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Grilled Chicken with Cucumber Yogurt Sauce

    This grilled chicken coupled with my cucumber yogurt sauce is easy to make, moist and has great flavor. 

    marinated chicken on a plate

    My secret to tender chicken is very simple: lemon juice. If you have 5 minutes in the morning, throw a few chicken breasts in a large plastic resealable bag (am I allowed to say Ziploc?), add lemon juice, garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper and you are well on your way to a quick, easy and healthy dinner. The best part? Lemon juice has almost zero calories and is loaded in antioxidants and of course, Vitamin C. Forgot to marinade the chicken this morning? Not a problem – chicken only needs 30 minutes to effectively absorb a marinade. I’ve actually read a few articles in Cooks Illustrated proving that regardless of whether you marinate the meat for 30 minutes or 8 hours, it penetrates the same distance into the meat.

    I love serving grilled meats with a cucumber yogurt sauce. If I have fresh dill, I’ll throw together a Greek tzatziki sauce or if I have fresh cilantro, I’ll make Indian raita. Today, however, I am sharing the Syrian version commonly known as cucumber laban. Instead of dill or cilantro, we pair the cucumber and yogurt with fresh mint. (YES!! Another use for the mint overpowering the garden!) And of course, there is always a bit of lemon juice and plenty of fresh garlic.

    Don’t worry about your dinner guests – two garlics cancel each other out.

    Your fork is waiting.

    marinated chicken on a plate

    Grilled Chicken with Cucumber Yogurt Sauce

    5 stars
    This grilled chicken coupled with my cucumber yogurt sauce is easy to make, moist and has great flavor. 
    PREP: 30 mins
    COOK: 30 mins
    TOTAL: 1 hr
    Servings: 4



    • Place all ingredients into Ziploc bag and seal tight.
    • Combine gently with your hands to ensure all chicken is coated evenly.
    • Marinade for 30 minutes or overnight.
    • Grill or broil chicken to serve (about 5 minutes per side or until temperature exceeds 170 degrees.)


    Serving: 4gCalories: 139kcalCarbohydrates: 3.1gProtein: 23.1gFat: 4.9gSaturated Fat: 0.4gCholesterol: 60mgSodium: 812mgFiber: 0.1g

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    Liz DellaCroce

    Liz Della Croce is the creator and author of The Lemon Bowl, a healthy food blog. Since 2010, Liz has been sharing delicious recipes that just so happen to be healthy. By using real ingredients with an emphasis on seasonality, Liz has built a growing audience of loyal readers who crave good food for their families. Click Here To Subscribe to my newsletter:


    1. This is another favorite in our house!!!! Thank you so much…love the finding all the new ways to use lemon. I was not….NOT…a yogurt fan at all EVER….then I started making your dishes with the no fat plain greek yogurt…and I am in love…I love this yogurt. I spread it on rice cakes…and I keep this sauce on hand as well…. Thank you for all your wonderful recipes….

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