Grilled Yogurt Chicken with Cucumber Salad

Grilled Yogurt Chicken with Cucumber Salad Recipe
Photo: Leo Gong; Styling: Randy Mon

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Recipe Time

Prep: 30 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calories 245
Caloriesfromfat 22 %
Protein 39 g
Fat 6.3 g
Satfat 1.9 g
Carbohydrate 6.2 g
Fiber 1.1 g
Sodium 383 mg
Cholesterol 98 mg


4 boned, skinned chicken breast halves (about 1 1/2 lbs.)
1 1/4 cups plain whole-milk yogurt
1 1/4 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
About 3/4 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon red chile flakes
1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
About 1 tbsp. vegetable oil
1 English cucumber, cut into 1/4-in. dice
2 tablespoons minced shallot (1 medium)
1/4 cup chopped fresh mint leaves
Freshly ground black pepper


1. Rinse chicken and pat dry. Trim any fat and remove the tender from each breast (reserve for another use). Working 2 at a time, arrange chicken between layers of plastic wrap. With a meat mallet or rolling pin, pound meat to an even thickness of 1/4 in.

2. Prepare a grill for direct high heat (about 500°; you can hold your hand 5 in. above cooking grate only 2 to 3 seconds). If using charcoal, spread half-lit coals in firegrate, top with cooking grate to preheat, and let heat build to high.

3. In a medium bowl, combine yogurt, cumin, lemon juice, 3/4 tsp. salt, the chile flakes, and turmeric. Set aside 1/2 cup yogurt mixture. Add chicken to bowl, flip to coat on both sides, and let sit at room temperature 10 minutes. Transfer chicken to a plate, wiping off excess marinade; rub lightly with oil on both sides.

4. Using metal tongs, wipe cooking grate with oiled paper towels. Grill chicken, covered, 3 to 4 minutes. Turn over, cover, and cook 2 to 3 minutes more. Transfer to a clean plate and season with salt.

5. In a serving bowl, combine cucumber, shallot, mint, reserved 1/2 cup yogurt mixture, and salt and pepper to taste. Serve chicken with cucumber salad.

Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.

April 2010
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