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Chicken Legs Marinated in Yogurt and Spices

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4 large garlic cloves, minced
1 1/2 tablespoons finely grated ginger
Sea salt
2 cups plain low-fat yogurt
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing
1 tablespoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 teaspoon sweet paprika
1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
Pinch of cinnamon
6 pounds chicken legs, cut into drumsticks and thighs

In a large bowl, using a wooden spoon, mash the garlic and ginger with 1 1/2 teaspoons of salt to a coarse paste. Stir in the yogurt and 2 tablespoons of the olive oil, then add the cumin, coriander, crushed red pepper, paprika, turmeric, pepper and cinnamon.

Remove the skin from the chicken thighs and using a sharp knife, make 3 to 4 deep slashes in the thighs and drumsticks on both sides. Add the chicken to the marinade, toss to coat and refrigerate overnight.

Light a grill. Remove the chicken from the marinade and scrape some of it off. Lightly brush the chicken with olive oil and season with salt. Grill over a medium-high fire, turning occasionally, until lightly charred and the juices run clear when the chicken is pierced with a knife, 25 to 30 minutes. Transfer to a platter and serve.

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