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Bombay Chicken

This grilled dinner always turns out moist and tender. The marinade has a Middle Eastern flair, giving the dish a zesty flavor. It makes a beautiful presentation as well. —June Thomas of Chesterton, Indiana
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. + marinating Grill: 25 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 1-1/2 cups plain yogurt
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 4 to 5 pounds bone-in chicken thighs and legs, skin removed


  • In a large shallow dish, combine the first 11 ingredients. Add the chicken; turn to coat. Refrigerate, covered, overnight.
  • Drain chicken, discarding marinade.
  • On a lightly oiled grill rack, grill chicken, covered, over medium-hot heat for 10-15 minutes on each side or until a thermometer reads 170°-175°.
Nutrition Facts
4 ounce-weight: 255 calories, 13g fat (3g saturated fat), 106mg cholesterol, 344mg sodium, 3g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 1g fiber), 31g protein.

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  • hamhock32
    Nov 4, 2014

    Simple and tasty!

  • lisadritchie
    Aug 9, 2014

    I have made this recipe a few times. It never disappoints. Moist and flavorful. It stands out from ordinary barbeque sauce.

  • Ajanet
    May 27, 2014

    This is one of my favorite marinade recipes. I followed the recipe exactly. I used boneless skinless chicken breasts.

  • rllewis7
    Jul 31, 2013

    This recipe has a great balance of heat and warmth from the spices that is not too overpowering. I used boneless chicken breasts, which turned out really moist and flavorful.

  • Mkleinschmit
    May 7, 2013

    I was really excited about this recipe. I did not grill it, so maybe that has something to do with the the lack of flavor. Instead, I cooked it in a large electric skillet. I also marinated for about 12 hrs. I might try it as the recipe states next time, but if it does not improve, I will not try it again.

  • shellabe1974
    Apr 21, 2013

    The marinate didn't stay on the chicken it just melted off. My chicken find,t have much flavor.

  • LLieb
    Mar 7, 2013

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  • cookjan
    May 11, 2012

    This recipe was GREAT! We had a cookout at work today. My boss picked this one out of my magazine and I did all the prep yesterday. Needed two grills to cook all, but it was worth it! The only thing I changed was the skinless part of the chicken we all love the skin on chicken here! I guarantee I will be making this one again. Had to double the recipe to feed all, but it was wonderful!

  • tangomango
    Dec 18, 2011

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  • amethystra
    Oct 30, 2011

    I made this for myself at least a year ago.. and just made it for my folks and sister with her family. It went over real well.. but they requested that I make it with chicken breast instead. Both times that I made it, I baked it.. since I used chicken thigh, I cooked it at 350 degrees for 45 min. Yummy!