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Pesto Yogurt Roast Chicken

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

  • prep: 10 mins
    total time: 40 mins
  • 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. Step 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. Step 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.



Reviews (16)

  • wrentana 11 Jul, 2013

    This recipe looked good & I clicked the email 'see the recipe.'
    Couldn't print it, so I read it.
    "Step 1
    Preheat oven. . . marinate chicken 1 hour/overnight."
    Should I leave my oven on?
    And, the critical part of this recipe, the "pesto-yogurt sauce," where is it?
    In the video the recipe is different, but shows how to make pesto & add yogurt to make the sauce.
    The ingredients are not all listed for the recipe.
    What's different that will insure that the skin "will never get soggy."

  • bikracer 11 Jul, 2013

    I agree with the other reviewers, this web design while pretty, is not user friendly and doesn't work properly on the iPad. I can see the bar with the print icon from my desktop computer but it is invisible from my iPad.
    I also agree that recipes included as ingredients should be linked to. You shouldn't have to search for them.
    The old web site was very useful and user friendly. Didn't you do any user testing before launching this new site?

  • technogrannie 10 Jul, 2013

    Please bring back the previous format so recipes can be easily printed from an iPad. I agree with others that newer is not necessarily better. The taupe colored bar with the printer icon is visible on the desktop computer but not on my iPad. Recipe sounds good though.

  • zabe11 10 Jul, 2013

    Why did you change the format? Go back to the way it was.

  • Screen Name fourth try 9 Jul, 2013

    Agree that the sauce recipe should be is just so much easier to have it "all" on one page!!.......and I wish the web master would take this site back to the previous way of printing as I think the printed copy looked so much nicer!!!!......change is not "always" good!!!!.....if I have to go searching for part of a recipe I won't be making it........

  • ojagaj 9 Jul, 2013

    The Pesto Yogurt Sauce recipe can be found here on Martha's website:

    The correct pesto to yogurt ratio is 1:3 (i.e. 1/2 Cup Basic Pesto Sauce to 1-1/2 Cups Plain Yogurt) plus salt & pepper.

  • nanocherie 9 Jul, 2013

    Yes people the pesto-yogurt recipe should be included in the print version, but all you need do is watch the video and Sarah will tell you how to make.

  • cookie_man 9 Jul, 2013

    You can do a search for the pesto-yogurt sauce, the recipe is very easy, only a couple of ingredients

  • Heikeb 9 Jul, 2013

    Please update to add a link to the Pesto Yoghurt sauce recipe.

  • Mitch33 9 Jul, 2013

    Recipe sounds delicious but I agree, the yogurt pesto sauce recipe should be included or at least a link.

  • smartblonde1 9 Jul, 2013

    where can I find the pesto yogurt sauce recipe? Thank you

  • ojagaj 9 Jul, 2013

    The taupe colored bar where the printer icon is located is only visible (it drops down) when you scroll down in the direction of the bottom of the page. When you scroll back up toward the top of the page, the taupe colored bar goes back up and disappears. Hope this helps.

  • ojagaj 9 Jul, 2013

    You can print a copy of this recipe by clicking on the printer icon tab located in the upper right-hand corner of the page.

  • ct718 9 Jul, 2013

    This looks great, I would love to be able to print the recipe to store in my file. Also, I would like to see the nutritional information for the recipes. I miss the larger version of the Everyday Food magazine but I am enjoying these videos.

  • Robin-1 9 Jul, 2013

    I love all of your recipes! Why can't we print them off now?

  • kfears 9 Jul, 2013

    Recipe sounds good but is incomplete. You should have put the pesto recipe here as well and specified the ratio of pesto sauce to yogurt, which is 1:2. I'm surprised and disappointed because, usually, recipes here are very complete.