Yogurt Marinated Chicken Thighs

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These yogurt marinated chicken thighs are so easy to make and delicious. It’s pretty much hands off since it’s baked and perfect for meal prep.

Yogurt marinated chicken thighs on a white plate with sliced lemons.

I love using yogurt to tenderize meat like these chicken thighs because it adds so much flavor. Greek yogurt is a staple almost every time I grocery shop because it is so versatile.

Ingredients for yogurt marinated chicken thighs

You really don’t need too many ingredients for these chicken thighs, a lot of them I normally have on hand at home.

Bone in, skin on, chicken thighs – I love using bone in skin on chicken thighs because they are so tasty and affordable. For this meal I only spent $3.85 for a 2lb pack.

Greek yogurt – The greek yogurt is star of the show. Acting as a tenderizer, it also takes well to the spices and aromatics we will add to it.

Olive oil – This helps to add a bit of flavor while thinning out the marinade so it coats the chicken and isn’t too thick.

Garlic – Finely minced, this aromatic helps with the flavor profile of the marinade.

Spices & herbs – Turmeric, black pepper, red pepper flakes, paprika and dill all add a Greek flavor profile to the chicken thighs.

Honey – This adds a hint of sweetness and also helps the skin get nice and crispy.

The full recipe with measurements is below on the recipe card.

What does marinating with yogurt do? 

Greek yogurt tenderizes the chicken slowly to make sure the meat is soft and tender. It works on other meats as well such as beef, lamb and pork.

How long to marinate chicken in yogurt?

The yogurt begins to tenderize the chicken at 1 hour and the longer it sits, the more tender and flavorful the chicken will become. The longest it should be marinated is overnight.

Do you cook the chicken with the marinade on it?

Absolutely! Since we are baking this, you don’t need to wipe off or shake off any of the yogurt. If you were to grill the chicken, then you would need to wipe off some of the marinade.

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Yogurt marinated chicken thighs on a white plate with sliced lemons.

Yogurt Marinated Chicken Thighs

By August DeWindt
These yogurt marinated chicken thighs are easy to make, bursting with flavor and perfect for meal prep.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 50 minutes
Servings: 4 people


  • 2 lbs Bone in skin on chicken thighs
  • ¾ c greek yogurt
  • ¼ c olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic , minced
  • 1 tsp Turmeric, powdered, ground
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • ¼ tsp red pepper flakes
  • ½ tsp Paprika
  • 1 tbsp Dill, chopped
  • 2 tbsp Honey
  • ½ tbps olive oil


  • Mix together the yogurt, turmeric, olive oil, pepper, garlic and lemon juice. Place the chicken thighs in a ziploc bag or a bowl and pour the marinade over. Let marinate for at least 1 hour and up to overnight.
  • When ready to cook, preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Add the chicken to a baking dish. You don’t have to shake off the excess marinate.
  • In a small bowl or ramekin, mix together the red pepper flakes, paprika, salt, dill and honey. Brush the chicken with this mixture.
  • Bake the chicken for 50 minutes. The top should be golden brown and the internal temperature at 165 degrees.
  • Serve with your favorite sides and enjoy!



Calories: 487kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Monounsaturated Fat: 15g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 189mg | Sodium: 182mg | Potassium: 482mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 326IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Author: August DeWindt
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 487
Keyword: Chicken, Meal prep
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