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Garam Masala Chicken Thighs with Turmeric Yoghurt Recipe

Garam Masala Chicken Thighs with Turmeric Yoghurt

Credit: Christie Connelly

This is a very simple and cheap way to inject chicken thighs with incredible flavour. Serve with my broccoli steaks or spiced cauliflower and some homemade naan. Indian dinner perfection for a fraction of the price it costs to order takeaway and much healthier, too. Win, win!

Serves: 4–6 as part of a meal



  • Turmeric Yoghurt Dressing
  • 1 cup natural yoghurt
  • ½ Lebanese cucumber, peeled & grated
  • 1cm piece fresh turmeric root, grated
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp dried mint

  • 3 tbsp garam masala dry spice mix
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 5 tbsp melted coconut oil
  • 1kg skinless & boneless chicken thighs
  • Sprouts or fresh herbs, to garnish (optional)
  1. Mix together all dressing ingredients in small bowl. Chill in fridge until ready to serve.
  2. Place spice mix and salt on large platter and add 3 tbsp of coconut oil. Mix until wet paste is formed. Add chicken thighs and mix until all chicken is thoroughly coated.
  3. Heat oven to 200ºC. Heat 1 tbsp coconut oil in large frypan over high heat and add half the chicken thighs. Brown on both sides for 2 mins to seal on spice paste.
  4. Transfer to large roasting tray and repeat with remaining coconut oil and chicken thighs.
  5. Bake chicken for 10 mins until cooked through and juicy. Serve drizzled with dressing and garnished with sprouts or fresh herbs.


Christie Connelly

Christie publishes the popular Australian food blog Fig & Cherry featuring healthy, family-friendly meals and sweet treats with mouth-watering photography to match. Christie draws recipe inspiration from her Hungarian and Lebanese heritages, her travel adventures and, of course, the amazing fertile soil of the Northern Rivers with its abundance of local organic fruits, vegetables, delicious native produce and healthy free-range-reared animals. Her passion is educating parents, grandparents and carers how to shop for, prepare and cook healthy, nutritious food and to encourage children to enjoy it as well.