Tandoori Yogurt Marinade

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Duyen Tran

California native trying to navigate her new life in NYC as a recent transplant, post-grad, who tries to make friends, explore the city and eat well on a small budget. She’s known for her fairly obscure pop culture references and gumption. You can see some of that doogen.wordpress.com or her twitter @doogencreates.

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I eat a lot of chicken. Chicken breast. Chicken thighs. Chicken drumsticks. Chicken chicken chicken. Because it’s healthy and most of the time it’s affordable. But it can feel a little like Bubba from Forrest Gump and here is where Dinner: A Love Story‘s variations of the yogurt marinade will save you from the boredom of blandly seasoned chicken breast.





  • 2 cups plain yogurt
  • 1/2 large onion
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • salt & freshly ground pepper
  • 1 cup cilantro leaves (no need to chop since it’s going in the blender)
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 tablespoon garam masala (McCormick now sells this — it’s an Indian spice blend that’s kind of sweet)
  • 1 2-inch piece ginger
  • juice of one lime


  1. Add all the above ingredients into your Magic Bullet and blend!
  2. Pour the marinade over your chicken and let it sit for however long you can wait before you start dinner. I usually do this in the morning or the day before so it gets a good soak. But you could do it right when you get home, then watch TV for an hour or clean or take a shower, and then grill your chicken up.
  3. Plate with your favorite sides and enjoy!

I’m a white rice kind of girl. Brown rice just has never grown on me! Health food blasphemy, I know. BUT – I had it with salad, so they cancel each other out, right?)