The lightly spiced marinade for this recipe turns ordinary chicken breasts into something quite exciting. Yogurt is a great base for marinades as its mild acidity slightly tenderizes the chicken and helps to preserve moisture, which keeps the meat juicy while it’s cooked — the results are incredibly tasty.

4 servings

20 minute prep

9 ingredients

  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 medium shallot, minced
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon lemon zest
  • ½ teaspoon garam marsala
  • 3 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 4 (3 ounces) boneless, skinless chicken breasts (see Chef Tips)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  1. Blend all the marinade ingredients together until smooth.
  2. Combine the marinade with the chicken breasts in a re-sealable plastic bag. Marinate for 3 hours or overnight.
  3. Preheat the grill. Generously sprinkle salt and pepper over the chicken and grill on each side for 5 minutes or until cooked through. Serve with our Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad.
Chef Tips

If you prefer not to grill the chicken, preheat the oven to 375 degrees and cook the chicken for 15 to 20 minutes or until cooked through.

You can use skinless chicken thighs if preferred.

Nutrition Facts (per servings)

Calories: 243; Fat: 15g; Saturated Fat: 3g; Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g; Monounsaturated Fat: 9g; Carbohydrates: 6g; Sugar: 4g; Fiber: 1g; Protein: 22g; Sodium: 413mg

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This recipe was originally published on Cook for Your Life. It is used by permission.

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