Cold Weather Comfort Food:Yogurt Marinated Chicken

Andy Anderson !


Seen a lot of recipes of chicken marinated in yogurt, so I thought I would give it a try.

Okay, don’t freak out about the yogurt… the way I’m doing this you will never know that it was baked that way. You’ll just be left with juicy, flavor-infused chicken that will warm you up on a crisp Autumn day.

So, you ready… Let’s get into the kitchen.

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3 lb
chicken parts (i like to cut up a whole fryer)
1/8 tsp
cayenne pepper
1 tsp
ground paprika
2 tsp
ground cumin
1 clove
garlic, minced
1 1/4 c
yogurt (more on this later)
salt, kosher variety, to taste
black pepper, freshly ground, to taste


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2Gather your ingredients.

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3In a small non-reactive bowl add all the marinade ingredients.

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4Whisk together.

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5Take the chicken parts, and sprinkle with some salt, and pepper.

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6Add the chicken parts to a large non-reactive bowl, and then add the marinade.

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7Chef’s Note: I tried several different yogurts for this recipe. I started with Greek yogurt, but it imparted too much alternate flavor to the chicken. What I finally liked was whole milk yogurt. It’s similar to a buttermilk marinade but with additional notes of flavor.

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8Thoroughly combine the marinade with the chicken.

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9Cover the bowl, and allow to rest in the refrigerator for 4 (up to 8) hours.

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10Place a rack in the middle position, and preheat the oven to 360 (182c).

11Place a piece of parchment paper in a baking sheet.

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12Chef’s Note: If you have a cooling rack that will work, place that on the parchment paper. That way the chicken will have a chance to cook on all sides evenly.

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13Remove the chicken from the refrigerator, shake off any excess marinade and place on the baking sheet.

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14Bake in the preheated oven for about 1 hour, until the juices in the chicken run clear.

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15Chef’s Tip: The best way to know if your chicken is finished cooking, use an instant read thermometer, the internal temp should be 165f (75c).

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17Add the chicken to a dish, and add your favorite side. In this photo, I’m using smashed red potatoes. Enjoy

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18Keep the faith, and keep cooking.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Chicken
Main Ingredient: Chicken
Regional Style: American
Other Tags: Healthy, Heirloom