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Under 30 Minutes

Under 30 Minutes

Yogurt-Marinated Chicken with Watermelon Salad

To keep your basil fresh, wrap the stems in damp paper towels, place the bunch in a zip-top bag, and refrigerate.

  • prep: 30 mins
    total time: 30 mins
  • servings: 4




  • 2 cups 2 percent plain Greek yogurt
  • 8 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (3 pounds total)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for grilling
  • 2 tablespoons red-wine vinegar
  • 1/2 small seedless watermelon, sliced
  • 1 pound tomatoes, sliced
  • 1/2 cup packed fresh basil leaves, torn
  • Olive oil

Cook's Note

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Haven't ever had watermelon in a savory salad? It's surprising, refreshing, and so delicious.


  1. Step 1

    In a large zip-top bag, combine yogurt, garlic, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, and 3/4 teaspoon pepper. Set aside 1/2 cup and refrigerate until ready to serve (or up to 1 day). Add chicken to bag and toss to coat. Refrigerate at least 8 hours (or up to 1 day).

  2. Step 2

    Heat a grill or grill pan to medium-high; clean and lightly oil hot grill. Remove chicken from marinade, scraping off excess. Grill chicken, covered, until cooked through, about 4 minutes per side. Let rest, covered, 10 minutes. Let 2 breasts cool, then wrap in plastic and chill for Tomato Gazpacho with Chicken.

  3. Step 3

    Meanwhile, whisk together oil and vinegar; season with salt and pepper. Arrange watermelon and tomatoes on a platter, drizzle with dressing, and sprinkle with basil, then season with salt and pepper. Serve alongside chicken and yogurt sauce.

Everyday Food, June 2012



Reviews (6)

  • amandabarkey 2 Jul, 2013

    I love this recipe, have made it many times and always comes out great. Question: I have always grilled it but could I bake the chicken breasts in the oven and if so how long would you bake them for? Thanks for all of the awesome videos!

  • SKS 18 Nov, 2012

    This was really easy (loved the video) and tasty, and the watermelon salad was delicious!

  • SKS 18 Nov, 2012

    This was really easy (loved the video) and tasty, and the watermelon salad was delicious!

  • patclark 4 Jul, 2012

    Thanks Sarah..I truly enjoy your videos..I have gotten my granddaughters to check them out and it is helping them learn to cook..Great are so enjoyable..

  • Tashata 4 Jul, 2012

    Thank you very much, Sarah!
    Beautiful and delicious recipe, as usual )))

  • jdo 4 Jul, 2012

    Sarah saying that you did the marinating not according to the are so real. :-) Love watching your cooking videos each day, you are a great teacher.