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Grilled Lemon Yogurt Chicken

Grilled Lemon Yogurt Chicken

April 1, 2020

There is something special about what yogurt does to chicken in its smoky, sizzling time over charcoal. It imparts a tangy flavor that lifts all the other flavorings. It tenderizes slightly, without turning the meat into mush. It grills to a caramelized dark brown without tasting burnt.

Grilled Lemon Yogurt Chicken


1Whisk together the 1/2 cup yogurt, the juice from 1/2 lemon, lemon zest, olive oil, garlic, paprika, herbes de Provence, 1 teaspoon salt, and black pepper in a bowl. Pour into a resealable plastic bag. Add chicken, coat with the marinade, squeeze out excess air, and seal the bag. Marinate in refrigerator for at least 3 hours.

2Preheat an outdoor grill for medium-high heat, and lightly oil the grate.

3Combine 1/2 cup yogurt, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, and harissa in a small bowl. Set aside.

4Remove chicken from bag and transfer to a plate or baking sheet lined with paper towels. Pat chicken pieces dry with more paper towels. Season with pinch of salt.

5Grill chicken, skin-side down, on the preheated grill for 2 minutes. Turn each piece and move to indirect heat.

6Grill, turning often, with lid down until well-browned and meat is no longer pink in the center, 30 to 35 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh, near the bone should read 165 degrees F (74 degrees C).

7Serve chicken with the yogurt harissa mixture on the side.

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½ cup plain low-fat Greek yogurt

½ lemon, juiced

1 tablespoon lemon zest

1 tablespoon olive oil

4 cloves garlic, crushed

1 tablespoon paprika

1 teaspoon herbes de Provence

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon ground black pepper

1 (5 pound) whole chicken, cut into 8 pieces

½ cup plain low-fat Greek yogurt

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 teaspoon harissa

1 pinch salt


Nutrition Facts

Serving Size6
Calories523 calories
Sodium590 mg
Protein55.2 g
Cholesterol169 mg
Total Fat523 calories
Total Carbohydrates5.8 g