Greek Yogurt Roasted Chicken

I am of the firm belief that there are not enough roasted chicken recipes in this world. And yes, I recognize that there are literally thousands of these recipes out there (millions? billions?!). But I stand by that belief. This is due to my overwhelming love for roasted chicken. There’s something about super crispy skin and tender, delicious meat that has my little carnivorous heart. This Greek Yogurt Roasted Chicken also has my heart.

This Greek Yogurt Roasted Chicken is really easy and delicious. You can prepare it in advance which makes it a good weeknight meal and it tastes awesome!

I’ve made a few recipes a while back involving chicken and yogurt. They were all different and tasty in their own way. Being that I really don’t enjoy yogurt on it’s own, this kick ended as quickly as it began (leftover yogurt often goes to waste in our home). So when I recently found myself with an extra cup of plain greek yogurt, I remembered the concept of using yogurt as a marinating vehicle for chicken. In the interest of not wasting food and needing something easy for dinner, I started just mixing in various ingredients that I had on hand. This resulted in a the tend meat/crispy skin combo that I live for.
This Greek Yogurt Roasted Chicken is really easy and delicious. You can prepare it in advance which makes it a good weeknight meal and it tastes awesome!

A part of me worried that it was just a lucky fluke. So just to be sure (and since I had the large packs of drums and thighs that needed a purpose) I whipped this recipe up once more. As it turns out, this was definitely not a fluke, but a recipe that I will make again and again. When J goes back for seconds, it’s always a good sign.

This Greek Yogurt Roasted Chicken is really easy and delicious. You can prepare it in advance which makes it a good weeknight meal and it tastes awesome! This Greek Yogurt Roasted Chicken is really easy and delicious. You can prepare it in advance which makes it a good weeknight meal and it tastes awesome!

This dish has all the components of a perfect weeknight dinner. It’s really easy to prep in advance, and I’ll bet it would freeze well. The tang of the yogurt mixed with the acidity of the lemon and the deliciously fragrant fresh thyme and parsley combine so beautifully with the savory garlic. I encourage you to make extra because you will want seconds. It also made a delicious lunch the next day. I have not yet attempted to grill this chicken, but when I do, I’ll be sure to update.

This Greek Yogurt Roasted Chicken is really easy and delicious. You can prepare it in advance which makes it a good weeknight meal and it tastes awesome! This Greek Yogurt Roasted Chicken is really easy and delicious. You can prepare it in advance which makes it a good weeknight meal and it tastes awesome!

Greek Yogurt Roasted Chicken

Source: The Life Jolie, inspired by recipes from Budget Bytes and The Pioneer Woman

Ingredients:

  • A few pounds of chicken pieces (I used dark meat but I’m sure chicken breasts would be delicious, just try to keep things a similar size for even cooking)
  • 1 small container of Greek yogurt (mine was 5.3 oz.)
  • The juice of 1 lemon (or half if you don’t like a strong lemon flavor)
  • 1/4 cup of olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp. of fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 1/2 tsp. of fresh thyme, chopped (I used lemon thyme because that’s what I had)
  • 1/2 tsp. of garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. of salt + a little for sprinkling
  • 1/4 tsp pepper + a little for sprinkling

Mix together the Greek yogurt, lemon juice, and olive oil and the last five ingredients and whisk until well combined.

Add chicken pieces into the yogurt mixture. This can be done a day beforehand or right before you roast the chicken. You can even freeze it.

When you’re ready to cook it, bake at 425 degrees for 50-55 minutes or until golden brown and crispy with a temp of 165 degrees.

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16 Comments

  • Reply
    CourtneyLynne
    June 8, 2015 at 4:11 pm

    I tried a similar recipe on Pinterest afew months ago and was shocked at how yummy it was! Who knew Greek yogurt would mix well with chicken

    • Reply
      Jessy
      June 8, 2015 at 8:41 pm

      I’m with you there- I finally found a way to enjoy yogurt!

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    Shannon
    June 8, 2015 at 5:22 pm

    Umm yum! We have the same problem with yogurt going o waste so this is an awesomely yummy way to remedy that!
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      Jessy
      June 8, 2015 at 8:37 pm

      It definitely was a good way to avoid waste- enjoy! 🙂

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    TwoPlusCute
    June 8, 2015 at 9:52 pm

    Saved this in my food pins.
    I will definitely try it!
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      Jessy
      June 9, 2015 at 9:05 am

      I hope you enjoy 🙂

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    Brooke
    June 8, 2015 at 11:14 pm

    Even though I’m a vegetarian *sigh*, I have to admit that this looks amazing!! I’m loving greek yogurt right now so it makes me happy that you’ve included it in your recipe! <3

    xoxo, Brooke
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      Jessy
      June 9, 2015 at 9:04 am

      It might be worth a try as a sauce for roasted veggies- I’d be interested to hear how it tastes.

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    Rachel Pattison (Little Chef Big Appetite)
    June 9, 2015 at 1:47 pm

    This looks AH-MAY-ZING. Def will make!
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      Jessy
      June 10, 2015 at 8:50 am

      Thank you- enjoy!

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    kita
    June 12, 2015 at 7:56 pm

    This totally sounds like the perfect weeknight dinner!! Love it

    • Reply
      Jessy
      June 14, 2015 at 12:08 am

      Thanks, it totally was!

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    Gaye @CalmHealthySexy
    June 18, 2015 at 12:29 pm

    Hi Jessy – This will be my featured post on this week’s Let’s Get Real party.
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      Jessy
      June 18, 2015 at 12:31 pm

      So awesome- thank you, Gaye! 🙂

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    Mario
    October 20, 2016 at 6:51 pm

    Hello. How many pounds of chicken approximately do you use?

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      Jessy
      October 20, 2016 at 8:11 pm

      I don’t know the exact amount of pound but it was about 5-6 chicken thighs.

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