Yoghurt and Spice Roasted Chicken Thighs

, from Issue #73. July, 2017
Photography by Manja Wachsmuth.
Yoghurt and Spice Roasted Chicken Thighs

Cooking the chicken in the oven ensures the spiced yoghurt coating doesn’t catch and burn. You can marinate the thighs several hours ahead of cooking.

Serves: 4


½ cup thick plain yoghurt
1 teaspoon each smoked paprika and ground cumin
½ teaspoon ground turmeric
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼–½ teaspoon chilli flakes
3 tablespoons olive oil
8 boneless, skin-on chicken thighs
sea salt and ground pepper
lemon wedges, to serve


Preheat the oven to 180°C fan bake.

Whisk the yoghurt with all the remaining ingredients in a large bowl and season generously with salt and pepper.

Add the chicken thighs and turn to fully coat in the yoghurt mixture. Place skin-side up on a lined baking tray, leaving a little space between each one so they roast but don’t steam.

Roast for about 40 minutes until golden brown and fully cooked through. Cooking time will depend on the size of the chicken thighs. Serve with lemon wedges. Serves 4.