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My Go-To Healthy Chicken Recipe

Hi friends, happy Tuesday!


It’s been a little while since I’ve shared a non-baked good recipe. Part of my hesitation to post such recipes stems from the fact that I rarely use set measurements when cooking. But that’s also what I love about cooking at home; there’s no right or wrong way to create a meal when you view the whole process as an experiment.


Today I’m sharing a recipe that I actually do have the measurements for: Tandoori Chicken. I’m not easily wow’d by chicken, but I LOVE this dish. My dad first introduced this recipe to Andrew and I a few years ago around the holidays, and we’ve since used it to feed friends and family on many occasions. It is a foolproof crowd-pleasing dish that I hope you enjoy.


tandoori chicken recipe card

Forgiving and hard to mess up

This recipe calls for chicken thighs, which are super cheap and almost impossible to dry out by over-cooking. Ideally, you’d let the chicken marinate for 8+ hours, but if you only have an hour or two, you’ll be JUST fine.


Dad’s Foolproof Tandoori Chicken

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1 1/2 T ground cumin
1 1/2 t curry powder
1 1/2 t kosher salt
1 t garlic powder
1/2 t ground ginger
1/4 t cayenne
2 T vegetable oil
3 T red-wine vinegar
1/2 cup plain yogurt (we use goat’s milk yogurt)
2 1/2 lb boneless, skinless chicken thighs (about 8 large, 10 medium, or 12 small)
(t=teaspoon, T=tablespoon)


1. Mix the cumin, curry powder, salt, garlic powder, ginger and cayenne in a medium bowl.
2. Heat the oil in an 8-inch skillet over low heat. Stir the spices into the oil until they bubble and become fragrant, about 30-60 seconds.
3. Return the spice mixture to the bowl and stir in the vinegar and then the yogurt. Add the chicken and toss to coat. Marinate for up to 12 hours.
4. When ready to cook, throw the chicken on the BBQ until one side has grill marks, about 5-6 minutes for large thighs, 4-5 minutes for small. Flip and grill for same duration as side one.
5. Let rest 4-5 minutes before serving. Serves 4-6. Enjoy!

My favorite way to serve Tandoori Chicken is over rice with a side salad, and the biggest tip I can give regarding this recipe is to make more than you think you’ll need. I promise it will not go to waste.




Question: What’s for dinner tonight?

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Cherries for days

Weekend Food, Fruit & Fitness

Good morning!

How was your weekend? I hope it was a good one. Over here, we spent the weekend relaxing, cleaning, working out, and eating. Pretty standard.


Friday night… was somewhat stormy in LA, so Andrew and I ordered Indian food to be delivered while watching Shark Tank.

Delivery Indian Food


Saturday… (late) morning, we made our way over to LA Fitness to workout while our memberships there are still active. Our post-gym brunch incorporated some Indian food leftovers. Fried eggs unsurprisingly go really well with garlic naan. And bacon goes well with everything.

Breakfast with Indian Food leftovers


Saturday night, we tried a new restaurant in Mar Vista, Status Kuo. Status Kuo calls itself a neighborhood rotisserie because it specializes in grilled meats but also offers several vegetarian options. We tried the fried  chicken and braised lamb bucatini, but also felt obligated to order the poutine because we hadn’t been able to find any mention (or pictures) of it on Status Kuo’s yelp page.


Status Kuo


My review: Status Kuo definitely delivers on the food front. The fried chicken was really good, and even though we were too full to eat much of the homemade pasta, what I did taste of it was delicious (and I’m looking forward to eating the rest of it tonight for dinner). The poutine was not bad… the fries were really good, and the cheese, while not authentic (cheese curds) was still good. Unfortunately, there were tons of mushrooms in the gravy, so that was a bummer for Andrew and I, but would probably be a plus for mushroom-lovers. The service at Status Kuo was on point; our waitress was super friendly, attentive, and knowledgeable. One important thing to note about Status Kuo is that they currently don’t have a liquor license, so no booze for now. But they’re working on that and hope to have one in the next 6 months. Check them out!


date night


Oh yeah, and that banana bread I mentioned in Friday’s post? It happened.

Banana bread

And was delicious with sunflower seed butter and crunchy cookie butter spread on top.


Sunday morning… Andrew and I woke up a little too excited for the farmers’ market. We had missed the past few weeks’ markets, and knew that peaches had started to come in. We had total Fruit FOMO, but more than made up for it by purchasing one (or more) of everything.


Pluots at the farmers market


Per usual, I learned some fun new fruit facts at the farmers’ market this weekend. This year’s cherry crop is going to have a very brief harvest period because of the recent rain and cold temperatures. The rain causes cherries to split open and sometimes fall onto the ground. Then, water has the potential to get inside the split cherries and grow mold. So if you’re a cherry fan, buy them now while you can!




Last night, we drove down to Irvine to have dinner with some friends who were visiting from out of town.


Irvine living


The community where they were staying had a nice BBQ that we utilized to grill a big batch of tandoori chicken. We also brought a strawberry salad, featuring fresh farmers’ market berries.


Strawberry salad


Andrew and I were saying that summer BBQ/potluck food is our favorite to make and to eat. I know it’s not even summer yet, but season is a state of mind.


And of course, we couldn’t go to bed without watching the Mad Men series finale. Did anyone else watch it? Were you guys satisfied with the ending? It definitely sparked a debate in our household. We both thought it was good, but not as great as some other major series finales of years past.

Have a great week!



Question: Do you regularly shop at a local farmers’ market?