Pioneer Woman's Crispy Yogurt Chicken

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We made her Crispy Yogurt Chicken tonight, and no surprise, it was great. This is such a great alternative to my husband’s favorite (fried chicken). We’ll definitely be adding this to our normal rotation.

Crispy Yogurt Chicken


Chicken (I used legs, but any piece of chicken will do)

Plain, Unflavored Yogurt

2 cloves of Garlic, minced

A handful of Parsley, chopped

1 Lemon



Panko Bread Crumbs.

Put 2 cups of plain yogurt into a mixing bowl.

Add garlic & parsley. Stir.

 Cut the lemon in half & add to mixture. 

Rinse the chicken, and salt it well. 
Pour some Panko breadcrumbs into a second bowl. (About 2 Cups)

Salt the breadcrumbs just to give them a little more flavor.


Butter a baking dish.


Place the chicken, one at a time, into the yogurt mixture. Turn it over to thoroughly coat.

Roll chicken in the Panko breadcrumbs. (coat all the areas of the chicken thoroughly)

Repeat until all the chicken is breaded…

…And place in the buttered baking dish.

Before placing in the oven, place a slice of butter over the large part of the chicken leg.


Cover in foil and bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour, removing foil for the last 15 minutes to allow it to get nice and golden.

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