Give this yogurt-marinated chicken a try when you want to change up your chicken recipe. I used drumsticks but you can use any chicken pieces and your favorite spices!
While vinegar or citrus based marinades can toughen chicken, adding yogurt tenderizes meats, which results in a juicy and tender chicken. You will have better results when marinading for a longer period of time (overnight), but it also works when marinated short term.
Yogurt Marinated Chicken
1 cup whole milk greek yogurt 1/4 - 1/2 cup cilantro or parsley, chopped Zest from 1 lemon
Juice from 1 lemon 3 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon paprika 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes or cayenne ( optional) 1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
2-4 lbs chicken thighs, drumsticks, leg or breasts
In a bowl, add all ingredients except for chicken and stir together.
Place chicken in a ziploc bag or or in a bowl. Add marinade and coat evenly. Marinate for at least 1 hour, up to overnight.
Cook the chicken on a grill or bake in the oven.
To bake: Preheat oven to 375 degrees and bake for 45-60 minutes depending on thickness of chicken.