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Easy Masala Chicken Breasts

Easy Masala Chicken Breasts

These easy masala chicken breasts are marinated in a flavorful spice, yogurt and lime mixture, then grilled. They can be served as the main dish, or sliced and added to salads wraps or various types of curries and soups.
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Cuisine: Indian, South Asian
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 5 People
Calories: 354kcal


  • 5 chicken breasts boneless and skinless
  • for marinade:
  • 1 1/4 cups yogurt Whole Milk (do not use Greek style)
  • 3 limes juiced
  • 1/2 onion roughly chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic peeled
  • 1 chili pepper, seeded and roughly chopped (choose type and heat preference)
  • 1/4 cup cilantro leaves
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon garam masala
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons cumin powder
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon salt


  • Place marinade ingredients in a food processor and puree into a smooth mixture. Taste for salt content, made any adjustments as needed.
  • Place chicken breasts into a resealable plastic bag or large glass dish. Pour marinade over top and turn to coat. Seal bag or cover dish with plastic wrap and place into refrigerator for 6-12 hours.
  • Preheat grill for medium high heat.
  • Remove chicken from marinade and place on the grill. Cook for 7-9 minutes per side or until internal temperature at thickest part of breast reaches 165 degrees F. Adjust heat as needed.
  • Once cooked through, remove from heat and let meat rest for a few minutes. Serve whole or slice and serve with your favorite sides.
  • For faster cooking, flatten the chicken breasts. Place one breast at a time between two pieces of plastic. Using the smooth side of a kitchen mallet, gently strike the chicken breasts from the center, moving outward to create a uniform thickness of 3/4". Marinate and grill as directed.


Photos by: Sabrina Baksh


Calories: 354kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 51g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 153mg | Sodium: 878mg | Potassium: 1057mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 236IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 131mg | Iron: 3mg