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Chicken Salad with Tahini-Yogurt Dressing

Jamie Bissonnette likes to make this grilled-chicken salad with boneless thighs because they stay juicier than breasts. "The yogurt sauce on the side is a little bit Indian and a little bit Middle Eastern," he says.

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  • Servings: 6

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  • 1 cup whole Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons tahini
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing
  • 1 English cucumber—peeled and finely diced
  • 1/2 cup lightly packed mint, finely chopped
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 1/4 pounds skinless, boneless chicken thighs
  • Chipotle chile powder
  • Thinly sliced scallions, for garnish
  • Warm flatbread or steamed rice, for serving


  1. In a medium bowl, whisk the yogurt, lime juice, garlic, tahini, turmeric and 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Fold in the cucumber and mint and season with salt and pepper.
  2. Light a grill or preheat a grill pan. Generously brush the chicken thighs with olive oil and season with salt, pepper and chipotle chile powder. Grill the chicken over moderately high heat, turning occasionally, until lightly charred outside and cooked through, 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a carving board and let rest for 5 minutes.
  3. Cut the chicken into bite-size pieces and transfer them to a large bowl. Add half of the cucumber yogurt and toss well. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer the yogurt chicken to plates, garnish with sliced scallions and serve with warm flatbread or steamed rice, passing the remaining cucumber yogurt at the table.

Suggested Pairing

The tangy yogurt in this chicken salad calls for a wine with the same level of brightness, like Moscofilero, a white wine from Greece. Pour one from Peloponnese.

Contributed By Photo © Christina Holmes Published June 2013

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