This is a great recipe for bone-in chicken thighs. Greek Yogurt tenderizes meat more effectively than regular marinades. While vinegar or citrus marinades can toughen chicken so it is a little rubbery, yogurt slowly tenderizes them, so the meat can be pulled apart by hand when cooked. So try this Chicken Thighs in Yogurt recipe.
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You really only need 15 minutes to see a difference in your chicken thighs, but since it doesn’t make food mushy like other acid-based marinades, you can leave the chicken thighs in yogurt overnight or up to 24 hours in your fridge. Use an aluminum foil-lined baking sheet to help with clean up.
Why Use Yogurt for Marinade
Yogurt might not seem like a typical choice for marinating, but it is really delicious. Plus, there’s a scientific reason for using it, too: yogurt tenderizes. It actually tenderizes meat better than ordinary vinegar-based marinades.
- Aluminum foil for baking sheet
- 4 Chicken Thighs bone-in
- Salt & Pepper to taste
- 1 cup plain Greek Yogurt
- Juice of ½ lemon
- 2-3 garlic cloves minced
- 1 tsp ground coriander
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 1 tsp dill
- Season the thighs with salt and pepper to taste
- In a medium sized bowl, add the yogurt, lemon juice, garlic, spices and mix together
- Add chicken thighs in yogurt mix and coat the thighs
- Let the chicken marinate (covered) for anywhere from 15 minutes to overnight in the refrigerator.
- After marinating, Preheat oven to 400 degrees
- Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil, and then place chicken skin side up on foil lined sheet.
- Set timer for 40 minutes
- Check the internal temperature of the thighs at 30 minutes with a meat thermometer. At this point, Skin should be brown and crispy.
- Chicken Thighs will be cooked thru at 165 degrees. However, If the temp is not at 165, put back in oven for 5-10 minutes more.
- Let rest for 5-10 minutes and serve the chicken thighs in yogurt hot
What to serve with Chicken Thighs in Yogurt
Serve with a side of steamed basmati rice and some sliced mango for a great dinner!
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