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Saffron, Garlic and Yogurt Marinated Chicken-2

Saffron Yogurt and Garlic Marinated Chicken

  • Author: Mila Furman
  • Yield: 4 people 1x


When chicken breast gets boring…this is my solution! A succulent and savory chicken breast marinated in yogurt, saffron and garlic. Tons of deliciousness wrapped up in one marinated chicken breast!


  • 2 pounds chicken breast (cut in half so they are thinner. You can also use boneless, skinless chicken thighs but use 3 pounds)
  • 1.5 cups yogurt
  • 8 garlic cloves
  • 1 large onion peeled and cut in half
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 8 threads of saffron steeped in a 1/4 cup of water or 1 tbsp of turmeric
  • a handful of cilantro
  • juice of one lemon
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • more olive oil for frying


  1. Place yogurt, water, garlic, onion, saffron or turmeric, cilantro and lemon into a blender or a food processor and pulse until smooth. Taste for salt and pepper and add as necessary.
  2. Place chicken cutlets into a ziplock bag and add yogurt mixture on top.
  3. Close the bag and swish the mixture around so everything is evenly covered. Let stand for 60 minutes to 24 hours.
  4. Place butter and olive oil into a pan, ensuring that the butter melts.
  5. Over medium heat, fry the chicken on one side for about 5 minutes or until golden brown.
  6. At this point, you can either turn the chicken over and cook on the other side or place into a 450-degree oven for 5 minutes.
  7. **If grilling, cut the chicken into large cubes and marinade. Then place on skewers and allow for it to grill for 6 minutes on each on a high flame. **
  • Category: Chicken
  • Cuisine: Persian
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