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Braised chicken in a Dutch oven

Braised Chicken Leg Quarters in Yogurt

Nick @ walktoeat
Easy braised chicken leg quarters in yogurt recipe. Braising chicken doesn't have to be reserved to weekend meals with this Dutch oven recipe
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4
Calories 441 kcal


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 chicken leg quarters (thigh and drumstick)
  • 1 cup whole milk plain yogurt
  • 2 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 6 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 3 tbsp almonds, roughly chopped or slivered
  • 3 tbsp raisins
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper (optional)
  • 1 15 oz can chickpeas, drained (or 1.5 cups cooked dried)
  • kosher salt


  • Heat olive oil in a Dutch oven (or other large heavy bottom pan) over medium. Pat chicken dry and season all over with kosher salt. When oil is shimmering, place chicken in pot, skin side down. Cook until browned and crispy 10-15 minutes. Remove from pan and set aside skin side up.
  • While chicken is searing, prepare yogurt and other ingredients. Mix vinegar, cumin, 1/2 tsp kosher salt, and crushed red pepper flakes (if using) with yogurt. Chop almonds and crush garlic cloves.
  • When chicken is done searing, reduce heat to medium-low and add garlic to pot. Cook 2 minutes. Add almonds, raisins, and chickpeas. Cook another 2-3 minutes until garlic is golden browned.
  • Add spiced yogurt and about 1/2 cup of water. Stir to combine. Nestle chicken legs into braise. Increase heat to medium and bring braise to a simmer, then reduce heat to low.
  • Simmer uncovered until chicken is tender and braise has slightly thickened, 20-30 minutes depending on the size of your chicken. Taste braising liquid and add more salt if necessary. Serve.



Spiciness: Reduce the amount or omit the crushed red pepper if you do not like spice. Alternatively, add more if you would like a spicier dish.
Chicken cut alternatives: This recipe works great for a whole chicken, minus the breasts. Cut up a whole chicken and use the legs and wings for this recipe. Reserve the breasts for another use.


Calories: 441kcalCarbohydrates: 26.1gProtein: 38.7gFat: 20.2gSaturated Fat: 4.8gCholesterol: 105mgSodium: 1219mgPotassium: 574mgFiber: 4.1gSugar: 7.1gCalcium: 130mgIron: 3mg
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