May 2, 2012

Skinny Greek Yogurt Chicken

Lately, I've tried to be a much better Pinterest user.
Instead of just pinning every pretty thing I came across, I decided to start using what I've already pinned. For weeks now I have seen this recipe for "Melt in your mouth chicken", so when date night rolled around a few weeks ago I knew exactly what we needed to try!

I decided to sub the mayo for greek yogurt for a low-cal, healthier spin. This recipe was so extremely easy, convenient, and absolutely delicious. The greek yogurt locks in the moisture, and the spices just kick it up to a whole different level.

We were both huge fans... in fact I've made it two more times since then because it was so yummy! Paired with crunchy baked okra and roasted garlic brussel sprouts... oh yum!

Super low in calories and high in protein, both your waistline and your hunky meat-and-potatoes kind of man will thank you!


{ Skinny Greek Yogurt Chicken }





Ingredients:

4 boneless/skinless chicken breasts
1 cup plain greek yogurt (Chobani 0%)
1/2 cup parmesan cheese - grated
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper




Directions:


1) Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

2) Combine greek yogurt, parmesan cheese, garlic powder, seasoned salt, and pepper in a bowl.

3) Line baking sheet with foil and spray lightly with cooking spray.

4) Coat each chicken breast in greek yogurt mixture and place on foiled baking sheet.

5) Bake for 45 minutes.


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Yes, I told you, the world's easiest meal, and clean-up is even easier!

For all of us working women, this would be extremely easy to prep the night before. Then all you have to do at the end of a long day is preheat the oven and throw the chicken in! Voila - a healthy meal in less than an hour!
I promise you will love it. In fact, this leftover hater looked forward to lunch the next day - shocking!


Bon Appetit!




72 comments:

  1. I've seen this on Pinterest but never thought about subbing greek yogurt for mayo. So, now, this will be part of my weekend plans. ;)

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  2. oh this looks divine! great idea to substitute the yogurt! and which recipe do you use for your sprouts? i'm trying to find one i like...i made them in the crock-pot on monday with dijon mustard and butter...an odd combo, but they were actually great. roasted garlic ones sound even better!

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  3. Mmm, this looks like a delish meal that myself and my boyfriend would both enjoy! I love that you subbed in the greek yogurt for a healthier spin and that it tasted good! I will definitely be trying this! :)
    Jenn @ Going the Distance

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  4. I made it about a month ago & it's a huge hit in our house!!! love it b/c it's wonderful & super easy!!

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  5. I made this a few weeks back!!!! We liked it too!!

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  6. I have that pinned and really want to try it. Looks amazing, glad you enjoyed it!

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  7. YUM!!! Making this either tonight or tomorrow night...looks SO good. I'm super impressed, little Miss Domestic :)

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  8. This looks SO yummy!! Can't wait to try it!

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  9. AnonymousMay 21, 2012

    Was it nicely browned and crispy looking like the picture?

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  10. AnonymousMay 21, 2012

    I just made this and it tasted great, but it did not brown up AT ALL. I baked at 375 for 45 min. What did I do wrong??. I also recommend spraying the foil. It stuck horribly.

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    1. I had the same problem. :(

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    2. Me too! I made it last night and was hoping for crispy yumminess. It tasted fine, but it wasn't brown at all. I even broiled it for about 5 mins too.

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  11. AnonymousMay 22, 2012

    I just made this with the Kraft Fresh Takes Italian Parmesan - so it already had seasonings along w/ bread crumbs to make it a little crunchier (and it browned up nice in the oven at 375). I was surprised that the Greek Yogurt still gave it some tanginess like I would think mayo would! Next time I might try this recipe since then I can control the amount of cheese & buy reduced fat cheese.

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  12. Annonymous - Yes, it should bake into a nice crisp coating in the oven. It won't be super flaky, but it's enough to add deliciou texture!

    If you have problems, spritz the chicken with some olive oil cooking spray to make it brown and crunch better! :)

    And yes, spraying the foil is a must!

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  13. While this was really really tasty, mine didn't brown or crisp up at all. Does full fat vs. non fat yogurt make the difference?

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  14. AnonymousMay 30, 2012

    I'm making this right now and I used the non fat greek also....Its not crisping at all.

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  15. AnonymousJune 03, 2012

    When it says grated Parmesan cheese, does that mean the real stuff or the canned stuff you put on spaghetti?

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  16. *** PLEASE NOTE ***

    This chicken isn't going to get crispy like fried chicken! I've had lots of e-mails about it, and it is just supposed to get golden in color.

    If you would like an extra crunch, consider spraying it with olive oil sppray and placing it under the broiler for 1-2 minutes.

    Thanks everyone!! :)

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  17. And yes, grated, fresh parmesan cheese. Fresh and less processed is always best!

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  18. Looks amazing! Can't wait to try it. And I'm totally trying to be a more productive Pinterest user too!

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  19. I made this and my whole family loved it! Super simple and healthy, what's not to love? I used grated Parmesan (the kind you sprinkle on pasta) and it came out nice and lightly browned, with a nice layer of crispy goodness on top. Make this! It's a keeper!

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  20. AnonymousJuly 16, 2012

    I'm making this right now -- it's in the oven and looks great. It was super simple to prepare. I'll let you know how we liked it!!

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  21. This was delicious and so moist! Will definitely be making again and again.

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  22. Try the broiler setting on low for the last 5 minutes or so and you will get a nice browned cripy topping

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  23. Hi there, I need help with the yogurt part. When I covered the chicken with it, it just kind of slid off as it baked. Thus, leaving the chicken looking sad and kind of naked. :) Any tips? Thanks, Karma

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  24. We just finished this for dinner and it was one of our most favorite things we've had in a while! Just wanted to let you know! As for the Karma's question, I finally just dredged the chicken in the yogurt mixture and then put in a casserole dish and topped the extra mixture on top of the chicken…so yummy! I can't wait to make it again!

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  25. This recipe sounds amazing! I'm going to try it tonight! Do you have a recipe for the crunchy baked okra, too?? =)

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  26. I really like how you found a way to put the greek god yogurt into this dry meal. I loved it, my girlfriend also liked it. Thanks! She did this in our anniversary.

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  27. I'm making this for dinner tonight. I've mixed the topping together already to allow the flavours to mingle - oh my goodness, it is delicious! I actually just want to eat it on crackers right now as a dip! Hopefully it will be just as good on the chicken tonight :)

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  28. OK, so we just had dinner and it was amazing! The littlest fella didn't like it, but my fussy 6 year old yummed it up :) Will be adding it to the dinner rotation for sure :)

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  29. Delish! Made this for dinner last night. Hubby LOVED it! For anyone who has wondered if you can use regular yogurt as a sub for Greek, you totally can. That's all I had in the fridge and it worked great. Will definitely be making this again.

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  30. I have always made this with mayo & everyone in our house loves it. However, trying to eat healthier so I will try the greek yogurt. One thing I do as well is after coating in mayo or yogurt I cover in Italian bread crumbs & it is so yummy! Great over a big salad or with any flavor noodles!

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  31. I made this the other night! So delicious! I did bring down the temp to 350, and turned the broiler on for the last couple of minutes. Wasn't too thrilled with the left overs, but the night of was definitely yummy!

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  32. I add a little dill to the yogurt and after dipping the chicken in the yogurt mixture, I dip the chicken in plain panko mixed with lemon. Spray before putting in oven. Squeeze lemon juice when done.

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  33. I added a little bit of Panko Bread Crumbs. This is absolutely DELISH!!

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  34. Just made this tonight and it was delicious! I'm always a little nervous when it comes to cooking chicken, so I liked that I could just throw this in the over. Also, I can't believe how good the Greek yogurt tasted with all the spices. Thanks for sharing such a great recipe! Now, I have dinner for the whole week. :)

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  35. I made this tonight. Like one of the other posters, I discovered that the yogurt mixture was very runny and slid off of the chicken. However, despite this, the chicken had a very nice flavor and texture. I'd definitely make it again, but I'm not sure what to do about the runny coating.

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  36. I made it last night and it was a perfect tastel. I've got only the same problem like buntington. The Mixture was very runny, too.

    But, hey, so what! It was realy tasty!

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  37. Hey Meg,
    I've made a post with your recipe on my german DIY-blog. I linked it to yours.
    I hope this is ok?

    Have a great day,

    Kerstin

    http://strangebellyart.blogspot.de/2012/10/kochen-hunchenbrust-mit-griechischer.html

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  38. hi meg, thanks for the recipe. We are not familiar with Greek yogurt but know it is a really healthy options. Never knows how to use it...really grateful for the tips and assurance from the rest of you here. I am gonna try it this week:-)

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  39. Great recipe! Easy to make, easy clean-up and very tasty. Loved everything about it. Sprayed cooking spray to give it brown color.

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  40. The second time i cooked this I screwed up and didn't read the part about putting it on foil and put or on a clear Pyrex pan. Be warned it doesn't brown doing this. :) I switched half way through and still had to use the broiler, and it was still delicious.

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  41. Always looking for healthy protein packed recipes. I cut my chicken breasts into strips and as suggested broiled for just a few minutes, turned out perfectly delicious! This is definitely a keeper. Thanks for posting!

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  42. I also saw this on Pinterest - it looked sooooo delicious but I wasn't happy with all that mayo. I was thinking of using full fat greek yoghurt as a substitute and wondered what it would turn out like. So thanks for letting us know it works well. I was thinking of adding some breadcrumbs too - for a bit of extra crunch. Thanks for sharing.

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  43. New follower from the blog hop! Looks delicious! Thanks for sharing :)

    Jamie & Kristen
    IDontGototheGym.com

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  44. Really yummy, but I didn't get the brown crisp like you did.... so not pretty, but yummy!

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  45. Is this freezable? If so,at what point do you freeze it?

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  46. I am trying this tonight! Cant wait till it is done!!

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  47. Can you use a different type of cheese as well?

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  48. I just wanna thank you for sharing your information and your site or blog this is simple but nice article I’ve ever seen i like it i learn something today.


    spin coating

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  49. Love this. I add bread crumbs on top!

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  50. It's in the oven right now and looks like a terrible mess. The "coating" is melting and sliding off, there is moisture pooling around the chicken, and the chicken looks blah. Certainly hope the last 15 minutes of cooking transform it!

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  51. Well, I didn't read the "skinless" part, which of course was healthier, but am doing wings instead of breasts, so we'll see what happens!

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  52. When I made this, the chicken stayed white in color. I made it stay in longer and raised my oven rack and it just made it tougher. I must try this again with the spray of olive oil as meg suggested.

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  53. OMG. Stumbled upon this and made it for dinner tonight.

    SO. FREAKING. GOOD.

    I used non-fat greek yogurt and loved the tang it gave combined with the savoriness of the parmesan cheese. So good. I'm gonna make this for my bf soon! Thanks for sharing!!

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  54. The way to combat the problems with the crispyness is to use less yogurt and a little more cheese. I used an almost 6 oz container of yogurt and it didn't melt off like it has in the past.

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  55. I made this tonight in a casserole dish b/c I didn't want to waste foil. It came out in a pool of liquid from the sauce, but I figured that might happen and knew my husband likes very moist meat compared to baked crisp anyhow; and it was INCREDIBLY delicious!! My husband was very happy and we'll be keeping this recipe for lots of use! :) Very simple, easy, and delicious!!! Thanks so much for sharing!!!

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  56. This is terrible. Absolutely disgusting. I'm baffled by the taste buds of you people

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  57. A healthy favorite food, and a must try simple healthy dinner recipes. I think I'll make it tomorrow for my family, a very easy recipe. Thanks for sharing !

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  58. I'll be watching for the recipe. I can't wait to try it for my friend. Thanks for all you do.

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  59. That looks so good. I wish I could reach into my computer screen and eat it! Thanks for sharing such great recipes here!

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  60. I really wanna try this tomorrow :) thanks for the idea Thanks for sharing it here

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  61. Stupid question.... but do you glaze both sides?

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  62. I made this recipe today. It was super simple and turned out absolutely AMAZING! I will definitely be making this again.

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  63. Peter ParkerDecember 04, 2014

    I just made this for dinner and it was delicious - juicy, ternder. But I have my doubts about the picture - I cooked mine exactly as directed and it came out creamy white - no crust like in the picture. I ended up putting it under the broiler for a few minutes and it got a bit brown, but nothing like the picture. Suggestions?? Anyone try bread crumbs or panko?

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  64. Hello Peter - thanks for trying out my recipe!
    Depending on how much greek yogurt you use will determine how easily it is able to brown. I would recommend a thin layer of the seasoned greek yogurt mixture and some time under the broiler. Otherwise you could try spraying the tops with olive oil before broiling. I have also dunked the coated chicken in panko and spritzed with olive oil for a healthier baked fried chicken type feel! Try it out! :)

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