Yogurt Marinated Chicken

A tangy yogurt marinade is a beautiful thing. The yogurt tenderizes whatever marinates, thanks to the acid in the yogurt. But it works more efficiently and gently than more traditional acidic ingredients in marinades, like vinegar or citrus juices. You’ll want to let whatever you are marinating take some time to get all of the benefits of a yogurt marinade. The soft results will be worth your while.

But you don’t have to sacrifice a crispy exterior for a tender interior. Look at this crust – pretty gorgeous, right? I roasted these chicken thighs in an oven, but they would be great on the grill. If you want to use other pieces of bone-in-skin on chicken, go right ahead. I actually am now thinking that these would make amazing wings for a party.

Yogurt Marinated Chicken

A bit of lemon juice loosens the yogurt up nicely helps speed up the tenderization process, and along with the zest provides a tart citrus punch. Oregano, cumin and allspice give it a kind of Greek-meets-Middle east vibe.

Oregano, cumin and allspice give this super moist, crispy skinned chicken a kind of Greek-meets-Middle east vibe.

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Sharing the plate is Bulgur Wheat with Caramelized Onions and Parsley, Roasted Carrots with Tapanade Dressing, and Frisee, Radicchio and Escarole Salad with Citrus Dressing. Loads of color here, because of the mixed lettuce salad and the multi-colored carrots.

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Yogurt Marinated Chicken

Oregano, cumin and allspice give this super moist, crispy skinned chicken a kind of Greek-meets-Middle east vibe.
Yield: 4 People
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Marinating Time 8 hours
Total Time 9 hours


  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • Finely grated zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon finely minced garlic
  • 3 tablespoons fresh oregano leaves or 1 ½ teaspoons dried
  • ¼ teaspoon ground allspice
  • ½ teaspoon coarse or kosher salt plus more to taste
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper plus more to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 ½ pounds (6 to 8 pieces) chicken thighs


  • In a large bowl, combine the lemon zest and juice with the yogurt, garlic, oregano, cumin, allspice, salt, and pepper. Place the chicken in the marinade, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 8 to 12 hours.
  • Preheat the oven to 425°F. Roast the chicken for about 45 minutes until the chicken is cooked through and the tops are browned.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 665kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 52g | Fat: 47g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 280mg | Sodium: 528mg | Potassium: 699mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 337IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 141mg | Iron: 3mg

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  1. Very easy recipe. We did roast the chicken (boneless), but only needed to for about 25 minutes and the chicken was finished. My chicken looked more liquid-y than your pictures, but ultimately the flavor was very good.

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