Cilantro Grilled Chicken with Lemon Yogurt Dressing

Monday, June 10, 2013

We have officially entered summertime on this little island. In Okinawa, that means serious heat and humidity, but also lots of beach time, dips in the ocean and grilling on our back patio. We even hung out in the adirondack chairs and roasted s'mores with our good friends Saturday night {someone had a craving!!} Most people I know love the Fall and Christmas seasons best, but for me, even being pregnant and getting bigger every day, summer is mine.

I was inspired to make us a new summertime dish that we could create variations with all season long. This chicken marinade has a little bit of kick to it, but the greek yogurt dressing cools it down perfectly. We've made this three weekends in a row!, and Cam grills enough chicken so we can eat it differently each time with leftovers: as is dipped in the dressing; in a huge green salad; and cut up into a delicious pasta salad.

Cilantro Grilled Chicken & Salad with Lemon Yogurt Dressing

For the Chicken Marinade:
{serves 4}

2 lbs chicken tenderloins {about 15 pieces}
1 C honey
4 TBS soy sauce
3 lemons worth of juice + zest from each
6 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp. sea salt and pepper, each, + more for taste
2 chili peppers, diced with seeds
1 generously large handful of fresh cilantro leaves

Rinse the chicken and pat dry. Set aside. Combine all of the ingredients for the marinade in a medium-sized bowl. Optional: remove about 1/2 C to pour over the top of the chicken once cooked. Toss the chicken in the marinade bowl and either cover and refrigerate, or pour the contents into a freezer bag to marinate. Keep in the refrigerator for atleast an hour, though overnight is best. Cook directly on a heated grill for 3-5 minutes on each side until cooked through and grill marks form.

For the Lemon Yogurt Dressing:
{serves 2}

1 C plain greek yogurt
3 lemons + 2 TBS lemon zest
2 TBS garlic, minced
1 tsp sea salt
1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
1 small handful of fresh cilantro leaves

Combine all of the ingredients, adding more salt or lemon as it needs. Garnish with fresh cilantro.

For each Green Salad:
farmer's greens
2 oz. crumbled gorgonzola
1 C cherry tomatoes, halved
1/4 C walnuts
1/2 avocado, sliced

Toss the chicken and dressing with the above ingredients. Enjoy!


  1. cilantro, lemon juice and greek yogurt! my favorite s! now if only I can convince my hubby to expand on his juvenile palette... ;)

    1. maybe don't tell him until after dinner what was in it?! (;

  2. YUM! that looks delicious! :P

  3. Ooooh, this looks delicious! It's going on my menu for this week; excited to try it out!

    1. Yay! Let me know how you like it (:

  4. YUM! I'm definitely going to have to try this soon. And yes, no matter how hot it gets... summer is always my favorite season!

  5. This looks delicious! I can't wait to try it! I'm longing for a warm summer, but it just doesn't happen in SF :( I always love your recipes and food photography, so beautiful!

    1. Thanks, Theresa! Hope it warms up soon...

  6. That babe of yours is getting fed rather well. I sent this recipe off to the hubs! YUM!

  7. How I wish I had a grill! Summer in Okinawa must be so beautiful and I'm sure your neighbours have the most amazing produce this time of the year!

    1. THEY DO!! I nearly almost share what they give me everyday until I realize most people probably get sick of seeing my photos of their produce (:

  8. This looks so incredibly delicious! Will have to give it a try once the weather (hopefully very very soon) resembles that of summer a bit more...!
    ps: Really love the new header! So beautiful!

    1. Thank you - Shannon is incredible at what she does

  9. that looks delicious. I can't wait to try this recipe. I think it's something my husband would love too!

    1. I would like to share this on social media. Visit train live status for rail info and cplt20official for IPL. So, keep up the good work.

  10. oh that sounds/looks so good! i've never had a yogurt dressing on chicken

    1. WHAT! get on it. or just come over.

  11. this looks amazing! i love a yogurt dressing - definitely a perfect summer dish :)

  12. this look amazing! i want to make it tonight.
    ps - i love your new header, she did a great job!

  13. Definitely trying this. We need all the help we can get as the hubby can't tolerate a lot of gluten anymore, so we have had to make a lot of meat & veggie/ salad dishes. Thanks for posting! And, I love the header also. I didn't know Shannon very well, but we went to college together :)

  14. ohhh my! what a yummy recipe, I tried this last night!

  15. Gorgeous photos! Saw this on foodgawker and had to stop by! I'm a new follower by email! Loving your site :)

  16. I made this chicken TWICE this past week and we can't get enough. I didn't have the ingredients to make the dressing but the chicken alone was phenomenal! I think this will be one of my go-to chicken recipes now. :)

  17. Do you know how many calories this is?

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