The acidity in yogurt acts as a tenderizer, making it a perfect ingredient in marinades for grilled foods. For chicken or lamb, season with salt and pepper, coat evenly in the marinade, and place in a nonreactive container. Cover and refrigerate at least 8 hours or overnight. For fish, do not marinate more than 30 minutes.

What to buy: Use plain, natural, organic whole-milk yogurt like Stonyfield Farm. It’s tangier and less thick than other brands.

Craving different flavors? See more easy marinades for chicken.

  • Yields: About 1 cup
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Total: Under 5 mins 
  • Active: Under 5 mins

Ingredients (8)

  • 1 cup plain whole-milk yogurt
  • 4 teaspoons curry powder
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced ginger
  • 1 tablespoon coarsely chopped cilantro
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • Pinch cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice


Place all ingredients in a blender or food processor. Blend until smooth. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.