Spiced Chicken Thighs with Yogurt Sauce

Spiced Chicken Thighs with Yogurt Sauce Recipe
Photo: Lee Harrelson; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross
The yogurt sauce's cooling effect balances the heat of the spiced chicken thighs.


4 servings (serving size: 2 chicken thighs, about 1/4 cup yogurt mixture, and 1/2 cup couscous)

Recipe from

Cooking Light

Nutritional Information

Calories 335
Caloriesfromfat 31 %
Fat 11.7 g
Satfat 3.3 g
Monofat 4.4 g
Polyfat 2.7 g
Protein 32.6 g
Carbohydrate 22.5 g
Fiber 1.5 g
Cholesterol 100 mg
Iron 2.2 mg
Sodium 425 mg
Calcium 111 mg


1 cup uncooked couscous
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
8 skinless, boneless chicken thighs (about 1 1/2 pounds)
Cooking spray
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 teaspoon bottled minced garlic
1 (6-ounce) carton plain fat-free yogurt
Cilantro sprigs (optional)


Cook couscous according to package directions, omitting salt and fat.

Combine cumin and next 4 ingredients (through pepper) in a bowl; stir in 1/4 teaspoon salt. Sprinkle spice mixture over chicken. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add chicken to pan; cook 6 minutes on each side or until done.

Combine remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, chopped cilantro, garlic, and yogurt in a bowl, stirring well. Serve with chicken and couscous. Garnish with cilantro sprigs, if desired.

Karen Levin,

Cooking Light

June 2007
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