Juicy Yoghurt Chicken Recipe

This is by far one of the most delicious chicken dishes I’ve eaten. Ever. With only 7 simple ingredients (and that includes salt and pepper!), this dish is easy to make and will leave your taste buds craving more. The secret to its tender and succulent texture lies in the addition of yoghurt, which not only adds moisture but also infuses the chicken with a rich and aromatic flavour. You will be blown away by the fragrance in your kitchen while this roasts! What makes this even better is that you can marinate the chicken up to a day in advance so that all you need to do to make dinner is put it in the oven.

Can you use boneless thigh fillets for this Juicy Yoghurt Chicken recipe?

Yes. If you choose to use boneless chicken thigh fillets, you will need to reduce the cooking time to 35 minutes. You may need to grill the chicken in the last 3-5 minutes of cooking to create a golden crust.

Can you make Juicy Yoghurt Chicken ahead of time?

Yes, you can marinate the chicken up to 24 hours prior to cooking.

Is Juicy Yoghurt Chicken suitable for leftovers?

Yes, Juicy Yoghurt Chicken leftovers can be refrigerated for up to 3 days. Reheat in a preheated 200°C/400°F (180°C fan) oven for 10-15 minutes until heated through to retain the crispy skin or microwave (skin will soften using this method). Not suitable to freeze.

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Juicy Yoghurt Chicken Recipe

Juicy Yoghurt Chicken

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  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 mins
  • Yield: 4-6 1x

Ingredients

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  • 1.2 kg (2 lb) chicken thigh fillets, bone-in, skin on (see note 1)
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp sweet paprika
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) olive oil
  • ½ cup (120 g) plain Greek yoghurt

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients in a large dish and use your hands to evenly coat the chicken. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour or overnight if time permits.
  2. Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F (180°C fan). Transfer the chicken to a baking dish and add 1/4 cup of water to the centre of the dish. Bake the chicken for 1 hour. Leave to rest, uncovered for at least 10 minutes once cooked.

Notes

Note 1 – If you choose to use boneless chicken thigh fillets, you will need to reduce the cooking time to 35 minutes. You may need to grill/broil the chicken in the last 3-5 minutes of cooking to create a golden crust.

MAKE AHEAD

Marinate the chicken up to 24 hours prior to cooking. 

LEFTOVERS

Refrigerate for up to 3 days. Reheat in a preheated 200°C/400°F (180°C fan) oven for 10-15 minutes until heated through to retain the crispy skin or microwave (skin will soften using this method). Not suitable to freeze.

 

Source – Recipe inspired by The Modern Nonna. You can find the original recipe here.

  • Author: Nicole
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Category: chicken
  • Method: bake
  • Cuisine: Greek