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Baked Chicken Marinated Yogurt

This baked chicken marinated in yogurt garlic sauce is inspired by Greek cuisine and the fact that I have a lot of Greek yogurt in my fridge. Did you know strained Greek yogurt has 29 grams of protein in it? Compared to just around 10 grams for regular yogurt. I didn’t know until I was searching for recipe inspiration that yogurt is one of the only substances that actually tenderizes chicken breast.

I really like the idea of cooking with chicken breasts, but it is so hard to get it to actually be moist and tasty unless you a) cook it in a soup or a stew, b) bread it and bake it, c) smoother a sauce all over it after cooking. But simply marinating the breast in yogurt turns boring chicken breast 180 degrees around into a really pleasant dish on its own.

This baked chicken marinated in yogurt dish is perfect served with a side of pilaf, orzo salad, roasted vegetables drizzled in tahini lemon dressing.

chicken marinating in yogurt

Baked Chicken Marinated Yogurt Sauce

This is a Greek inspired recipe. I wouldn't exactly call it traditional Greek cuisine, but yogurt marinade with garlic and lemon is backbone of a lot of Greek grilled chicken recipes. I adapted this recipe for the oven and based on ingredients I have on hand.
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Prep Time 35 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 4
Calories 239 kcal


  • 2 large chicken breasts
  • 1 – 1½ cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 tbsp lemon zest
  • 1 small handful fresh parlsey chopped
  • 1 small handful fresh oregano chopped
  • 1/2 medium red pepper chopped


Marinate the chicken

  • Slice 2 thick chicken breasts in half (butterfly style)
  • In a deep pan (like a bread pan works well, or bowl, add yogurt, garlic, lemon zest, chopped herbs, chopped pepper, salt and pepper to taste
  • Toss and refrigerate. You can marinate it as little as 20 minutes or as much as overnight.

Bake Chicken

  • Bake in oven (or even toaster oven/convection oven) at 375°F for about 30 minutes or until chicken has reached 165°F, or until when cut with a knife it no longer looks pink.


Serve with roasted vegetables drizzled with tahini lemon sauce and orzo pasta salad.


Serving: 1filleted breastCalories: 239kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 44gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 96mgSodium: 117mgPotassium: 457mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3gVitamin C: 91mgIron: 8mg
Keyword Chicken, Yogurt
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