17 Recipes Using Plain Yogurt to Its Full Potential
If you buy plain yogurt only to top it with berries and honey, you're missing out on all the ways you can (and should) use it! From marinating meat to making baked goods extra moist, this versatile fermented food will come in handy even more than sour cream or mayonnaise. Need proof? Just check these 17 recipes using plain yogurt.
Good Frickin' Paprika Chicken
Coated in yogurt, olive oil, garlic, and spices, chicken marinates for three hours before getting a coat of a vinegar-based sauce for unbeatable zing.
Cranberry Waldorf with Yogurt
Though this recipe calls for vanilla yogurt, many reviewers prefer it with plain. Chopped cranberries, red apple, raisins, and green grapes provide plenty of sweetness.
Yogurt Chocolate Chip Cookies
This smart recipe replaces eggs with yogurt, resulting in nicely crispy cookies that average five-star reviews from our home cooks.
Authentic Chicken Tikka Masala
Zucchini Yogurt Multigrain Muffins
Zucchini, carrots, applesauce, and yogurt make these muffins healthy, moist, and (surprise!) kid approved. Recipe creator CARINAB created this recipe to convince a "picky toddler to eat her vegetables."
Easy Cold Cucumber Soup
Sour cream teams up with yogurt to thicken this cucumber soup, while lending it a cool, refreshing flavor.
Easy Yogurt Cake
"This is an easy yogurt cake that uses the yogurt container to measure all of the ingredients," Allrecipes editor Diana Moutsopoulos says. "It's ready in under an hour and the perfect not-too-sweet snack or breakfast treat. It's known in France as 'Gâteau au Yaourt' and is typically the first cake that French children learn how to make."
Chef John's Turkey Burger
Chef John's Turkey Burger recipe incorporates plain yogurt, lemon juice, bread crumbs, ground almonds, and seasoning for a well-balanced burger that happens to be low in fat.
Blueberry Almond Pancakes
Yogurt and blueberries both lend a tartness to fluffy pancake that's made even better with a drizzle of maple syrup.
Shish Tawook Grilled Chicken
"These are served in every restaurant in the Middle East," recipe submitter Noor says. "Yogurt is a meat tenderizer." The shish kabobs need a few hours to marinate to soak up the yogurt and seasonings, but it's well worth the wait.
Bobra's Banana Bread
"My Aunt Bobra's famous banana bread recipe. This recipe took her years to get just right," home cook Rachel Ziefle says. We'll bet adding yogurt to the batter helped.
GG's Bulgur Salad
A yogurt, lemon, and honey dressing coats this light but substantial bulgur wheat salad. Muenster cheese, slivered almonds, pitted dates, and apples add satisfying textures.
Grilled Lemon and Rosemary Lamb Chops
Ground Beef Enchiladas
Sour cream, who? This baked enchilada casserole can credit its superb creaminess to yogurt, condensed cream of chicken soup, and mozzarella cheese.
Best Tarragon Chicken Salad
Coat chicken with plain yogurt and a teaspoon of mayonnaise, and you won't miss all the mayo that the typical chicken salad calls for. "It was a nice change of pace from the fruity chicken salads I usually make, and I liked the yogurt more than I thought I would," Allrecipes Allstar Tammy Lynn says.
Indian Chicken Curry (Murgh Kari)
While our healthy, hearty Turkey-Lentil Chili doesn't actually contain yogurt, serving bowls of it with a dollop of plain yogurt adds a complementary tang.