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Spicy Yoghurt Chicken

Hi / Salaam friends!

Just popping in to share my Spicy Yogurt Marinated Chicken recipe with you!

Spicy Yoghurt Chicken

Spicy Yogurt & Coriander Chicken

Salwaa Smith – Cape Malay Cooking & Other Delights

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Here’s a great alternative recipe for your Sunday roast.

Try a spicy twist with your chicken, this dish works well served hot with rice or naan, roast potatoes and a garden salad.

The yoghurt tenderises the chicken much more gently and effectively than regular marinades.

I used a whole chicken which I cut into 8 pieces. You can use chicken legs or chicken fillets. My spicy yoghurt chicken tastes is great cooked on the braai/BBQ too!

Serves 4


1 chicken, approx. 1kg

1 cup plain or Greek yoghurt

1 tsp paprika

½ tsp turmeric / borrie

1 tsp cumin / jeera

1 – 2 tsp salt (according to taste)

½ tsp chilli powder

4 large cloves of garlic, grated

1 small piece ginger, grated (approx. 5cm)

50g butter

2 large onions, peeled and finely chopped

1 small green pepper, deseeded and chopped

Small bunch dhanya, chopped (keep some of the leaves for garnish)


Clean and cut the chicken into 8 pieces. Mix together the yogurt, paprika, turmeric, cumin, salt, chilli powder, garlic and ginger in a bowl.

Marinade the chicken with this mixture and refrigerate for at least one hour or for best results overnight.

Melt the butter in a saucepan, add the chopped onions and braise until golden brown. Add the chopped green pepper. Cook together for about 5 minutes.

Add the chicken pieces (preserve the marinade) and brown on both sides.

Transfer to an oven proof dish. Mix in the extra marinade sauce and chopped dhanya.

Grill in a pre-heated oven until the chicken has cooked through and is golden brown in colour.

Serve with naan or boiled rice, grilled potatoes and green salad.

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