Azeri Yogurt-Marinated Chicken Thighs


Tender chicken thighs marinated in rich and creamy yogurt mixed with spices is a popular dish in Azerbaijan.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
50 mins
Additional Time:
4 hrs
Total Time:
5 hrs 5 mins
8 servings


  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt

  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder

  • 2 teaspoons onion powder

  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric

  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

  • 1 teaspoon paprika

  • 1 teaspoon dried tarragon

  • 1 teaspoon dried mint

  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

  • 1 large orange, juiced

  • 2 pounds chicken thighs


  1. Combine yogurt, garlic, onion, turmeric, cinnamon, paprika, tarragon, mint, red pepper flakes, and orange juice in a bowl. Stir to combine.

  2. Dip each chicken thigh into yogurt mixture and place on a plate. Cover with foil and marinate in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours.

  3. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease a baking dish and place chicken thighs inside.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven until chicken is no longer pink at the bone and the juices run clear, 50 to 55 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted near the bone should read 165 degrees F (74 degrees C).

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

206 Calories
11g Fat
6g Carbs
21g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 206
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 4g 18%
Cholesterol 76mg 25%
Sodium 82mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 6g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 21g
Vitamin C 13mg 65%
Calcium 29mg 2%
Iron 1mg 8%
Potassium 260mg 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.