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A platter of the lemon garlic greek yogurt marinated chicken with two serving spoons.
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4.14 from 15 votes

Greek Yogurt Marinated Chicken

Honestly the best-grilled chicken recipe ever! This Greek Yogurt Marinated Chicken recipe is so moist, tender and delicious you may never grill chicken another way! 
Prep Time3 hrs
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time3 hrs 10 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 364kcal


  • 2 cups Laban or plain greek yogurt
  • cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons grapeseed or vegetable oil for the grill
  • 2 ½ - 3 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 6 garlic cloves mashed to a paste
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh parsley finely minced plus 1 Tablespoon for garnish
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh mint finely minced plus 1 Tablespoon for garnish
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 6 chicken breasts bone in chicken breasts
  • 1 lemon sliced for garnish


  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the yogurt, ⅓ cup olive oil, 3 tablespoons lemon juice, crushed garlic, parsley, mint, and salt. Transfer half the mixture to another bowl, cover and refrigerate.
  • Transfer ½ cup of the marinade to another bowl, cover and refrigerate.
  • Add the chicken breasts to the bowl slather with the marinade, making sure to coat the chicken thoroughly.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 to 3 hours or overnight.
  • To cook:
  • Remove the chicken and the reserved marinade from the refrigerator.
  • Pre heat the grill to medium high heat. When the grill is hot, brush the grill with the 2 Tablespoons of oil.
  • Remove the chicken breasts from the marinade, letting the excess drip off.
  • Add the breasts to the grill and cook, turning often, until the breasts are evenly grilled on both sides and the internal temperature is 160 degrees.
  • Remove the chicken from the grill to a clean platter, cover with foil, and allow to rest for 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Serve with the reserved marinade and enjoy!


This yogurt marinated chicken is fabulous on it's own but it's also delicious served over salads like this Mediterranean Quinoa Salad.
The chicken also makes an utterly delicious chicken salad - just shred the grilled chicken and mix with the reserved marinade.
I love this chicken right off the grill but it's also fabulous served at room temperature so it's perfect for a buffet meal!
If you don't like grilling whole pieces of chicken, cut up boneless breasts or thighs and make kebabs!


Calories: 364kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 110mg | Sodium: 864mg | Potassium: 434mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 300IU | Vitamin C: 12.8mg | Calcium: 111mg | Iron: 1.5mg