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Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Lemon and Yogurt Marinated Grilled Chicken

This chicken brings the flavors of Greece to your grill.  It is marinated in lemon and yogurt and then grilled.  It comes off juicy, tender and full of flavor.  You are going to love how good and how easy it is!

grilled chicken on plate with orzo pasta salad

      Super juicy and tender grilled chicken is always a winner in our book.  This lemon and yogurt marinated chicken gives us that result every time!  It is flavorful and easy to make as well.  We really like using chicken drumsticks, but it is a great way to keep boneless skinless chicken breasts tender too.  Whip up an easy side or two and dinner is served!

      This chicken is really lovely!  It comes together super easily and the lemon and yogurt really make for juicy, tender and delicious chicken. 

    This was my husband's favorite part of our Greek inspired feast, I would guess.  It would be hard for me to pick between this and the pita bread.

    Hello, I'm Carlee and I'm a carbaholic.

    He loves grilling anyway and really seems to like it even more when I come up with new marinades to try.  The char siu chicken we made for the poultry grill-off  has inspired him.

    We still need to make that chicken again so we can get pictures and write a post... and he is already asking for this chicken again too.  Our "to make" list is always longer than our time to make it!

husband putting yogurt marinated chicken on grill over wood fire

    Luckily this chicken really doesn't take any time at all, so I am sure we can get back around to it soon too.  I'd like to get some better pictures, so that always moves a re-make up the list.

    It's hard to justify making something we just had again when there are so many other things to make and share!  Not only has he asked for it again, but he has been telling people about it.

That's an even better sign.  I guess I better get to it.

drumsticks being grilled over wood fire

    All it takes is tossing the ingredients in a bag and letting them mix and meld for a few hours.  I did get in there and flip the bag every so often and gave the drummies a gentle massage a few times just for good measure.

   Mostly it was because I was in the fridge anyway and it seemed like the thing to do.  I am sure they would have been just as delicious without the extra love and attention!

close up of grilled chicken drumsticks ready to eat

     This Greek week is off to a pretty tasty start.  Now I want to know... what are your favorite Greek foods?  And what is your favorite chicken marinade?  We want to try them all!!

    If you like this recipe, but don't want to fire up the grill... try the slow cooker lemon yogurt chicken pita filling.  It makes a really tasty sandwich with similar flavors.

     There are so many wonderful side dishes this chicken could go with.  The most recent time we made it we served it with some Mediterranean orzo salad.

      The combination of the light, bright salad and the super juicy chicken was amazing.  It is the perfect summer meal.

plate of grilled chicken legs and grape orzo salad

      In fact, I deboned the leftover chicken, chopped it up and tossed it in the leftover pasta salad.  My lunches at work were phenomenal that week!

      What are your favorite marinades for grilled chicken?  I'd love to hear all about them.

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Yield: 6 Servings
Author: Cooking With Carlee
Lemon and Yogurt Marinated Grilled Chicken

Lemon and Yogurt Marinated Grilled Chicken

Super juicy and tender grilled chicken is always a winner in our book. This lemon and yogurt marinated chicken gives us that result every time! It is flavorful and easy to make as well. We really like using chicken drumsticks, but it is a great way to keep boneless skinless chicken breasts tender too. Whip up an easy side or two and dinner is served!
Prep time: 3 H & 15 MCook time: 20 MTotal time: 3 H & 35 M


  • 3 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 3 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 3 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 Tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 Tablespoons plain yogurt
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh oregano, chopped (or 1 if using dried)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2-3 pounds chicken


  1. In a large zipper topped bag, mix together the marinade ingredients.
  2. Add the chicken to the bag, seal closed. Then roll the chicken around in the marinade to make sure it is all coated.
  3. Refrigerate for 3-6 hours. If possible, rotate the bag and gently massage the chicken every once in a while to make sure all of the chicken is well covered and happy ;-)
  4. Remove chicken from marinade and grill until it reaches an internal temperature of 165 F.
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This chicken brings the flavors of Greece to your grill.  It is marinated in lemon and yogurt and then grilled.  It comes off juicy, tender and full of flavor.  You are going to love how good and how easy it is!


  1. You better believe it's off to a tasty start!! My boys would devour these!! Oh the lemon is what had me, YUM!!!

    1. Lemon gets me every time too, sweet or savory! Thanks, Andrea. You always make me smile!

  2. Hi Carlee, oh wow this sounds like a great marinade to try out! I like that it is so easy to make and we here LOVE grilled chicken! :)
    Thanks for the recipe and your sweet visits!
    Enjoy your day and week!

    1. It is really good, Julie! I hope you give it a try. I love recipes like this where I throw a few things together, my husband does the grilling and then we sit back and take in the compliments! ;-) I always love seeing what you are up to!

  3. I must have seen this on Instagram before? Any way, somewhere you shared it, I was hoping the recipe would follow! Definitely sounds like a recipe we would be enjoy!

    1. Probably! I think I posted it the night he was grilling. It is definitely one that is worth trying!

  4. This looks so good. I love the flavor of lemon, especially in the summer. And I've never tried yogurt in a marinade. I bet this would be good lots of ways, on breasts and used on a salad, or even in chicken salad. You are making my grilling list longer each week! ARG!

    Favorite Greek foods? Gyros! Love them. And Greek salad too. I love how fresh tasting Greek food is!

    1. My mom used to marinade chicken in yogurt for an Indian inspired recipe that I still need to get for her. I think the yogurt and the lemon juice really work together to make the chicken extra tender. We are definitely making this again soon!

      Gyros are my favorite too! I am not an olive person, so that rules out a lot of Greek food. But otherwise I love everything I've tried!

  5. This looks like a great Marinate, we love grilled chicken! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday and have a great weekend!
    Miz Helen

    1. We do too and this recipe is going to be in the rotation a lot for a while. Thanks, Miz Helen!

  6. Yum, Carlee! I want to see the char siu chicken, too, but this sounds incredible! I love the idea of a Greek feast! We're having company this week, and now I'm inspired. I've been at a loss as to what to make.


    1. We definitely have to do the char siu chicken again soon. It was so much fun to make, but I was too wrapped up in the competition to get good pictures! We're doing it soon!! I am sure whatever you decide to make will be perfect!

  7. Hi Carlee, I do like the sound of this and as we are always slinging chicken on the fire these days a lemon and yogurt marinade would make a nice change. When I marinade I usually stick it all into a glass dish, but putting it into a bag makes more sense and less washing up!

    There are so many tasty Greek dishes that it's difficult to pick a favourite, but a decent gyros pita or lemony potatoes with chicken have to be up there as our favs.


    1. A dish certainly works too, but it is kind of nice to have all of the mess contained! I try to use reusable stuff as much as I can, but I love the ease of marinating things in a bag. Mmmm, I should have made some lemony potatoes. You don't happen to have a recipe posted do you?

      I hope all is well in Greece! Thanks for popping over!

  8. Question: Since I don't have a grill, can I use oven?

    1. Sure! I think it would be great baked too! Now I am curious to hear how you like it that way (and I may have to try it soon too!)

  9. These are perfect! The legs are always fun to eat, they remind me of being a kid. Thanks for the yummy recipe!

  10. I'm sure that marinade makes for a wonderfully juicy chicken leg.

  11. I bet that lemon and yogurt combo is amazing! My daughter will love this one! It's alot like the lemon pepper yogurt dressing I made for the grilled chicken and asparagus salad! Perfect for our grilled recipe round up!

  12. This was fabulous! I didn't have time to marinate the chicken for more than an hour and a half, but was still delicious. Next time I'll give it a proper three or four hours, but just know that if you don't have as much time as you'd like, this recipe is still worthwhile.

    I also used boneless chicken breasts cut into strips rather than bone-in legs pieces, and it worked great. We'll definitely be having this again! Thanks, Carlee!

    1. YAY! I am so glad you liked it! We do it with boneless skinless chicken breasts sometimes too, both ways are great.

  13. I made this soon after I saw this recipe and my family loved it, I’ve made it several times since and now you reminded me to make it this week! Yum Yum Yum


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