Yogurt-Marinated Chicken Thighs

by Laura on February 26, 2014

in Main Meals, Poultry, Recipes

This aromatic dish highlight’s yogurt’s versatility as a marinade. This dish does create a bit of liquid while cooking. To serve, use a slotted spoon to lift out a piece of chicken, some onions, and a slice of squash. Discard the excess liquid.

Makes 8 servings.

  • 10 green cardamom pods
  • 8 while cloves
  • 2 dried chili pappers, stems removed
  • 1 cinnamon stick, halved
  • 1 tsp whole black peppercorns
  • 1-1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed, divided
  • 1 one-inch piece ginger, peeled and cut into matchsticks
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 8 chicken thighs, bone-in and skin on (about 2 to 2-1/2 lbs)
  • 2-3 large onions, peeled and sliced (about 4 cups)
  • 1/2 small butternut squash, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch X 2-inch wedges (about 2 cups)

Using the back of a knife, gently crush cardamom pods and remove seeds. Discard pods and add seeds to a small skillet along with the cloves, dried peppers and cinnamon stick. Toast the spices over low heat until fragrant, about 5 minutes.

Put the toasted spices, peppercorns, salt, 2 garlic cloves, ginger, yogurt and coconut milk into a large boil. Whisk to combine and add the chicken thighs, turning to coat them evenly. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and allow to marinate for 2 hours in the refrigerator and then 1 hour at room temperature.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a large baking dish, evenly spread the onions. Add the remaining garlic, and, in a single layer, top with the butternut squash wedges.

Remove the chicken from the marinade, allowing any excess to drip back into the bowl. Arrange the chicken over the vegetables in a single layer. Bake for 45 minutes, or until the internal temperature of 165 degrees F is reached.

Turn oven to Broil and crisp and brown the chicken skin, about 3 to 5 minutes, watching closely to be sure not to burn.

Allow chicken to rest for 5 minutes before serving.

Source: Cuisinart

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