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Garlicky Greek Chicken

Garlicky Greek Chicken

This prizewinning chicken recipe pairs a flavourful herb-rubbed, barbeque-roasted chicken with homemade tzatziki. It’s ideal both for a family meal and for backyard entertaining. Adapted from a recipe by Canadian Living 2007 Cook of the Year 3rd prize winner Kathryn Howden of Sherwood Park, Alberta.


  • Serves: 8
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Garlicky Greek Chicken:

  • 1 whole chicken
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) dill, fresh, minced
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) oregano, dried
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) lemon juice
  • 9 slices lemon, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 tsp (1.25 mL) salt
  • 1/4 tsp (1.25 mL) pepper

Zippy Dill Tzatziki:

  • 1 cup (250 mL) plain yogurt, Balkan-style
  • 1/3 English cucumber
  • 1/2 tsp (2.5 mL) salt
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) red onion(s), minced
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) dill, fresh, minced
  • 1 clove garlic, large, minced


Garlicky Greek Chicken

  1. Using kitchen shears, cut chicken down each side of backbone; remove backbone and wing tips. Place breast side up on rimmed baking sheet; press firmly on breastbone to flatten.

  2. Using fingers, gently loosen skin from breasts and legs to form pockets, leaving skin attached at edges.

  3. In small bowl, combine garlic, dill, oregano, half of the oil and the lemon juice; stuff two-thirds under chicken skin, patting to flatten slightly. Slide 6 of the lemon slices under skin. Brush with remaining oil. Turn chicken over: spread with remaining garlic mixture. Top with remaining lemon. Refrigerate for 30 minutes. (Make-ahead: Cover and refrigerate for up to 12 hours.)

  4. Heat 1 burner of 2-burner barbecue or 2 outside burners of 3-burner barbecue to medium. Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper. Brush grill over unlit burner with oil. Place chicken, skin side down, on oiled grill. Close lid and grill until thermometer inserted in thigh registers 180°F (82°C), about 1 hour. Remove to cutting board; tent with foil and let stand for 10 minutes before cutting with clean kitchen shears into eight pieces.

Zippy Dill Tzatziki

  1. Line colander with cheesecloth and place over bowl; spoon in yogurt. Refrigerate for 1 hour.

  2. Meanwhile, peel half of the cucumber; seed and dice entire cucumber. In separate colander, set over bowl, stir cucumber with salt; let drain for 30 minutes.

  3. Stir together drained yogurt, cucumber, onion, dill and garlic. Serve with chicken.

Nutrition Info

  • Per 195 g serving Amount
  • Calories 360
  • Protein 26 g
  • Fat 26 g
  • Saturated Fat 8 g
  • Carbohydrate 5 g
  • Fibre 1 g
  • Sugar 2 g
  • Cholesterol 110 mg
  • Sodium 330 mg
  • Per 195 g serving % Daily Value
  • Potassium 11
  • Calcium 8
  • Iron 10
  • Vitamin A 6
  • Vitamin C 8
  • Vitamin B6 28
  • Vitamin B12 30
  • Folate 6
  • Magnesium 15
  • Zinc 20

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