Indian Lemon Chicken a la Joe

Indian Lemon Chicken a la Joe

About a year ago, I tasted some delicious chicken my friend Joe had brought to the office for a luncheon. It was really, really good and so I naturally asked him how he made it.

He kind of rattled off the ingredients for a marinade, estimating the amounts he used, and as soon as I got a chance I jotted it down on a piece of paper.

I have carried that very piece of paper around for an entire year and finally just made it. It's soooo good! (Why in the world did I wait so long?!) I made a couple of edits, like adding crushed red pepper, but aside from that this is the recipe Joe shared with me (or at least it's the one I wrote down).

Joe didn't have a name for his recipe so I named it based on my interpretation. As much as I'd like to name dishes really clever and cute things, I generally try to stick to the major descriptors so that, at a glance, you have an idea of what you're getting.

A good descriptive name for this dish would have been Joe's Really Amazing Lemon Chicken with a Hint of Indian Spice but I figured that was too long, so I went with Indian Lemon Chicken a la Joe ;-)

Indian Lemon Chicken a la Joe

Serves 4-5

2 pounds chicken breast, cut into bite size pieces
1 Tablespoon canola oil for frying
fresh cilantro for garnish

1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 teaspoon kosher salt
fresh cracked black pepper to taste
3 Tablespoons yogurt (I used Fage Greek yogurt)
juice of one lemon
3-4 large cloves garlic, rough chopped (less if you don't LOVE garlic)
1 medium tomato

Place all of the marinade ingredients into a food processor or blender and blend until liquified and well mixed.

Pour the marinade into a large zip top plastic bag, add chicken, seal, and turn to coat. Place bag in refrigerator to marinade several hours or overnight.

After chicken has marinated, heat non-stick skillet to medium - medium-high and add 1 Tablespoon canola oil. Next remove chicken from marinade and place in skillet. Discard marinade.

Cook chicken for approximately 10-15 minutes or until chicken is cooked all the way through and no longer pink inside.

left: chicken when first added to the pan (note: I added a little extra crushed red pepper because I like heat)
right: after cooking a few minutes, there may be some amount of watery liquid but it will cook away
left: liquid is starting to cook away
right: chicken is done

Serve over rice and garnish with fresh cilantro, if desired.

Indian Lemon Chicken a la Joe


  1. Every time I wander into your blog...there's some nice spicy stuff in here...so I thought you shoud go on my blogroll!! =)
    That lemon Chicken looks delicious!
    Cheers n Happy New Year!

  2. yumm.. looks great!! love the color!

  3. I love Indian flavors. This looks great and I love that I have all these ingredients to make it. Thanks to Joe and thanks for sharing:)

  4. That sounds so good...and the photos are heavenly!

  5. I love Indian food and this sounds terrific. It is funny how we can hold on to a recipe for so long. I've done the same and regretted not making it earlier too.

  6. Okay, this one is definitely a keeper. I love Indian flavours with chicken. I am buzzing this!

  7. MMM, that looks really wonderful. Great photos and great name for the recipe. You're right - the major flavor AND a friend's name.

  8. Looks great!! Love getting recipes from people. It sounds really similar to Chicken Tikka which is a BIG hit with my fiance!

  9. Veronica this looks amazing, I'm adding this to my must make soon list. I love lemon and this sounds really easy. Happy New Years!

  10. I love the flavors and looks wonderful :)

  11. hmmm joe can cook... sounds delicious!
    happy new year!

  12. Yum sounds and looks delicious!!! Thanks Joe!!!!

  13. Enchanted I really like this dish! I am going to revise it for my son and his girlfriend who now eat vegetarian, and use soya chunks or firm tofu...I will let you know who it turns out and send back credit!

  14. Beautifully flavoured chicken! The lemon and garlic are a perfect pair.

  15. this looks yum and relatively easy! easy weeknight dinner!

  16. Great recipe, I love chicken curries and this one is already on my list :) Dennis was right, your blog is great, you have lovely recipes :)

  17. In our house, we call this Tikka Masala, but anyway you call it ... it is delish! Your photos are phenomenal! What a nice place to wander to ... Chef Dennis steered us right on your blog! Fantastic work, V!