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Roasted Chicken Thighs with Turmeric and Yogurt Sauce

Last Updated on July 14, 2023

Boneless skinless chicken thighs are weeknight dinner MVPs. They’re easy to deal with, quick-cooking, and play nicely with a range of flavor profiles.


roasted chicken with turmeric and yogurt


For this recipe, they roast on a sheet pan with some onions while you pull together the rest of the meal – the dish comes together in roughly 30 minutes. 

ingredients for roasted chicken thighs and rice

Want to use bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs instead? No problem! See below for modifications.

turmeric roasted chicken and rice

Roasted Chicken Thighs with Turmeric and Garlic-Yogurt Sauce

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Protein: Poultry
Cut: Chicken Thighs
Diet: Gluten Free
Course: Main Course
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt divided, plus more to taste
  • 2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Pinch cayenne plus more to taste
  • 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons olive oil divided
  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 red onion halved and cut into ¼-inch slices
  • 2 cups Jasmine rice
  • ½ cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 garlic clove peeled
  • Juice of ½ lemon divided
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 mini cucumbers sliced
  • small handful cilantro leaves


  • Set the oven to 425°F and line a sheet pan with foil or parchment.
  • Whisk together 1 ½ teaspoons salt with the turmeric, cumin, cayenne, and 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons oil in a medium bowl. Add the chicken and stir to coat. Transfer to the sheet pan in a single layer. Add the onions to the bowl with the remaining olive oil and another sprinkle of salt. Stir to combine and arrange the onions around the chicken. Place in the oven.
  • Roast the chicken until the meat is browned, with an internal temperature of 165°F and the onions are cooked through and caramelized at the edges, 25 to 30 minutes.
  • While the chicken is cooking, rinse the rice in a strainer until the water runs clear. Add it to a medium saucepan with 4 cups of water and a pinch of salt. Bring to a boil, turn the heat down to low, and cover the pot. Cook for about 10 minutes, then let it rest, covered, until ready to serve.
  • Place the yogurt in a small bowl and use a microplane to grate in the garlic. Stir in remaining ½ teaspoon salt and half of the lemon juice. Add optional black pepper, stir to combine, and taste and adjust seasoning.
  • Arrange rice on a platter, followed by the onions and chicken thighs. Scatter cucumber slices and cilantro over the top of the chicken, then finish with remaining lemon juice and another pinch of salt. Serve with rice and yogurt sauce.


To substitute bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs, roast the chicken thighs for an additional 5 to 10 minutes until the internal temperature reaches 165℉.
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