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Yogurt Mint Chicken

Just when we thought Summer was over here comes the scorching hot days again. I wish this weather could seriously now decide which season we are in exactly. 

Yogurt Mint Chicken

My kitchen is like a furnace on hot days so I needed to make something quick and easy. This Yogurt Mint Chicken was the perfect recipe.

I found this Yogurt Mint Chicken years ago in a Women and Home magazine. I tweaked the recipe a little and it tastes absolutely amazing.

The flavors of the mint with the cumin and coriander is heavenly.  I absolutely love cooking this Yogurt Mint Chicken.

It is also super easy to prepare. I pop all my ingredients in a blender and marinate the chicken for 30 minutes. Pop it into the oven and dinner is served. 

 It also works really great on the braai or barbecue as some know it.

You can serve this chicken with a green bean salad or potato salad and some grilled corn, yum! However, I didn’t have time to go to the shops for more ingredients so I made some veggies and spicy rice on the side.

Some people love chicken with the skin so feel free to leave the skin on if you so desire. I prefer mine without the skin.

Chicken is such a versatile protein, if I am ever stuck for ideas all I need is chicken and I can instantly come up with a dish. It’s why my freezer is always stocked with chicken.

At least enough for an emergency meal, is there such a thing as an emergency meal. Well, if you’re a mum that has hungry kids, then yes there is such a thing….haha!

Personally I love chicken on the bone, maybe it’s why I love this Yogurt Mint Chicken. My middle son would disagree though, he cringes when he sees anything other than chicken breasts.

Well, tonight that soon to be chef will be making his own dinner I guess.

If you love chicken on the bone as much as I do then this recipe is especially for you.

More Chicken Recipes to try:

Creamy Chicken Mushroom Leek Casserole

Sri Lankan Chicken Curry

Chicken Pot Stickers with Dipping Sauce

First PublishedMarch 11, 2020 Updated August 16, 2023

Yogurt Mint Chicken

Heavenly chicken marinated in a yogurt mint sauce with a hint of spice
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Refrigerate 30 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine General
Servings 4


  • 8 pieces of chicken drumsticks and thighs
  • salt
  • pepper


  • 1/2 cup mint leaves
  • 1/2 cup yogurt
  • 3 large cloves garlic
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp ground coriander
  • 2 tspn ground cumin
  • 1/2 tspn cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tspn chilli flakes
  • juice of half lemon


  • Season chicken with salt and pepper and set aside


  • Add all the ingredients, except the lemon zest, to a blender and blend into a smooth paste. You don't have to blend the ingredients if you don't have a blender. You can marinate the chicken with the ingredients as is
  • Add the chicken to a large bowl and mix in the marinade and the lemon zest. Refrigerate for 30 minutes
  • Shake off the excess marinade. Place the chicken on the braai or in an ovenproof dish and roast for about 45 minutes to 1 hour or until chicken is cooked and juices run clear. Baste the chicken with the excess marinade a couple of times
  • If you are cooking it in the oven cover a baking pan with foil. Place a wire rack over the baking sheet, shake any excess marinade off and place the chicken on the rack


  1. You can serve this chicken with some potatoes and a salad
  2. If you want a little more heat you can add a little more cayenne pepper 
  3. You can add a little light olive oil or vegetable oil before cooking the chicken
Keyword grilled chicken, yogurt mint chicken
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  1. 5 stars
    I love this dish! I have made it many times and it always comes out fantastic.
    I actually make this with chicken breasts and grill pieces on skewers. Thank you for this fabulous recipe!

  2. Absolutely amazing! I did leave my chicken in the marinade about 6 hrs in the fridge. Then grilled to perfection!

  3. I love your recipes .U are such an inspiration. keep on sending recipes . thank you so much. I really appreciate you doing this for us ❤️

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