Marinated Yoghurt Chicken

Best Marinated Yoghurt Chicken Recipe

I love trying out new recipes so this week when my I realized I had an unopened plain yoghurt that was about to reach it’s expiry date I set out to research recipes for chicken using yoghurt so that it would not go to waste and I was so pleasantly surprised by how it came out. My hubby was also super impressed and told me he wants me to make this yoghurt chicken recipe again.

Best Marinated Yoghurt Chicken Recipe

Please take note that I made it with a pack of chicken pieces (a pack of 4 thighs and 4 legs) but it can also be made with chicken fillets – just adjust the recipe for the right amount of marinade and of course the cook time would also change depending on the type of chicken you use.

The best part about cooking chicken in yoghurt is that it makes the chicken so tender and delicious.


  • 8 pack of chicken (thighs and legs)
  • 200g full cream plain yoghurt
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon of pepper
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoons turmeric spice
  • 2 teaspoons ginger spice


  • Mix the yoghurt, olive oil, garlic and spices until completely combined.
  • Place the chicken pieces in a dish and coat with the yoghurt marinade.
  • Leave the chicken to marinade for at least one hour, but if you can marinade it overnight that would be best.
  • Bake the chicken for 45 minutes at 180°C, then grill the chicken for a few minutes to make the top a bit crispy

This chicken tastes fantastic and makes for a bright and interesting meal. Serve it with rice or mashed potato.

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  1. This looks super yum.. definitely going to give this a try

  2. Nokuthula Masuku

    Thank you for this recipe. I tried it with my family this weekend, although I was nervous it wouldn’t come out perfectly, everyone enjoyed it so much. My family wanted seconds even. Thank you for this blog Lynne, I never thought I could actually enjoy blogs but I’ve enjoyed your content so much. I love the variety in topics. Thank you , thank you.

  3. In always looking for new chicken recipes. I will definitely try this. Thank you.

  4. i love recipes and new ones to try out for us .this is so delicious and your marinated i will definitely try loov it

  5. Hi Lynne, your recipes are really simple which is great especially when these are pantry ingredients that you will always have in the cupboard. have you tried making butter chicken?

    • I love simple recipes! I’ve tried butter chicken and failed miserably at it unfortunately. When I find a recipe that works I will definitely share it 🙂

  6. Looks divine I am going to ha e to add it to my recipe book.

  7. Yummy I am going to try it

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