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Yoghurt Marinated Grilled Chicken with Tzatziki

A lot of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisines marinate their meat (especially chicken and lamb) in yogurt and it transforms it into juicy and tender goodness.


60 min Cooking Time | Serves 4

For the chicken:

  • 1 cup unsweetened greek yogurt 

  • 1 tsp paprika

  • 1 tsp ground cumin  

  • 3 springs parsley, finely chopped

  • 500g boneless, skinless chicken thighs or chicken breast, cut into 1" cubes

  • Salt and pepper to taste 

  • 4 to 6 wooden skewers, soaked in water for at least 20 minutes

For the Tzaziki:

  • 1 cup unsweetened greek yogurt

  • 1 small cucumber, grated with excess water squeezed out

  • 2 sprigs fresh mint, finely sliced

  • Juice of one lemon


  1. In a large bowl combine 1 cup of yogurt, paprika, cumin, parsley and a large pinch of salt and pepper. Add chicken, stir well to combine then cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate chicken and marinate for at least half and hour to a day. 

  2. While the chicken is marinating make the tzatziki by combining the remaining yogurt, grated cucumber, lemon juice, mint and a large pinch of salt and pepper. 

  3. Pre-heat a stove top grill pan or regular grill to medium high. If using a grill pan, lightly brush it with vegetable oil then heat it over medium high heat until just barely smoking. 

  4. Thread the marinated chicken on the wooden skewers. Grill chicken for 8 minutes if using breast meat and 10 minutes if using chicken thighs.  Let chicken rest for 5 minutes. Serve chicken warm with a dollop of tzatziki.

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