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Grilled Lemon Oregano Chicken + Salmoriglio Sauce

Ana | Claudia's Table
Grilled Lemon Oregano Chicken with Salmoriglio Sauce is a twist on the authentic Chicken Salmoriglio which is a quintessential Southern Italian dish.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
marinading time 3 hrs
Total Time 3 hrs 35 mins
Course Barbeque, Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 8
Calories 387 kcal


  • grill pan or outdoor grill


  • 3 1/2 lbs chicken thighs boneless, bone in, skin on or off
  • 2 tbsp lemon zest
  • 2 lemons juice of one lemon reserve second lemon for grill
  • 4 cloves garlic finely minced
  • 3 tsp oregano dried
  • 2-3 tsp salt kosher (see note)
  • 1 tsp pepper course ground
  • 1/2 cup olive oil extra virgin
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp oregano fresh, leaves only, chopped plus more for garnish
  • 1 5oz Arugula, container for serving



  • Place juice of one lemon, lemon zest, olive oil, dried oregano, honey, garlic, salt, pepper in a small bowl and whisk until fully combined. Set aside.

Prepare chicken to marinate

  • Trim chicken if necessary.
  • Carefully cut slices into the chicken pieces. This will allow for the marinade to penetrate into the chicken.
  • Place chicken in large, zip top bag. Give the sauce a good whisk and place half of the marinade in the bag with the chicken.
  • Zip the top closed and gently shake the chicken so the marinade covers chicken fully.
  • Marinate for 2-3 hours.

Grilling chicken

  • Preheat grill on medium heat.
  • Once the chicken has marinaded, remove chicken pieces from bag.
  • Discard any marinade that remains.
  • Place chicken on preheated grill. Also two lemon halves that were reserved. Cut side down.
  • Lemon halves should be grilled about 10 minutes until they have grill marks and have softened.
  • Grill chicken about 5 minutes on each side and continue to turn every 5 minutes until fully cooked and internal temperature is 165º. (cooking times vary- bone in takes longer, boneless cooks faster)
  • Remove from grill.

How to serve Grilled Lemon Oregano Chicken with Salmoriglio Sauce

  • To the reserved sauce, add chopped fresh Oregano and mix well.
  • On a platter, arrange Arugula and place grilled chicken pieces on top.
  • Squeeze grilled lemon halves onto the chicken.
  • Spoon Salmoriglio onto the chicken.
  • Garnish with more fresh oregano and serve.


Use kosher salt for this recipe. 


Serving: 1pc with sauceCalories: 387kcal
Keyword grilled chicken recipe, Italian grilled chicken, Mediterranean Diet

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