Garlic-Yogurt Baked Chicken

Flavorful, delicious baked chicken, marinated in a yogurt mixture with garlic and thyme. Your new favorite din din!

Garlic-Yogurt Baked Chicken | | Flavorful, delicious baked chicken marinated in a yogurt mixture with garlic and thyme. | #recipe #chicken

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? 😉

Garlic-Yogurt Baked Chicken | | Flavorful, delicious baked chicken marinated in a yogurt mixture with garlic and thyme. | #recipe #chicken

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!! 

Garlic-Yogurt Baked Chicken | | Flavorful, delicious baked chicken marinated in a yogurt mixture with garlic and thyme. | #recipe #chicken

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!! 😛


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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.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 155 grams (About 5.5 ounces) Calories: 271 Fat: 9.1


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  1. Trillian says

    I messed up, lol. My chicken breasts have been marinating all day but now I just realized I used 4 whole chicken breasts instead of the halves. So they’ve been marinating in half the marinade required (I was wondering why it barely seemed to cover the surface of them) and they’ll probably cook all strangely, too. Sigh.

    I guess I’ll just double the cooking time and panko crumbs and hope for the best.

    • says

      OH! haha :) It might not take double the time to cook, but I hope that the marinade will be enough and the chicken won’t be dry! Let me know! Fingers crossed, it will be amazing! 😀

      • Trillian says

        I tried lowering the temperature to 350 and went up to a cooking time of an hour. It may need to cook longer than that but I hope the lower temperature will keep it from drying out as badly. I will let you know how it turns out!

      • Trillian says

        It turned out okay, but it definitely would have been tastier with less chicken! 😀 Can’t wait to make it again the right way!! Thanks for the awesome recipe. Went great with panko-parmesan-zucchini crisps!

  2. Joni says

    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.

      • says


        I had my heart set on making this (Garlic-Yogurt Chicken) tonight but missed the part about having to refrigerate 4- hours before cooking. Is that a requirement? I can place in fridge for about an hour only. If that wont work, ill have to make it another night.

        Thanks for your help. Your site is fantastic!


  3. Jason says

    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. :)

  4. Megan says

    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!! :)

  5. Ruthy says

    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.

  6. Jaclynn says

    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?

  7. Michaela says

    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

  8. Kami says

    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 :)

  9. Esther Lord says

    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 :)

    • says

      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!!


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