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Yogurt-Marinated Chicken

This tender marinated chicken gets its zing from chili powder and cumin. For variety, add a tablespoon of tomato paste to the marinade or replace the chili powder with chopped green chiles. It's a surefire hit of summer cookouts. —Naheed Saleem, Stanford, Connecticut
  • 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


  • 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.
  • Drain and discard marinade. Using long-handled tongs, moisten a paper towel with cooking oil and lightly coat the grill rack.
  • 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 thermometer reads 170°.
Nutrition 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.

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  • Lady Fingers
    Jun 11, 2017

    Easy and flavorful, although we added more chile powder. Since there isn't much sugar in the marinade, it doesn't burn on the grill.

  • scrambledwithcheese
    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.

  • mommy5123
    May 4, 2013

    No comment left

  • 2B JRH
    Sep 9, 2011

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

  • KaylaG
    Feb 23, 2011

    Full of flavor and yummy

  • mdsutton1
    Aug 31, 2009

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