The most tender, flavorful, delicious chicken? This Yogurt Chicken is in the running! The easy chicken recipe is delicious on its own, shredded for kids, or added to pasta, rice, or another favorite meal. Plus, it stores well and can be served cold or warm.

yogurt chicken pieces on grey plate and also shredded

Yogurt Chicken

We love Baked Chicken Tenders and Chicken Nuggets, and I wanted to try to have another easy option in the rotation that wasn’t breaded. This version, which uses yogurt and pantry spices to make a quick marinade, is incredibly tender and perfect for shredding. That makes it a great chicken recipe for babies, toddlers, and really anyone who’s interested!

I usually make this recipe in the air fryer, but you can also bake it. It’s very flexible and quick to prepare.

Ingredients You Need

To make this chicken recipe, you’ll need the following ingredients:

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  • Chicken tenders: I love using chicken tenders here since they are thin and cook so fast, but you can also cut chicken breast into strips or use boneless chicken thighs.
  • Yogurt: Greek or regular plain whole-milk yogurt helps make the chicken super moist.
  • Spices: I use a mix of garlic powder, cumin, oregano, and salt to flavor the chicken.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Below is an overview of how to make this recipe. Scroll to the end of the post for the full information and recipe.

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  1. Add all of the ingredients to a wide pie plate or bowl.
  2. Stir to coat well. Cover and marinate.
  3. Preheat the air fryer or oven and add the chicken.
  4. Cook until just cooked through. Serve warm, room temperature, or chilled.

TIP: I usually don’t turn this over since it cooks so fast, but you can if you’d like to.

yogurt chicken after cooking in air fryer pan

Frequently Asked Questions

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What goes well with Yogurt Chicken?

We love to pair this recipe with one or two of the following:

How to Store

Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. Serve warm, room temperature, or chilled.

Best Tips for Success

  • Shred, slice, or dice for easy eating as needed.
  • Use plain whole-milk Greek or regular yogurt.
  • To make these with whole chicken breast, slice it into 1-inch strips and proceed with the recipe.
  • To make with chicken thighs, follow the recipe as written and increase the cooking time by 2-4 minutes, or cook until the chicken registers 160 degrees F with an instant-read meat thermometer.

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yogurt chicken pieces on grey plate and also shredded

Yogurt Chicken (Baked or Air Fried)

The most tender, flavorful, delicious chicken? This Yogurt Chicken is in the running! The easy chicken recipe is delicious on its own, shredded for kids, or added to pasta, rice, or another favorite meal. Plus, it stores well and can be served cold or warm.
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Prep Time 35 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 43 minutes
Cuisine American
Course Dinner
Calories 140kcal
Servings 4 -6

Ingredients

  • 1 pound chicken tenders
  • ¼ cup plain regular or Greek yogurt (I use whole-milk yogurt)
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon oregano
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon salt

Instructions

  • Add the chicken, yogurt, and spices to a wide bowl. Mix with a fork to coat the chicken. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes and up to 8 hours.
  • To air-fry: Heat the air fryer to 400 degrees F. Coat the tray with nonstick spray. When heated, add the chicken and cook for 8 minutes.
  • To bake in the oven: Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Line a baking sheet or pie plate with either nonstick spray or parchment paper. Place chicken onto the prepared pan and bake for 12-14 minutes or until cooked through.

Notes

  • Serve warm, room temperature, or chilled. Shred, slice, or dice for easy eating as needed.
  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.
  • Use plain whole-milk Greek or regular yogurt.
  • To make these with whole chicken breast, slice it into 1-inch strips and proceed with the recipe.
  • To make with chicken thighs, follow the recipe as written and increase the cooking time by 2-4 minutes, or cook until the chicken registers 160 degrees F with an instant read meat thermometer.

Nutrition

Calories: 140kcal, Carbohydrates: 1g, Protein: 25g, Fat: 3g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.5g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Trans Fat: 0.01g, Cholesterol: 73mg, Sodium: 427mg, Potassium: 449mg, Fiber: 0.2g, Sugar: 0.4g, Vitamin A: 42IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 26mg, Iron: 1mg
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