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Mediterranean Grilled Chicken + Dill Greek Yogurt Sauce

Mediterranean Grilled Chicken + Dill Greek Yogurt Sauce

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The perfect grilled chicken recipe, prepared Mediterranean-style! The secret is in the marinade with lots of great Mediterranean spices. And the dill Greek yogurt sauce is a must-try.  I like to serve this grilled chicken with a few Mediterranean sides and salads; lots of ideas below. Be sure to watch the video for how to make this grilled chicken recipe. 

More Grilling Recipes to Try: Mediterranean Chicken Kabobs, Kofta Kabobs, Easy Lemon Chicken, Mediterranean Grilled Vegetables, Grilled Cod Gyros

Grilled Chicken topped with Dill Greek Yogurt Sauce

Grilled Chicken topped with Dill Greek Yogurt Sauce

This time of the year, what mostly occupies my mind are things like the farmers’ market, warm weather dinners, and firing up the grill. And one of my absolute favorite grilled dinners is this Mediterranean grilled chicken with a side of Greek dill yogurt sauce…and while the grill is on, I don’t mind throwing on whatever vegetables I can get my hands on to make a lovely large grilled vegetables platter.

I’m telling you, this is summer dinners at their finest! And luckily, so easy to pull off!

Plate of Grilled Chicken with a bowl of Dill Greek Yogurt Sauce on the side

Plate of Grilled Chicken with a bowl of Dill Greek Yogurt Sauce on the side

Why this Grilled Chicken Recipe works

I like to use boneless skinless chicken thighs in this grilled chicken recipe. It’s a personal preference; and I feel that you simply can’t go wrong with boneless thighs, they are cheaper and juicier than chicken breasts.

But the big secret is really in the spices and marinade!

Raw chicken being marinated in a dish

Raw chicken being marinated in a dish

To give it bold Mediterranean flavors, I make a nice rub with lots of minced garlic and spices like allspice, nutmeg and cardamom. Then the spiced chicken thighs are placed in a large dish with lemon juice, olive oil and red onions. I prefer to let the chicken marinate in the fridge overnight, but if that is not possible, then for 2-4 hours or so before grilling.

Dish of Mediterranean Grilled Chicken served with pita bread on the side

Dish of Mediterranean Grilled Chicken served with pita bread on the side

When I made this grilled chicken last week, I almost whipped up a side of Tzatziki sauce (which would have been excellent), but  I took a little detour and made this dill Greek yogurt dip or sauce on the side.

There are many easy savory Greek yogurt applications that I enjoy, this dill Greek yogurt sauce is certainly one of them. Two ingredient stars: dill and garlic! If you are garlic-shy or garlic-friendly,  you can certainly adjust the amount of garlic to your liking.

Container of Dill Greek Yogurt Sauce

Container of Dill Greek Yogurt Sauce

Every bite of this juicy, flavor-packed grilled chicken coupled with the dill yogurt sauce is absolute bliss! I hope you give it a try this weekend or sometime soon.

What else to serve with this Mediterranean Grilled Chicken?

There are many great sides and salads that compliment this grilled chicken recipe. Here are just a few ideas:  Greek potatoes; Mediterranean Potato Salad; Italian Roasted Vegetables;  Roasted Garlic Hummus; Balela Salad; Greek Salad; Watermelon Salad with Cucumber and Feta.

Close-up on Grilled Chicken garnished with fresh parsley

Close-up on Grilled Chicken garnished with fresh parsley

Watch How to Make this Mediterranean Grilled Chicken Recipe

 

Mediterraean grilled chicken served with dill yogurt sauce. rose glass on side

Mediterraean grilled chicken served with dill yogurt sauce. rose glass on side

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Mediterranean Grilled Chicken + Dill Greek Yogurt Sauce. Top grill recipe! Marinate boneless chicken thighs in Mediterranean spices, olive oil and lemon juice. Grill for less than 15 minutes, and serve with this flavor-packed dill yogurt sauce! Pin it to try soon!

Mediterranean Grilled Chicken + Dill Greek Yogurt Sauce

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  • Yield: serves 8 1x

Description

The perfect grilled chicken recipe, prepared Mediterranean-style! The secret is in the marinade with lots of great Mediterranean spices. The dill Greek yogurt sauce is a must-have! I like to serve this grilled chicken with a few Mediterranean sides and salads (see suggestions below!)

For the Dill Greek Yogurt Sauce:

  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 cup chopped fresh dill, stems removed
  • 1 ¼ cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Juice of ½ lemon or lime
  • Pinch cayenne pepper, optional
  • Salt, if needed

For the Grilled Chicken:

Instructions

  1. First make the dill Greek yogurt sauce. Combine the minced garlic, fresh dill, yogurt, olive oil, lemon juice and cayenne pepper in a food processor. Run the food processor until all the ingredients are well blended and a smooth thick sauce or dip develops. Test and add salt if needed. Transfer to a small bowl or container, cover and refrigerate.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together the minced garlic, spices and 3 tbsp olive oil. Pat the chicken thighs dry and rub each with the garlic-spice mixture.
  3. Place the spiced chicken thighs in a large dish on a bed of sliced red onions with lemon juice and the remaining 2 tbsp olive oil. Cover and refrigerate for 2-4 hours or overnight.
  4. When ready, heat a gas grill to medium-high. Place the chicken thighs on the grill. Cover for 5-6 minutes, then turn the chicken over and grill for another 5-6 minutes covered.
  5. Serve with a side of the dill Greek yogurt dip you prepared earlier!
  6. To complete this light meal, add Greek potatoes or pita bread and a salad like Fattoush Salad.

Notes

  • Cook’s Tip: For best flavor, allow 2 to 4 hours for the chicken to marinate (refrigerated)
  • Recommended for this Recipe: Our Private Reserve Greek extra virgin olive oil (from organically grown and processed Koroneiki olives!)
  • Recommended for this recipe: All-natural ground Paprika, All-Spice, Cardamom, and Nutmeg.
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  • The dill Greek yogurt sauce will keep well overnight, but you may have to discard any extra moisture that shows up on top. Give it a quick stir before serving.
  • To be sure the chicken is done, your thermometer, testing the thickest part of the chicken, should register 165 degrees F.
  • You can use chicken breasts if you prefer, adjust the cooking time accordingly.
  • Method: Grilled
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean

Keywords: Grilled Chicken, Mediterranean Chicken, Dill Greek Yogurt,

 

 

 

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