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You guys. Happiest of Sundays! Hope you are doing grrrreat!

How was Valentine’s Day? Everything you expected? Was he a gentleman?! DID HE PROPOSE?!? Do tell!

I stayed in with mah lil’ girlz. My buddy, the hubby, had to work. It’s all good, though. The babes and I ate chocolate covered pretzels, Heart-Shaped Cinnamon Rolls (again), and big slices of that Black Magic Chocolate Cake. We had a blast! Sugar-high at its best!! 

Not to worry. Before attacking the chocolate, and to enhance the spirit of Valentine’s Day, we had this lovely Garlic-Yogurt Baked Chicken for dinner. I treat my girls very well, don’t I? ;-)

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Gonna let you in on a little secret. I like chicken, a lot. It could be the only reason why I haven’t gone the vegetarian route. If you look around zee bloggy, you’ll find a bunch of vegetarian-friendly meals, but very, very few meals that involve meat.

This is a serious, melt-in-your-mouth chicken dinner. I can’t even begin to tell you how often this appears on our table. We are all obsessed with it, including my 20-month old, Aleksandra. On a side note – that girl CAN eat! And she loves garlic! Aaaaand that makes me SO happy!! 

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If you’ve got some chicken on hand, and if you have a whole lotta garlic… please. Please do yourself a favor and go to that kitchen. Putting dinner together is a juggling act, I know, but it’s Sunday. Let’s do this. Don’t forget the yogurt.

P.S. All I really, really want to say is – Winner Winner Chicken Dinner!! :-P


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Garlic-Yogurt Baked Chicken
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Flavorful, delicious baked chicken marinated in a yogurt mixture with garlic and thyme.
Serves: Serves 4
  • 4 chicken breast halves
  • salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ cup plain yogurt
  • ½ tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
  • ¼ cup panko bread crumbs
  1. Lightly pound chicken just enough to even it out; do not pound it thin.
  2. Place chicken in a large bowl and season with salt and pepper; set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine garlic, yogurt, and thyme; mix until combined.
  4. Pour yogurt mixture over chicken; mix until chicken is thoroughly coated.
  5. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 4 to 6 hours.
  6. Preheat oven to 375.
  7. Grease a baking pan with cooking spray.
  8. Remove chicken from bowl and shake off any excess; discard yogurt mixture.
  9. Transfer chicken to prepared baking pan.
  10. Sprinkle panko bread crumbs over chicken breasts.
  11. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes, or until chicken is done.
  12. Remove from oven.
  13. Serve.


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  1. Joni November 12, 2014 at 6:22 PM - Reply

    Stumbled across your site and this recipe while searching for a split pea soup recipe, of all things. [It was in a side-bar link.] This looks so good, I wish I could make it tonight! Unfortunately, no yogurt in the house. But this will be made and devoured soon, I promise! With some herb-seasoned rice and a nice, big green salad on the side, this will make a great meal.

  2. Joann August 28, 2014 at 5:21 PM - Reply

    I noticed that you cooked it with carrots and ? is that orange or lemon slices?

    • Katerina Petrovska August 28, 2014 at 5:37 PM - Reply

      Hi Joann! Yes, those are lemon slices, I also added some sliced carrots and red onions… mostly for color, but they taste great, too! :-)

  3. Diana - Life in German. August 18, 2014 at 11:04 AM - Reply

    I need to try this recipe, saving it for later!


    • Katerina Petrovska August 20, 2014 at 10:55 PM - Reply

      Hi Diana!! Yes, it’s really, really good! I hope you have a chance to try it!

  4. Jason August 3, 2014 at 11:24 AM - Reply

    Amazing! Seriously I’ve already made this recipe and just checked to see if I can cook with yoghurt and I can’t believe I’ve cooked it with the exact same ingredients! This doesn’t happen to me often and just wanted to say thanks for.the reassurance. :)

  5. K.Lau August 2, 2014 at 11:44 PM - Reply

    The garlic yogurt chicken recipe was so easy and yummy. Thank you so much for sharing.

  6. The Chicken Recipe June 27, 2014 at 2:48 AM - Reply

    Looks delicious and i am gonna try this out today, Hope it will look delicious as your dish looks.

  7. Megan June 16, 2014 at 9:47 PM - Reply

    I made this tonight and it was so good! My boyfriend liked it a lot, too, even though we got a little thyme’d-out a few months ago–this was a great way to bring thyme back into our cooking! I didn’t put any garnish in with the chicken; I just baked it alone with the bread crumbs (regular, not panko), and then I squirted a little lemon juice on top when I took them out of the oven. Delicious–thanks so much for sharing!! :)

    • Katerina Petrovska June 16, 2014 at 10:05 PM - Reply

      YAY! I’m so glad you enjoyed it!! Thank you! And I’m lovin’ the “thymed-out”!! hahaha :-)

  8. Ruthy May 24, 2014 at 8:40 AM - Reply

    Made this for dinner last night and had to use two substitutes: greek yogurt and regular breadcrumbs as this was what I had in stock. Came out great, only I would suggest that if using regular bread crumbs to use half of a 1/4 cup suggested for the panko because mine didn’t seem get the “look” like the ones pictured here. Delicious meal and my husband LOVED it.

    • Katerina Petrovska May 24, 2014 at 9:02 AM - Reply

      That is great, Ruthy!!! I am SO happy you all enjoyed it! THANK YOU!

  9. Jen April 16, 2014 at 9:17 AM - Reply

    What is the spice sprinkled over the lemon?

    Thanks! Looks amazing!

    • Katerina Petrovska April 16, 2014 at 9:24 AM - Reply

      HI! Sometimes, to make the photo work, I start throwing things on there to add contrast, color, etc… SO, I’m thinking it’s probably a bit of red paprika? :-)

  10. Jaclynn April 9, 2014 at 6:32 AM - Reply

    Can I use a different brand name bread crumbs? I have Progresso Italian Style bread crumbs in my house… Or will that throw the flavor off?

    • Katerina Petrovska April 9, 2014 at 7:48 AM - Reply

      Hi Jaclynn! Yes, you can definitely use those bread crumbs – it will still taste just as good.

  11. Laurie April 2, 2014 at 3:07 PM - Reply

    Bone in chicken breasts? Or boneless?

  12. Michaela March 31, 2014 at 9:01 PM - Reply

    So do you mean two whole chicken breasts cut into four halves or four whole chicken breasts cut into eight halves? I’m trying to double the recipe

    • Katerina Petrovska March 31, 2014 at 9:36 PM - Reply

      Hi Michaela!

      Yes, two whole chicken breasts cut in half. And, yes, double it – the more, the better! ;-) ENJOY!

  13. Kami March 25, 2014 at 7:42 PM - Reply

    I made this for dinner. Wow!! Loaded with flavor. I did use Greek yogurt & dried thyme as that is what I had on hand. May cut back 5 min on cooking time, otherwise very happy. Extremely flavorful even my 4 yr old asked for seconds :)

  14. Esther Lord March 24, 2014 at 7:33 PM - Reply

    Hi Katerina, just made this for dinner along side Foxes love lemons loaded potatoes recipe and salad. It was amazing. The thyme in it brought everything together nicely. Thank you for sharing :)

  15. Aimee @ Simple Bites March 15, 2014 at 8:23 PM - Reply

    Gorgeous, girl!! This needs to go on my menu plan. :)

  16. Jeanne Ray February 27, 2014 at 6:22 AM - Reply

    Are those oranges or lemons? And how long do you cook the veggies and citrus? Skinless chicken? Looks great!

    • Katerina Petrovska February 27, 2014 at 9:07 AM - Reply

      Hi! Yes, the chicken is skinless. The citrus is actually slices of lemon. Put everything in at the same time – together with the chicken breasts. Roasted veggies are the best! :) Let me know how it goes! Have a great day!!

  17. Deanna February 19, 2014 at 11:01 AM - Reply

    I love it, we’re preparing it tonight!

  18. Laureen February 19, 2014 at 9:06 AM - Reply

    So yum looking, and your food photography is exceptional.

  19. Ramona February 19, 2014 at 6:02 AM - Reply

    I love marinating chicken in yogurt… it’s way to tenderize the meat. :) Looks yummy. :)

  20. Jennie @themessybakerblog February 18, 2014 at 10:09 AM - Reply

    We stuffed our faces with enchiladas on V-Day. Best. V-Day. Ever! I fell in love with this dish as soon as I saw it float across my Pinterest page. It looks rustic and comforting.

  21. Rose February 18, 2014 at 9:41 AM - Reply

    I’ve tried this garlic-yogurt chicken Kate.
    It’s delicious!


  22. Kim Beaulieu February 17, 2014 at 11:32 PM - Reply

    Kate, only you can make chicken look sexy. You slay me woman. This is spectacular.

  23. Valerie February 17, 2014 at 7:47 PM - Reply

    Yum! It’s not easy to make chicken look pretty – you pull it off brilliantly.

  24. Laura (Tutti Dolci) February 17, 2014 at 4:41 PM - Reply

    This chicken is perfection, just what I need in my life!

  25. Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) February 17, 2014 at 12:49 PM - Reply

    This chicken looks absolutely fantastic!

  26. Zelda February 17, 2014 at 11:02 AM - Reply

    This looks great! Do you use Greek yogurt ?

    • Katerina Petrovska February 17, 2014 at 11:05 AM - Reply

      Hi Zelda! That’s too thick … I just use plain yogurt. The brand I use is “Dannon”. Hope that helps!

  27. Emily @ Life on Food February 17, 2014 at 5:04 AM - Reply

    Baked lemons do me in every time. These photos are gorgeous!

  28. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef February 17, 2014 at 1:00 AM - Reply

    One peek and this dish needs to be mine. I can only imaging how flavorful this chicken is.

  29. Sue/theviewfromgreatisland February 16, 2014 at 5:52 PM - Reply

    This is stunning! This chicken and that Black Magic cake of yours would be my ideal meal!

  30. Nik@ABrownTable February 16, 2014 at 4:29 PM - Reply

    Gosh, that’s a perfect meal for anytime of the day or week. Love it.

  31. Julia@Vikalinka February 16, 2014 at 12:45 PM - Reply

    Not very often do I look at something and want to make it immediately but I do right now! That chicken looks purely scrumptious. I can’t wait to feed it to my family.

  32. Anna@CrunchyCreamySweet February 16, 2014 at 11:55 AM - Reply

    I love chicken dishes! I have yet to try and bake it in yogurt. Looks amazing, Kate!

  33. Jen @ Savory Simple February 16, 2014 at 11:54 AM - Reply

    I LOVE this!!!

  34. easyfoodsmith February 16, 2014 at 10:56 AM - Reply

    Marinating the chicken in yogurt makes it so moist and tender and combined with the other flavors I am sure this chicken must have been amazing.

  35. Angie@Angie's Recipes February 16, 2014 at 8:44 AM - Reply

    I too enjoy chicken, esp. low fat chicken breast. Your baked chicken breast halves look amazing, Kate.

  36. Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie February 16, 2014 at 8:29 AM - Reply

    Such a simple yet great looking meal!

  37. A_Boleyn February 16, 2014 at 12:46 AM - Reply

    Delicious looking chicken. I’ll have to give it a try the next time I’ve got some breasts on hand.

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