The Perfect (and perfectly simple) All Purpose Marinade for Chicken

Here is my go-to, all-purpose marinade for boneless, skin-less chicken breasts.  Just a quick whisk of a few pantry staples, a few hours to marinate, a quick turn on the grill or under the broiler, and you will have tender, perfectly seasoned chicken ready to serve or to add to pasta, sandwiches or salads.  I like to mince it up finely for chicken salad sandwiches, cut bigger pieces for a stand alone chicken salad, or slice into thin strips for pasta dishes or an easy kid and adult friendly dinner. Feel free to switch out the dried spices to fit your mood and/or the needs of your final dish.


1/2 cup plain yogurt

1/4 cup olive oil

1 tablespoon minced fresh garlic

2 teaspoons dried thyme

2 teaspoons dried oregano

1/4 teaspoon crushed red chile flakes

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon black pepper


Whisk all ingredients together in a small bowl.  Marinate chicken at least 3 hours…and up to overnight.  Makes enough to marinate 4 large or 6 small chicken breasts.





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    My Little Italian Kitchen
    October 12, 2012 at 5:47 am

    I like your marinade and I like the idea of using yogurt. This is something I have never used before in marinades and it is the perfect ingredient to make the marinade a little creamier. I should try next time. Great tip!

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