Yogurt Marinated Grilled Chicken Skewers


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Okay. So we’ve talked about the importance of Tzatziki. Now let’s tackle the most amazing chicken skewers EVER, that get slathered with Tzatziki like whoa. Ready? Yogurt Marinated Grilled Chicken Skewers are happening.

Yogurt Marinated Grilled Chicken Skewers from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)

These Yogurt Marinated Grilled Chicken Skewers are insane. Literally, they shouldn’t be legal. We shot these down in the studio a few weeks back and the entire team gobbled them up in seconds. The chicken is moist and grilled to utter perfection.

Now I know we’ve all heard of marinating chicken in yogurt… but these go so far beyond that!! The marinade for Yogurt Marinated Grilled Chicken Skewers is packed with crushed red pepper flakes, sweet paprika, red wine vinegar, tomato paste, garlic and lemon juice. It’s perfection. They are slightly spicy but just a hint! Promise me you’ll make these. Because if you do, I can guarantee you that you’ll want to use this recipe for the rest of your life. AND THEN you can dip the chicken into the homemade Tzatziki we talked about the other day. Game OVER. Send me an invite – I can’t get enough!

Yogurt Marinated Grilled Chicken Skewers

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Gaby Dalkin
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For the chicken:

  • 2 teaspoons crushed red pepper
  • 2 teaspoons sweet paprika
  • 1 cup plain whole-milk Greek yogurt
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 teaspoons coarse kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 garlic cloves roughly chopped
  • 1 lemon juiced
  • 1 lemon cut into wedges/sliced for serving
  • 2 1/4 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs and/or breasts, cut into 1 1/4-inch cubes
  • 1 recipe Homemade Tzatziki Sauce


  • Combine the crushed red pepper and paprika in large bowl and stir in 2 tablespoons of hot water and let stand for 5 minutes. Add the yogurt, olive oil, red wine vinegar, tomato paste, 2 teaspoons salt, and 1 teaspoon black pepper to spice mixture in bowl; whisk to combine. Stir in garlic and lemon juice, then chicken. Cover and chill at least 1 hour.
  • Prepare grill over medium-high heat. Thread chicken pieces on skewers, dividing equally. Discard marinade in bowl. Sprinkle each skewer with salt and pepper.
  • Grill chicken until golden brown and cooked through, turning skewers occasionally, 10 to 12 minutes total. Transfer skewers to platter.
  • Serve with tzatziki and extra lemon wedges
Yogurt Marinated Grilled Chicken Skewers: Chef Vision

Photo Credit: Matt Armendariz / Food Styling Credit: Adam Pearson / Recipe: What’s Gaby Cooking

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    • Tom @ Raise Your Garden

      I agree I’ve run our of summer ideas and this is the perfect summer dish.

  1. molly yeh

    i am game for any food on a stick! especially if there’s tzatziki involved…

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  3. Aimee @ Simple Bites

    I like what I see happening here. Talk about a perfect summer meal.

  4. Liz @ The Lemon Bowl

    You had me at tzatziki!! Loving this gorgeous lemon-filled photo!

  5. Julie @ Table for Two

    This is the perfect dinner!! I want this tonight!

  6. Megan {Country Cleaver}

    I saw these and nearly fainted – My goodness these look divine!!

  7. Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch

    These look so delish and fun for a party or family gathering! So yummy with that AMAZING sauce!

  8. Phi @ The Sweetphi Blog

    Tzatziki is one of my ALL TIME favorite things, EVER! And these yogurt marinated grilled chicken skewers sound so fantastic, definitely pinned and am going to make it asap!

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  10. Katie | Healthy Seasonal Recipes

    Gaby, I love this recipe, and the way you photographed them. I don’t blame the team for devouring these skewers! Yummy!

  11. andree-anne @ singly scrumptious

    I absolutely love your props!! any chance you remember were they are from?

  12. Anna | One Prickly Pear

    These look amazing! Your description of this with that homemade Tzatziki sauce is seriously making my mouth water. Pinned 🙂

  13. Erica @ The Crumby Cupcake

    The look amazing! Even the hubby had good comments, so I’m pretty sure they’ll be on the menu next week. 🙂

  14. Monika

    Love everything about this! Grilling season is the best, and your flavors are spot on!

  15. Leslie

    I made these last night and they were a big hit with the family. Just the right amount of spice. The tzatziki was perfect as well. thank you!!!

  16. Aida Mollenkamp

    I just love anything that give me another excuse to eat tzatziki!

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      it’s just store bought pita bread that I threw on the grill for a few seconds on each side!! DELISH!

  18. Jenny

    Chicken is marinating in the fridge as we speak. Cannot wait! 🙂

    • Gaby

      you can use a indoor grill pan or a skillet instead of a BBQ

  19. Melissa

    This recipe looks perfect!!! I love a healthy, easy, and delicious meal. I will be making this ASAP! Any suggestions for what to pair it with to make a complete meal? A good recipe for flavorful rice or veggies? Salad? Thanks!

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  22. Holley Z.

    I am NOT repeat: NOT a cook cook. My husband was on a business trip and had these so I scoured the internet for recipes all morning. This was the easiest recipe for me (and i added more crushed pepper because we like spicy). These were an absolute hit for my picky husband!! Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!!

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  25. alison jacobson

    I made this the other night and it was quite spicy. Is it supposed to be ?

    • Gaby

      the red pepper flakes give it some heat! but it shouldn’t have been crazy spicy

    • alison jacobson

      ok, thanks for letting me know. i making them again tomorrow. Mkght just leave out the red pepper. they were delicious otherwise!

  26. Julie

    Is it essential to use whole milk yogurt or can Fage (non-fat) be substituted? Thank you.

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  28. Julia

    This made it right to the top of the “make again” list — thank you!!!

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  30. Tara in St. Louis, Missouri

    Thank you for this recipe, Gaby. I’ve made it repeatedly so an expression of my gratitude is way overdue. You are quite right: this recipe is perfection. Simple; actually, foolproof. And fabulously tasty. You’ve achieved the perfect balance of flavors, plus the chicken always turns out amazingly moist. For a full meal, I like serving it with rice or a whole grain and a salad. Tonight I’m serving it with my favorite Lebanese-style tabbouleh (http://hapanom.com/tabbouleh). It’s also great with a chopped Israeli salad.

    I must confess, when I’ve been sort on time I’ve marinated for only 20 minutes and not bothered with skewers (i.e., served whole chicken thighs) with great success. When I’ve got my act together, I marinate overnight or up to 24 hours which is The Best. So, the recipe has proven itself as very forgiving and adaptable. Yay!

    Gotta go start the grill! Thanks again!

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  33. Jennifer Banaszak

    Whoa! This is sooo good! Never made chicken like this before. I also was pleased at the grocery store today, at how affordable this meal is…always a plus! I love chicken thighs and im excited to have a new recipe to throw into the rotation!
    Love you and all your recipes!!

  34. Sarah J

    Would it be ok to let these marinate overnight? Trying to get as much as possible done the night before

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  38. liz

    This chicken was absolutely incredible – I will definitely be making this again!!

  39. Sarah Hudgins

    5 stars
    Cannot recommend these enough!! Always a hit. Was a little nervous to use Greek yogurt in this recipe, but the chicken was so, so good!!