This easy, fresh-tasting yogurt marinade helps the chicken stay juicy even if it's a little overcooked. The marinade also works well with skin-on boneless breasts or thighs.
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1 cup full-fat plain Greek yogurt
1 cup lightly packed cilantro, finely chopped
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon cayenne
1 teaspoon ground cumin
One 3 1/2-pound chicken—halved, breast and rib bones removed, leg bones left intact
Vegetable oil, for brushing
How to Make It
In a large resealable plastic bag, mix the yogurt with the cilantro, lemon juice, garlic, cayenne, cumin, 2 teaspoons of salt and 1 teaspoon of pepper. Add the chicken halves and turn to coat. Seal the bag and transfer to a baking dish. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours or overnight. Bring the chicken to room temperature before grilling.
Set up a gas grill for indirect grilling, then heat to 400° and oil the grate. Remove the chicken from the marinade, scraping off any excess; discard the marinade. Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Set the chicken skin side up on the grate over indirect heat. Close the grill and cook, turning once, until the chicken is browned and nearly cooked through, about 25 minutes; use a spray bottle filled with water to stop flare-ups.
Reduce the heat to moderately low. Flip the chicken and grill it over direct heat, turning occasionally, until lightly charred and an instant-read thermometer inserted in the inner thighs registers 160°, about 15 minutes more. Transfer the chicken to a carving board and let rest for 10 minutes before carving.
Citrusy Californian Sauvignon Blanc matches the tanginess of the marinade here.
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Review Body: this is one of the best marinades I've ever had. The yogurt keeps the chicken very tender and the combo of cilantro and garlic give such a fresh kick. my kids all love it... our favorite way to eat this is on naan bread with greek yogurt sauce and choice of fresh tomato, onion, and/or lettuce. Perfect summertime dinner. I uises boneless skinless thighs