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This chicken brings the flavors of Greece to your grill.  It is marinated in lemon and yogurt and then grilled.  It comes off juicy, tender and full of flavor.  You are going to love how good and how easy it is!

grilled chicken on plate with orzo pasta salad.

      Super juicy and tender grilled chicken is always a winner in our book.  This lemon and yogurt marinated chicken gives us that result every time!  It is flavorful and easy to make as well.  We really like using chicken drumsticks, but it is a great way to keep boneless skinless chicken breasts tender too.  Whip up an easy side or two and dinner is served!

      This chicken is really lovely!  It comes together super easily and the lemon and yogurt really make for juicy, tender and delicious chicken. 

    This was my husband’s favorite part of our Greek inspired feast, I would guess.  It would be hard for me to pick between this and the pita bread.

    Hello, I’m Carlee and I’m a carbaholic.

    He loves grilling anyway and really seems to like it even more when I come up with new marinades to try.  The char siu chicken we made for the poultry grill-off  has inspired him.

    We still need to make that chicken again so we can get pictures and write a post… and he is already asking for this chicken again too.  Our “to make” list is always longer than our time to make it!

husband putting yogurt marinated chicken on grill over wood fire.

    Luckily this chicken really doesn’t take any time at all, so I am sure we can get back around to it soon too.  I’d like to get some better pictures, so that always moves a re-make up the list.

    It’s hard to justify making something we just had again when there are so many other things to make and share!  Not only has he asked for it again, but he has been telling people about it.

That’s an even better sign.  I guess I better get to it.

Chicken drumsticks being grilled over wood fire.

    All it takes is tossing the ingredients in a bag and letting them mix and meld for a few hours.  I did get in there and flip the bag every so often and gave the drummies a gentle massage a few times just for good measure.

   Mostly it was because I was in the fridge anyway and it seemed like the thing to do.  I am sure they would have been just as delicious without the extra love and attention!

close up of grilled chicken drumsticks ready to eat.

     This Greek week is off to a pretty tasty start.  Now I want to know… what are your favorite Greek foods?  And what is your favorite chicken marinade?  We want to try them all!!

    If you like this recipe, but don’t want to fire up the grill… try the slow cooker lemon yogurt chicken pita filling.  It makes a really tasty sandwich with similar flavors.

     There are so many wonderful side dishes this chicken could go with.  The most recent time we made it we served it with some Mediterranean orzo salad.

      The combination of the light, bright salad and the super juicy chicken was amazing.  It is the perfect summer meal.

plate of grilled chicken legs and grape orzo salad.

      In fact, I deboned the leftover chicken, chopped it up and tossed it in the leftover pasta salad.  My lunches at work were phenomenal that week!

For another great dinner entrée, check out marinated chicken with spices and a hint of brown sugar.

      What are your favorite marinades for grilled chicken?  I’d love to hear all about them.

Yield: 6 servings

Lemon & Yogurt Marinated Grilled Chicken

chicken drumsticks marinated in lemon juice and yogurt mixture and grilled

This chicken brings the flavors of Greece to your grill.  It is marinated in lemon and yogurt and then grilled.  It comes off juicy, tender and full of flavor.  You are going to love how good and how easy it is!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Additional Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 3 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 3 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 Tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 Tablespoons plain yogurt
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh oregano, chopped (or 1 if using dried)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2-3 pounds chicken

Instructions

  1. In a large zipper topped bag, mix together the marinade ingredients.
  2. Add the chicken to the bag, seal closed. Then roll the chicken around in the marinade to make sure it is all coated.
  3. Refrigerate for 3-6 hours. If possible, rotate the bag and gently massage the chicken every once in a while to make sure all of the chicken is well covered and happy 😉
  4. Remove chicken from marinade and grill until it reaches an internal temperature of 165° F.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 360Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 214mgSodium: 522mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 55g

All nutritional information is estimated and will depend on the exact ingredients you use.

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This chicken brings the flavors of Greece to your grill.  It is marinated in lemon and yogurt and then grilled.  It comes off juicy, tender and full of flavor.  You are going to love how good and how easy it is!

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