Yogurt marinated chicken thighs

Cindy d'Aquin-Pike


Hubby was craving some meat, so I had to become a bit creative for this dish. It was suprisingly easy to make, he said that it was very moist and tender. The only yogurt that I had on hand was Greek yogurt that had bananas and pears. I imagine that any flavor other than the berried ones would work equally as well.


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3 Hr
50 Min


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  • 10
    skinned and rinsed chicken thighs(i used small ones)
  • 6 * oz
    greek pear yogurt
  • 6 * oz
    greek banana yogurt
  • 1/2
    bunch of fresh parsley leaves, coarsely chopped
  • 1
    large onion, sliced
  • 6-8 clove
    chopped garlic
  • 1 1/2
    roasted red peppers
  • 1
    bay leaf
  • 5 oz
    uncooked rice
  • 3 Tbsp
    olive oil
  • dashes
    red pepper flakes, to taste
  • ·
    water just enough to thin out the yogurt
  • dashes
    zataran's seasoning salt (or one without msg)
  • 2 tsp
    garlic powder (or to taste)

How to Make Yogurt marinated chicken thighs


  1. In a large glass bowl, mix the yogurt, water,garlic,seasoning salt,until smooth. Put the chicken in the mix,and cover the bowl. Marinate at least three hours or overnight, turning a couple of times.
  2. Saute the onions and garlic in the olive oil in an oven proof deep skillet. I use my cast iron skillet, but any skillet would work. Remove from the skillet when limp and clear.(Don't let them brown.)Set aside. In the same skillet, braise the chicken. Don't rinse the yogurt from the chicken before this step. The water will be pulled out from the yogurt during the cooking process. When all of the chicken pieces are braised, but not brown, remove from the skillet. Put the remaining yogurt marinade, onions, garlic, bay leaf,red pepper flakes in the skillet and blend well. Add the rice and stir to loosen any lumps in the rice that will form when the dry rice hits the wet mixture. Place the chicken on top of the rice mix, topping it with the red pepper strips and the parsley leaves. Cover tightly with tin foil.Bake at 350 for about 20-25 minutes. The chicken will have been mostly cooked during the braising process. The chicken and rice will be fully cooked, (the chicken will have been mostly cooked while braising).

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About Yogurt marinated chicken thighs

Course/Dish: Chicken
Main Ingredient: Chicken
Regional Style: American
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, Healthy

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