Greek Yogurt Roasted Chicken Thighs Recipe

These Greek Yogurt Roasted Chicken Thighs will knock your socks off. They’re seriously easy to throw together with minimal work for you and can easily be prepped ahead!

Greek Yogurt Roasted Chicken Thighs in a pan with lemons around it.

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I am of the firm belief that there are not enough roasted chicken thighs 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 oven roasted chicken.

A close up of a piece of Greek Yogurt Roasted Chicken Thighs on a plate.

There’s something about super crispy skin and tender, delicious meat that has my little carnivorous heart. Now don’t get me wrong, I love the light meat too. But I personally think dark meat is the much easier to throw in and let it go. It’s harder to mess up because it’s a slightly fattier cut with leads to an overall more moist chicken.

This Greek Yogurt Roasted Chicken also has my heart. I’ve made a many a roast chicken recipe in my time, including a few 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, even the girls can be hit-or-miss with it).

Greek Yogurt Roasted Chicken Thighs in it's pan surrounded by lemons and topped with parsley.

So when I found myself with an extra cup of plain greek yogurt, I remembered the concept of using yogurt as a marinating vehicle for roasted chicken thighs. 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 tender meat/crispy skin combo that I live for.

A part of me worried that it was just a lucky fluke. So just to be sure (and since I had huge pack of chicken 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.

A piece of Greek Yogurt Roasted Chicken Thighs on a plate.

This Greek roasted chicken has all the components of a perfect weeknight dinner. It’s really easy to prep in advance (I’ll bet it would freeze well, although I’ve never tried that) and then throw into a 9″ x 13″ pan when you’re ready ot bake it. 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.

Perfectly browned Greek Yogurt Roasted Chicken Thighs in a gray pan.

5 from 2 votes
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Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
50 mins
Total Time
30 mins

These Greek Yogurt Roasted Chicken Thighs will knock your socks off. They’re seriously easy to throw together with minimal work for you and can easily be prepped ahead!

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: roasted chicken thighs
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Jessy Freimann, The Life Jolie
  • A few pounds of chicken thighs around 5-6 thighs total depending on their size
  • 1 5.3 ounce container Greek yogurt
  • The juice of 1 lemon or half if you don't like a strong lemon flavor + some extra lemon wedges for garnish
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped fresh parsley + a little extra for garnish
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme expert tip: if you have lemon thyme available its even better!
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  1. In a large bowl, whisk together Greek yogurt, lemon juice, olive oil, parsley, thyme, garlic powder, salt and pepper until well combined.
  2. Add chicken pieces into the yogurt mixture and mix until the chicken is fully coated.
  3. Marinate for at least 15 minutes, even better if it's overnight.
  4. When you're ready to cook the chicken thighs, place them into a greased 9" x 13" baking pan, skin side up.
  5. Bake at 425 degrees for 40-50 minutes or until golden brown and crispy with an internal temperature of 165 degrees.
  6. Garnish with additional lemon wedges and chopped parsley and enjoy immediately!

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  • Reply
    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
      June 8, 2015 at 8:41 pm I'm with you there- I finally found a way to enjoy yogurt!
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    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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      June 8, 2015 at 8:37 pm It definitely was a good way to avoid waste- enjoy! :)
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    June 8, 2015 at 9:52 pm Saved this in my food pins. I will definitely try it!
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      June 9, 2015 at 9:05 am I hope you enjoy :)
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    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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      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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      July 8, 2020 at 6:06 pm I’m also a vegetarian and I use Greek yoghurt mixed with a good harissa paste and some honey to marinate shredded jackfruit. It’s delicious!
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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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      June 10, 2015 at 8:50 am Thank you- enjoy!
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    June 12, 2015 at 7:56 pm This totally sounds like the perfect weeknight dinner!! Love it
    • Reply
      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.
    • Reply
      June 18, 2015 at 12:31 pm So awesome- thank you, Gaye! :)
  • Reply
    October 20, 2016 at 6:51 pm Hello. How many pounds of chicken approximately do you use?
    • Reply
      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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    January 23, 2018 at 7:47 pm Wow, this looks SO good. Simple but packed full of flavor- exactly what I need in my dinner playbook!
    • Reply
      January 28, 2018 at 12:57 pm Thanks Karly- we definitely come back to it over and over!
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    September 11, 2019 at 6:51 pm I am late is asking but can I sub boneless skinless thighs? Thanks!
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      Jessy Freimann
      September 15, 2019 at 4:43 pm You definitely can, just keep an eye on them as they may cook a bit faster than the bone-in variety. Enjoy!
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    May 12, 2020 at 8:10 pm We made this and it was delicious! I only have regular yogurt this week though, do you think this recipe still works if I use regular yogurt instead of greek?
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      Jessy Freimann
      May 13, 2020 at 3:52 pm So glad you loved it! I think regular yogurt would be delicious- a slightly different flavor but still awesome! Let me know how it works out.

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