Vij's Yogurt and Tamarind Marinated Grilled Chicken

Total Time
8hrs 30mins
Prep 30 mins
Cook 8 hrs

Here is another excellent recipe of Vikram Vij from his restaurant Vij's in Vancouver. Lots of flavor but very simple to make. I post it as it is originally, but I did cut down on the salt. The recipe said 1 1/2 tablespoon of salt! I think it was a mistake. I have after making it twice cut it down to 1 1/2 teaspoon. Feel free to use more. If you ever visit Vancouver must go to Vij's!!!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a large mixing bowl combine the yogurt, tamarind, garlic, canola, salt, cayenne and garam massala.
  2. Add the chicken, mix and make sure the chicken is covered with the marinade.
  3. Cover and marinate for a minimum of 4 hours but 8 is prefered.
  4. Preheat a grill, barbeque or stovetop cast-iron grill to high heat(if doing this indoors make sure you switch on your exhaust fan,there will be smoke whilst grilling on the high heat. (doing this in a pan does not work for me, it makes a mess and does not brown so well, grill or barbeque gave me a better result).
  5. Grill the thighs 2 minutes on each side, then again 2 minutes on each side.
  6. Check or the thighs are done, if still pink continue grilling.
  7. Serve with the lemon wedges.
  8. Note: Tamarind paste should be as thick as jam, if thinner use up to 1 tablespoon more.


Most Helpful

This is a great marinated/grilled chicken recipe. I fixed it hot for dinner, then cold over baby greens with red peppers and fried goat cheese and a squeeze of lemon the next day for lunch. I made my own tamarind paste (thanks to Lopez's market nearby)--wasn't too bad--just peel the dried seed pods and put the sticky seeds into simmering water, allow to sit and soften, rub the paste off the seeds, then strain the seeds out. Simmer to desired consistency. Mine was like apple butter.

KWB June 04, 2007

Very, very good! My only problem is I don't actually have a grill but guess what - it does work on a dry non-stick pan wonderfully too. May be the look's not as impressive this way but pics show it's not bad either.

Nelka December 03, 2007

This recipe makes very good chicken, with just the right balance of spices - not hot, but very flavorful and juicy. I am not experienced at grilling, but even I was able to grill the chicken, cut into smaller pieces, on the gas grill in my range. I will definitely make it again when I have someone to impress. Thank you very much for sharing this recipe with us.

mianbao June 30, 2011

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