Fire Day Friday: Grilled Chicken with Oregano, Lemon, and Feta Cheese

If you follow my blog (Jenn’s Food Journey), then you may have heard me mention that I used to be a personal chef.  Well, I tried to be a personal chef.  It didn’t work out the way I had hoped, but that’s ok.  At the time, it worked out for the best.  I just wasn’t truly ready for that task and I was trying to work a full time job on top of it.  What I did learn was that although I love to cook, I did not love to cook for 8 hours straight…two or more days a row.  It just wasn’t for me.  I started to really dislike cooking and I knew that was not what I wanted.  So, I packed up my short lived career and was completely ok with it.  What’s nice, is I have learned so much since then and, well, I can always go back to it if I ever choose to 🙂

I tell this story because this recipe was actually a recipe that one of my clients requested as one of their “fresh” meals…. i.e… not a meal that I would freeze for him.  It, of course, was called for baking the chicken and it’s good that way.  But, if you know me at all, you know I would rather grill than bake any day… but especially when it’s over 100 degrees!!
This is a perfect recipe to make on a busy week night when you have little time to actually spend in the kitchen (or by the grill) yet want a delicious and almost elegant meal.  Ok, it’s at least delicious!

Grilled Chicken with Oregano, Lemon, and Feta Cheese
Adapted from
Printable Recipe 
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
3 Tablespoons mayonnaise
2 Tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 garlic clove, minced
1/4-1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese (I only used about 1/4 cup cause the chicken breasts were on the smaller side)

Mix together the mayo, lemon juice, oregano, and garlic clove.  Rinse of the chicken and pat dray.  Slather the mayo mixture on both sides of each piece of chicken and allow to marinate for at least 2 hours.

Preheat your grill to 370 degrees.  Oil the grill grates.  Place the chicken directly over the fire and grill for 8-10 minutes per side or until the chicken is cooked through.  In the last 2 minutes, top with feta cheese, close the lid, and allow the cheese to melt or soften just a bit.  Remove from grill and allow to rest for 3-5 minutes before cutting into it.  Enjoy!


I agree with Martha…I have a hard time working full time and cooking for my family let alone another job! This chicken looks so moist and good!

Martha (MM)

What a learning experience being a personal chef must have been! I can’t even imagine while trying to work full time too. I can hardly manage decent meals for my family while working full time!!

Yummy recipe 🙂