This dish is a nice change from my usual flavors, and it is a great combination of a bit of spice mixed with the sweetness of apples. The yogurt sauce is a beautiful combination of greens and produces a wonderful smell as you grate the apples and chop the cilantro.
Although this recipe doesn't call for it, I think that next time I make this dish, I will add some chicken broth to my rice as it cooks for a bit of additional flavor. Also, I would suggest making extra yogurt sauce, because it is just so good you will want plenty for slathering on your chicken.
Tandoori Chicken with Yogurt Sauce
Recipe from Everyday Foods: Great Food Fast
Pictures by Caroline
Prep Time: 30 minutes (It only took me about 15-20 minutes of prep time)
Total Time: 35 minutes
1 cup plain low-fat yogurt
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
1 teaspoon ground ginger
Coarse salt and fresh ground pepper
4 bone-in, skinless chicken breast halves (10 to 12 ounces each). Note: I used boneless chicken breasts
2 Granny Smith apples
1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
1. Preheat the oven to 475°F. In a large bowl, mix together ½ cup of the yogurt, the garlic, turmeric, ginger, 2 teaspoons salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Add the chicken; turn to coat.
2. Transfer the chicken to a rimmed baking sheet. Roast until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thickest part of the breast (avoiding the bone) registers 160°F, 25 to 30 minutes.
3. Meanwhile, peel the apple; coarsely grate into a medium bowl. Add the cilantro and the remaining ½ cup yogurt; season with salt and pepper. Serve the sauce alongside the chicken, with rice, if desired.