Turkish Chicken Thighs

April/May 2005

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The acidity of the yogurt helps tenderize the chicken and keep it moist. If you can't find hot paprika, substitute 2 teaspoons sweet paprika and 1/4 teaspoon cayenne.

"I had to substitute some ingredients, but this still turned out great. I used boneless skinless breasts, which I thought would be dry, and they were fine. I baked them in a cast-iron pan and found that the yogurt made a kind of coating...
Turkish Chicken Thighs

Makes: 4 servings

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  • 8 bone-in chicken thighs, (about 3 1/2 pounds total), skin removed, trimmed
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 cup low-fat plain yogurt
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
  • 2 teaspoons hot paprika
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried mint
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  1. Place chicken in a large bowl. Add lemon juice and toss to coat. Whisk yogurt, garlic, ginger, paprika, mint and salt in a separate bowl. Pour the yogurt mixture over the chicken and stir to coat. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or up to 24 hours.
  2. Position rack in upper third of oven; preheat broiler. Remove the chicken from the marinade (discard marinade). Place the chicken on a broiler rack and broil until browned on top, about 15 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 400°F and bake until the chicken is juicy and just cooked through, about 15 minutes longer. (Thigh meat will appear dark pink, even when cooked through.) Serve immediately.

Tips & Notes

  • Chicken thighs are higher in fat than other cuts, but have the benefit of full-flavored, juicy meat. To minimize the fat, be sure to remove the skin and trim thighs thoroughly. For quick cooking, choose boneless, skinless thighs. When slow-cooking, such as braising, bone-in thighs work best because they will retain their moisture better. Two 2- to 3-ounce boneless thighs yield a 3-ounce cooked portion.


Per serving: 138 calories; 4 g fat (1 g sat, 1 g mono); 82 mg cholesterol; 3 g carbohydrates; 0 g added sugars; 21 g protein; 0 g fiber; 251 mg sodium; 312 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Selenium (20% daily value).

Exchanges: 3 lean meat

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Type of Dish
Main dish, poultry
Middle Eastern
Ease of Preparation
Total Time
More than 1 hour
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