Can I Freeze Yogurt Sauce?

Suzieque

I am going to be making garlic curry chicken thighs with yogurt sauce. It uses plain Greek yogurt, olive oil, garlic, curry powder, salt, and lemon juice. Can I freeze leftovers or will the sauce become wonky?

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DawnInCal

I freeze yogurt all the time with no wonkiness. Sometimes, it separates into solids and liquids, but after stirring it well, it mixes back together.

The lemon juice could be a factor in that it may curdle the yogurt, but the only way to find out for sure is to try it and see what happens.


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Elmer J Fudd

Raw chicken is guaranteed to be loaded with bacteria. If the "leftover" sauce will be in contact with raw chicken without being raised to over 180 degrees (at which temperature the yogurt will likely break apart) before being frozen , toss it.

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Suzieque

Thanks both. Elmer, the chicken won’t be raw. As mentioned, I’m wondering about leftovers, meaning once baked and served and what remains. I totally get you about raw chicken. Yuck!

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Elmer J Fudd

Sorry if I misunderstood your intent. Sometimes, as with tandoori chicken, raw chicken is "marinated" in a yoghurt sauce before cooking.

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Suzieque

Thanks again. I'm sure we won't eat it all and will try freezing it. I appreciate your responses, DawninCal and Elmer.

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sjerin

Just an fyi if you do marinate chicken in yogurt: it takes quite a bit more salt that you'd think to flavor the chicken.

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OutsidePlaying

Generally any dairy products aren’t recommended to be frozen. YMMV but I wouldn’t, especially if the sauce is easy to throw together fresh.

edited to add, the garlic and some of the other spices in the sauce could change or lose flavor due to freezing also.

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Suzieque

Oh, thanks for that info, stern. And OutsidePlaing, hmmmm.....another point of view. I appreciate the input. Maybe I'll just try making only 1/2 of the recipe. Will report back.

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gardengal48 (PNW Z8/9)

If the sauce is used to cook the chicken in, then I would have no concerns about freezing the leftovers. I make various recipes that include a dairy based sauce of some variety - yogurt, sour cream, even heavy cream - and after cooking, the leftovers freeze perfectly well. Uncooked dairy may not freeze well (although I have no issues with cheeses or butter) but dairy used as a component of a cooked sauce freezes just fine. I find no deterioration of texture, splitting or separating or loss of flavor.

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