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Garlic-Yogurt Baked Chicken

Garlic Yogurt Baked Chicken is a flavorful, delicious baked chicken recipe perfect for weeknight dinner. These chicken breasts marinated in yogurt with garlic and thyme are so good they’re bound to become your new favorite din din!

Garlic Yogurt Baked Chicken - Flavorful, delicious baked chicken, marinated in yogurt with garlic and thyme. Your new favorite din din!


Baked Chicken can often be dry, but thanks to my wonderful yogurt marinade with garlic and thyme, our chicken breasts are not only moist and tender, but they are also super flavorful!

The marinade takes just a couple minutes to put together and creates an absolute amazing flavor. I like to marinate the chicken breasts anywhere from 2 to 6 hours, but even 1 hour is good enough. Also? See my Beer Battered Yogurt Fried Chicken.

Where are my manners?! Forgot to wish you a 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.

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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.


  1. Combine yogurt, garlic, and thyme in a bowl and mix until combined.
  2. Combine yogurt mixture with chicken and refrigerate anywhere from 1 hour to 6 hours.
  3. Transfer chicken to a baking pan.
  4. Sprinkle panko bread crumbs over chicken breasts. As in, don’t dredge the chicken breasts in crumbs – a little bit is plenty for a nice and light crunch.
  5. If you want to get fancy with quartered red onions and lemon slices, add those to the baking pan as well and bake for around 40-ish minutes, or until chicken is done.

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

Katerina | Diethood
Flavorful, delicious baked chicken marinated in a yogurt mixture with garlic and thyme.
5 from 5 votes
Servings : 4
Prep Time 4 hrs
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 5 hrs


  • 4 (16 ounces) chicken breasts
  • salt and fresh ground pepper , to taste
  • 6 garlic cloves , minced
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/2 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
  • 1/4 cup panko bread crumbs


  • Lightly pound chicken just enough to even it out; do not pound it thin.
  • Place 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 yogurt mixture over chicken; mix until chicken is thoroughly coated.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 4 to 6 hours.
  • Preheat oven to 375.
  • Grease a baking pan with cooking spray.
  • Remove chicken from bowl and shake off any excess; discard yogurt mixture.
  • Transfer chicken to prepared baking pan.
  • Sprinkle panko bread crumbs over chicken breasts.
  • Bake for 40 to 45 minutes, or until chicken is done.
  • Remove from oven.
  • Serve.


*If you also want to add onions and lemon slices to the chicken: cut a couple of red onions into quarters and add them to the baking pan together with the chicken breasts. Do the same with some lemon slices and halved baby carrots. 


Calories: 169 kcal | Carbohydrates: 5 g | Protein: 25 g | Fat: 4 g | Saturated Fat: 1 g | Cholesterol: 76 mg | Sodium: 173 mg | Potassium: 483 mg | Fiber: 0 g | Sugar: 1 g | Vitamin A: 105 IU | Vitamin C: 4.1 mg | Calcium: 61 mg | Iron: 0.8 mg | Net Carbs: 5 g

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.

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baked chicken breasts, chicken breast recipe, chicken dinner, easy chicken breast recipe
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76 comments on “Garlic-Yogurt Baked Chicken”

  1. I had excess vanilla yogurt so I’m marinating thighs w Moroccan spice, Odobe seasoning and a dash of hot paprika and garlic to counter the vanilla. Fingers crossed for a one pot meal later!

  2. Bone-In Chicken Thighs were on sale today, in preparing, I removed the skin from 4 thighs and slashed the meat to the bone in a couple of places for the marinade to penetrate the meat. Used a generous ½ cup of yogurt, juice of one lemon, at least 6 cloves of garlic (maybe a smidge more to keep the vampires away!), and used McCormick Greek Seasoning which in includes a bit of mint, and finished with salt and pepper. I marinated the thighs for 2 ½ hours, baked off at 350F until chicken temp with a probe thermometer reached 160 degrees F. Removed from the oven and let the dish ‘rest’ for 5 minutes or so while mixing the salad. Temperature on the thighs came up to 165, safe for serving and was nóstimos (Greek for delicious!). Accompanied with your recommended rice and a nice Greek Salad with feta, kalamata olives, and dressed with a lemon vinaigrette using a fruity olive oil..

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    Marsha Dingle

    How can this possibly be only 3 WW points!?!?!?! When I was in turkey I remember a friend marinading chicken in yogurt. This was absolutely delicious and exactly what I was looking for. Thank you!

  4. The chicken was tender and delicious! I did add onion quarters and lime slices. I devoured it with rice! Thank you.

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    Sophia Gardner

    I really love yogurt but I ‘ve never tried it with chicken before.So I made it last week. So delicious :).
    This is the perfect combination. Thanks for sharing.

  6. had something this past week that was just about like this. My friend said to look it up online and this is what I found. I’ve babied the chicken all afternoon and will be ready to bake it in about 2 hours. I expect it to be just about what I’m looking for. I’m serving fresh summer squash with it…

  7. Hi Katerina!
    Your recipe of Garlic Yogurt Baked Chicken looks amazing! i have already bought chicken thighs not breasts though.. so think they would work out with the recipe? Also it calls for yogurt but it doesn’t say if its greek or not..any recommendations? Thank you!!

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