Plain yogurt is a magical ingredient in a marinade. It tenderizes chicken while keeping it moist and succulent. Add a little sweetener, something tart and warm spices--and you have a dynamite dish.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, March/April 1996


Recipe Summary

1 hr 10 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Place hot water in a small bowl and crumble saffron threads over it. Steep for 5 minutes. Combine yogurt, onion, garlic, harissa (or hot sauce or cayenne), lemon juice, honey, oil, salt, cumin and cinnamon in a shallow dish. Stir in the saffron water. Add drumsticks and coat well. Cover with plastic wrap and marinate in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes or up to 12 hours.

  • Meanwhile, preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil and set an oiled rack on top. Place the drumsticks on the rack and bake until the chicken is golden brown on the outside and no longer pink in the center, about 30 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

391 calories; protein 49.3g 99% DV; carbohydrates 12.3g 4% DV; exchange other carbs 1; dietary fiber 0.7g 3% DV; sugars 9.6g; fat 14.7g 23% DV; saturated fat 3.5g 17% DV; cholesterol 252.8mg 84% DV; vitamin a iu 46.4IU 1% DV; vitamin c 6.1mg 10% DV; folate 18.5mcg 5% DV; calcium 97.1mg 10% DV; iron 2.5mg 14% DV; magnesium 52.9mg 19% DV; potassium 638.3mg 18% DV; sodium 655mg 26% DV; thiamin 0.2mg 22% DV; added sugar 4g.

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  • 5 star values: 1
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 4 stars
Flavorful easy and healthy This was a total success both flavorful and easy. My husband loved it and he is not easy to please. I used boneless and skinless breasts and the result was fabulous. Not only did I marinate for a little over three hours but I spooned mixture over the breasts every now and then. Pros: E Read More
Rating: 4 stars
This was just okay. I used chicken thighs so I don't know if that made a difference or not. I am not saying it tasted bad it is just not anything that I would keep in my regular rotation. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Plenty of Flavor & Delish Twist on Baked Chicken I was a little skeptical to try this recipe after the first 2 reviews but the third review was positive so I gave this a try. The market I shop at only carries local meats from local farms so they only had chicken wings that day. I used them instead and doubled the marinade (kept the yogurt at double but did a little under triple for the spices. Saffron is really strong so I left that a little under double) to make sure the chicken was packed with flavor. I looked up chix wings cooking times and found various ways to bake them. I decided to do 400 degrees for 10 minutes and then 350 degrees for 30 minutes. These wings came out flavorful juicy and a recipe keeper for my family! Pros: simple make ahead flavorful Read More
Rating: 1 stars
Wouldn't make again. Bland. Unfortunately this dish didn't go over well in my house. I didn't think the flavors were very strong and what flavor you did taste didn't meld well together. Pros: Healthy? Cons: Lacks flavor flavors don't go well together. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Great recipe I am surprised to read the other reviews because we really enjoyed this recipe. I went a little strong on the chili powder and garlic and we ate it with some couscous mixed with olive oil pine nuts and raisons. The chicken took about 40 minutes to cook in our oven instead of 30. But the flavor was good and the chicken very tender! Would definitely make it again. Read More