This flavorful chicken dish is simple to prepare but offers tremendous flavors. I served this with couscous and pan-fried okra. Delish!

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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified

Directions

  • Place ginger, garlic, lemon juice, and 1/4 teaspoon salt into a blender; add 2 tablespoons water and blend until smooth. Place chicken pieces into a non-metallic bowl and pour ginger mixture over chicken. Rub ginger mixture into the meat, cover bowl with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes (up to 24 hours).

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  • In same blender pitcher (without rinsing), place tomato, cilantro leaves and stems, serrano chiles, tomato paste, 3/4 teaspoon salt, and 2 tablespoons water. Blend until smooth.

  • Heat olive oil in a large, heavy nonstick pot with a lid over high heat. When oil is very hot, place chicken pieces with ginger marinade into pot; fry, turning chicken occasionally, until light brown on all sides, about 10 minutes. Pour cilantro mixture from blender over chicken. Cook, stirring often, until sauce thickens and oil separates, about 10 minutes.

  • Spoon yogurt into pot, cooking and stirring until yogurt is blended into sauce, 4 to 5 minutes. Sauce will be thick and edged with oil. Cover, reduce heat to low, and cook until chicken is tender and no longer pink inside, 10 to 15 minutes. If sauce seems too thick, thin with 1 tablespoon water or as needed.

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Nutrition Facts

346 calories; 22.5 g total fat; 89 mg cholesterol; 714 mg sodium. 8.2 g carbohydrates; 27.5 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
05/29/2014
Okay y'all! I live in the heart of Cajun country down here in Louisiana. So i got tired of all this Cajun soul food. I decided to look up some recipes on here-ran across this one. Now i did almost everything different. All ingredients were used minus the tomato paste and plus a tomato. Now i marinated for six hours. Then when it was time to brown the chicken i used peanut oil instead of olive. I put it on medium high. And sprinkled a little sugar to help Brown the chicken. After the chicken was really browned on both sides i dumped inn the cilantr Mixture and ALL of the marinade!!! Then i dumped in some turmeric and cumin!! Also added extra Salt and water. I simmered for close to an hour till the chicken was very very tender almost falling off the bone but not quite. Then last minute dumped inn the yogurt and simmered another ten minutes. Served over rice!! Look this is the bomb.com If you like a lot of flavor...here is the recipe. Please don't waste the marinade. It tastes great added in. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
07/15/2018
I followed the recipe pretty close and while it tasted good it has a strong tomato base that takes over the garlic and cilantro flavors. Not what I was expecting but still good flavor. I did skip the peppers and regretted it as this would have added more to a slightly bland tomato sauce the chicken cooked in. The name is misleading but I did enjoy the leftovers. This would be great with chicken thighs or breasts. Read More
25 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 13
  • 4 star values: 8
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
05/29/2014
Okay y'all! I live in the heart of Cajun country down here in Louisiana. So i got tired of all this Cajun soul food. I decided to look up some recipes on here-ran across this one. Now i did almost everything different. All ingredients were used minus the tomato paste and plus a tomato. Now i marinated for six hours. Then when it was time to brown the chicken i used peanut oil instead of olive. I put it on medium high. And sprinkled a little sugar to help Brown the chicken. After the chicken was really browned on both sides i dumped inn the cilantr Mixture and ALL of the marinade!!! Then i dumped in some turmeric and cumin!! Also added extra Salt and water. I simmered for close to an hour till the chicken was very very tender almost falling off the bone but not quite. Then last minute dumped inn the yogurt and simmered another ten minutes. Served over rice!! Look this is the bomb.com If you like a lot of flavor...here is the recipe. Please don't waste the marinade. It tastes great added in. Read More
(19)
Rating: 5 stars
05/29/2014
Okay y'all! I live in the heart of Cajun country down here in Louisiana. So i got tired of all this Cajun soul food. I decided to look up some recipes on here-ran across this one. Now i did almost everything different. All ingredients were used minus the tomato paste and plus a tomato. Now i marinated for six hours. Then when it was time to brown the chicken i used peanut oil instead of olive. I put it on medium high. And sprinkled a little sugar to help Brown the chicken. After the chicken was really browned on both sides i dumped inn the cilantr Mixture and ALL of the marinade!!! Then i dumped in some turmeric and cumin!! Also added extra Salt and water. I simmered for close to an hour till the chicken was very very tender almost falling off the bone but not quite. Then last minute dumped inn the yogurt and simmered another ten minutes. Served over rice!! Look this is the bomb.com If you like a lot of flavor...here is the recipe. Please don't waste the marinade. It tastes great added in. Read More
(19)
Rating: 4 stars
01/18/2014
This had lots of flavor. I marinated about 4 hrs and it got into the chicken but not as much as I would have liked. Next time I'll go longer. I loved all the fresh ingredients that were used. The sauce was great and you could smell it through out the house as it cooked. I did have two small changes but I don't think it changed things much. I used 2 jalapenos instead of serrano peppers and a used a big hand full of cherry tomatoes for the tomato. Read More
(5)
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Rating: 4 stars
02/16/2014
I used whole chicken breasts and the chicken turned out moist and tender. It wasn't red like the picture though. It ended up a brown sauce but still really delicious. Read More
(3)
Rating: 5 stars
05/28/2013
I thought it was great. The flavors melded and there was just the right amount of heat. I can see however that if less than good quality and fresh ingredients are used it would be a bit bland. Read More
(2)
Rating: 5 stars
02/12/2015
I got creative with my substitutions but feel I kept the spirit of the recipe. As I don't care for cilantro; I used fresh parsley instead. The tomatoe and paste were switched to 1/2c salsa and sour cream for the yogurt. I also found I needed to add much more water than called for (1/2c or more) in order to have enough sauce. I was searching for a chicken recipe that was out of the ordinary and this fit the bill to a "T". Great flavors! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/21/2015
This recipe was quite delicious! Next time I will try using chicken breast or maybe shrimp but I loved all the flavors together! I did use sour cream instead of yogurt and used more ginger than called for but other than that this was a winner!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/05/2016
I made this recipe for a second time yesterday and being in a hurry condensed the recipe and used substitutions. I had a bit of leftover fresh pesto that I had made yesterday and so into that I added the ginger lemon juice garlic a cup or so of fresh basil and there was some dill in the fridge so I added about a couple of tablespoons of dill and a tomato and blended the whole lot together. Marinated the chicken with this mixture for 10 minutes or so. Heated some veg oil and added the chicken (shaking off as much of the marinade as I could) and fried the drumsticks to seal the meat and then added the remainder of the marinade covered and cooked about 15 minutes. Lastly I added the yoghurt ( which I diluted with half a cup of water before adding) covered and simmered another 10 mins and voila! It was done and delicious!! This has possibly turned into a different recipe but the concept is the same. Thanks for a great recipe! Read More
(1)
Rating: 5 stars
01/24/2017
This was delicious! I made it following the recipe exactly and it was one of the best recipes I've made in a long time. It is definitely worth the effort and will become part of our regular rotation. My husband and both of my very picky children really enjoyed it as well. I thought from the ingredients that it might be too spicy but it really wasn't; even our 2 year old could eat it. Read More
(1)
Rating: 4 stars
02/24/2014
Leftovers may taste better Read More
(1)
Rating: 3 stars
07/15/2018
I followed the recipe pretty close and while it tasted good it has a strong tomato base that takes over the garlic and cilantro flavors. Not what I was expecting but still good flavor. I did skip the peppers and regretted it as this would have added more to a slightly bland tomato sauce the chicken cooked in. The name is misleading but I did enjoy the leftovers. This would be great with chicken thighs or breasts. Read More