Yogurt Chicken/Murg Dahi

Yogurt gives this dish from northern India a wonderful flavor and also makes the meat very
tender.The yogurt and spice flavors will penetrate the chicken if you skin it as Indian cooks always do.To remove the skin, hold a chicken piece in one hand and pull hard on the loose skin with the other hand. A paper towel will help you to get a good grip.*

  • 3.5 to 4 lbs. chicken pieces, skinned
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 green chili, finely chopped
  • 1 cup (8 oz.) plain yogurt
  • 1/4 cup fresh coriander leaves, chopped
  • 1 tbsp. fresh ginger, chopped
  • 3 or 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter or margarine,melted
  • Prick chicken pieces all over with a fork and place in a large bowl. In a small bowl, combine salt, chili, yogurt, coriander leaves, ginger,and garlic and mix well. Pour over chicken, cover bowl, and refrigerate for six hours or overnight.
  • To cook chicken, preheat oven to 400°F. Pour half the melted butter into a roasting pan. Put chicken into a roasting pan and pour yogurt mixture on top. Place pan in middle of oven melted and roast for about 20 minutes. Reduce heat to 350°F and continue roasting, basting frequently with remaining butter and pan juices, for about 30 minutes, or until chicken is done.
  • Remove chicken and place on a serving platter. Pour sauce over chicken and serve immediately. 
*After handling raw chicken or other poultry, always remember to thoroughly wash your hands, utensils, and preparation area with soapy, hot water. Also, when checking chicken for doneness, slice Cooking time: 50 to 60 minutes a piece down the middle to make sure the meat is white (not pink) all the way through. 

Preparation time: 10 minutes 
Refrigeration time: 6 hours  
Cooking time: 50 to 60 minutes 
Serves 4 to 6

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