Roast Chicken with Yogurt-Chili Rub

Roast Chicken with Yogurt-Chili Rub RecipePhoto: Levi Brown


  • Cooking spray
  • 1/4 cup fat-free plain yogurt
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano
  • 3/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh pepper
  • 4 chicken thighs and 4 legs, skinless (about 1 3/4 pounds)
  • 4 fresh jalapeños, halved and seeded
  • 3/4 cup brewed coffee


1. Heat oven to 400°F, with a rack centered. Coat a medium roasting pan with the cooking spray; set aside.

2. In a large bowl, combine yogurt, oregano, chili powder, and salt and pepper. Add chicken; toss to coat. Transfer chicken to the prepared pan. Roast 20-25 minutes. Rotate pan and shift chicken pieces. Scatter on halved chilies. Continue cooking until chicken is dark-golden and shiny (20-30 minutes).

3. Transfer chicken and chilies to serving platter. Place roasting pan over high heat. Add coffee and 1/2 cup water. Stir with a wooden spoon, scraping up the flavorful crispy bits. Let the liquid boil and reduce for about 5 minutes. Serve this spicy gravy with the chicken.

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  • Yield: Makes 4 servings (serving size: 1 thigh and 1 drumstick)

Nutritional Information

Calories per serving:226
Fat per serving:10.4g
Saturated fat per serving:2.7g
Monounsaturated fat per serving:4.4g
Polyunsaturated fat per serving:2g
Protein per serving:29g
Carbohydrates per serving:3g
Fiber per serving:1g
Cholesterol per serving:154mg
Iron per serving:1mg
Sodium per serving:241mg
Calcium per serving:61mg

Good to Know

The compounds capsaicin and capsiate that give chili peppers their heat actually propel the body to scorch 50 to 100 calories.

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