Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Martha's Spiced-Yogurt Marinade

Inspiration:
Martha Stewart

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped (1/2 cup)
  • 1/4 cup packed fresh mint
  • 4 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 strips lemon zest (each 2 inches long)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • bone-in chicken pieces

Instructions:
  1. Place all of the ingredients in a blender, and puree until smooth. Use immediately, spreading the mixture on the chicken skin.
  2. Marinate the chicken overnight, and then roast, still coated with the marinade, in a 375-degree oven.

Recipe Notes:
A twist on the traditional tandoori marinade, this cumin- and coriander-flecked yogurt paste remains on the chicken during roasting, ensuring that the skin crisps, while keeping the underlying meat moist and silken. The resulting depth of flavor belies the recipe's everyday ingredients. Makes enough for 5 to 6 pounds chicken. This marinade works best with a whole chicken cut into pieces or bone-in, skin-on pieces.


My Notes:
I was a little concerned that this would be too similar to last night's dinner of Indian-Spiced Chicken Burgers, but it wasn't. The yogurt marinade made this the juiciest chicken we've ever tasted, which is saying a lot since this was a free-range vegetarian-fed chicken (which are sometimes less juicy). I loved the marinade. I will be making this again.


Liz's Rating: 8/10
Tim's Rating: 8.5/10

7 comments:

Joelen said...

I've heard about yogurt being a great tenderizer for chicken, similar to buttermilk. I'm going to have to try this - thanks so much for sharing!

WeezerMonkey said...

Ooh! This sounds good!

Ashlee Wetherington said...

i am so glad you commented on my blog because it liked to yours - which is outstanding! i'm trying to work my way through it all because everything looks so good!

Melissa said...

oh my...that picture is making my mouth water at 9am. The recipe sounds like it has great flavor! I'd love to try this one.

gaga said...

I keep wanting to use yogurt as a marinade but haven't gotten around to it yet. I'm glad it worked out for you, that looks great!

Carrie said...

YUM! These sound yummy!

Carrie said...

I made this tonight, thank you for sharing, it was a yummy dinner in our household tonight.