Coriander Chicken

coriandar cilantro spicy baked chicken recipe I think every year I fall in love with a herb. In 2014 it was rosemary, 2015 was the year of coriander (cilantro), 2016 is looking like the year of the dill but I shall wait to see as we are still very early in the year.  This chicken personifies everything about the 9jafoodie brand, it’s fresh, stupidly simple and overly delicious. The recipe was in part inspired by the 9jafoodie rice and in part inspired by my famous spicy baked chicken. Yogurt is my secret ingredient for keeping chicken moist and juicy, it honestly changes everything.

I made this quickly for supper a little while ago, I didn’t have time to marinate it overnight. I think the flavors will be so much more pronounced if it’s marinated for 8 hours or more.

Coriander Chicken

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Serves: 6

  • 6 attached chicken legs (or 12 chicken pieces)
  • 1 cup (1/2 bunch) coriander (cilantro)
  • 1 medium onion (chopped)
  • 1-2 scotch bonnet peppers (ata-rodo)
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 2 maggi cubes
  • Salt – to taste
  • 1 teaspoon chipotle pepper or smoked paprika
  • 3 tablespoons plain yogurt
  1. Combine coriander, onion, ata rodo and green bell pepper in a blender. Puree until smooth
  2. Dry off any moisture from the chicken. Make 4-6 slit incisions on each piece. Season with salt, maggi and chipotle. Toss well to combine
  3. Add in the herb puree and yogurt. Toss. Set in the fridge to marinate for 8 hours or overnight
  4. Preheat oven to 400F, Line an oven tray with parchment or foil
  5. Arrange the chicken pieces on the tray. Add on any residual marinade. Put the tray in the oven and bake for 35 minutes. Set the oven to broil (top heat) and bake for another 10 minutes
  6. Serve chicken alone or with some roasted potatoes.
  7. Yum yum yum

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By |April 29th, 2016|10 Comments


  1. Racheal June 9, 2016 at 5:41 pm - Reply

    What is coriander

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie June 9, 2016 at 9:07 pm - Reply

      “Coriander, also known as cilantro or Chinese parsley, is an annual herb in the family Apiaceae. All parts of the plant are edible, but the fresh leaves and the dried seeds are the parts most traditionally used in cooking” Wiki

  2. Ore Adams May 26, 2016 at 1:52 am - Reply

    Shey you see I have been graving chicken wings. Ama make this with wings. By the way when is “Gain It” going to come out for people like me, I dont need to tell you how I look like. Momsi has been on my neck about my weight oh jare.

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie May 26, 2016 at 7:56 pm - Reply

      Hahahha.. I am on Gain It. You never make time to eat though, that’s your problem.

  3. Fola May 8, 2016 at 12:27 pm - Reply

    Im pleased to say this went down a treat with my family. It was delicious! Its now going to be part of our weekly menu! Many thanks for this.

  4. adepeju May 4, 2016 at 9:10 am - Reply

    mee too!

  5. Fola May 3, 2016 at 7:35 am - Reply

    Im trying this tonight. Looks very yummy! Will let you know how it goes.

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