Yoghurt-Marinated Fried Chicken


570g FAGE Total, FAGE Total 2%, or FAGE Total 0%
120ml water
1 teaspoon fine sea salt
4 bone-in skin-on chicken thighs
4 bone-in skin-on chicken breasts, cut in half crosswise

Fried Chicken:
250g all-purpose flour
30g cornflour
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon dried oregano
2 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
6 large eggs, well-beaten
1.5l vegetable oil or preferred high-heat oil

To Serve:
Chopped fresh cilantro

  1. Marinade: In a large mixing bowl, whisk to combine FAGE Total, water, and salt. Combine chicken with marinade, toss to coat, and marinate, covered and refrigerated, 6–12 hours.
  2. Fried Chicken: In a large bowl whisk to combine flour, cornflour, cumin, oregano, salt, cayenne, and black pepper. Have eggs ready in a second large bowl.
  3. Preheat oven to Gas Mark 4. Heat oil to Gas Mark 4 in a large, heavy pot such as a Dutch oven. Oil should be at least 5cm deep--if needed, add more oil. Remove chicken from marinade and wipe off excess yogurt with your fingers. Dip chicken lightly in egg, then dredge in flour mixture to coat well.
  4. When oil reaches Gas Mark 4, carefully lower the chicken legs and thighs in batches into the oil. Do not crowd the pan. Cook slowly until golden brown, turning to brown the chicken evenly on all sides. When well browned, 8–12 minutes, remove and transfer to a rack on a paper towel-lined baking sheet. Place baking sheet in the oven.
  5. Repeat frying process with all remaining chicken pieces.
  6. Check pieces for doneness (the internal temperature should be 75°C and when cut into the meat juices should run clear). If chicken is not completely done, return to oven until cooked through.
  7. To Serve: Serve chicken hot from the oven drizzled with honey and sprinkled with cilantro.