Chile and Yogurt Marinated Grilled Chicken

2018-03-07T14:36:30+00:00 March 8th, 2018|

There are a lot of spices in this chicken dish,
but it’s worth the trouble as the flavour is great.
Feel free to substitute or omit if you don’t have everything!


  • 7 dried Kashmiri or guajillo chiles, broken into pieces, seeds removed
  • 1 1½-inch piece ginger, peeled, coarsely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • ½ cup plain whole-milk yogurt (not Greek)
  • 3 tablespoons chopped cilantro stems
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons mustard oil (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon ground coriander
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1½ teaspoons dried mango powder (amchoor; optional)
  • 1½ teaspoons crushed dried fenugreek leaves
  • 1½ teaspoons garam masala
  • 1½ teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, plus more for grill
  • 1½ pounds skinless, boneless chicken thighs, patted dry
  • Kosher salt



Place chiles in a medium bowl and pour in hot water to cover. Let sit until chiles are very soft, about 30 minutes; drain.
Blend chiles, ginger, garlic, yogurt, cilantro stems, lime juice, mustard oil (if using), coriander,
paprika, mango powder (if using), fenugreek leaves, garam masala, cumin, and 2 Tbsp. vegetable oil in a blender until smooth.
Transfer marinade to a large resealable plastic bag. Season chicken generously with salt and add to marinade.
Seal bag and turn to coat chicken. Chill at least 2 hours.

Let chicken sit at room temperature 1 hour before grilling.


Prepare a grill for medium heat; oil grate. Remove chicken from marinade, letting excess drip back into bag, and grill,
turning every minute or so, until beginning to char in spots, 8–10 minutes total.
Transfer to a platter and let rest 5–10 minutes before serving.

Do Ahead: Chicken can be marinated 12 hours ahead. Keep chilled.

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