Spiced Chicken Thighs with Yogurt Sauce

Photo: Lee Harrelson; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross

The yogurt sauce's cooling effect balances the heat of the spiced chicken thighs.

Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 2 chicken thighs, about 1/4 cup yogurt mixture, and 1/2 cup couscous)
Recipe from Cooking Light

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Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 335
  • Calories from fat: 31%
  • Fat: 11.7g
  • Saturated fat: 3.3g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 4.4g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 2.7g
  • Protein: 32.6g
  • Carbohydrate: 22.5g
  • Fiber: 1.5g
  • Cholesterol: 100mg
  • Iron: 2.2mg
  • Sodium: 425mg
  • Calcium: 111mg


  • 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)


  1. Cook couscous according to package directions, omitting salt and fat.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
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