Marinated Chicken Thighs

We are going to make these marinated chicken thighs with fresh yogurt, grated ginger, garlic, cumin, chili flakes and cinnamon. They will marinate for at least 4 hours. After they are nice and marinated we will roast them for an excellent meal.

Before we place these in the marinade we are going to let them sit in lemon juice for 30 minutes. This is going to acidify them and get them ready for the yogurt marinade.

We will marinade these for 4 hours in the fridge but they can be marinated overnight. The longer you leave them the tastier they will be.

Unlike most marinades we are going to leave this one on the chicken. It will cook on the skin and you will end up with a fantastically moist and tender piece of meat.

Here is what you need to do for this chicken thigh marinade:

Serves four

8 chicken thighs
1 large lime or lemon – juiced
2 cups plain yogurt
1 tsp. freshly grated ginger
2 large garlic clove sliced into thin slivers
1 tsp. cumin
¼ tsp. red chili flakes
¼ tsp. ground cinnamon
2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. black pepper

Rinse the chicken thighs and place them in a shallow dish. Sprinkle with 1 tsp. salt and cover with lime juice. Allow chicken to sit in lime juice – at room temperature – for 30 minutes. Remove chicken from lime juice after the 30 minutes and wash the dish.

While the chicken is in the lime, make your marinade. Mix together the yogurt, ginger, garlic, cumin, chili flakes, cinnamon, remaining salt and black pepper. Whisk the sauce.
Place the chicken in the cleaned shallow dish and cover with the marinade. Make sure to coat all the pieces. Cover the pan with some plastic and refrigerate for at least four hours.

Heat the oven to 400 degrees. Remove the chicken from the marinade but don’t shake it all off. Place the thighs on a roasting rack – oil it if do not want the skins to stick to the rack. Place the chicken in the oven for about 10 minutes – until the skin crisps.

Lower the oven to 375 degrees and continue roasting the chicken for another 30 minutes or until a meat thermometer registers 170 degrees. Remove from oven and serve. Enjoy!

2 thighs w/ skin – CALORIES 261.76; FAT 19.43 grs (sat 0.15; mono 0.07; poly 0.01); PROTEIN 20.17 grs ; FIBER 0.21 grs; CARBS 1.68 grs; CHOLESTEROL 0.91 mg; IRON 1.31 mg; SODIUM 651.34 mg; CALCIUM 40.48 mg

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  • For the yogurt marinated chicken thighs: I know you leave the skin on but are they boneless?


  • Hi Georgette!
    Sorry for the delay. These thighs have the bone in them. I appreciate you stopping by and I love your name — my oldest daughter’s name is Georgette! Take care!
    Mary Ann

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