Juiciest 6 Ingredient Chicken

This is the juiciest 6 ingredient chicken. In Bulgaria, we are known for cooking or baking with yogurt. Plain yogurt makes for the perfect marinade and also makes so many of our baked goods so incredibly delicious, fluffy, and moist. Yogurt has a very long history in our country. Many Bulgarians claim yogurt was accidentally discovered in Bulgaria thousands of years ago when nomadic tribes roamed the land. In Bulgaria, yogurt is everywhere. You’ll find it on falafel wraps, slathered on moussaka, and lined up in supermarket refrigerators. It is in traditional Bulgarian dishes such as “Tarator,” a cold soup made of yogurt, water, cucumber, and dill; and “Snezhanka,” a salad consisting of yoghurt, cucumbers, garlic and dill. People sip yoghurt drinks in the streets and we dip fried zucchini slices into yogurt dips too. We love yogurt with sweet bread, in soups, stews, and so many other recipes as well. There is a type of bacterium that can only be found in Bulgarian Yogurt. Our particular yogurt is a combination of bacteria that characterizes the thickness, acidity, taste and aroma of the yogurt and it’s more tangy. Bulgarian yogurt has a very specific way in which it is prepared using a combination of the two strains: Lactobacillus Bulgaricus and Streptococcus Thermophilus. This specific bacteria which causes milk to naturally turn into yogurt was known to be discovered by a Bulgarian scientist. It was named after our country so as you can see, we are very passionate about cooking with it so I hope you love it too.

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Juiciest 6 Ingredient Chicken

In Bulgaria we are known for cooking or baking with yogurt. Plain yogurt makes for the perfect marinade and also makes so many of our baked goods so incredibly delicious, fluffy, and moist.
4.67 from 21 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 45 mins
Servings 2 large servings or 4 small


  • 8 chicken thighs any cut of chicken works
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • cup plain yogurt Bulgarian, Balkan-Style, or Greek
  • 2 big pinches of salt
  • pepper to taste
  • paprika to taste
  • tablespoon Italian seasoning or dry oregano
  • ¼ cup water or broth


  • Add the chicken to a bowl with the rest of the ingredients and massage it really well. Let it sit and marinate in the fridge for at least one hour to overnight. You don't have to wait as you can bake it right away but it will be so much more tender if you do.
  • Take it out of the fridge and transfer it to an oven safe baking dish. Pre-heat the oven to 400F.
  • Push the chicken to the side with a spoon and add some water or broth and move the chicken around so that the juices are distributed evenly.
  • Bake it uncovered for 45 minutes to one hour depending on the size of the thighs. To crisp up the skin further you can broil the chicken on top for 1-2 minutes but keep a very close eye on it. Enjoy on salad, mashed potatoes, on wraps, with rice, or with any side you like.


You can absolutely use any cut of chicken like chicken breast but the cooking time will have to be adjusted. Less time for white meat and more time for dark meat. Breast will take anywhere from 15-25 minutes depending on the thickness and cut.
Feel free to use any seasonings you love and you can absolutely do this with whole chicken as well. The longer you let it sit, the better. Let it sit anywhere from a minimum of one hour to overnight.
Measure everything with your heart. You can absolutely make this in the air-fryer but please check on your air-fryer manual for the temperature and time. You can use any plain yogurt you like such as Greek yogurt. Sour cream and mayo are amazing alternatives to yogurt.
If you are dairy-free you can use Vegenaise as well. 
Broil means you use the upper heating element of the oven only so that you crisp up the chicken skin.  I believe it’s called a top grill or griller in places like England and Australia. 
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30 Responses

  1. Could this be grilled or would that not work with the milk fats and would it be too easy to burn?

  2. Hi! I have a question. Why didn’t my chickens get crispy at all? They were just cooked 🙁
    I used conventional heating. Should I use bottom element heat?
    Also, I had to keep them in the oven for about half an hour to grill but the result wasn’t like yours at all 🙁

  3. Hello how to i broil in oven? Is that a different setting ? Trying to get throat crispy end which I havnt been able to 🙂

    1. I personally haven’t tried so I don’t want to lead you the wrong way until I test it out. You can also look at your air fryer manual to see the timing for chicken breast as it will depend on the size and if it’s bone in or boneless

  4. 5 stars
    Never mind my last comment, whole roasted 6 ingredient chicken turned out great! Wishing I could post a picture here with my rating, but you’ve just gonna take my word for it❤️

  5. 5 stars
    Love this recipe! I have made it several times and always delish. You are my go to every Sunday morning for my meal planning! Thank you for sharing your recipes and making my weekly Sunday meal planning so easy

  6. 5 stars
    Tried this recipe tonight and everyone was blown away by how juicy and flavorful the meat was! Definitely going to be a staple meat recipe at our house! Thanks Sneji!

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