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Yogurt Marinated Chicken is the perfect way to grill chicken to create a tender, juicy and flavor packed meal. The creamy yogurt and warm, rich spices mixed together creates a nice marinade for summer grilling! 

Yogurt Marinated Chicken on a white platter

YOGURT MARINATED CHICKEN 

Have you tried a yogurt marinade? If you haven’t, you are missing out!

I love yogurt marinades for a few simple reasons: they add a tangy flavor to the meat, they lock in the juices and flavors and they help hold in the spices to the protein you are grilling. 

You can’t beat healthy recipes like these! 

You might have tried a few of my other yogurt marinades in this Tandoori Chicken and this Mediterranean Chicken.

I like to make my own yogurt to use in the marinade with this Instant Pot Yogurt Recipe or this Homemade Yogurt recipe. 

Today I am celebrating summer grilling season with Smart Chicken, my favorite brand of chicken that I use for all of my chicken grilling recipes. 

You might remember a few of the other recipes I have created for them like these Air Fryer Mediterranean Chicken Thighs and this Sun-dried Tomato Goat Cheese Stuffed Chicken Breasts

I used the Smart Chicken Tenderloins in today’s recipe but honestly this marinade works great for all cuts of chicken from chicken breasts, to thighs, to wings. 

You can locate Smart Chicken near you at this link

Yogurt Marinated Chicken ingredients.

Smart Chicken is the perfect chicken for grilling because it is air chilled which helps make it tender and juicy. 

When you grill the chicken this helps to create the most flavorful piece of meat. 

A few other things I love about Smart Chicken is that it is a Midwest company and as someone that lives in Ohio I love supporting a company that is local. 

Smart Chicken also believes in doing things the right way when it comes to raising chickens.

In other words, to do things the right way, not necessarily the easiest, fastest or most efficient way.

This way includes the proper treatment and care of our chickens and also our people, and the utmost care and discretion in how we process and package our product.

I love supporting a brand that takes care of its employees and its animals. 

Yogurt Marinated Chicken with a salad.

WHAT INGREDIENTS ARE IN THIS YOGURT MARINATED CHICKEN RECIPE?

You will love this easy recipe and the simple ingredients it uses. It is one of my favorite recipes! 

  • SMART CHICKEN TENDERLOINS

  • GREEK YOGURT OR PLAIN YOGURT 

  • EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL

  • CITRUS JUICE: LEMON OR LIME JUICE 

  • GARLIC {CHOPPED SWEET OR RED ONION IS ALSO A NICE ADDITION}

  • DRIED THYME

  • PAPRIKA

  • CUMIN

  • OREGANO

  • CAYENNE RED PEPPER AND RED PEPPER FLAKES FOR SPICE {OPTIONAL}

Yogurt Marinated Chicken on a white plate.

HOW DO YOU MAKE YOGURT MARINATED CHICKEN?

In a medium bowl whisk together the yogurt, olive oil, lemon juice {you can add lemon zest for added flavor}, garlic, thyme, paprika, cumin, oregano, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper.

Yogurt Marinated Chicken marinade in bowl.

Add the chicken tenders to a large resealable plastic bag or large bowl.

Add the yogurt marinade into the ziplock and seal the bag.

Use your hands to massage the marinade into the chicken.

Yogurt Marinated Chicken marinade in a bowl.

Refrigerate for 2 hours or overnight.

Preheat the grill to medium-high heat.

Place the chicken in a single layer on the grill.

Yogurt Marinated Chicken on grill.

Cook for about 4 minutes on each side or until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.

Cooking time varies depending on the thickness of the chicken and the cut you are using. 

Remove chicken from the grill.

Garnish with fresh parsley, lemon wedges and serve with a summer salad.

Yogurt Marinated Chicken in a bowl.

TIPS FOR YOGURT MARINATED CHICKEN

CUT OF CHICKEN: You can easily use any cut of chicken that you want. This marinade works great for any of them. I especially love chicken thighs or making chicken kebabs and using this marinade. 

METHOD OF COOKING: While I personally love grilling chicken on my outside grill you can easily cook this on an indoor grill, baking the chicken or sauté it.

 

 

WHAT SHOULD I PAIR WITH YOGURT MARINATED CHICKEN?

SALADS: I love adding salads alongside grilled chicken. Some favorites are this Summer Orzo Pasta Salad, Mediterranean Bean Salad, Lemon Arugula Salad and this Mediterranean Eggplant Salad

VEGETABLES: Vegetable side dishes are also great for pairing with chicken. We love these Mediterranean Roasted Vegetables, Roasted Broccoli or these Skillet Green Beans.

POTATOES: Potatoes are another great addition to this grilled chicken. I love these Gouda Smashed Potatoes, Air Fryer Twice Baked Potatoes or these Spicy Potatoes

Yogurt Marinated Chicken with logo.

Yogurt Marinated Chicken on a white platter

Yogurt Marinated Chicken

Yield: 4-6
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Yogurt Marinated Chicken is the perfect way to grill chicken to create a tender, juicy and flavor packed meal. The creamy yogurt and warm, rich spices mixed together creates a nice marinade for summer grilling! 

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 to 2 pounds of Smart Chicken Tenders
  • 1 cup of Greek yogurt {or plain yogurt}
  • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 of a lemon, juiced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1 Tablespoon paprika
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper {optional}
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

    1. In a medium bowl whisk together the yogurt, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, thyme, paprika, cumin, oregano, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper.
    2. Add the chicken tenders to a ziplock bag. Add the yogurt marinade into the ziplock and seal the bag. Use your hands to massage the marinade into the chicken.
    3. Refrigerate for 2 hours or overnight.
    4. Preheat the grill to medium high heat.
    5. Place the chicken in a single layer on the grill.
    6. Cook for about 4 minutes on each side or until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.
    7. Remove chicken from the grill.
    8. Garnish with fresh parsley, lemon wedges and serve with a summer salad.
Today’s post is sponsored by Smart Chicken. As always, opinions are 100% my own. 

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