Pale Ale Yogurt Marinated Chicken Breasts

Pale Ale Yogurt Marinated Chicken Breasts

Okay, so it’s been a while since I have posted. Spring got away from me a little, but I have remained active on Instagram showing you what craft beers I have been trying out. One of the great beers I did try this spring, but waiting until now to post, was the Ten Peaks Pale Ale from Canmore Brewing Company. When I had this beer, I thought it would be great to incorporate it into a recipe, and alas, here were are! These Pale Ale Yogurt Marinated Chicken Breasts were a hit back when I made them in the spring, and they continue to be a hit on the grill throughout the season!

The yogurt is an excellent marinade for meats, such as chicken, because the lactic acid in fermented dairy products react with the proteins in meat at the molecular level. On top of that, beer contains enzymes that help break down tough fibers in meat, making it more tender and flavorful at the same time.

Pale Ale Yogurt Marinated Chicken Breasts

The Brewery

Canmore Brewing Company is from, well, Canmore! This Pale Ale Yogurt Marinated Chicken Breasts recipe uses one of their staple beers, the Ten Peaks Pale Ale. They also have a New England Style IPA, Rye IPA, Stout, and a Brown in their staple beers, along with seasonals. Find out more at their website, Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook.

Pale Ale Yogurt Marinated Chicken Breasts

The Beer

Ten Peaks Pale Ale was used as part of the marinade in these Pale Ale Yogurt Marinated Chicken Breasts. The beer pours a clear, medium amber colour with some puffy white head that slowly dissipates into a thin lacy line. The smell is of sweet caramel malts, some breadiness, toffee and some herbal, grassy hops. The taste is close to the nose with caramel malts, some toffee, a bit of fruitiness, maybe melon, and again some herbal, leafy, earthy, grassy hops. The carbonation is medium, and the body is medium. There is a bit of creaminess making this a very smooth, easy to drink, well-rounded beer. Great for hiking and camping in the Rocky Mountains, or even great for a marinade!

Pale Ale Yogurt Marinated Chicken Breasts

The Recipe

Pale Ale Yogurt Marinated Chicken Breasts

Tender and juicy chicken breasts marinated in yogurt and pale ale beer


  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup Pale ale beer (Drink local!)
  • 2 Tbsp. Tomato paste
  • 1 Tbsp. Minced garlic
  • 1.5 tsp. Smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp. Adobo red pepper flakes Can sub with regular red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp. Salt and pepper, each
  • 2 large chicken breasts


  1. Mix all ingredients besides chicken together in a container with a tight fitting lid, until combined.

  2. Add chicken breasts to container. Put lid on container and marinate for 2 hours or overnight.

  3. Grill until chicken is cooked. Serve with salad, side roasted vegetables, rice, pasta, etc.

    Enjoy with your favourite local craft beer! Cheers!

Pale Ale Yogurt Marinated Chicken Breast

If you are looking for other ways to incorporate beer, food, and the grill, check out these delicious Honey Cream Ale Drumsticks, or top your favourite grilled meat with this Rye Porter BBQ Sauce, or find another recipe in this Get Grilling roundup!

Pale Ale Yogurt Marinated Chicken Breast

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