Picnic Chicken with Yogurt Dip Recipe
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Picnic Chicken with Yogurt Dip Recipe

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I made this well-seasoned chicken one evening for dinner and served it hot from the oven. While raiding the fridge the next day, I discovered how delicious it was cold and created the yogurt dip to go with it. —Ami Okasinski, Memphis, Tennessee
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 1 hour + chilling
MAKES:24 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 1 hour + chilling
MAKES: 24 servings


  • 3 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1-1/2 cups dry bread crumbs
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon each dried marjoram, thyme and rosemary, crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup butter, melted
  • 12 chicken drumsticks
  • 12 bone-in chicken thighs
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1-1/2 cups plain yogurt
  • 1 envelope leek soup mix
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Colby cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 375°. In a shallow bowl, whisk eggs and water. In another shallow bowl, combine bread crumbs and seasonings. Divide butter between two 13x9-in. baking dishes.
  2. Dip chicken pieces in egg mixture, then coat with crumb mixture. Place in prepared pans. Bake, uncovered, 1 hour or until a thermometer reads 170°-175°, turning once. Cool 30 minutes; refrigerate until chilled.
  3. For dip, in a small bowl, beat cream until stiff peaks form. In another bowl, combine yogurt, soup mix and cheese; fold in whipped cream. Cover and refrigerate until serving. Serve with cold chicken. Yield: 24 servings (4 cups dip).
Originally published as Picnic Chicken in Taste of Home June/July 2007, p37

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.

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LeslieH User ID: 191346 246332
Reviewed Mar. 30, 2016

"Only tried the chicken, but even without the dip, it was delicious. About 30 minutes into the baking time, I turned the chicken over to avoid having the pieces stick and crisp up both sides. It worked well."

GirishKatta User ID: 7329112 244031
Reviewed Feb. 18, 2016

"Wonderful Recipe :)"

katlaydee3 User ID: 3741999 94895
Reviewed Aug. 31, 2014

"Delicious chicken! I made this for my dad's birthday and everyone liked it. By the way, it was good both with and without the dip."

BathtubNinja User ID: 6359529 168860
Reviewed Feb. 23, 2014

"Didn't have marjoram so we just used poultry seasoning for the 1/2 teaspoons as it includes thyme, rosemary and marjoram plus a little extra. I usually bake with skinless bone-in chicken thighs so I was excited not to waste time at the cutting board..but I hated the skin being on. The crunch factor felt pointless with a gooey skin layer underneath. And wow were these things drowning in butter. I couldn't bring myself to eat the leftovers. For that much fat, the recipe better be delicious but the flavor to me was nothing special. My husband much prefers the seasoning on these: (I skip the rosemary)."

Pigout! User ID: 5223171 163716
Reviewed Sep. 6, 2013

"Do I use plain or Italian bread crumbs?"

Briadona User ID: 5500759 94828
Reviewed Sep. 3, 2013

"Finally a crispy baked chicken recipe and tasty too! Removed the skin and baked for 45 minutes. None left to serve cold! Didn't make the dip and didn't miss it. Great for Sunday dinner too.."

sandikins01 User ID: 2790098 163056
Reviewed Sep. 2, 2013

"This recipe was WONDERFUL! Almost like Ky. Fried chicken. I used Panko bread crumbs and added some extra spices like cayenne pepper, parmesan cheese, and a little cumin. Mmmm. Delicious! I melted the butter in the pan and put the chicken in it and put it in the fridge for a couple of hours before baking and it turned out perfectly. I lowered the baking time to 45 minutes and the chicken was juicy and moist and the flavor was great!"

Eirene 8 User ID: 5551719 163046
Reviewed Aug. 28, 2013

"It was very good, i did make a few changes thou, I removed the skin and instead of dipping it in eggs and the water mixture I used mayonaise to coat the chicken then i rolled in in the crumb mixture. Instead of the dip that it calls for I used Ranch Dressing, and yes it was much better cold!"

JessBella6 User ID: 5295511 163395
Reviewed Aug. 27, 2013

"The chicken is fantastic but the sauce really makes this a pleasing dish!"

[email protected] User ID: 1889681 94875
Reviewed Jul. 23, 2013

"It was so moist the favor was so DELISH !!! I am an Elderly and I hve been cooking for 60 years and l know my chicken l say to you out there you must try this Recipe !!! auntbea ( North East, Maryland )"

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