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Mediterranean Grilled Chicken Recipe

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Mediterranean Grilled Chicken: A Gastronomic Journey to the Mediterranean Shores


As the warm Mediterranean sun kisses the azure waters, an array of vibrant flavors and aromas dance through the air. The Mediterranean cuisine, renowned for its healthy ingredients and harmonious combinations, is a tapestry woven with history and culture. One dish that perfectly captures the essence of this region is the Mediterranean Grilled Chicken. A symphony of fresh herbs, zesty citrus, and succulent chicken, this dish invites you to embark on a culinary voyage to the heart of the Mediterranean.

Historical Context:

The roots of Mediterranean cuisine trace back thousands of years, encompassing the culinary traditions of countries such as Greece, Italy, Spain, and Lebanon. Olive oil, herbs, and spices have been staples since ancient times, and the concept of grilling has been an integral part of Mediterranean cooking due to the region’s warm climate. Grilled chicken, marinated in fragrant herbs and juices, exemplifies the Mediterranean way of celebrating simplicity and vibrant flavors.


  1. Prepare the Marinade: In a mixing bowl, combine the extra virgin olive oil, minced garlic, fresh lemon juice, lemon zest, dried oregano, dried thyme, dried rosemary, ground cumin, salt, and pepper. Whisk the ingredients together until well incorporated.
  2. Marinate the Chicken: Place the chicken breasts in a zip-top plastic bag or an airtight container. Pour the prepared marinade over the chicken, ensuring each breast is coated evenly. Seal the bag or container and refrigerate for at least 2-4 hours, allowing the flavors to meld and infuse the chicken.
  3. Preheat the Grill: Preheat your grill or grill pan to medium-high heat. Make sure the grates are clean and lightly oiled to prevent sticking.
  4. Grill the Chicken: Remove the marinated chicken from the bag or container, letting any excess marinade drip off. Place the chicken breasts on the preheated grill and cook for about 6-8 minutes per side, or until the internal temperature reaches 165°F (75°C). The chicken should be nicely charred on the outside and juicy on the inside.
  5. Rest and Serve: Once cooked, remove the grilled chicken from the heat and let it rest for a few minutes. This allows the juices to redistribute, ensuring each bite is tender and succulent. Garnish with chopped fresh parsley for an extra burst of color and flavor.


The Mediterranean Grilled Chicken captures the spirit of Mediterranean cuisine in every bite. The marriage of aromatic herbs, citrusy tang, and perfectly grilled chicken is a testament to the rich culinary heritage of the Mediterranean region. As you savor each mouthful, you’re transported to the sun-drenched shores, where food is not just sustenance but a celebration of life itself. So, fire up your grill and embark on this gastronomic journey that pays homage to centuries of culinary craftsmanship.


prep time
15 minutes.
cooking time
20 minutes.
4 servings.
total time
2 hours 35 minutes.


  • Mixing bowl

  • Whisk

  • Zip-top plastic bag or airtight container for marination

  • Grill or grill pan

  • Tongs


  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest

  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano

  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme

  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • Salt and pepper, to taste

  • Fresh parsley, chopped (for garnish)


Combine marinade ingredients.
Coat chicken, refrigerate 2-4 hours.
Preheat grill, clean and oil grates.
Grill chicken 6-8 min/side, 165°F internal temp.
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