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Garlic Turmeric Yogurt Chicken Recipe

Going over to my aunt’s house meant one of two things: time with family, and a likely chance that we would enjoy her infamous roast chicken. Each bite so full of flavor, that perfect balance of moist and tender, the flavor profile is something I can almost taste in my mouth just thinking about it.

Being a student myself for so many years, throughout my PhD process, one of my go to dinners became a roast whole chicken. It takes little time in the kitchen and gives you so many dinners, it was the perfect way to enjoy a healthy meal without investing time that I didn’t have. I adapted my aunt’s recipe with my own twists and came up with whats become my go to marinade for a scrumptious Afghan chicken. Noshejaan!


Garlic Turmeric Yogurt Recipe


1 whole chicken

2 tsp turmeric

2 tbsp crushed garlic

1/4 cup yogurt

2 tsp salt

1 tsp curry powder

1 tsp paprika

1 apple

1 onion

1 lemon

1 sprig rosemary

1 oven bag


  1. After washing your chicken under water, pat it dry.

  2. Combine spices, garlic, and yogurt together. Mix well. Coat this spiced yogurt mixture on to the entire chicken’s exterior thoroughly. Let sit in marinade for minimum of 1 hour, ideally 4 hours.

  3. Read the instructions of your oven bag and preheat your oven accordingly.

  4. Cut your onion, apple, and lemon into slices that can be stuffed into the cavity of the chicken. Stuff your chicken‘s cavity with these and the rosemary.

  5. Place your chicken into the oven bag (be sure to follow instructions of your oven bag) and close the bag. Place in a roasting pan and cook as per length of time recommended by the oven bag box (instructions are in the box)

  6. Once it has completed baking, remove chicken from bag and serve. Noshejaan !

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