Yogurt-Marinated Chicken with Asparagus and Watercress

yogurt marinated chicken with asparagus and watercress
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  • 4Servings


  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt, preferably Greek-style
  • 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • Grated peel and juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 1/2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut crosswise into thirds
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 bunch asparagus
  • 1 bunch watercress


In a large bowl, combine the yogurt, 1 tablespoon olive oil, the chili powder, coriander, lemon peel and 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice. Season the chicken with salt and pepper, then toss with the yogurt marinade; let stand for 10 minutes.

Preheat the broiler. Position a greased rack on a rimmed baking sheet, then arrange the chicken in a single layer on top; drizzle with 1 tablespoon olive oil. Broil the chicken about 3 inches from the heat for 5 minutes. Turn with tongs, drizzle with another 1 tablespoon olive oil and broil until browned and cooked through, 8 to 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, on another baking sheet, toss the asparagus with 1 tablespoon olive oil, then season with salt and pepper and arrange in a single layer. Broil until just crisptender, about 5 minutes.

Divide the watercress among 4 plates, then top with the asparagus and chicken. Drizzle with the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil and the remaining lemon juice; season with salt and pepper.