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Pesto Yogurt Roast Chicken


Marinate the chicken in the pesto-yogurt mixture up to one day ahead.

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  • Servings: 4

Photography: Marcus Nilsson


  • 1 whole chicken (3 1/2 to 4 pounds) cut into 8 pieces
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 2 cups pesto-yogurt sauce
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. On a cutting board, sprinkle 1/4 teaspoon coarse salt over garlic and roughly chop. Using a flat side of the knife blade, crush mixture into a paste. Transfer garlic paste to a large glass bowl and whisk in 1 tablespoon oil, pesto-yogurt sauce, and ground pepper. Add chicken pieces and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate 1 hour or up to overnight.

  2. Arrange chicken, skin side up, on a foil and parchment-lined rimmed baking sheet. Bake until skin is crisp, and chicken is cooked through, 25 to 30 minutes.

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