Health and Cooking, Recipes

Quick, Easy Yogurt-Marinated Chicken A La India

As mentioned in my latest health post, I have been eating a lot of this recipe. It’s quick, simple, and so tasty. Hope you enjoy it and make it your own.


1 lbs. chicken, cubed

3 tbsp. natural (plain) low-fat  yogurt

1.5 tsp. garam masala

1 tsp. chili powder

1 tsp. salt

3 tbsp. lemon juice

1 tbsp. coriander (cilantro)

1 fresh green chili, chopped


Mix the spices, yogurt, lemon juice, coriander and chili together. Add thawed chicken and stir. Marinate in the fridge for an hour. Preheat grill (broiler) to very hot, then lower to medium. Put chicken into a flameproof pan lined with foil. Grill for 15-20 minutes until tender and fully cooked, turning chicken twice. Remove.


I like to eat it over rice with cabbage and yogurt. You could also stuff it into a “naan pocket”, as the original recipe states, and add cabbage, tomato wedges, and onion rings. I also tend to eat it over salad, using yogurt as the dressing over a mountain of greens. I suggest playing around with the recipe. As I usually forget to buy the green chili, I’ve found that it tastes just as great without it!


*Modified from “Chicken Naan Pockets”. Best Ever Indian Cookbook, Baljekar, Mridula; Fernandez, Rafi; Husain, Shehzad; & Kanani, Manisha. Hermes House, London, 2010; p. 131.


3 thoughts on “Quick, Easy Yogurt-Marinated Chicken A La India”

  1. Yum! I finally get the recipe. Sounds wonderful, though the cabbage is a bit of an odd twist. Still, I can’t wait to try it.

  2. nom nom! i like the cabbage bit mom. thats how maman makes tacos. girls never even balk its so similar to lettuce.
    i think ill leave the chili out as a whole one would be a lot. could the marinade be frozen you think? id get a chili then.

    1. You can try freezing it. I never have. Indian cuisine surrounds the idea of fresh food is best food. Still, give it a go. We have to do what we can to make it work for us and our schedules. Enjoy it!

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