Yogurt-Marinated Chicken Recipe
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Yogurt-Marinated Chicken Recipe

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This tender marinated chicken gets its zing from chili powder and cumin. For variety, Naheed Saleem of Stanford, Connecticut sometimes adds a tablespoon of tomato paste to the marinade or replaces the chili powder with chopped green chilies. It's a surefire hit of summer cookouts.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. + marinating Grill: 30 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. + marinating Grill: 30 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1/2 cup fat-free yogurt
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh gingerroot
  • 6 bone-in chicken breast halves (6 ounces each)
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 149 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 68mg cholesterol, 163mg sodium, 2g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 25g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat.


  1. In a large resealable plastic bag, combine the yogurt, garlic, lemon juice, oil, ginger, sugar and seasonings; add chicken. Seal bag and turn to coat; refrigerate for at least 8 hours or overnight.
  2. Drain and discard marinade. Using long-handled tongs, moisten a paper towel with cooking oil and lightly coat the grill rack.
  3. Prepare the grill for indirect heat, using a drip pan. Place chicken over drip pan and grill chicken, covered, bone side down over indirect medium heat for 2 minutes. Turn; grill 25-35 minutes longer or until a meat thermometer reads 170°. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Yogurt-Marinated Chicken in Light & Tasty June/July 2002, p20

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

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scrambledwithcheese User ID: 1233902 107060
Reviewed May. 23, 2013

"This wasn't bad but not as much flavor as I had hoped, and I did marinate it overnight. I think if you used boneless skinless meat, the flavor would be stronger."

2B JRH User ID: 5883138 111558
Reviewed Sep. 9, 2011

"Definitly making this one again! It has great flavor and chicken stays nice and moist. It was a great hit!"

KaylaG User ID: 4763684 61562
Reviewed Feb. 23, 2011

"Full of flavor and yummy"

mdsutton1 User ID: 3540984 85880
Reviewed Aug. 31, 2009

"Delicious! The yogurt really keeps the chicken moist and tender."

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