low-carb for a couple of months and finally started on Monday (Jan 9), so your site is really a great find.

    I’m very new to food blogging (started in Oct ’05) and was wondering if “Weekend Herb Blogging” is open to all who are interested or if it is only for a particular group of food bloggers. It seems interesting and I was thinking I might like to try it.

    Glad I found your site, though I don’t remember how I ran across it. Thanks for being here!