Yogurt-Marinated Baked Chicken

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This easy yogurt-marinated chicken recipe makes the most flavorful baked chicken ever. Tender, juicy, and coated with a crunchy golden crust, this simple chicken breasts recipe is a winning dinner idea!

Close up of baked chicken breasts sliced on a cutting board.


I love no-fuss dinner ideas that deliver big on flavor. In fact, this yogurt-marinated chicken is exactly what you need on a busy weeknight when all you really want is a delicious meal everyone will devour. This recipe makes the most flavorful chicken breasts, thanks to my easy yogurt marinade with garlic and thyme. You can start with marinating the chicken breasts in the morning, then bread them and pop them in the oven when you get home after work. The end result is ultra-tender chicken that’s juicy on the inside and perfectly crunchy on the outside.

Why We Love This Yogurt-Marinated Chicken

  • Easy. Simple pantry ingredients, a baking pan, and an oven are all you’ll need to make these chicken breasts. There’s nothing complicated or fussy about this recipe!
  • Perfect for meal prep. Since the chicken is marinated for hours, it’s the perfect make-ahead meal.
  • Goes with many sides. These golden, baked chicken breasts go with so many sides: mashed cauliflower, roasted veggies, cucumber salad; you name it. I’ve shared some of my favorite ideas below.
Cooked Yogurt Marinated chicken on a baking sheet with tongs

What Does the Yogurt Marinade Do?

  • The marinade takes just a few minutes to put together and does a couple of things to your chicken; the acidity of the yogurt helps to tenderize the meat, making it more tender and juicy. It also infuses the chicken with tangy flavor and moisture, resulting in succulent baked chicken.
  • In addition to the yogurt marinade, we will pound the chicken before marinating it. This further tenderizes the meat by breaking down the muscle fibers. It also ensures that your chicken cooks evenly in less time.

    How to Make Yogurt Marinated Chicken

    Are you ready to make this easy chicken dinner? Here’s a quick overview. Be sure to scroll down to the recipe card for step-by-step instructions and the full ingredients list.

    • Make the yogurt marinade. It comes together in a snap.
    • Marinate the chicken. I recommend marinating it for a few hours, but as little as one hour works. You have to give the yogurt time to work its magic!
    • Add the panko breading and bake. The chicken is done when light golden and when the juices run clear if you pierce it with a knife. It should register 165˚F with an instant-read thermometer.
    Overhead shot of yogurt-marinated chicken breasts on a cutting board.

    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. It goes with many different side dishes too, so you can serve leftovers again later in the week and just switch up what you serve with it.

    Serving Suggestions

    Sliced breaded chicken breasts on a cutting board.

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    Yogurt Marinated Chicken

    Flavorful, delicious baked chicken marinated in a yogurt mixture with garlic and thyme.
    Prep Time: 4 hours
    Cook Time: 45 minutes
    Total Time: 5 hours
    Servings: 4


    • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts,, (4 chicken breasts total)
    • salt and fresh ground black pepper,, to taste
    • 6 cloves garlic,, minced
    • ½ cup plain yogurt
    • ½ tablespoon fresh thyme leaves,, or your favorite blend of fresh herbs
    • ¼ cup panko crumbs
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    • Lightly pound chicken just enough to even it out; do not pound it thin.
    • Place the chicken in a large bowl and season with salt and pepper; set aside.
    • In a separate bowl, combine garlic, yogurt, and thyme; mix until combined.
    • Pour the yogurt mixture over the chicken; mix around until the chicken is thoroughly coated.
    • Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 4 to 6 hours.
    • Preheat the oven to 375˚F.
    • Grease a baking dish/pan with cooking spray.
    • Remove the chicken from the bowl and shake off any excess; discard the yogurt mixture.
    • Transfer the chicken breasts to the baking pan.
    • Sprinkle panko bread crumbs over the chicken breasts.
    • Bake for 40 to 45 minutes, or until chicken is done. Use an instant-read meat thermometer to check for doneness; chicken is cooked through when its internal temperature registers at 165˚F.
    • Remove from oven and let stand for 5 to 8 minutes.
    • Serve.


    • Ideal for Meal Preparation: The long marinade time makes this chicken perfect for prepping meals ahead of time.
    • Versatile Pairings: Pair these golden, baked chicken breasts with a variety of sides, be it mashed cauliflower, roasted vegetables, or a salad.
    • To Store Leftovers in the Fridge: Let the chicken cool to room temperature, then transfer it to an airtight container and store it in the fridge for up to 4 days.
    • To Freeze: Place the cooled chicken in an airtight, freezer-safe container and store it in the freezer for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the fridge before reheating.
    • To reheat: You can reheat your chicken in the microwave on a plate lined with a paper towel, which will help prevent moisture from building up below your chicken. I recommend reheating single servings in the microwave. You can also reheat your chicken in an oven preheated to 400F for 7 to 10 minutes or until warmed through.


    Serving: 4ounces | Calories: 194kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 77mg | Sodium: 196mg | Potassium: 521mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 78IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 78mg | Iron: 1mg

    Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

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    1. Andy Gauntt says:

      Using Air Fryer with this recipe?

      1. Katerina says:

        Sure! Air fry at 390˚F for 20 minutes, flipping the chicken halfway through the cooking time.

    2. Phil Aaronson says:

      Recipe looks great. I am going to try it. It says 169 calories. Is that per serving? And how much is one serving?

      1. Katerina says:

        Hi! Hope you’ll like it! ☺️
        4 ounces of chicken = 1 serving.