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Yogurt-Marinated Chicken with Beet Salad

Photo: John Autry; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross
Total time 4 hrs, 40 mins
Yield 6 servings (serving size: 2 chicken thighs and 1/2 cup salad)
Tamarind lends the marinade a pleasant sweet-sour note. However, you can substitute 2 tablespoons lemon juice if tamarind paste isn't available.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup plain low-fat yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon garam masala
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped garlic
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon tamarind paste
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons ground red pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon minced peeled fresh ginger
  • 12 skinless, boneless chicken thighs (about 2 1/2 pounds)
  • 1 1/2 cups diced seeded tomato
  • 1 cup thinly sliced peeled beet
  • 3/4 cup thinly sliced peeled daikon radish (about 4 ounces)
  • 1/2 cup vertically sliced red onion
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt, divided
  • Cooking spray

Nutrition Information

  • calories 385
  • fat 20.9 g
  • satfat 5 g
  • monofat 9.4 g
  • polyfat 4.7 g
  • protein 37.6 g
  • carbohydrate 11.2 g
  • fiber 2.6 g
  • cholesterol 125 mg
  • iron 2.6 mg
  • sodium 550 mg
  • calcium 69 mg

How to Make It

  1. Combine first 8 ingredients (through ginger) in a large bowl. Add chicken thighs; toss to coat. Cover and chill at least 4 hours.

  2. Combine tomato and next 4 ingredients (through cilantro) in a medium bowl. Combine juice, olive oil, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Pour juice mixture over beet mixture, and toss to coat. Cover and chill at least 2 hours.

  3. Heat a grill pan over high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Remove chicken from marinade, and discard marinade. Sprinkle chicken evenly with remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt. Add half of the chicken to pan; cook chicken 4 minutes on each side or until done. Repeat procedure with the remaining chicken. Serve with salad.