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Crispy Yogurt Chicken

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It’s not fried chicken, but it’s a really nice, light substitute. Instead of the buttermilk, egg, and flour mixture I use to coat my fried chicken, this chicken’s breading is nothing more than yogurt and very light breadcrumbs. It just feels good goin’ down! Serve it with a big, green salad with Homemade Ranch Dressing, and your family will give you a pedicure right after dinner. I promise.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Plain, Unflavored Yogurt
  • 2 cloves (to 3 Cloves) Garlic
  • Parsley, To Taste
  • 1 whole (juice Of) Lemon
  • Chicken Legs (or Thighs, Etc.)
  • Salt To Taste
  • 2 cups Panko Bread Crumbs
  • Butter (1 Pat For Each Piece Of Chicken)

Preparation

Pour yogurt into a mixing bowl. Peel and mince garlic; add garlic to the yogurt. Chop up a small amount of fresh parsley and add it to the yogurt. Add lemon juice. Mix together to combine.

Rinse chicken and pat it dry. Sprinkle with (kosher) salt.

In another bowl, place the bread crumbs. Sprinkle with salt and stir lightly.

Butter a baking dish. With a pair of tongs, place the chicken, one piece at a time into the yogurt mixture. Turn it over thoroughly to coat. Then roll the chicken in the Panko bread crumbs. Cover each piece thoroughly with bread crumbs and place in the baking dish.

Place a slice of butter over the large part of each chicken piece. Cover with foil and bake in a 350º oven for 1 to 1 ¼ hours, removing the foil for the last 15 minutes of cooking. When the chicken is nice and golden, remove from the oven and enjoy!

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mindada on 3.27.2010

I used chicken tenders, mine didn’t brown up real great, so I put them under the broiler for just a couple minutes for color.

I liked the yogurt , it gave it a different tang, but it wasn’t my favorite baked chicken recipe.

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nattyann28 on 3.25.2010

I made these last night, and just like some other reviews on here, mine turned out really soggy. Maybe I should cook them longer next time….the flavor was good, but I thought could have been better. I will probably add more seasonings next time, and maybe try using flavored bread crumbs. But will try again for sure!

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Erin on 3.18.2010

The flavor was very good but mine turned out a bit soggy too! I think I’ll let them brown up more next time

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Lauren on 2.18.2010

Flavor was good, and the chicken meat was very moist. Per usual, I had trouble keeping the breading on the drumstick! Also I had some wierd dark spots appear in the coating after baking??? It might have been from freezer burn on my chicken legs but I thought I would mention it.

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pdxmichelle on 11.8.2009

For some reason these did not turn out well for me. They were a bit soggy on the bottom.

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peachgirl on 2.23.2012

I stepped out of my comfort zone to try this recipe to use up some yogurt I had and to change up the chicken flavor routine. Wow I must say I was surprised that the whole family loved it and it was so easy! As always Ree, your measurements and cooking time was right on the mark. Thanks so much for this recipe!

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elenagraziela on 10.3.2011

Wonderful recipe — I love the flavor! I did have to bake my chicken for closer to 1-1/2 hours, but it came out perfectly — I did remove the foil cover for the last 30 minutes to get a bit more color on the crust. Moist and juicy, with a subtly crunchy crust on top. I’ll definitely make it again!

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wendiwendy on 11.23.2010

This is the only way I make chicken on the bone now — it is a staple in our house! We usually cook for 1-1/2 hours and the last half hour we leave the foil off to get it nice and crispy. The flavor is amazing! I gave the recipe to my sister-in-law and she says she has to make it every week…her husband is always asking for it! :)

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Exarzun on 6.23.2010

I was really excited to try this dish and, in its defense, out of the the six or so people I cooked it for, I was the only person less then thrilled by it. The flavor was great, but it came out completely soggy and dripping, rather then the creamy tender with slight crunch that I was looking for. Perhaps more time directly under the oven, or less yogurt? I’m not sure what it would take…

Of course, every time I tried to think of how to get more crunch out of it, my girl started yelling at me that I was being stupid, so it was hard to focus.

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carolinakate02 on 6.13.2010

These taste amazing. They were a little soggy on the bottom but it was kind of nice- almost saucy.

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