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Yogurt Chicken Inspired by Ramona Quimby by Beverly Cleary

When I was little I read a lot and spent every summer in the library checking out book after book. Ramona Quimby age 8 by Beverly Cleary was one of my favorites. One scene that always stuck with me was where Ramona and her sister Beezus cooked a chicken dinner using yogurt. It was chaotic, they didn’t know how to cook, and they were forced to use unfamiliar ingredients.

Reading that chapter, I always wondered if I’d be able to cook when I grew up and I think that reading all those books with cooking scenes ended up greatly influencing me. The kids are reading these same books now and it’s bringing back a lot of childhood memories.

This yogurt recipe is based on a dip that I make for vegetables but it also serves as a great base for chicken. Here is my homage to Ramona’s yogurt chicken and to favorite books, new and old!

yogurt chicken

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Yogurt Chicken Inspired by Ramona Quimby by Beverly Cleary


10 chicken cutlets
16 ounces plain yogurt
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
salt and pepper to taste
Japanese panko breadcrumbs


Preheat the oven to 375. Prep a baking sheet with a greased wire rack.

In a small bowl mix together the yogurt, lemon juice, cumin, garlic powder, chili powder and onion powder. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Dip the chicken into the yogurt mixture, then into the panko. Season with salt and pepper and place on the prepped baking sheet.

Bake for 25-30 minutes until until browned crisp and cooked through.

One Response to “Yogurt Chicken Inspired by Ramona Quimby by Beverly Cleary”

  1. Connie says:

    Oh, what a fond memory you reminded me of! I loved the Ramona books as a girl.

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