Recipe: Tandoori chicken with yogurt sauce

This recipe was submitted from a Mama all the way in India!!!! So you know this one will be exotic… sounds great! Thank you so much Mama S!!! Keep them coming and post some pics on the Mama In Motion Facebook page!

You can find this recipe at her own blog “What I Eat”. Check it out!

“I first mentioned this recipe from Everyday Food a few weeks ago because it inspired the apple yogurt slaw I like to serve with other dishes. Sometimes though we like to do this complete recipe.”


  • 1 cup plain low-fat yogurt
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced

[Mama K comment: I use jarred minced garlic, to save time]

  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger

[Mama K comment: you can also find ground ginger in small jars that keep in the refrigerator, to save time]

  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 4 bone-in, skinless chicken breasts halves (10 to 12 ounces each)
  • 2 Granny Smith apples
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro [Mama K comment: you can also try Trader Joe’s spice cubes of cilantro – they are in the freezer section of the store and essentially are little cubes of real spices already chopped up real fine – saves time]



1. Preheat oven to 475°. In a large bowl, mix together 1/2 cup yogurt, garlic, turmeric, ginger, 2 teaspoons salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Add chicken; turn to coat.

2. Transfer chicken to a rimmed baking sheet. Roast until an instant-read thermometer inserted in thickest part of breast (avoiding bone) registers 160°, 25 to 30 minutes.

3. Meanwhile, peel apple; coarsely grate into a medium bowl. Add cilantro and remaining 1/2 cup yogurt; season with salt and pepper. Serve sauce alongside chicken, with rice, if desired.

“I like to use 2 boneless chicken breasts instead, for faster, easier cooking. Also, I use whatever apples I have on-hand and I like to add lime juice to the apple slaw. And we always make rice for the side.”

Prep time: 5 minutes, 10 minutes for slaw while chicken is cooking

Cook time: 30 minutes

THANK YOU MAMA S!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Let us know how you are doing over in India! And post some pics!
Mama K


Update on 12/28/2011:   I made this dinner tonight.  It was sooooooooooooo simple, and simply amazing.  A good amount of flavor for the kids.  My boys loved it but the girls, not so much.  Me and Hubby were raving about it.   And seriously, very, very, very simple.  I used jarred garlic, dried turmeric and ginger, and also cubes of cilantro from Trader Joes.   It was FAST FAST FAST and YUMMY.

Thank you again Mama S!!!!


  1. Mama S – OMG I made that dish tonight and it was a HUGE hit. I can’t believe how FAST and EASY this was, and how flavorful, but not too much for the kids. YUM. Thank you so much. If anything else you have comes to mind, please send my way. Again, it was a huge success so thank you so much!!!

  2. Thanks for the post! I actually made this last night! I just saw your next post. I’m working on my gingerbread house this weekend, featuring Indian sweets. Hopefully I will get it up on my blog before Christmas.

    I have more photos and stories of India and our other overseas adventures in my other blog:

    • No problem – I love the fact that we’ve connected from so far away. I think I will try it tomorrow night. I will take out chicken to defrost today so that I am ready for tomorrow. I’ll check out your blog for the pics. Thanks for reading – send on to other working moms that you may know!

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