Tandoori Gouda Chicken

Wisconsin Cheese Tandoori Gouda Chicken  Recipe
Active Time
30 Minutes


Yogurt Sauce:



Look for the Proudly Wisconsin Badge when shopping for cheese. Any brand of Wisconsin Gouda can be used in this recipe.


Yogurt Sauce:

  1. Combine the yogurt sauce ingredients in a small bowl. Cover and refrigerate until serving.


  1. Heat oven to 350°F.
  2. Combine the cumin, paprika, salt, ginger, garlic powder, cardamom, coriander and turmeric in a bowl. Slowly whisk in 1 tablespoon olive oil.
  3. Pat chicken thighs dry with paper towels. Rub chicken with spice blend. Gently loosen skin from chicken thighs, leaving one side attached. Place 1/4 cup gouda under the skin of each. Secure with toothpicks.
  4. Warm remaining olive oil in a large ovenproof or cast-iron skillet over medium heat. Add chicken; cook for 3-4 minutes on each side or until browned. Transfer chicken to a plate. Drain, reserving 1 tablespoon drippings.
  5. Cook and stir onion in chicken drippings in the same pan over medium heat for 4-6 minutes or until crisp-tender. Add the chicken broth, basmati rice and saffron. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently. Reduce heat to low. Return chicken to the pan. Cover and bake for 20 minutes.
  6. Transfer chicken to another plate. Fluff rice with a fork. Stir in the dried currants, almonds, olives and remaining gouda. Return chicken to the pan. Bake, uncovered, for 5-10 minutes longer or until a thermometer inserted into meat reads 165°F. Discard toothpicks.
  7. Serve chicken and rice with yogurt sauce.

Recipe Tip

Avoid touching face when handling jalapeno peppers. Consider wearing gloves, as oils may burn skin.

Cheesemonger Tip

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Do you have questions when shopping for cheese? Ask the cheesemonger! A cheesemonger specializes in the buying and selling of high-quality cheese, usually available in the specialty section of a grocery store or cheese shop. Knowledgeable and passionate, a cheesemonger is a go-to resource for cheese varieties and pairings, proper cheese storage and handling, its cooking applications and cheese brand information.

This robust gouda offers a smoky spice combination that represents the flavor of a Tandoor, a traditional clay oven used in Pakistan and India. The cheese has just the right amount of heat and depth to add a smoky, Pakistani-inspired flavor to your favorite dishes. Sample it as a table cheese with sweet, fruity wines, and also be sure to experience this melty gem in recipes.

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