15 Yogurt-Marinated Chicken Recipes

Turkish Chicken Kabobs with cucumber and tomatoes
Turkish Chicken Kabobs | Photo by Chef John. Photo: Chef John

What's the secret ingredient for these moist, juicy, and wonderfully flavorful chicken dinners? A rich, yogurt-based marinade. While acidic marinades made with vinegar or citrus juice can toughen meat, yogurt softens it until it's an irresistible pull-apart texture. Whether you're looking for something for the grill, for the oven, or for the stove, you'll find a new favorite meal in this collection of our very best yogurt-marinated chicken recipes.

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Yogurt-Marinated Grilled Chicken

marinated chicken thighs on white plate

This fresh-tasting yogurt marinade — seasoned with cilantro, lemon juice, and garlic — keeps the chicken juicy even if you accidentally overcook it, says recipe creator yumster.

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Yogurt-Marinated Chicken Shawarma

Yogurt-Marinated Chicken Shawarma
Kim's Cooking Now

Make restaurant-worthy chicken shawarma in the comfort of your own kitchen with this amazingly moist and juicy recipe. It's as easy as it is delicious.

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Grilled Lemon Yogurt Chicken

Grilled Lemon Yogurt Chicken
Grilled Lemon Yogurt Chicken | Photo by lutzflcat.

"There is something special about what yogurt does to chicken in its smoky, sizzling time over charcoal," says Chef John. It imparts a tangy flavor that lifts all the other flavorings."

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Biryani with Yogurt Marinated Chicken

Biryani with Yogurt Marinated Chicken
Buckwheat Queen

"This is super delicious and really quite easy to make," says reviewer and Allrecipes Allstar Buckwheat Queen. "For some reason, looking at the recipe, it seemed like it would be complicated. It's not."

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Spicy Tarragon Yogurt Chicken

Spicy Tarragon Yogurt Chicken
Photo by Sandra Bonel.

"Tarragon is one of the most aromatic and sweetest herbs that there is," says Chef John. "It's good with chicken and really nice in a marinade like this. A good way to mix up the same old grilled chicken recipes."

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Greek Yogurt-and-Dill-Marinated Chicken

Greek Yogurt Parmesan Chicken

An easy yogurt-and-dill marinade (seasoned with sherry vinegar, curry powder, cumin, garlic, and lemon zest) makes this uniquely flavorful dish memorable.

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Middle Eastern Yogurt Chicken

Middle Eastern Yogurt Chicken
Tasha B Taylor

"Would give it 10 stars if I could," raves five-star reviewer suz. "Everyone absolutely loved it ... pronounced it one of the best chicken dishes I have made this year."

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Greek Yogurt Parmesan Chicken

Greek Yogurt Parmesan Chicken

"Quick, easy, and delicious meal for two," says recipe creator phosmane. "Mainly uses ingredients you have at home and is great for weeknights with little time to prepare!"

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Indian Chicken Curry

indian chicken curry with yogurt sauce, rice, and naan
John W

Allrecipes users can't get enough of this top-rated dinner, which has almost 1,000 rave reviews. "This always turns out great and gives me a wonderful feeling of satisfaction throughout the experience," says reviewer Coolhand37.

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Indian Tandoori Chicken

Indian Tandoori Chicken

This recipe calls for a mixture of yellow and red food colorings, but you can easily mimic the orange hue you're looking for with turmeric and cayenne pepper or paprika.

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Turkish Chicken Kebabs

Turkish Chicken Kabobs with cucumber and tomatoes
Turkish Chicken Kabobs | Photo by Chef John. Chef John

"By using a flavorful, yogurt-based marinade, like the one seen herein, even inexperienced grillers can produce impressive results," according to Chef John.

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Greek Feta Chicken

Greek Feta Chicken

It couldn't be easier to make this grilled chicken breast dinner with yogurt, garlic, oregano, black pepper, feta cheese, and parsley.

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Chicken Tikka Masala

Photo by Meredith.

"This recipe was so delicious that my toes curled up, I fell over in a pleasure-induced coma, and floated to heaven," says five-star reviewer CHTHONIC1239.

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Grilled Chicken Thighs Tandoori

two grilled chicken thighs on a white plate
Raquel Teixeira

"Moist, luscious, and delicious," according to recipe creator DIANA F. "Just the right blend of spices make this chicken dish one of my most-requested."

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Shish Tawook Grilled Chicken

chicken shish kabobs
Holiday Baker

"This was amazing," according to reviewer Jennifer Walker. "Followed the directions exactly. I wouldn't change a thing except to make more next time!"

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