Grilled Feta-Brined Chicken


Salty feta and lemon give grilled chicken fresh flavor. Serve this dish warm or at room temperature.

Grilled Feta-Brined Chicken
Photo: David Tsay
Hands On Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
9 hrs


  • 4 cup water

  • 4 ounce feta cheese, crumbled

  • 2 tablespoon dried oregano

  • 2 ½ teaspoon kosher salt

  • 2 teaspoon cracked black pepper

  • 2 - 3 pound skinless boneless chicken thighs

  • 1 large lemon, halved

  • ¼ cup olive oil

  • Crumbled feta cheese

  • Assorted fresh herbs (optional)


  1. The day before serving, combine 4 ounces feta, oregano, 2 1/2 teaspoons salt, 2 teaspoons cracked black pepper, and water in a blender; cover and blend until smooth. Place chicken in an extra-large resealable plastic bag or container large enough to submerge chicken. Pour feta mixture over chicken. Seal and chill at least 8 hours or overnight.

  2. Remove chicken from brine and transfer to a towel-lined tray. Discard brine. Pat chicken dry with paper towels and let rest at room temperature for 30 minutes.

  3. Grill chicken on the rack of a covered grill directly over medium heat for 12 to 15 minutes or until done (at least 170°F), turning once.

  4. Transfer chicken to a platter. Squeeze lemon halves over chicken and drizzle with oil. Season with additional salt and pepper and sprinkle with additional feta and herbs, if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

314 Calories
19g Fat
2g Carbs
32g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 314
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 19g 24%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 158mg 53%
Sodium 588mg 26%
Total Carbohydrate 2g 1%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 32g
Vitamin C 3mg 15%
Calcium 112mg 9%
Iron 1.6mg 9%
Potassium 395mg 8%
Folate, total 14.7mcg
Vitamin B-12 1.2mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.8mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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