Total Time
4hrs 30mins
Prep 4 hrs
Cook 30 mins

From Steven Raichlen (The Barbecue Bible). Although I think the bone and skin add much to the flavor of grilled chicken, I used boneless, skinless breasts as that is what I had on hand and ordinarily use. I sliced them, and served wrapped in warm, homemade pita bread. Delicious! If you use boneless, skinless breasts, the cooking time will be less than stated. Prep time includes time to marinate.


  1. Rinse chicken under cold running water, drain and blot dry with paper towels; arrange breasts in a non-reactive baking dish large enough to hold them in one layer and set aside (I use a large, heavy-duty ziploc bag to marinate them).
  2. Combine the yogurt, lemon juice, garlic, salt, cinnamon, pepper, cardamom, and cloves in a small bowl and whisk to blend; pour over chicken and spread over breasts to cover completely.
  3. Cover and let marinate, refrigerated, 4-12 hours (the longer the better).
  4. Preheat the grill using indirect heat. See note below.
  5. When ready to cook, oil the grill grate; remove the chicken from the marinade and arrange, skin side down, on the hotter section of the grill. Cook until the skin starts to brown (3-5 minutes). Move to the cooler section of the grill and continue grilling until the skin is thoroughly browned (5-7 more minutes). Watch carefully and use tongs to move pieces away from flare-ups.
  6. Turn the breasts and move them back to the hotter section of the grill. Brown the second side well (3-5 minutes), then move them back to the cooler side of the grill to finish cooking. The juices will run clear when the meat is pierced.
  7. Note: If you are using boneless, skinless breasts, cook on direct med-high heat 4-6 minutes per side.
Most Helpful

I made this using boneless chicken thighs. The chicken marinated for close to 18 hours. I used whole milk plain yogurt, too. The recipe was very easy and the chicken delicious over<br/>a bed of basmati rice. Served with a side of steamed green beans, asparagus and carrots.. We used our stove top grill pan. All of my favorite spices in one bite! Made for the Come With Us to Palestine game in the NA*ME forum. Come play!

COOKGIRl April 24, 2013

Made this as directed and DH and I enjoyed it. Really differant flavors that blended nicely. Made Pita Bread then chopped up the chicken and stuffed the pitas. Served with steamed rice on the side. Made for PARTY - 2010

Bonnie G #2 December 03, 2010

Oh my goodness, I made this awhile ago and forgot to give my opinion. So sorry, my family enjoyed this a lot. I used boneless, skinless chicken breasts otherwise everything else followed to a "T". This was wonderful!

Husker Fan March 14, 2009