Greek Yogurt Chicken is tender, juicy, and so easy to make! Serve it with rice and fresh veggies for a flavorful and quick meal that’s perfect for dinner or your weekly meal prep. 

Why You’ll Love This Marinated Greek Yogurt Chicken Recipe

  • Tender and flavorful – the Greek yogurt in the marinade helps to tenderize the chicken and the combination of dried spices gives it great flavor.
  • Versatile protein – I love this chicken because you can easily add it to salads, wraps, sandwiches, and more. If you need a really delicious protein option to quickly grab for lunch then this recipe is perfect.
  • Easy to customize – this base recipe is absolutely delicious but you can easily add more spices or seasonings to really make it your own.

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Greek yogurt chicken ingredients in bowls

Ingredients

Chicken: I like to use boneless, skinless chicken breast for this recipe. They’re leaner, quick cooking, and my go-to choice.

Plain Full-Fat Greek Yogurt: cool, creamy plain Greek yogurt is the base of the chicken marinade.

Olive Oil: you’ll need a bit of this for both the marinade and for cooking the chicken.

Herbs and Spices: you’ll need salt, black pepper, turmeric powder, onion powder, garlic powder, paprika, dried dill, and dried oregano for this recipe. 

Lemon Juice: this helps to add just the right touch of citrus flavor. Freshly squeezed is best for this!

Ingredient Substitutions 

  • Chicken – prefer chicken thighs? Use boneless skinless chicken thighs in place of chicken breasts, and adjust the cooking time as needed. 
  • Greek Yogurt –  if you don’t have full-fat Greek yogurt, you can use low-fat Greek yogurt or your favorite dairy free plain Greek yogurt substitute.
  • Seasonings – want a different flavor? Feel free to mix and match your favorite herbs and spices to make this recipe your own. 

How to Make Greek Yogurt Marinated Chicken 

Step One: Add the chicken breast, olive oil, Greek yogurt, spices, herbs, and lemon juice to a large mixing bowl to create the Greek yogurt chicken marinade. Stir until everything is well combined and the chicken is coated. 

Step Two: Then, transfer the bowl to the fridge, and marinate the chicken for 2 hours or up to 24 hours. 

Step Three: Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Once hot, add in a tablespoon of olive oil followed by the chicken pieces. Cook for 5 to 6 minutes per side or until the chicken is deep golden brown and cooked through. The internal temperature should reach 165 degrees Fahrenheit! 

Step Four: Remove the chicken from the skillet, and serve immediately.

How to Store and Reheat

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. 

When you’re ready, you can reheat the chicken on the stovetop in a skillet over medium heat, or in the microwave. Then, warm the rice, and add your favorite toppings. 

cooked chicken in cast iron skillet with wooden spoon

Frequently Asked Questions 

What does marinating chicken in Greek yogurt do? 

The acidity in Greek yogurt helps tenderize chicken, keeping it moist and juicy.

Do you rinse off yogurt marinade? 

No, the greek yogurt creates a golden brown crust on the outside of the chicken, locking in moisture and adding a bit of texture. 

How long is too long to marinate chicken in yogurt? 

Don’t allow the chicken marinate in the Greek yogurt any longer than 24 hours. Marinating it too long will cause the chicken to become mushy.

Serving Suggestions

I prefer to serve the chicken with white rice, romaine lettuce, tomato, cucumber, and red onion. However, it pairs well with a variety of sides and sauces. Some additional options include: 

chicken, rice, and veggies in bowl with fork

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chicken with rice and veggies in bowl with fork

Greek Yogurt Chicken

  • Author: Ashlea Carver
  • Prep Time: 2 hours
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Greek inspired
  • Diet: Gluten Free
  • Author: Ashlea Carver
  • Prep Time: 2 hours
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Greek inspired
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Ingredients

  • 1 pound chicken breast, cut into roughly 1 1/2 inch chunks
  • 2 tablespoons plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, plus more for cooking
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried dill
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • juice of half a lemon

For Serving

  • white rice
  • chopped romaine
  • tomato
  • cucumber
  • red onion

Method

  1. Add the chicken breast, olive oil, Greek yogurt, spices, herbs, and lemon juice to a large mixing bowl. Stir until everything is well combined and the chicken is coated. Marinate the chicken for 2 hours or up to 24 hours.
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Once hot, add in a tablespoon of olive oil and then add the chicken pieces. Cook for 5-6 minutes per side, until a deep golden brown, and the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit. Remove from the skillet.
  3. Serve the chicken immediately and enjoy!
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