Yoghurt Chicken Legs
Yoghurt Chicken Legs
5 from 2 votes
Elevate your chicken dinner with tender drumsticks marinated in a tangy yogurt sauce, infusing each bite with a burst of creamy and savory flavors. This recipe promises a succulent and flavorful meal that will leave your taste buds craving for more. A must-try for any poultry lover!
Yoghurt Chicken Legs

Yoghurt chicken legs are a delectable dish that has been enjoyed by many for centuries. Originating in the Middle East, this recipe has a long history of tantalizing taste buds with its blend of creamy yoghurt and savory spices.

The combination of tender chicken legs marinated in tangy yoghurt creates a dish that is both flavorful and satisfying.

The beauty of yoghurt chicken legs lies in its simplicity – anyone can master this recipe with a few basic ingredients and some patience. The marinating process may take some time, but the end result is well worth the wait.

The dish is perfect for a casual family dinner or a special occasion, as it is sure to impress even the most discerning palate.

If you’re looking to add a new twist to your chicken recipes, yoghurt chicken legs are the perfect choice. The creamy texture of the yoghurt infuses the chicken with a richness that is hard to resist.


Chicken Legs: Chicken legs are a flavorful and juicy cut of meat that is perfect for grilling, baking, or frying. They are rich in protein and have a slightly higher fat content compared to other cuts of chicken, which adds to their tenderness and succulence when cooked.

Yoghurt: Yoghurt is a dairy product made by fermenting milk with live bacteria cultures. It is creamy, tangy, and versatile, making it a popular ingredient in both sweet and savory dishes. Yoghurt helps to tenderize the chicken legs and adds a rich and creamy texture to the marinade.

Oil: Oil is used in this recipe to help coat the chicken legs and prevent them from sticking to the cooking surface. It also helps to crisp up the skin of the chicken legs and add a delicious depth of flavor to the dish.

Chilli Powder: Chilli powder is a spice blend made from ground dried chili peppers along with other spices such as cumin, garlic, and oregano. It adds heat and a burst of flavor to the marinade, giving the chicken legs a spicy kick.

Chilli Flakes: Chilli flakes are dried and crushed red chili peppers that add a fiery heat and a mild smokiness to dishes. They are sprinkled on top of the marinated chicken legs to add an extra layer of spiciness and visual appeal.

Dried Fenugreek: Dried fenugreek leaves have a slightly sweet and nutty flavor with a hint of bitterness. They are commonly used in Indian cooking to add depth and complexity to curries, marinades, and sauces. Dried fenugreek leaves are crushed and sprinkled over the marinated chicken legs for a unique and aromatic twist.

Garam Masala: Garam masala is a fragrant and warming spice blend commonly used in Indian Indian cuisine. It typically includes a mix of spices such as cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, and cumin. Garam masala adds a rich and complex flavor profile to the marinade, infusing the chicken legs with warmth and depth.

Salt: Salt is a crucial ingredient that helps to season the chicken legs and enhance the overall flavors of the dish. It also helps to tenderize the meat and draws out any excess moisture, resulting in crispy and perfectly seasoned chicken legs.

Serving Suggestions and Variations

To serve the Yoghurt Chicken Legs, you can pair them with some fresh naan bread or steamed basmati rice. The cool, tangy yogurt sauce complements the spicy chicken legs perfectly. You could also serve a side of cucumber and tomato salad for a refreshing contrast to the heat of the dish.

  • For a twist on the recipe, try marinating the chicken legs in the yogurt mixture overnight. This will allow the flavors to really soak into the meat, resulting in a more intense and delicious dish.
  • If you’re looking for a healthier option, you can opt to bake the chicken legs instead of frying them. Simply place the marinated chicken legs on a baking tray and cook in a preheated oven at 400°F for about 30-40 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through.
  • You can also vary the level of spice in the dish by adjusting the amount of chili powder and chili flakes used in the yogurt marinade. If you prefer a milder dish, simply reduce the amount of spice added to suit your taste.
  • For a more fragrant and flavorful dish, consider toasting the dried fenugreek leaves and garam masala in a dry pan before adding them to the yogurt mixture. This will help to release their essential oils and enhance the overall aroma of the dish.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is yoghurt chicken legs?

Yoghurt chicken legs are marinated chicken legs that have been marinated in a mixture of yoghurt, herbs, and spices before being baked, grilled, or fried.

How long should I marinate the chicken legs for?

It is recommended to marinate the chicken legs for at least 2 hours, but for best results, marinate them overnight in the refrigerator.

Can I use Greek yoghurt for this recipe?

Yes, you can use Greek yoghurt for this recipe, but be aware that Greek yoghurt is thicker and tangier than regular yoghurt, so adjust the seasonings accordingly.

Can I bake the chicken legs instead of grilling them?

Yes, you can bake the chicken legs in the oven at 375°F for about 40-45 minutes or until they are cooked through.

What can I serve with yoghurt chicken legs?

Yoghurt chicken legs can be served with rice, naan bread, salad, or roasted vegetables for a complete and delicious meal.

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Yoghurt Chicken Legs

Yoghurt Chicken

by Nabeela Kauser
Elevate your chicken dinner with tender drumsticks marinated in a tangy yogurt sauce, infusing each bite with a burst of creamy and savory flavors. This recipe promises a succulent and flavorful meal that will leave your taste buds craving for more.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Course Appetiser
Cuisine Indian
Servings 6
Calories 346 kcal


  • 6 Chicken Legs
  • 250 g Yoghurt
  • 2 tbsp Oil
  • 1 tsp Chilli Powder
  • 1 tsp Chilli Flakes
  • 1 tsp Dried Fenugreek
  • 1 tsp Garam Masala
  • 1 tsp Salt


  • Using a sharp knife, make 2-3 shallow slashes on each chicken leg. This will help the marinade penetrate the meat better.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine the yogurt, oil, chilli powder, chilli flakes, dried fenugreek, garam masala, and salt. Mix well until all the ingredients are evenly incorporated. Marinate for at least 30 minutes
  • Bake in the oven at 180°C (350°F) gas mark 5 for 40 minutes then flip and bake for a further 30 minutes
  • Serve with a side of fries and enjoy!.



Nutritional facts:
The provision of nutritional information is done so merely as a courtesy and should not be taken as a guarantee.


Calories: 346kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 23gFat: 27gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 125mgSodium: 526mgPotassium: 339mgFibre: 0.3gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 357IUVitamin C: 0.5mgVitamin D: 0.2µgCalcium: 64mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Chicken, Chicken Legs, Cooking, Food, Ramadan, Recipe, Yoghurt, Yoghurt Chicken
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