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Grilled and Spiced Chicken Breast with Cucumber Yogurt Sauce

Biggest Loser proves salads can be a satisfying meal.

Yield: Serves 6


  • ¼ tsp. cumin seeds
  • ¼ tsp. fennel seeds
  • ¼ tsp. coriander seeds
  • ¼ tsp. cayenne pepper
  • ¼ tsp. turmeric powder
  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped fine
  • ½ cucumber, peeled and deseeded and finely diced
  • 1 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 4 cups mixed baby salad greens
  • 4 sprigs fresh cilantro


  1. Preheat a grill or grill pan.

  2. Place a small sauté pan over medium high heat and toast each of the seeds separately for 1 to 2 minutes and remove from pan to a mixing bowl to cool.

  3. Using a mortar and pestle or a food processor grind the spices into a powder being sure to break up any large pieces of the seeds. Pass the spice mix through a small sifter into a mixing bowl and mix well, set aside.

  4. On a clean work surface lay out several even layers of plastic wrap approximately 1 foot wide and place one chicken breast over the plastic. Cover the chicken with another piece of layered plastic and lightly pound the chicken breast with a meat mallet or meat tenderizer until the chicken breast is thinned out to about a ½ inch thickness, being careful not to rip or tear the chicken breast. Repeat with the second chicken breast.

  5. Lightly brush the grill with a little vegetable oil. Season each side of the chicken generously with the spice mix and reserve any remaining spice mix for a later use in an airtight container.

  6. Place the chicken breasts on the grill and cook for 3 to 4 minutes on each side or until an instant read thermometer inserted into the chicken reads 165 degrees F.

  7. While the chicken is cooking mix the lemon juice, garlic, cucumber and yogurt in a small mixing bowl until well incorporated.

  8. Remove the chicken from the grill to a plate and let rest for 2 to 3 minutes. Arrange the greens on a large serving platter. Place the chicken breasts atop the greens and drizzle the sauce over and around the chicken. Garnish the chicken with cilantro leaves and serve.

Source: Biggest Loser

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this is a awesome dinner I loved it very easy to make and i don't even like cucumbers.. goes great with white wine aswell

posted Jan 26th, 2010 5:19 pm


Loraine - our best guest is going to be a plain greek style yogurt. The original recipe as you mentioned was not clear on this.

posted Jan 28th, 2009 3:36 pm


Recipe doesn't show what type of yogurt to use or how much. Recipe on BL site doesn't either.

posted Jan 28th, 2009 11:50 am


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