Yogurt Marinated Chicken Thighs

Here’s another super duper easy, yet so delicious recipe: marinated chicken thighs. This one is brought to us by Stephanie Izard, winner of season 4 of the highly acclaimed series Top Chef on Bravo TV. I was lucky enough to have had one of her meals at a pop up dinner here in NYC for the Harlem Eat Up Food Festival. It was damn near a religious experience, and I have all intentions to cook everything out of her cookbook, just to try to duplicate that amazing taste. Here’s the first one, and trust me, you are going to want this all the time.

Screenshot_20180904-171709_InstagramWhat you’ll need:

  • 2 cups fresh cilantro, roughly chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/3 cup finely grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 shallot, sliced thinly
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 2 tbsp sambal oelek
  • grated zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 1/2 pounds skin-on boneless chicken thighs
  • 2 tbsp canola oil

In a blender or food processor combine cilantro, yogurt, parmesan, olive oil, fish sauce, shallot, garlic, sambal leek, and lemon zest. Blend until smooth. Pour into large bowl, add the chicken thighs. Toss to coat and marinate overnight in the fridge.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Heat the canola oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Without removing any of the marinade from the thighs, brown them for 2 to 3 minutes per side. Do this in batches to avoid crowding the pan. When all the chicken has been browned, transfer them to a large baking dish and bake them until cooked through, 8 to 10 minutes.


Bon Appétit!

For more info on Stephanie Izard’s cookbook Gather And Graze, click here

Author: Gotham Foodie

Hello there, fellow foodies! My name is Erica, I was born and raised in Germany, and moved to the US, New York City to be exact, in July of 1987. I have worked most of my time here in the Big Apple as a bartender, but my true love is food. I cook just about every day, I search for good food everywhere, and pretty much always find it. I don't consider myself a food critic, I don't have the culinary background for that kind of expertise. I do however know good food, good chefs and good restaurants. I report back about my culinary adventures, and I choose to leave out my unsatisfactory experiences. We have enough negativity in our daily lives, I don't want to add to that. All the recipes in my FROM MY KITCHEN and DOTW blogs are cooked and prepared by me. All pictures are taken by me. I don't always eat everything you see in my pictures, but you bet your buns, I do try everything. Last but not least, you should know that I am a huge Top Chef fan. I have never missed an episode of the Bravo TV show. I have at this point visited almost 20 restaurants run by Top Chef contestants, and I'm continuously impressed by their skill, drive and passion. So I will continue to seek them out, and I hope you join me in my journey!

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