Burmese Spiced Yogurt Chicken

In January I’ve heard a whole lot of rumblings around the blogosphere about people having a hard time getting back in the swing of things after the holidays.   Even though we’re well into February, I’d still have to agree with that sentiment, although it’s certainly not due to a lack of inspiration.   During my two week pause from blogging I felt like a high school student without any homework.

But rather than spending all of my time on Facebook or at the mall (or whatever it is that high school kids do these days),  there were post-work Pilates sessions, late nights with good books, early  morning weekend hikes and subsequent mid-afternoon naps.

It was pretty great.

Reluctant to let go of all of these little luxuries that can only exist with a little more free time, I’ve been slacking a little bit around here.   I’ve been forgetting to come up with recipe game plans and grocery lists and just sort of winging it as best I can come the weekend.

Last Saturday I did a quick scan of a Burmese cookbook, trying to figure out what I could make with whatever ingredients that were in the freezer, fridge and pantry.  I had some sad, forgotten chicken thighs in the freezer, a small tub of Greek yogurt in the fridge and all of the requisite spices in my an admittedly overstocked spice rack, so this spiced yogurt chicken shot up to the top of the very short list of possibilities.   Chicken is marinated overnight with  pretty basic spices and yogurt.   Bake it until bubbly and the chicken is cooked through and top it with some crispy shallots and fresh cilantro and it pretty much tastes like heaven.

Who knew slacking off tasted so good?

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Burmese Spiced Yogurt Chicken

Although this recipe worked very well using the baking method, I imagine grilling the marinated chicken would be even better...

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

* 4 pieces chicken breast or chicken thighs, chilled
* 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
* 2 cloves garlic, minced
* 1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
* 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
* 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
* 2 teaspoons ground cumin
* 1 teaspoon paprika
* 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
* 2 Tablespoons oil
* fried shallots, for topping
* fresh, chopped cilantro leaves, for topping

Fried Shallots:
* At least one cup thinly sliced shallots
* oil

Directions:

Place the chicken in a large bowl. Add the yogurt, garlic, ginger, salt, turmeric, cumin, paprika and cardamom. Stir to mix. Cover with a lid or plastic wrap and refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight.

When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Arrange the chicken pieces in a baking dish (I used one slightly smaller than a 9x13") and pour any of the additional marinade over the chicken. Bake for 30 minutes or until the chicken is completely cooked through.

While the chicken is baking prepare the crispy shallots. Heat 1/4 cup oil in a skillet over high heat. Add the sliced shallots and stir until well-coated in oil. Spread into an even layer. Stop stirring and let the shallots cook until the shallots on the periphery begin to brown. Stir well and again spread the shallots out into an even layer. Repeat until all of the shallots are a dark brown, adding more oil if necessary. Drain on a paper towel.

Top chicken with crispy shallots and chopped cilantro.

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9 Responses to “Burmese Spiced Yogurt Chicken”

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    A farmer in the dell — February 11, 2013 at 8:32 pm

    This sounds so stinking good and easy! My kind of recipe!

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    • Cate — February 11th, 2013 @ 10:23 pm

      Thank you! And I’m so glad you commented here. Your blog is totally awesome. I just subscribed in my reader and can’t wait and live vicariously through your garden/farming adventures :)

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    Lauren — March 14, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    This was delicious! Loved it and will definitely be making it again!
    Thanks for a great recipe!

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    • Cate — March 14th, 2013 @ 5:50 pm

      So glad you liked it Lauren!

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    Christine — August 15, 2013 at 11:11 am

    This looks wonderful. Question: do you use black, or green cardamom? I love them both, but they are so different. Can’t wait to make this either way.

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    • Cate — August 16th, 2013 @ 9:25 pm

      I’ve always made it with the green cardamom. I’ve actually never had black cardamom before, so I’ll have to seek some out so that I can taste the difference between the two. Such a foodie geek :) Hope you like it Christine!

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      • Rahul — October 25th, 2013 @ 12:08 pm

        hey how long do you cook the chicken? i dont have a meat thermometer on me, help plz! can i add spinach to the yogurt?

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    Rebekah — October 18, 2013 at 4:04 am

    yummy! will cut the cardamom in half and reduce salt next time. :)

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    google — August 2, 2014 at 3:20 pm

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