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Grilled Greek-Style Lemon Yogurt Chicken

by Capri Lilly

This Grilled Greek-Style Lemon Yogurt Chicken is an explosion of flavor! This chicken recipe gives you tangy, smokey, spicy, juicy, perfectly charred grilled chicken that’ll have you licking your fingers and craving more! Perfect for cookouts and summer parties!

how to make greek-style lemon yogurt chicken

Okay, I must confess, this recipe post is LONG overdue. I have been sitting on this recipe for YEARS. It’s not that I did not want to share of course, but I somehow just kept putting it off.

I’ve been making this Grilled Greek-Style Lemon Yogurt Chicken for almost every occasion that involves grilling. Each and every time I make it my friends and family drool over each bite. The next day I always get a bombard of messages telling me the chicken was the highlight of their entire meal and they need the recipe!

chicken closeup of lemon yogurt grilled chicken

Well, I procrastinate no more!

Here is the mouthwatering, flavorful, knock your tastebuds silly Grilled Greek-Style Lemon Yogurt Chicken recipe!

The reason I love this chicken recipe so much is because the marinade can be used for all types of chicken. You can marinate chicken breast and make chicken kabobs, or marinate chicken wings for roasting in the oven, or my favorite: marinade bone-in chicken breast, legs, and wings and cook it on the grill!

juicy flavorful greek style lemon yogurt chicken

It’s something about the fire, the heat, the charred skin, the flavors, that make grilling this Lemon Yogurt Chicken the best!

This Greek-Style Lemon Chicken is definitely a winner and is perfect for summer nights and cookouts!

What you will need to make this Grilled Greek-Style Lemon Chicken?

The marinade is the most important part. Next to that is time. The longer you marinate this chicken the more robust the flavors become! There are quite a few ingredients in the marinade but each is crucial as they either help penetrate and tenderize the meat or give it deep, satisfying flavor.

chicken marinade ingredients

Marinade Ingredients:

  • Chicken breast (bone-in or boneless): You can also use chicken wings or legs. This recipe works for any part of the chicken.  
  • Lemon Yogurt: My favorite to use is Noosa Lemon Yogurt. You can also keep this dairy-free by using dairy-free yogurt, like this one, and adding 2 lemons to the yogurt. 
  • Olive oil 
  • Lemons, juiced 
  • Turmeric Powder
  • Cumin Powder
  • Smoked paprika
  • Cayenne pepper 
  • Crushed red pepper flakes
  • Sea salt 
  • Pepper 
  • Honey: This is one of my favorite honey brands
  • Soy sauce: I use Coconut Aminos for a healthy, gluten-free soy sauce option 
  • Fresh Basil: If you don’t have basil on hand, fresh parsley works great as well!

A few tips for making this grilled Greek-style lemon chicken a success!

  • If you are using this recipe to make chicken wings, this marinade is great for up to 2.5 pounds of party chicken wings.
  • For the best results, marinate the chicken overnight. If you are limited on time, marinate for at least 2 hours before cooking. 
  • When you are ready to cook the chicken, let it sit at room temperature for at least 30 minutes before cooking to ensure even cooking and the best results!
  • While cooking, make sure to use any leftover marinade to baste the chicken while it is grilling. 
basting chicken for grilling chicken

If you want to make kabobs with this Greek-Style Lemon Yogurt Chicken Recipe, here’s what to do:

Slice the chicken breast into cubes and marinate the chicken cubes

For the kabobs, you’ll need:

  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 yellow pepper 
  • 1/2 cup onion 
  • 1 cup cubes mango or pineapple 

The fruit pairs SOOO WELL with the marinated chicken and gives you a sweet explosive flavor in every bite!

What to eat with this Greek-Style Lemon Yogurt Chicken

I hope you enjoy the recipe! I promise you’ll fall in love with the incredible flavor of this Grilled Greek-Style Lemon Yogurt Chicken! If you make this recipe, don’t forget to rate the recipe and let me know what you think in the comments below! I love hearing from you! 

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5 from 9 votes

Grilled Greek-Style Lemon Yogurt Chicken

This Greek-Style Lemon Yogurt Chicken is an explosion of flavor! This chicken recipe gives you tangy, smokey, spicy, juicy, perfectly charred grilled chicken that'll have you licking your fingers and craving more! Perfect for cookouts and summer parties!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Marinate for at least 2 hrs2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 45 mins
Course: Dinner, Main Course, Sauce or Marinade
Cuisine: American, Gluten-Free, Healthy Options, Mediterranean
Keyword: chicken, chicken wings, easy grilled chicken, grilled, grilled chicken, lemon, marinade, yogurt
Servings: 6
Calories: 376kcal

Ingredients

Marinade Ingredients

  • 2-2.5 lbs Chicken (thighs, wings, breast-bone in or out)
  • 1 cup Lemon Yogurt (like Noosa Lemon Yogurt) see notes for dairy-free yogurt option
  • 4 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 2 Lemons, juiced
  • 2 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 3 tsp Cumin
  • 1 tsp Smoked Paprika
  • 1 tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 tsp Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1/2 tsp Sea Salt
  • 1 tsp Pepper
  • 1 tbsp Honey
  • 2 tbsp Coconut Amino (or Soy Sauce)

If you're making kabobs

  • 2-3 Boneless chicken breast
  • Marinade ingredients above
  • 1 Red Pepper, cut into cubes
  • 1 Yellow Pepper, cut into cubes
  • 1/2 Red Onion, cut into cubes
  • 1 cup Mango or Pineapple cubes

Instructions

  • Mix all marinade ingredients and the chicken in a large mixing bowl. Cover and place in fridge overnight (Or at least 2 hours prior to cooking) 
  • When you are ready to cook the chicken, remove it from the fridge. Preheat the grill to medium-high heat for at least 10 minutes and lightly oil the grate.
  • Transfer the chicken to the grill, skin side down to start. Grill the chicken for 30-35 minutes, turning occasionally (about 2-3 times) and making sure to baste the chicken at each turn with any remaining sauce. 
  • The chicken is fully cooked when the chicken is golden brown, the meat is no longer pink, and the juices run clear. Use a thermometer to make sure the chicken is fully cooked. The thermometer should be inserted into the thickest part of the chicken and read 165°F (74 degrees C). 

To Make Chicken Kabobs

  • Follow steps 1 and 2 above. If you are using wooden skewers, soak the Skewers in water overnight, or at least 30 mins before cooking. 
  • Place the marinated chicken cubes and  skewer ingredients onto the Skewers in whatever order you prefer. 
  • If you are grilling the Skewers, place Skewers directly on the hot grill for 15-20 minutes, rotating them occasionally so they cook evenly on each side. 
  • If you are baking in the oven. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Place the Skewers on a cooking sheet. And cook for 25 minutes, rotating them halfway through for even cooking.
  • Enjoy! 

Notes

Yogurt Options: My favorite to use is Noosa Lemon Yogurt. You can also keep this dairy-free by using dairy-free yogurt, like this one, and adding 2 lemons to the yogurt.
A few tips: 
  • If you are using this recipe to make chicken wings, this marinade is great for up to 2.5 pounds of party chicken wings.
  • For the best results, marinate the chicken overnight. If you are limited on time, marinate for at least 2 hours before cooking. 
  • When you are ready to cook the chicken, let it sit at room temperature for at least 30 minutes before cooking to ensure even cooking and the best results!

Tools to make grilling easier and more fun!

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Reusable Kabob Skewers
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The Best Grill Kit
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Grill Apron

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13 comments

Renia July 22, 2020 - 5:09 pm

5 stars
This dish was tangy, spicy and juicy just as you promised. Definitely adding it into rotation.

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Chenée July 23, 2020 - 5:15 pm

5 stars
I don’t have a grill at home so I used your marinade for baked chicken thighs, and it was AMAZING. So flavorful.

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Desirée July 24, 2020 - 10:06 pm

5 stars
I made this for my husband and he absolutely loved it! Eating the leftovers for round 2 right now! LOL

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Katrina Adams July 26, 2020 - 11:49 pm

5 stars
This chicken was delicious and I love the blend of all the spices!!

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Capri Lilly July 28, 2020 - 12:40 am

Hi Katrina! I am glad you liked it!

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Marta July 27, 2020 - 2:13 am

5 stars
My family has officially demanded this souvlaki chicken to be added to our monthly meal plans! The lemon-yogurt marinade reminded us of the souvlaki chicken skewers we loved while vacationing in Greece!

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Capri Lilly July 28, 2020 - 12:40 am

Oh my gosh! That sounds like such a dream! I am happy this recipe could bring back good memories! I’d love to know what you think if you make it! 🙂

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Jazz July 28, 2020 - 5:45 pm

5 stars
This chicken has upgraded my whole summer! So delicious and the instructions are perfect. Thank you!

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Capri Lilly July 28, 2020 - 10:32 pm

Hi Jazz! Yes! I am glad you like!

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Tamara July 28, 2020 - 7:25 pm

5 stars
Whew!! When I tell you this chicken was absolutely AMAZING- I can’t reiterate it enough! My kids are already asking me when we’re going to eat it again!

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Capri Lilly July 28, 2020 - 10:32 pm

Hi Tamara! That makes me happy! I am so glad you and your family loved the recipe!

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Krysten July 29, 2020 - 12:07 am

5 stars
This recipe is my absolute favorite! I love making a big batch for meal prep. The yogurt and lemon together are perfection. I am sharing this with everyone!

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Mila July 31, 2020 - 7:54 pm

5 stars
I loved the flavors of this, and the grill brought it up to 11. Great recipe for the fam!

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