Baked Spicy Chicken

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You people already know that I have a thing for chicken, I eat so much of it that variety is a absolute necessity. Some of the fan favorite recipes in the past have been Chicken Paprika, coconut chicken and chicken Yassa. This is a recipe that rivals the ones listed. I am sharing my secret chicken ingredient with the nation today, guess what it is –Β  yogurt. Yes yogurt. Without going into too much sciency detail, the acid in the yogurt penetrates and breaks down the chicken muscle which leads to a more intense flavored moist chicken.

Still have your nose turned up to the idea of yogurt + meat? please please humor me, just do half batch with yogurt and do half batch without. Now come back and give me your verdict.

On to the recipe:

Spicy Chicken Legs

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Serves: 12

Do come back with your review, I guarantee you will not make chicken a different way for a while
The Chicken
  • Chicken Leg quarters - 12
  • Thyme - 1 Tbspn
  • Rosemary - 1 Tbspn
  • Black, white or Cameroon pepper - To taste
  • Salt - to taste
  • Maggi - 3 cubes
  • ½ cup Plain Yogurt
The Sauce
  • 6-12 clean Chili pepper - Ata wewe , sombo
  • 4 clean Garlic cloves
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  1. Thoroughly combine all ingredients for the chicken. Set in the fridge to marinate overnight
  2. Combine sauce ingredients in a blender. pulse until rough blended. Set aside
  3. Preheat the oven to 350F and line an oven tray with foil or parchment
  4. Arrange marinated chicken on oven tray, bake for 30 minutes
  5. Remove chicken from oven, generously cover pieces with sauce
  6. Change oven setting to broil /grill and increase to 400f
  7. Return chicken to oven and cook for another 12-15 minutes
Serve with rice or fries (chips)

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By |March 4th, 2015|117 Comments


  1. Vivian ifeoma September 2, 2017 at 12:41 pm - Reply

    What of if I don’t want to use yoghurt ow can I go about it

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie September 4, 2017 at 2:01 pm - Reply

      You can simply omit the yogurt or replace with a little lemon juice.

  2. Cynthia February 10, 2017 at 11:03 am - Reply

    Can chicken breast be used instead?

  3. LifeOfANaijaGirlThatCantCook January 7, 2017 at 9:43 am - Reply

    Using the broil makes a WORLD of difference, o my!!!
    Thanks a million for the tip!

  4. MO' December 24, 2016 at 12:47 pm - Reply

    Hi Ronke,

    Is it ok to use unsweetened yoghurt?

  5. Odinaka August 17, 2016 at 12:50 pm - Reply

    Hello Ronke,.

    I’m so excited to try out this recipe! One question please – can plain Greek yogurt be used? Looking forward to hearing from you. πŸ™‚


    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie August 17, 2016 at 9:07 pm - Reply

      Hello… yes, plain greek yogurt will work.

  6. salma August 15, 2016 at 10:08 am - Reply

    hi! I love your blog and I think it’s awesome what you’re doing here :). I just wanted to ask if can substitute sombo with ata rodo and if so in what proportions xx

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie August 15, 2016 at 8:33 pm - Reply

      Thank you. Yes you can, 3-5 depending on your heat tolerance.

  7. Sophia May 12, 2016 at 10:34 pm - Reply

    Hi Ronke,
    Please is there any substitute for Honey? Because I don’t want the chicken to have a “sweet” taste or does the mixture of pepper,garlic and honey give the chicken a different taste entirely?

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie May 15, 2016 at 10:02 am - Reply

      Trust me, it doesn’t taste sweet at all. It just balances out the flavors.

  8. Lara February 16, 2016 at 8:44 pm - Reply


  9. Lara February 16, 2016 at 8:43 pm - Reply

    Hi Ronke I just a few question to ask my oven has broil/girl . Am I going to preheat heat at 350 then change it 400f for grilling

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie February 16, 2016 at 8:57 pm - Reply

      No, the oven will already be hot. just switch the settings.

  10. Uche A February 14, 2016 at 7:02 am - Reply

    On point! Tried it and it turned out beautifully. Thanks for sharing.

  11. R September 4, 2015 at 4:04 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the recipe ! How long can I leave the chicken to marinate for ?

  12. yemosky August 28, 2015 at 12:51 pm - Reply

    Please which condiments us rosemary? Curry,thyme,pepper I know but I dnt get rosemary at all…and what does it do?

  13. Esoso Julianah August 28, 2015 at 11:51 am - Reply

    9jafoodie,tnx for d new recipe.
    Please, what is Rosemary recipe? Can I do without adding it cos I can’t get it where I am.
    Also, I don’t think my oven has the grill function though, I have an oven with light at both the bottom and the top.
    Can I still prepare it and get the desired result?
    Thank You

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie September 2, 2015 at 8:55 pm - Reply

      yes! you can skip the rosemary. grilling is just to cook the top, you can flip the chicken pieces instead.

  14. sombili August 20, 2015 at 3:57 am - Reply

    Where have you been all my life
    Came out perfect
    Thanks darling
    But my chicken keep sticking on the foil I spread on the oven pan
    Is there a way to avoid it
    Yours looked like it didn’t stick

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie August 23, 2015 at 9:17 pm - Reply

      yeiii!! that’s great. You should try oiling the foil, it makes a world of difference.

  15. H August 3, 2015 at 8:19 am - Reply

    Can i use a microwave oven for this?

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie August 4, 2015 at 7:49 am - Reply

      Samsung style microwave oven used for baking? then yes.

  16. Ify Abidemi Udom July 23, 2015 at 12:51 pm - Reply

    Hiii Ronke.. Am new to your blog but I can’t wait to try your recipes.
    Please for this recipe and all other chicken recipe, my oven just says grill.. Can I use that too?

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie July 26, 2015 at 7:12 am - Reply

      Welcome! yes, you can use the grill function.

  17. Nike Adediji July 7, 2015 at 4:46 pm - Reply

    Hello Ronke,
    Thanks sooo much for this post. I want to try a different kind of chicken for my husband and this looks perfect. My issue is my oven’s fire is on the bottom, not top of the oven. Will this affect the cooking? Cos I seem to think how will the fire get to the chicken with the tray and foil on d bottom. I don’t know if you understand my predicament.

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie July 9, 2015 at 3:54 pm - Reply

      Hello Nike…bottom heat will distribute, most ovens are like yours. Not to worry, the heat will still get to the chicken.

  18. Chidinma July 2, 2015 at 9:22 pm - Reply

    Thank you:) I actually went ahead and used what I had with the same amounts of seasoning and it turned out quite well. Can’t wait to try it next time with more chicken.

  19. Chidinma June 27, 2015 at 8:38 am - Reply

    Hi there: your website is great and is helping me to expand my cooking repertoire to include Nigerian recipes:) Just a quick question: I have boneless, skinless chicken thighs on hand. Can I use these as they are with the current recipe or do I need to adjust ratios? Thanks in advance:)

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie June 29, 2015 at 9:30 pm - Reply

      You can either add 6 pieces more or remove a quarter of the seasoning.

  20. Confiance May 21, 2015 at 2:43 am - Reply

    You are doing a fantastic job here, especially in assisting me vamp up my kitchen skills. I am on this food adventure journey right now and you are helping me love and enjoy cooking and trying out new things in the kitchen.

    I really want to try out this recipe, but my oven doesn’t have temperature settings, neither does it have the setting for broil/grill or any such settings. How do I overcome this challenge? Please respond.

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie May 21, 2015 at 5:36 am - Reply

      That is great to hear confiance. The recipe is still doable. Follow the instruction as is but start checking the chicken at 5 minutes intervals after about 25 minutes in the oven, this will help you gauge how fast or slow the chicken is cooking. A great test to see if the chicken is cooked enough is to pierce it with a knife, if the water runs clear then you are golden. To simulate the broil function, simply flip the chicken so you get some color on. Happy cooking!!

  21. ChiO May 19, 2015 at 11:18 am - Reply

    Simple deliciousness. I like. Well done πŸ™‚

  22. naijababe May 17, 2015 at 6:08 pm - Reply

    I have made chicken at-least three times using this recipe. It is amazing!!!

  23. aisha May 16, 2015 at 7:07 am - Reply

    Those of us dat our oven dnt have grill wot do we do nd wots d fariheit in centigrade?

  24. Barbara Forson May 15, 2015 at 12:13 pm - Reply

    Thanks dear will try it again nd let u know

  25. Barbara Forson May 14, 2015 at 12:46 pm - Reply

    Secondly ur sauce look watering my was like paste

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie May 14, 2015 at 9:25 pm - Reply

      you can always add a little bit of water into the sauce if you find it thick. The consistency should be spreadable

  26. Barbara Forson May 14, 2015 at 12:43 pm - Reply

    I try dis recipe but is too sweet is there any reason

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie May 14, 2015 at 9:24 pm - Reply

      did you use plain or flavored yogurt? also you can try reducing the honey

  27. temi May 9, 2015 at 1:51 am - Reply

    If you’re to pan fry it, when do you add the sauce please?

  28. Zainab Ahmad April 13, 2015 at 8:12 am - Reply

    Does the hiney make it sweet? And is there any substitute if it does?

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie April 14, 2015 at 8:37 pm - Reply

      no, it doesnt make it sweet.

      • Zainab Ahmad April 14, 2015 at 11:05 pm - Reply

        Thanks alot for the amazing recipe. As an amateur cook my chicken tasted great, probably the best chicken I’ve made.

  29. Khadijah A April 11, 2015 at 3:14 pm - Reply

    Tried it for dinner tonight and it was amazing!! Everyone absolutely loved it especially when I told them there was yogurt in it (took a while before they believed me lol). I used pouring yogurt so I was able to turn the left over marinade and chilly mix into a nice gravy. Thank you so much for sharing can’t wait to try the other recipes on here xx

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie April 12, 2015 at 7:51 pm - Reply

      awwwww… this is great! thanks for the feedback

  30. torkwase March 25, 2015 at 5:46 am - Reply

    hi…me again…what of milk…thick or watery like liquid milk

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie March 25, 2015 at 9:58 am - Reply

      milk should produce similar result. unsweetened liquid or buttermilk.

  31. SheWulf March 24, 2015 at 3:21 pm - Reply

    My oven’s broil is just Hi or Low…is 400 degrees considered Hi?

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie March 24, 2015 at 3:23 pm - Reply

      yes, 400 is high. just watch it closely so it doesn’t burn.

  32. Ifeoma March 23, 2015 at 10:20 am - Reply

    African Food Recipes by 9jafoodie you posted 6-12Clean Chilli Pepper. Did you mean tbsp or ???? I have Crushed Chili Pepper you buy as a seasoning. Also which Maggi cubes did you use? There is Chicken Maggi and different kinds depending on where you are geographically. How much Salt and pepper?

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie March 23, 2015 at 11:02 am - Reply

      Yes 6-12 depending on how much heat you can handle, there is a lot of chicken pieces to cover. You can use store bought crushed chilli if you prefer. The flavor of maggi cube is similar across the board, I am not usually not very particular about that. Salt and pepper again is a subject of taste… I added about 1 teaspoon each.

  33. Bim March 22, 2015 at 10:34 pm - Reply

    I loved this. I made a few modifications to mine. I didn’t blend the sauce as suggested. Simply mixed honey, crayenne pepper and garlic powder together and covered the chicken pieces with the sauce before broiling. I broiled for 8mins. It still turned out fine.

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie March 23, 2015 at 11:04 am - Reply

      Awww great! thanks for the feedback and addition.

  34. Tima March 22, 2015 at 2:07 am - Reply

    Please do I add water when blending the sauce?? Or the honey alone!!! Pls reply

  35. Kemy March 21, 2015 at 3:06 am - Reply

    Hi i love your recipe, so looking forward to trying it over the weekend, thanks so much.
    Can i substitute ginger for garlic as i don’t like garlic much at all. Thanks.

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie March 21, 2015 at 9:55 am - Reply

      I will say you should omit it all together. Ginger will work but might be a little overpowering.

  36. Maame March 20, 2015 at 1:50 pm - Reply

    I’m trying this today, I’m so excited

  37. Barbara Forson March 18, 2015 at 6:17 pm - Reply

    Can u post de image of de yogurt pls!!

  38. Dayo B March 16, 2015 at 9:49 am - Reply

    Hi! Can I use chicken thighs instead of drumsticks or is there is a difference depending on the chicken part?

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie March 16, 2015 at 9:53 am - Reply

      No, you can use whatever chicken part you prefer.

  39. ola March 14, 2015 at 9:03 pm - Reply

    Really gonna give this tryyyyyyyyy….tired of eating chicken in the old fashioned

  40. Funmi March 14, 2015 at 7:12 am - Reply

    Can i use Ata Rodo in place of ata wewe. Dont even know which one is ata wewe. Lol.

  41. Ike March 13, 2015 at 1:58 pm - Reply


  42. Ike March 13, 2015 at 1:56 pm - Reply

    Thanks, 9jafoodie. I will try this next weekend. I’m having friends over for dinner and let’s just say my enthusiasm fas been rekindled with this recipe!

  43. Cherie March 11, 2015 at 11:20 am - Reply

    Pls can I just buy any yoghurt frm the store? Or it’s a special kind of yoghurt thank you

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie March 11, 2015 at 12:45 pm - Reply

      Any brand will do. Just make sure it’s plain yogurt or vanilla flavored at the most.

  44. Mabel March 8, 2015 at 2:05 pm - Reply

    Ao can I prepare it wit out using oven

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie March 9, 2015 at 7:37 pm - Reply

      steam it stove top without water then pan fry it in a pan.

  45. lizzy March 8, 2015 at 1:05 pm - Reply

    I tried this on Friday and then on Sunday, that’s how nice it was. I normally make a good chicken but with the yoghurt, it was awesome on all levels. I used dry pepper in mine though and it still turned out great. Thanks for the recipe, I’ve told everyone about it already lol

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie March 9, 2015 at 7:38 pm - Reply

      yeiiiiii!! thanks for the feedback lizzy.

  46. dolapo March 7, 2015 at 3:35 pm - Reply

    Thanks 9jafoodie for this recipe. It was fingerlicking delicious even though i skipped the rosemary

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie March 7, 2015 at 8:29 pm - Reply

      yeiii!! that’s awesome. thanks for the feedback

  47. dolapo March 7, 2015 at 5:27 am - Reply

    My chicken always sticks to the foil when I bake in the can i avoid this.btw trying this today but skipping the rosemary because I don’t have right now. Hope it still comes out nice

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie March 7, 2015 at 8:33 pm - Reply

      Line your tray with foil or parchment, Or oil the tray prior to use.

  48. ChiO March 5, 2015 at 7:27 pm - Reply

    Yum Yum! looks amazing as always πŸ™‚

  49. Eno March 5, 2015 at 7:00 pm - Reply

    Thank you for sharing the recipe. It looks so good and l am definitely trying it this weekend. I wonder if it will turn out well on the bbq rather than the oven. Would I have to bake it first?

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie March 5, 2015 at 7:23 pm - Reply

      It will be perfect on the grill (I am so jealous, I wish I had a grill). No, you do not have to bake it first. Grill until almost ready, apply sauce and finish it off. I can just imagine the smoky deliciousness.

  50. Cheryl March 5, 2015 at 3:05 pm - Reply

    looks super delicious. I have a question tho, what difference does yogurt make? I have never tried that before

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie March 5, 2015 at 7:26 pm - Reply

      The yogurt keeps the meat extremely moist, it also enhances flavor. you need to try it!

  51. Debby March 5, 2015 at 11:33 am - Reply

    My chicken is burnt!

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie March 5, 2015 at 2:44 pm - Reply

      What happened? did you forget it in the oven?

      • Debby March 5, 2015 at 3:10 pm - Reply

        No I didn’t I used 12 mins

        • 9jafoodie
          9jafoodie March 5, 2015 at 7:25 pm - Reply

          on 400F? that’s very strange. Oven settings definitely vary, but I don’t think it should burn. Maybe leave the oven light on next time and start checking the chicken after about 5 minutes. also, you might want to move your oven rack lower, that way the chicken isn’t very close to the heat source. sorry, I cant think of any other reason.

  52. Bimpe March 5, 2015 at 10:57 am - Reply

    Can i use scotch bonnet instead, no chilies right now

  53. theuncasualchristian March 4, 2015 at 6:57 pm - Reply

    I’ll try this. I usually brine my chicken overnight so I’m definitely up for trying yoghurt instead. I like yoghurt in curries and savory sauces so excitement for trying it in roast chicken!

  54. laide March 4, 2015 at 11:43 am - Reply

    Can I please see a picture of the chilli pepper you used?

  55. victoria ibewogwu March 4, 2015 at 11:05 am - Reply

    Please I want to ask Ma. For the 1st procedure after marinating, Can the Chicken be cooked instead of baked in an oven?

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie March 4, 2015 at 11:13 am - Reply

      Yes, you can. simply cook the chicken on low heat without added water. You can then add the sauce and pan fry it a little.

  56. eka March 4, 2015 at 11:05 am - Reply

    Forgive my ignorance pls way ingredient is rosemary and where do i buy it

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie March 4, 2015 at 11:11 am - Reply

      Rosemary is a seasoning herb, just like thyme.

  57. Eddie March 4, 2015 at 8:25 am - Reply

    Yogurt sounds good as I have used mayonnaise before and it came out great. Thanks

  58. Ime March 4, 2015 at 7:43 am - Reply

    Looks delish! Never added yogurt but sounds right. I will try.

  59. Akpevwe March 4, 2015 at 7:06 am - Reply

    The Chicken looks yummy. Would love to try this. Please is there any substitute for the plain yoghurt?

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie March 4, 2015 at 11:10 am - Reply

      great!there is no substitute for yogurt but you can add some milk & lemon juice for similar effect.

  60. vikky March 4, 2015 at 6:52 am - Reply

    I did mine for Thanksgiving, soaked the whole turkey in buttermilk, onions,salt and was delicious! I make excellent grilled fish and my tortilla filling is awesome! Thanks for yogurt heads up

  61. Sade March 4, 2015 at 6:18 am - Reply

    Can u remove the skin?

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