Yogurt marinated chicken is one of the tastiest and simplest Mediterranean chicken recipes I have!
It’s one of those savory low carb chicken recipes with a deep warm flavor you’ll crave again and again, because yogurt amplifies chicken’s juicy potential, and the combination of herbs and spices are absolutely delectable.
This succulent yogurt marinated chicken is one of those healthy recipes that makes you slap your knee and raise your eyebrows because its just so darn good! As far as low carb recipes for chicken are concerned, it just doesn’t get much better than this!
Let me show you why!
I love that this yogurt marinated chicken is so easy to make, and it comes out moist and succulent in the end. It’s got a deep warm flavor profile that’s virtually unparalleled, and it goes with just about anything!
Here are even more reasons to love it:
- Works with any part of the chicken
- Moist, juicy and tender
- Layers of yummy flavor
- Really easy to make
- Not spicy hot
Marinating your chicken for an extended time period is the key to this recipe. At a minimum, you’ll want to let it sit three hours but overnight is best.
It’s also important to put marinade under the chicken skin if you’re leaving it on — this is an awesome recipe with or without the skin but the marinade must reach the chicken under the skin if you leave it on.
Letting your chicken rest when it comes off the grill is equally important. When meat cooks, all the succulent juices are forced into the top of the muscle fibers. Cutting it immediately allows all that juice to flow right out, resulting in a dryer piece of meat. (Here’s all the science behind the resting of cooked meat.)
This recipe calls for Garam Masala which is an Indian spice utilized in many Indian and South African dishes. It’s a delicate blend of peppercorns, cloves, cinnamon, cardamom, coriander and a few others. The blended recipe often differs according to region, but Garam Masala is considered an authentic Indian spice.
Chopped fresh cilantro finish the dish just right. You can use dried, but it really isn’t that same burst of fresh flavor to complement the marinade.
Tools to Make
Making yogurt marinated chicken is so super simple and it doesn’t require any special tools or gadgets. Of course, you’ll need a knife for chopping and a casserole dish, sheet pan or even a gallon Ziploc to hold your chicken while it’s marinating.
Your yogurt marinated chicken should be stored in an airtight container with a secure lid or in a large Ziploc baggie in the fridge.
Can You Freeze This?
You can freeze the chicken after it’s been prepared and cooked, but yogurt doesn’t freeze well as it tends to separate — so don’t freeze the marinade.
Meal Prepping Tips
Make a double batch and freeze half of it after it has cooked and properly cooled. Then all you have to do is mix up a small batch of marinade to top the chicken when you serve it (if you desire) — I like to serve mine with a little fresh marinade and a few chopped peanuts.
Changing the flavor of your yogurt marinated chicken is as easy as tweaking the recipe for the marinade. Try using lemon juice instead of lime or toss in a dash of Worchester sauce.
If you’re partial to spicy foods, then you can add some red pepper flakes or a little jalapeno juice to really turn up the heat.
Saving a few carbs is easy too. Make the marinade half Greek yogurt and half mayo to get the same succulent flavor. It’s really up to you and your personal preferences but the possibilities go on and on!
What Sauce Can I Add To This Marinade?
Letting your yogurt marinated chicken sit in the fridge for an extended period is the best way to coax the most succulent delicious flavor out of it. But, yogurt marinated chicken isn’t for everyone.
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You can also turn this into a teriyaki chicken marinade or a soy sauce chicken marinade (one of my favs)! Of course, there’s always the tried and true BBQ chicken marinade. It doesn’t disappoint! That sweet smoky flavor permeates deep into the chicken meat for an unmistakable flavor profile.
Can I use this Marinade on Any Chicken Cut?
Yes!! That’s the beauty of this recipe. There is no need to go searching for a chicken thigh marinade or a chicken wing marinade. Mix up your marinade and use it on any part of the chicken or put it on the whole thing. My favorite part to use for this recipe are the chicken thighs.
How Can I Make This Marinade More Spicy?
Absolutely, turn this into a spicy chicken marinade if you like (which I mentioned above in the variations) or you can take things in another direction and make a chipotle chicken marinade. The chipotle version has an unbelievable flavor with a little more kick, but it’s not totally spicy.
What Citrus Can I Add to This Marinade?
Lemon chicken marinade and lime chicken marinade are your two best options. Orange gets a little too sweet with the Greek yogurt but that’s kind of up to you. The lemon and lime work best with the flavor of the Garam Masala.
How can I make this a more Healthy Chicken Marinade?
Greek chicken marinade is pretty darn healthy between the Greek yogurt and the zesty citrus, but you could always make it a balsamic chicken marinade instead. It’ll have a tangy, flavor-packed bite that’ll get your attention and send you back for a second helping.
Using a grilled chicken marinade is the easiest and most effective way to coax rich deep flavors out of that friendly fowl we all love to build dinner around! Plus, it keeps the chicken super moist and succulent.
Yogurt Marinated Chicken
Chicken + Marinade
- 1 Cup Greek Yogurt full fat
- 1/2 Cup Cilantro chopped
- 1 Limes Juiced
- 1/2 Lime Zest
- 3 Cloves Garlic chopped
- 1/2 Tablespoons Garam Masala
- 1 Whole Chicken* (about 5 pounds) cut into 8 pieces
- In a small bowl, combine the marinade ingredients.
- Lay chicken in a casserole dish or baking sheet.
- Spoon marinade over the chicken, and rub to cover. Be sure to add marinade under the skin whenever possible.
- Place in the fridge for 3 hours - overnight.
- After marinated, remove the chicken from the container and scrape off as much of the marinade as possible. Place chicken on a clean plate.
- Heat your grill to medium-high heat.
- Clean the grates and brush them with vegetable oil.
- Add chicken to grill and cover.
- Cook on each side for about 7 minutes -- this will vary depending on how thick your chicken is and how hot the grill is -- you'll know your chicken is done once the internal temp has reached 165 F.
- Use a fresh pair of tongs to remove chicken from the grill and place it on a clean plate.
- Loosely cover with foil for 10 minutes before slicing.
- Serve with chopped cilantro, peanuts, more yogurt, and enjoy!
Grocery store shelves are stocked full of pre-concocted chicken marinade recipes, but there’s no need to go that route when you probably have everything you need in your kitchen already!
Marinating chicken is one of the best ways to add flavor while keeping it tender and juicy. This yogurt marinated chicken is one of the simplest and tastiest homemade chicken recipes I’ve enjoyed in a long time.
Here are some other fabulous chicken marinade recipes you can try.
- Asian Chicken Marinade
- Bourbon Chicken Marinade
- Mediterranean Chicken Marinade
- Jerk Chicken
- Chicken Fajita Marinade
Whether you’re just looking for a new low carb chicken recipe or you want to make something special for a get together, this exquisite yogurt marinated chicken recipe will make you look like a shining star! Plus, you’ll enjoy watching everyone’s face as they savor the succulent flavor you coax out from deep within.
This recipe can be as sophisticated or as down home as you like, depending on what you pair it with. Dress it up any way you like and then enjoy watching it disappear! Enjoy!!