Tandoori Chicken with Cilantro Yogurt Sauce

29 Feb

This is one of my favorite chicken dishes. It’s rich in flavor, healthy, and full of protein. Did you know that greek yogurt has 18 grams of protein per serving!!!! I probably eat more of the yogurt then the actual chicken, I eat cilantro like it’s lettuce so the two combined is like heaven to me. When eating this dish you have one of those moments where you think, how can something this good be healthy for you. Well it is, so I hope you enjoy it. 🙂

{So many delicious,fresh ingredients go into this dish}

{Ok this isn’t the prettiest pic but you get the idea}

{The Yummy yogurt sauce before mixing}

Tandoori Chicken


  • 8 skinless, boneless chicken thighs (about 2 1/2 pounds)
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons fat free plain greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/2 small red onion, roughly chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 1 2-inch piece ginger, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 4 teaspoons tomato paste
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 3/4 teaspoons hot paprika
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro


 Preheat the broiler. Make shallow cuts in the chicken thighs with a sharp knife. Toss the chicken with the lemon juice and 1 1/2 teaspoons salt in a large bowl.

Pulse 2 tablespoons yogurt, the vegetable oil, onion, garlic, ginger, tomato paste, coriander, cumin, 11/2 teaspoons paprika and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a food processor to make a paste. Toss the chicken in the mixture and let marinate 15 minutes.

Place the chicken on a foil-lined broiler pan. Broil, turning once, until slightly charred and a thermometer inserted into the center registers 165 degrees F, 5 to 6 minutes per side.

Meanwhile, combine the remaining 1/2 cup yogurt and 1/4 teaspoon paprika, the cilantro and a pinch of salt in a bowl.


3 Responses to “Tandoori Chicken with Cilantro Yogurt Sauce”

  1. Meghan March 1, 2012 at 5:13 pm #

    This was sooo yummy and easy! I love your blog!!

  2. SweetiePaperCards February 16, 2016 at 12:22 pm #

    Totally gonna try this! I love Tandoori chicken.

  3. colleengerg January 23, 2017 at 6:14 pm #

    I made this tonight but used boneless, skinless chicken breasts because that’s what I had on hand. It was SO DELICIOUS! Everyone loved it and requested it go into the “regular rotation.” Thank you! 🙂

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