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Greek Yogurt Marinated Chicken

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Ingredients

Greek Yogurt Marinate
2 whole Chicken Breast
1 cup Plain Greek Yogurt
2 tbsp Olive Oil
1 tsp, minced Garlic
1 Lemon
1 tsp Dried Oregano
1 tsp Sweet Paprika Powder
1 tsp Kosher Salt
1/2 tsp Ground Black Pepper
Greek Yogurt Dip
1 cup Plain Greek Yogurt
1/3 cup Dill & Parsley (dried or fresh)
1/4 cup Milk (I use Almond Milk)
1 tbsp Lemon Zest
1 tbsp Sweet White Wine Vinegar
1 tsp Agave/Honey
1/2 tsp Kosher Salt
1/4 tsp Garlic Powder
Optional Sides
2-3 Heirloom Tomatoes
1 Cucumber
Naan Bread
1 cup (cooked) Wild Rice

Greek Yogurt Marinated Chicken

Features:
    • Serves 2
    • Easy

    Directions

    I love Mediterranean style food but honestly don’t know all that much about it. I had heard that marinating chicken or lamb in a greek yogurt sauce results in the most tender and flavorful pieces of meat and now that I have made my version of Greek yogurt marinated chicken more than a few times, I can confirm!

    This dish is great for the summer months as it pairs so well with fresh, in season heirloom tomatoes, cool cucumber slices and even fennel – which I usually add as well.

    I highly recommend using a grill for these chicken skewers but since I sadly do not own one (yet!), I have cut my wooden skewers so they fit into my beloved cast iron skillet! If you do not plan on grilling these, you do not have to use skewers – but it sure looks good on a plate!

    Steps

    1
    Done

    Marinate The Chicken

    Ok, a quick heads up - this is a plan ahead dish as the chicken needs to marinate for at least 2 hours. The longest I let it marinate was 8 hours, so I'd say a minimum of 2 hours and maximum of 8 hour marination.

    For the marinate, add all of the ingredients into a large bowl and whisk until combined. Add the cubed chicken pieces and using tongs, mix them into the sauce so that each piece of chicken is coated in that beautiful greek yogurt marinate! Cover with plastic wrap and move to the refrigerator.

    2
    Done

    Make the Greek Yogurt Dip

    While the chicken marinates, prepare the greek yogurt dip.

    In a small bowl, add all of the ingredients and whisk to combine. I highly recommend using fresh herbs but if they are not available dry dill and parsley will do as well! Cover and allow to chill in the refrigerator.

    3
    Done

    Cook The Chicken

    If you plan on making skewers and you are using wood, cut them to the appropriate size and soak them in water for about 30 minutes.

    Skewer the chicken or add them directly into a hot pan with 1 tbsp of olive oil. Cook the chicken on medium-high to get a beautiful brown crust, about 3 minutes on each side. If the chicken is browning/charring too quickly, lower the heat to medium. The internal temperature of the chicken should be 165° Fahrenheit when fully cooked.

    4
    Done

    Prepare Your Platter

    To you platter, add the sliced heirloom tomatoes, cucumber, even bell peppers or fennel would work great! Add your chicken, the greek yogurt dip, some lemon wedges and top with fresh parsley.

    Brown or wild rice and naan bread are also great additions to make this a complete meal!

    Joni

    Hi guys, so glad you are here! My food blog is about healthy, colorful, and easy recipes. I grew up in Germany and have been in the states for over 12 years now. Currently, I am living in sunny Miami, FL! Please leave me a comment if you have questions or recipe requests and also follow me on Instagram and Twitter via @foodbyjonister. Happy cooking and eating!

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