Aug 222011

Yogurt marinated chicken

This is a very easy and simple recipe for chicken. I like the idea of marinating the chicken and hand it to my husband to grill on the BBQ, this way we can “share” the cooking.
What I like about this recipe is the low content of salt for the ones watching for their blood pressure. So many spices are added to the mixture of yogurt that you will not miss the salt for flavor and the chicken comes out of the grill so tender.


½ cup plain yogurt
2 tablespoon lemon zest
2 tablespoon lemon juice
4 garlic cloves finely chopped
½ teaspoon cumin
½ teaspoon coriander
½ teaspoon red pepper flake
½ teaspoon black pepper
½ teaspoon dry rosemary
½ teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon olive oil

2 lbs of chicken breast or deboned thigh


Mix all the ingredients in a bowl, except the chicken. Pour the yogurt mix to the chicken, mix gently and cover the bowl. Marinade the chicken in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours or overnight for more an enhanced flavor.
Grilled the chicken on the BBQ and serve hot.

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  76 Responses to “Yogurt Marinated Chicken”

  1. Hi Juliana!
    I took some chicken fingers out for dinner tonight and was contemplating what to do with them. Since I have fresh yogurt I made yesterday, my dilemma has been solved!

    Thank you so much for sharing…

  2. it’s so close to lunchtime as I write this! Your yogurt marinated chicken looks juicy and delicious. You are right that the yogurt does a great job of tenderizing and infusing flavors without over-relying on salt. Great recipe!

  3. My mom does it this way sometimes–it turns out SOOO good! 🙂

  4. Juliana great recipe, the yogurt gives is a love of juiciness and plumpness. Of course he should share the cooking chore lol.

  5. This looks so flavorful! I love using yogurt as a marinade for chicken — it really makes it so tender!

  6. It’s very dangerous to be received this way Julianna…I’m now much hungrier than I thought…and worse yet…no supper has been planned…yikes!

    I also love marinating chicken with yogurt…and most don’t even realize I inject a slap of health to the recipe. I can only imagine by your list of ingredients…that this dish turned out to be pretty darn special ;o)

    Hope your Summer has been going on swell.

    Ciao for now and flavourful wishes,

  7. I enjoy marinating chicken with yogurt – makes it tender and moist. 🙂

  8. Oh now this just looks awesome!! Really it looks so moist and delicious!!

  9. It looks so tender ~ yogurt must have added a distinct flavor too ~ lovely photos 🙂

  10. Great recipe! I have drastically reduced my salt consumption, and adding lots of herbs to everything made the transition so much easier, and I don’t miss the salt anymore. In fact, many dishes are now too salty for me!

  11. I cannot wait to make this. I absolutely love the yogurt marinade and an sending this off to my mom who was just at the doctor today for high blood pressure

  12. How yummy! I love using a yogurt marinade for chicken…and your spices sound wonderful 🙂

  13. That looks fabulous! I love yogurt marinades, especially with yummy chicken 🙂

  14. Ooh these remind of tandoori chicken but with different flavours 🙂 They sound fantastic!

  15. i love the idea of marinating chicken in yogurt! i saw another recipe that roasted a chicken with a similar base and it was just as juicy and delicious like the one here!

  16. Simple and absolutely perfect meal!

  17. I’ve made yogurt marinated chicken one time, years ago, and loved it! I will have to make it again and try your recipe- it sounds wonderful. We eat a lot of chicken so I’m always looking for simple healthy and delicious recipes to try;-)

  18. This looks delicious and moist and that is hard to do on a grill. I’ve used yogurt for tandoori chicken so I know it is a great tenderizer. I really have to give this a try. I love the spices you’ve used to season the yogurt. Have a great day. Blessings…Mary

  19. Oh..I love that marinade recipe, Juliana! Would love to use it for my veggies. Wonderful.

  20. when it comes to grilling, the husband will not allow anyone to touch . He enjoys doing that part of cooking all the time 🙂 marinating with yogurt is one of my fav way of making chicken.. this looks lovely.

  21. Sometimes I forget how easy and flavorful it is to marinate chicken in yogurt. Thanks for the timely reminder. Now I don’t have to worry about what to serve for dinner tonight.

  22. yogurt, cumin and coriander..yummy and then red pepper flake, great recipe!
    thanks for sharing

    happy tuesday!

  23. I love marinating chicken in yogurt and these spices sound great!

  24. A fabulous marinade! I bet the chicken meat is soft afterward. Never tried doing that.



  25. I do it similar way so many times. Love the way your grilled chicken looks- sooo yummy!

  26. So tender and juicy!

  27. I love marinating chicken in yogurt, it really adds lots of flavor and keep the chicken moist… Your’s looks wonderful, yummy….

  28. Hmmm, memories of Tandoori chicken. Nice photos.

  29. isnt it just yummy to marinate chicken in yogurt? i really love the flavors in brings out. thank you for sharing this lovely recipe and have a great day.

  30. I love BBQing with my fiance because it’s totally like we’re cooking dinner together 🙂 This chicken looks fabulous!

  31. I like sharing the cooking too and my husband is enjoying the grilling too. Your chicken turned out so moist! I have to try this recipe!

  32. I have never marinated chicken in yogurt, but this one looks so delicious and healthy, I must try it one day. I like the idea to mix the very European rosemary with coriander+cumin.

  33. Your chicken looks wonderful. I love sharing the grill duties with my husband too. 🙂

  34. I’m intrigued!

  35. this looks so good adore grilled chicken :0)

  36. This grilled chicken looks fantastic! I love yogurt marinade…

  37. Oh I love marinating chicken in yogurt! Don’t you just love how it always ends up being so juicy after cooking?!

  38. You know – if I didn’t make chicken today, I’d be making this tomorrow. But Thursday looks good! I agree – I won’t miss the salt – not with those warm spices in the cool yogurt.

  39. Succulent white meat with little salt and no sugar, meaty yet light, lovely : ).

  40. Ha ha, I love “sharing” the cooking too 🙂 This sounds fantastic, almost like a tandoori chicken. Enjoy your week!

  41. Wow, chicken looks absolutely delicious..nice recipe..thanks for sharing…

  42. What a nice idea for a marinade and healthy too! I am definitely going to try this. I bet the yogurt adds some nice juiciness to the chicken.

  43. I really like your marinade recipe. Very tempting one!

  44. what a great use of yogurt!

  45. That is such a great tasting marinade! I love yogurt with chicken… it always keeps it moist and makes it more delicious! Great combo of spices and herbs!

  46. You sound like me. I do the prep work, too, then hand off the dish to my husband to actually cook on the grill. Ahh, men and their love of fire. 😉

  47. This marinated chicken looks absolutely delectable- Looks so moist and juicy…Mmmm my mouth is watering now. Wonderful flavors, Juliana!



  48. BTW, I’m taking your lovely recipe with me! 🙂

  49. Pffff… we have same thought – I marinade the meet and hand it to my husband so he can cook – the best dinner ever. LOL. This looks easy and delicious Juliana! Sounds like my family is having this chicken soon! 😉

  50. Love yogurt marinated chicken and the shared-cooking method!

  51. I really love how you marinate the chicken!

  52. I bet the yogurt made this chicken so tender! I’ll have to make this for my meat eating friends 😀

  53. I know I would LOVE this recipe! I just marinated salmon in yogurt sauce and was blown away and I am sure chicken would be fantastic with one.

  54. I like this – it is a very simple recipe. Thanks.

  55. The chicken sounds so succulent and flavorful wtih the yogurt marinade, nice!

  56. Oh, I’ve never tried marinating chicken with yogurt before – how interesting. Love the combination of spices you’ve used here. A great marinade indeed. It’s always great to have shared cooking, isn’t it? Then the only problem becomes, who does the dishes. Haha. Can you tell that my hubby and I do share cooking too? Haha.

  57. This chicken looks so tasty!! With all those spices in there, I can imagine that it would taste even tastier than it looks! Hmm…I have a tub of yoghut in my fridge right now- I’m tempted to tr this recipe! 😀

  58. Oh that looks so good. It has everything I love, its like you made it just for me. I can tell just by looking at it that it was absolutely delicious!
    *kisses* HH

  59. Wow, this looks like the juiciest and most tender chicken ever! Lovely combination of flavors. Your hubby is one lucky man! 🙂 Have a wonderful weekend.

  60. The combination of flavors sounds amazing! I love new chicken recipes and will print this one. Thanks!

  61. This looks like a fabulous and healthy way to prepare chicken! I’m always looking for a great new chicken recipe to mix it up a bit. Thanks for sharing this!

  62. Hey Juliana, thanks for stopping by my blog. Long time no ‘blog’, hehe:)

    I love the idea of Yogurt marinated chicken! it somehow feels like the ‘greek style’! It looks so juicy!
    Have a great weekend!

  63. What a gorgeously flavored marinade! I pass most of the actual grilling tasks to my guys, but then again they are amazing at it…
    Hope you have a fantastic weekend Juliana…hugs

  64. the seasoning sounds great, i can happily eat a few pieces of that!

  65. Looooove yogurt marinated chicken and you used my favorite seasonings. Looks great.

  66. I cook with very little salt, so this sounds perfect! I’m wanting to reach right into my computer for a piece of this chicken. 🙂 This would be great for a quick after work dinner!

  67. I love simple recipes and this suit me well. I have to give this yogurt marinade a try. Thanks for sharing the recipe. 🙂

  68. I love yogurt marinated chicken. My first encounter with this preparation was with Persian kebabs, so moist and tasty. Yummy! I cannot wait to try your version.

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  70. what a terrific way to apply moistness and flavor! this is darn fine batch of chicken, juliana–nice work!

  71. This is definitely a healthful way of marinating the chicken and yogurt is a good tenderizer too! Love those grill marks on the chicken – I can almost imagine the smoky flavor. I hope you are having an enjoyable weekend, Juliana!

    ~ ray ~

  72. ‘Tis the season for grilling! This looks like a great option for doing so.

  73. Your chicken marinade sounds spicy and delicious! I bet it makes the chicken so tender. Have a great week!

  74. I have yet to try marinating chicken in yogurt. I must try this! The result looks amazing.

  75. I made chicken fingers with this recipe and they were outstanding. I cannot find the link to follow you; am I missing something?