In today’s easy dinner recipe, chicken breasts are marinated in Greek yogurt with herbs, then baked in a foil packet. Finish it off with melted cheese on top, and you have a juicy chicken dish to remember!
This is the second chicken recipe I’ve made with yogurt. Have you tried my homemade tandoori chicken yet? That’s a good one too, but you do need to buy some special spices to make it. This greek yogurt chicken just uses a little salt and pepper and fresh herbs like dill and parsley. (I say “like” dill and parsley because you could use whichever herbs are most appealing to you!)
I first tried cooking this chicken in a skillet instead of baking it, but that didn’t work too well. It tasted good, but the yogurt on the outside burned in the hot skillet by the time the chicken was cooked through. I have a feeling the same thing would happen on a grill. That’s why I decided to make a baked version instead, and it turned out way better. The chicken cooks evenly, and you can use the juices from the chicken to make a dressing for your greens!
I cut slits in both sides of the chicken to allow the yogurt mixture to coat it inside and out. It’s similar to how I cut my hasselback chicken, but you don’t need to cut the slits quite so deep. Try to just cut about halfway through, especially since you’ll be making slits on both sides. Cutting the chicken this way also helps thick chicken breasts cook more evenly.
If you’d like, you can use Gourmet Garden herbs in place of fresh herbs in this recipe. That’s what I did. I had a chance to sample their lightly dried herbs and pastes recently, and I use them all the time now. It’s like having an herb garden in my refrigerator! I like fresh herbs, but often times they go bad before I use them, or I only need a small amount but have to buy a big bunch. It’s nice to have the almost fresh herb pastes on hand so I can just use as much as I need whenever I want.
Try this easy chicken recipe with scalloped potatoes for a real treat. You can bake the potatoes and chicken at the same time! Even my kids enjoyed this yogurt chicken recipe, and I hope your family likes it too.