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Spicy Yogurt Marinade for Chicken Recipe

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After making a fresh batch offermented hot sauce, we used the leftovers to make mash. We also had some yogurt that was almost finished culturing and thought “Let’s make the best spicy yogurt marinade ever!” So that’s exactly what we did. Today, you will be learning how to make Cultures For Health spicy yogurt marinade for chicken.

15 minutes

45 minutes



Matsoni Yogurt Starter Culture

Yogurt Matsoni Yogurt Starter Culture

Matsoni Yogurt Starter Culture


Matsoni Yogurt, also known as Caspian Sea Yogurt, is from The Republic of Georgia. Our matsoni yogurt starter has a thin, custard-like texture with notes of honey. Caspian Sea yogurt starter is a popular choice for frozen yogurt.


Here is what you will need to get started…


adding ingredients to yogurt marinade for chicken


Equipment To Make Chicken Yogurt Marinade

  • Large bowl
  • Plastic wrap or lid to cover the large bowl
  • A cutting board
  • Freshly sharpened knives


adding ingredients to spicy yogurt chicken marinade

Ingredients To Make Yogurt Marinade For Chicken

  • 2 cups of yogurt. We used Matsoni, but you can use whatever kind you like!
  • ¼ cup of hot sauce mash. Hot sauce mash is the leftover part of the chopped peppers and vegetables after you strain the fermented hot sauce. This is what adds the kick to your chicken yogurt marinade. 
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • 2 lbs of chicken breast


cutting chicken for the spicy yogurt marinade


How to Make Yogurt Marinade For Chicken

The first step to making your yogurt marinade for chicken is to combine all the ingredients! Be sure to mix very well to ensure all the ingredients are properly combined.


marinating chicken in spicy yogurt marinade


Next, slice your chicken into strips. These strips should be about an inch thick each. Cutting the chicken into slices instead of keeping the breast whole will allow the marinade to sink deep into the chicken, making it tasty inside and out.  

After your chicken is cut into 1-inch strips, it's time to marinate your chicken in the yogurt marinade for 1 to 4 hours. We recommend waiting the whole 4 hours so you can really taste the spiciness. 

The last step is to cook your chicken! We pan-seared our chicken for our own recipe, but it is completely up to the chef to cook their chicken however they like.


cooking chicken with the spicy yogurt marinade


Now that you have your spicy chicken, it’s time to assemble your spicy chicken sandwich!


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