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Curry-Yogurt Marinated Chicken Thighs

This Yogurt-Marinated Chicken Thighs recipe has spectacular flavor (get ready, tastebuds!) and is so darn easy. Serve with a side of steamed basmati rice and some sliced mango for a satisfying dinner you won’t forget!

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A Flavor Packed Marinated Chicken Thighs Recipe

Tired of the same old flavors day in and day out? Well, get excited AND rest easy! Motivated by my recipe for Chicken Tikka Masala, you’ll love the spicy, Indian-inspired goodness of this super-simple meal.

My family loves having chicken for dinner so I’m always looking for new ways to serve it. This simple recipe is packed with amazing flavor and makes the most tender chicken thighs OF EVER, thanks to the yogurt.

Recipe Ingredients

  • Nonfat plain yogurt: Yogurt adds a creamy, tangy flavor and tenderizes the chicken.
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Spices: Curry powder, chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, onion powder
  • Skinless, boneless chicken thighs
  • Chopped fresh cilantro: For garnish

Why Use Yogurt?

Yogurt might not seem like a typical choice for marinating, but it is absolutely delicious — and there’s a scientific reason for using it, too: yogurt tenderizes. In fact, it actually tenderizes meat better than ordinary vinegar-based marinades.

raw chicken thighs in a mixing bowl tossed in a yogurt-curry marinade.

How to Marinade Chicken Thighs

Marinating chicken thighs in yogurt couldn’t be easier. You simply mix the yogurt of your choice (my recipe uses nonfat plain yogurt) with the seasonings of your choice, gently toss the chicken in the mixture, and refrigerate. You can let this marinade anywhere from 30 minutes to overnight.

How to Cook Chicken Thighs in the Oven

  1. Heat your oven: Set your oven to broil. Using the broil instead of the bake function cooks the chicken at a higher temperature, similar to grilling.
  2. Prepare the chicken thighs: Arrange the chicken on a foil-lined baking sheet or broiler pan. Place in the oven.
  3. Cook: Broil for 8 minutes, flip, and then broil 7 – 8 minutes more, until internal temperature reaches 165°F. 

Note: It takes longer for bone-in chicken to cook, so be sure to adjust the cooking time to reflect that. You should allow around 25 minutes for bone-in thighs, turning them halfway through the cooking time.

How to Cook Grilled Chicken Thighs

  1. Prepare your grill: Heat grill to medium-high (about 425°F to 450°F). Brush the grill grates with oil.
  2. Add the chicken: Arrange the marinated chicken pieces on the hot, oiled grates.
  3. Cook: Grill for about 7 minutes per side; chicken thighs are cooked through when internal temperature reaches 165°F.

Again, bone-in chicken thighs take significantly longer to cook, so be sure to adjust the cooking time to reflect that. 

cooking yogurt curry marinated chicken thighs on the grill

Tips for the Best Chicken Thighs

Chicken thighs are a really forgiving dish, so they’re perfect for a busy day or evening. If you want to make sure you get the absolute best flavor, follow these easy tips:

  • Let the chicken marinate for up to 8 hours for maximum flavor. Wipe away most of the marinade when it’s time to cook.
  • Always let your chicken stand for 15 minutes before cooking. Room-temperature proteins cook better, resulting in a tastier texture.
  • If you choose the broiler method, a broiler pan works great to hold the chicken thighs – but you can also use a baking sheet or cast-iron skillet. Don’t use glass or Pyrex under the broiler.

Serving Suggestions

  • The Indian-inspired flavor combinations in this dish pair really well with basmati rice, but also go deliciously with jasmine rice, a simple spinach salad with a sweet vinaigrette, or a mixture of raw, fresh veggies and fruit.

cutting a slice off cooked chicken thighs and holding it in place with a fork

How to Store and Reheat Leftovers

  • Store leftover chicken similarly to how you would store leftover steak. First, allow it to come to room temperature. Then, cover in sauce (you can use additional yogurt, but do not use leftover marinade, since it contains the juices of the raw chicken) so the meat doesn’t dry out. Store in an airtight container for up to 4 days.
  • To reheat, place the chicken gently in an ovenproof dish and warm at 200°F until just heated through. Don’t overcook, or the chicken will become dry. You can also warm the chicken over very low heat on the stovetop in a covered skillet.

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Tools Used in this Recipe

cutting a slice off cooked chicken thighs and holding it in place with a fork

Yogurt-Marinated Chicken Thighs (Indian Inspired)

Katerina | Diethood
A super-easy, super-fast, super-flavorful entree. Boneless, skinless chicken thighs are marinated in yogurt and a blend of Indian-inspired spices, and then broiled or grilled to perfection!
5 from 19 votes
Servings : 4 people
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Time to Marinate 30 mins
Total Time 55 mins

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup nonfat plain yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 8 (about 2 pounds, total) boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • chopped fresh cilantro, for garnish

Instructions
 

  • In a large mixing bowl, combine yogurt, oil, curry powder, chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, and salt; mix to combine.
  • Add chicken thighs and toss until well-coated.
  • Cover and marinate for at least 30 minutes. You can also cover and refrigerate for up to 8 hours.
  • Remove chicken from fridge and let stand for 15 minutes at room temperature.
Oven Method:
  • Set oven to BROIL.
  • Transfer chicken to a broiler pan or foil-lined baking sheet or broiler pan. Discard yogurt marinade.
  • Broil chicken for 8 minutes; flip chicken thighs and broil 7 to 8 minutes more, or until internal temperature reaches 165°F.
  • Remove from oven.
  • Garnish with cilantro and serve.
Grill Method:
  • Preheat grill to medium-high, about 425°F to 450°F.
  • Brush the grill grates with oil.
  • Place chicken thighs on grill and grill for 7 minutes per side, or until internal temperature of chicken reaches 165˚F.
IMPORTANT:
  • If using bone-in chicken thighs, cook (or grill) for about 25 to 28 minutes, flipping the chicken thighs halfway through cooking.

Notes

NET CARBS: 7 g

Nutrition

Calories: 352 kcal | Carbohydrates: 8 g | Protein: 48 g | Fat: 14 g | Saturated Fat: 3 g | Cholesterol: 216 mg | Sodium: 865 mg | Potassium: 794 mg | Fiber: 1 g | Sugar: 5 g | Vitamin A: 662 IU | Vitamin C: 1 mg | Calcium: 163 mg | Iron: 3 mg | Net Carbs: 7 g

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: boneless skinless chicken thigh recipes, chicken thigh recipes oven, grilled chicken thighs recipe, how to cook chicken thighs, low carb chicken dinner
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53 comments on “Curry-Yogurt Marinated Chicken Thighs”

    1. Katerina - Diethood
      Katerina Petrovska

      Hi!
      For boneless, skinless chicken thighs, you want to preheat the oven to 425˚F, and cook them for about 30 to 35 minutes, or until internal temperature of the chicken registers at 165˚F.

  1. Hi
    Can I use smaller tenderloin pieces of chicken instead? Something that’s boneless ?
    Thanks
    Amina

    1. Katerina - Diethood
      Katerina Petrovska

      Yes, that will work! Since tenderloins are smaller, you may need to cook them for a little less time. After flipping over the chicken tenderloins, check on them at about the 4 minute mark to see if they’re already done.

    2. We really enjoyed this recipe. I’ve tried it before from another recipe and it was ok. I combined the 2 recipies and it came out restaurant quality. I like the curry power addition. That def upped the flavor. I also added a tablespoon of minced garlic instead of the garlic powder. Definitely a plus. Also added a little sumac and lemon juice from 1 lemon. Amazing. And I never really write reviews.

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    Amanda Caudill

    Hi I’d like to make this tomorrow. I see you say marinate up to 8 hours. Can you not marinate overnight/24 hours? Is that too much because of the yogurt? Thanks!

    1. Katerina - Diethood
      Katerina Petrovska

      Hi!
      So, this is my personal experience, but I have noticed that if I leave chicken to marinate for too long, it actually becomes tougher. This is why I don’t do it for more than 8-ish hours. BUT you can definitely give it a go, if you like. 😊

  3. Which cooking method would produce better results for this recipe: broiling or air fryer? I don’t currently have access to a grill.

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