Thursday, April 8, 2010

Tandoori Chicken


Group I

  • Garam masala - 1/4 tsp
  • Red chilly powder - 1 tbsp
  • Lemon juice - 2tbsp
  • Salt to taste

Group II
  • Yogurt - 1 cup
  • Chicken - 4 chicken legs with thighs (skin out)
  • Melted butter and olive oil - 2 tbsp
  • Ginger and garlic paste - 2 tbsp
  • Coriander powder - 1 tsp
  • Garam Masala - 1 tsp
  • Cumin powder - 1 tsp
  • Orange red Color - few pinches
  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Red Chili Powder - 2 tsp or to taste
  • Lemon - 1 1/4 tbsp
  • Pepper - 1/2 tsp
  • Chat masala - 1/4 - 1/2 tsp
  • Red Onion - 1
  • Salt to taste


  • Wash and clean the chicken.
  • Mix all the group I ingredient together.
  • Use sharp knife, cut slashes in the flesh.
  • Now rub the group I masala into the flesh.
  • This allows the masala to penetrate. Leave it aside for 30 minutes.
  • Except chat masala, chicken and onion, mix all other group II ingredients together.
  • Spread this masala over the marinated chicken evenly.
  • Place it in the tray, in which you are going to marinate the chicken.
  • Repeat the process for all the chicken pieces & arrange it in the marination tray.
  • Pour the excess mixture evenly on top of the chicken placed in the tray.
  • Cover the tray & refrigerate it for at least 3 hrs.
  • Line the oven's center grill/ second layer grill (from the bottom) with aluminum foil.
  • Make holes in the aluminum foil, using a fork for the drippings to flow down.
  • Place aluminum foil or any tray in the bottom grill to catch the drippings.
  • Preheat the oven to 400 F and place the chicken.
  • Cook the chicken for 30 minutes and or till it is  done.
  • Now remove the chicken pieces & sprinkle the chat masala.
  • Serve it with onion rings/ ketchup or green chutney.
Tips for the recipe - Keep flipping the chicken in the last 5 minutes. This will help the chicken to cook evenly. Make sure that water should not get collected around the chicken while it is cooking. If the water gets collected, then make the holes much bigger for the dripping to flow down. Do not over cook the chicken. It may make your chicken hard and dry. You can marinate the chicken overnight, in the fridge for good taste. It is good to cover the marinated chicken while keeping it in the refrigerator.

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