Indian Chicken Thighs

Do you ever get a real hankering for something? Not too long ago, I had just that, a craving for the simple, yet complex flavors of Indian food. I do not often cook much Indian food, but I can’t help myself when I think of the flavors that include cumin, paprika, yogurt, and garlic, among other things.

Indian Chicken Thighs recipe

As I normally do, I grazed my cupboards to see what I had in stock. My attention was immediately taken to tumeric power in my spice cabinet, and that triggered the thought of Indian food. With a simple marinade, these delicious chicken thighs were screaming with flavor, and to top it off, some nice grilled red onions.


  • 1 cup of plain yogurt
  • Juice of one lime
  • Lime, cut in quarters for plating, extra juice if needed
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp tumeric powder
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • small handful of fresh cilantro, chopped
  • generous pinch of salt
  • generous pinch of pepper
  • 6-8 boneless, skinless, organic chicken thighs
  • 1/2 red onion, thick sliced
  • 1/4 cup of olive oil
  • Basmati rice, cooked

Begin by mixing everything but the red onion and olive oil in a bowl. Add this mixture to a large ziplock bag, placing your chicken thighs in the bag. Massage the marinade into the chicken (from the outside of the bag), seal, and place inside of the refrigerator for at least 2 hours, however the longer the better.

Get your grill started, and get it heated to a medium heat. As the grill is heating, remove the bag from the refrigerator and let the thighs take some of the chill off. To a small bowl, add the sliced onions, and pour the olive oil on top of the onions, gently coating them.

Indian Chicken Thighs recipe

Place your thighs on the grill. Don’t worry if cilantro gets on them because that is what you want. Grill your chicken thighs for about seven minutes on each side. Flip, and repeat for the other seven minutes. Add the onion slices to the grill, and cook for a few minutes, just until they become nice and tender.

Plate by adding rice to a small bowl, then flip it over, carefully, onto your plate. Add your chicken thigh, a couple of lime wedges, and some of the grilled onions.

This is a real winner if you are looking for an easy Indian chicken dish to make, and wow, does it pack some really great flavor. I hope you enjoy.

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Dax Phillips

Thank you for visiting my website. Truly, I do appreciate it. My free time and stress reliever is cooking for my family, friends, and everyone in between. The recipes you find on this site are those that I have either created, been part of, or those that I simply enjoy and have made my own in some shape, form, or other. My focus has always been on comfort food, because at the end of a long work day, you want something comforting. I currently am the father of three children, and married to a wonderful wife of thirteen years. There is nothing fancy with these recipes, just simple, and I will admit, not so simple ingredients, and a simple kitchen corner I can call my own. I learned early on that cooking and bringing family together was very important. After all, this notion of being together at dinner time was instilled early on by my parents. There are many memories of being in the kitchen with my parents, watching them cook, or preparing meals, or those home cooked smells while waiting for dinner. My parents who worked full-time, always had home cooked meals during the week, with the exception of Friday nights where we would enjoy a Wisconsin fish fry, and often on late afternoons on Sunday, where we would order Ann's pizza. I tend to cook by making things up. As a home cook, I think you have to take chances, and add or subtract ingredients that make up a dish, and make them your own. Remember to taste, and taste often. If a dish has potential, try it again, and make it your own. You should also note that I do not count calories, or break down recipes into grams of anything. To me, that's a bit boring. My philosophy is that if the food is good, eat it, and eat it in moderation. Life is just too short not to enjoy good food. Commonly Asked Questions: Can I use your photography/content on my website/blog? Please do not redistribute my photography or recipes without my permission. All of the recipes and photography on this website are my own unless noted, and is subjected to copyright  If you’d like to use a photograph or a recipe, please contact me for permission. Will you review my product/book/site? I am available for recipe development, food photography and/or styling, travel/press events, product reviews, brand promotion/ambassador, and sponsored posts. If you are interested in working with me, or if you have a question/comment regarding a recipe or about my blog, please send me an email.

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