Yogurt Tandoori Spatchcock Chicken with Cucumber Raita

  • Prep + Cook Time
    1 Hours
  • Servings
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  • 1 Georges Farmers Market Whole Chicken
  • 2/3 cup plain unsweetened Greek yogurt
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon minced ginger
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon Kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 2 teaspoons garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Cucumber Raita, recipe below
  • Cooked Basmati Rice, for serving
  • Naan, for serving
  • Cilantro, for serving
  • Thinly sliced red onion and cucumber, for serving
  • Lime Wedges, for serving

For the Raita

  • 1 ½ cup plain yogurt
  • 1 cup finely diced cucumber
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • ¼ cup cilantro, minced
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon garam masala
  • ½ teaspoon Kosher salt


    1. Butterfly chicken: remove giblets from inside the chicken cavity. Gently pat chicken dry with paper towels.  Place the whole chicken breast side down on a cutting board.  Using kitchen shears, cut down each side of the backbone from the tail to the neck.  Cut a notch into the breast bone by using a knife to make a “V” with two cuts along the neck opening, between the ribs.  Flip the chicken over and use the heel of your hands to press down on the breast bone to flatten the chicken.
    2. Combine yogurt, lemon juice, ginger, garlic, chili powder, salt, cumin, garam masala, turmeric, coriander, and black pepper in a food processor or blender until smooth and combined.  Spread and thoroughly coat mixture on both sides of the chicken.  Place chicken on a wire rack set over a rimmed baking sheet and refrigerate uncovered for 4-8 hours.
    3. Preheat the oven 425°F.  Roast marinated chicken for 50 minutes or until a thermometer inserted in the thickest part of the thigh registers 165°F.  Allow chicken to rest for 10 minutes before serving.  Serve with raita, rice, cilantro, red onion, cucumber, lime wedges, and naan.
    4. For the Raita: Combine all ingredients in a small bowl.  Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to allow flavors to meld.

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