These Yogurt Marinated Chicken Breasts are flavourful, tender and moist. Serve with turmeric infused basmati rice and a vibrant cilantro sauce for a delicious dinner.
A couple of months ago, I was offered the chance to try out the FoodSaver® Wedge (FFS005) Vacuum System. Since I’ve always been curious about the FoodSaver® Vacuum Sealing System and I like to buy certain food items in bulk, I thought it would be a great opportunity to see how well it worked. Buying in bulk for my small family helps me save money, however, the problem I have with buying in large quantities is that things can go bad before we have a chance to consume it all. And I hate to throw food out.
If you don’t know what a FoodSaver® Vacuum Sealer is, it’s a brand of kitchen vacuum sealers which you can use to vacuum seal your food. The FoodSaver® Vacuum Sealer helps to protect your food from freezer burn and prolongs the amount of time you can keep your food in the freezer. Therefore, it helps to keep your food tasting fresh longer. There are many uses for it, but so far I’ve used it mostly to vacuum seal raw meat products to store in the freezer.
One of the best uses I found so far, was that I could use the FoodSaver® Vacuum Sealing System to help me save time with meal preparation. I made these delicious yogurt marinated chicken breasts a while back, but rather than make just one meal, I doubled the recipe and vacuum sealed half of the raw chicken with the marinade in a FoodSaver® Vacuum Sealer bag. I then stored it in the freezer so that I could cook it at a later date. I took my yogurt marinated chicken out of the freezer this past weekend, thawed it in the refrigerator overnight and cooked it the next day. The chicken was really delicious, full of flavour and so tender. Vacuum sealing the chicken in the yogurt marinade worked really well, not only was it really convenient for me since it saved me time in the kitchen but the chicken was extra flavourful from having been in the yogurt marinade.
The marinade for this chicken is so simple and quick to prepare. Yogurt is great for tenderizing meats and also acts as a great spice flavour carrier into marinated foods. If you are making this dish to eat right away I would suggest you marinate the chicken for at least two hours before cooking it. The cilantro sauce makes an excellent accompaniment to this chicken and is so delicious I’ve been spooning it on fish and beef as well. It takes very little time to make and can be made pretty much effortlessly in your blender or food processor. I also served my chicken with this turmeric infused basmati rice. Not only does it come out beautifully golden, but turmeric is an excellent antioxidant so adding it to your rice or other food and drinks is good for you.
I’m glad I decided to give the FoodSaver® Vacuum Sealing System a try, its been a really useful tool to have and I find it’s great for saving leftovers and for preserving the freshness of my food longer. I really think that in the long run it will help me to waste less food and save more money.
Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by FoodSaver®. I received the FoodSaver® Wedge with Roll Storage and Fresh Handheld Sealer but opinions are 100% my own.
Yogurt Marinated Chicken
- 1 cup Balkan style yogurt
- 2 tbsp. olive oil
- 2 tbsp. lemon juice freshly squeezed
- 2 garlic cloves minced
- 2 tsp. grated fresh ginger
- 2 tsp. garam masala
- 1 tsp. turmeric powder
- 1 pinch cayenne
- salt and pepper to taste
- 4 chicken breasts halves
Turmeric Basmati Rice
- 1-3/4 to 2 cups water
- 1 cup basmati rice
- 1 tsp. turmeric
- 3/4 tsp. salt
- 1 tbsp. butter
Cilantro Sauce, adapted from https://www.splendidtable.org/recipes/cilantro-chutney
- 1 bunch cilantro approx. 2 ounces, washed
- 5-6 scallions coarsely chopped
- 1/2 jalapeño seeds removed and coarsely chopped, optional
- 2 tbsp. fresh ginger peeled and coarsely chopped
- 1 tsp. ground cumin
- 1 tsp. sugar
- 1 tsp. salt
- 3 tbsp. lemon juice freshly squeezed
- 3 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
For the Yogurt Marinated Chicken
- In a medium bowl, combine yogurt, olive oil, lemon juice, minced garlic cloves, grated ginger, garam masala, turmeric, cayenne, salt and pepper.
- Score top of each chicken breast 3 times, about half an inch deep. Toss the chicken in the marinade coating each piece well.
- If preparing chicken for freezing, put chicken breasts and marinade in a large FoodSaver® Vacuum Sealer bag. Wipe clean any marinade that might be at the top of the bag before sealing bags with the FoodSaver® Vacuum Sealing System. Follow FoodSaver® Vacuum Sealing System instructions for proper bag sealing.
- When ready to cook the chicken, pre-heat oven to 375F. Remove chicken from the marinade and discard the yogurt mixture.
Place chicken onto a baking pan or baking dish and bake for approximately 25 minutes or until chicken is done. It's a good idea to start checking the chicken after 20 minutes. The chicken should be opaque all the way through. If using an instant-read thermometer, insert it into the center of the breast, if it reads at least 165°F, then the chicken breasts are done.
For the Turmeric Basmati Rice
- Bring 1-3/4 to 2 cups of water to a boil.
- Rinse basmati rice under cold water.
Add butter, turmeric, salt and rice to boiling water, stir and cover pot. Reduce heat and cook according to length of time indicated on package directions.
For the Cilantro Sauce
- Add all ingredients except olive oil in blender jar, Blend at medium speed and slowly add olive oil. Blend until smooth.
- Sauce can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.