Tandoori chicken is a dish that doesn’t need an introduction. A favorite restaurant dish that you can now make anytime you like, at home in just 40 mins. Succulent, juicy with spicy complex flavors, it gets a liberal squeeze of fresh lemon juice to turn it into an irresistible spicy and sour dish. These tandoori chicken made with a chef’s spice rub are just the perfect way to end your weekend, or just about any day of the week.
I have been a lazy girl this week. I know,I know!! Its been five days since I showed up here. Well you know how it gets sometimes. Most women have so many balls in the air and we are constantly trying to be the best everything. We try to be the best at work, which of course means working twice as hard as any man. We come home and try to be the best mom to our child ( and nothing could be tougher than that). We try our hardest to be the best wife, to find time for our partner, to make sure he doesn’t feel left out as we play the myriad roles in our life. We try to be a good home maker, a good daughter, a good friend. And then we try to make the best food we can for our crazy passion called blogging. “WE” women are hard wired to try our best at everything. And that can take a toll on us at times. I am all for juggling tasks..in fact I am kind of great at multi tasking which is how I get so many things done, but there are days when the exhaustion just creeps up on you. The lacuna sets in and the juggler, the puppet master gets tired of pulling the strings and keeping those balls in the air and that my friend, is not necessarily a bad thing.
“A little nonsense now and then is cherished by the wisest men” – Roald Dahl.
And in the spirit of that wise thought, I did indulge in a little nonsense this week. And I am here today feeling way more relaxed than a vacation.
Its true what they say “There is nothing like staying at home, for real comfort”. I mean sure, Thailand was awesome but then so is this. Just working and coming back home to watch and read and eat. But now I am here, back and refreshed and all set to share with you one of our house favorites. This Tandoori Chicken!!
Tandoori Chicken is a very common affair at most Indian homes. An easy yet deliciously complex dish, its marinated chicken drumsticks cooked over a clay oven, called tandoor. In most restaurants in India a tandoor is a staple. They use it for all kinds of tandoori dishes, chicken,fish ,shrimps, veggies, its used to make naans, slow cook lentils and so much more! Its really fascinating to see them work it. Simply thread the marinated red chicken on to the skewers and leave it on the clay tandoor till its soft and juicy inside and has awesome smoky charred bits on the outside. But most of us don’t have a tandoor at home. So how can you make tandoori chicken at home??
Simple. You simply bake it in an oven and go on to broil it!! Bet you already knew the answer 🙂
It works great on its own, the pulled meat can be used in burgers, sandwiches or burritos. Its equally awesome when served with any Indian flatbread like garlic naan, rotis or this lacha paratha like I did. Paired with some mint yogurt chutney and grandma’s green salad, this tandoori chicken is bound to become one of your favorite dinners.
Bonus: Total dude food that’s bound to make your man feel like he’s the luckiest man alive , and that’s always a plus in my books.
PS: I always marinate more chicken than I need and freeze so that I can thrown them in an oven any time for a delicious mid week dinner,without having to slog too much after work. You can also grill these easily.
Result : A totally in heaven P, relaxed me and a happy baby D.
Hope you enjoy making this as much as we did.
- Chicken drumsticks - 1 kg
- Plain yogurt - 2 cups
- Garlic cloves - 8
- Ginger - 2 inch piece, diced small.
- Red Onion - 1 cup
- Lemon Juice ,1/2 cup, freshly squeezed
- Dried red chilies 4 ( i used kashmiri, but you can use regular too)
- Green cardamom - 4
- Cumin seeds - 2 tsp
- Kashmiri Red chillie powder or paprika - 2 tsp
- Black Peppercorn - 10
- Cloves- 8
- Turmeric Powder - 2 tsp
- Garam Masala powder - 1 tbsp
- Coriander seeds - 2 tbsp
- Salt - 1½ tbsp ( adjust as per taste)
- Kasoori methi or Dried fenugreek leaves - 2 tbsp
- Mustard Oil - 3 tbsp
- Mint yogurt chutney.
- Onion rings
- Lemon wedges
- Cucumber and tomato rings.
- Cold beer 😉
- Start by cleaning the chicken drumsticks and drying them with a clean paper towel.
- Make two deep cuts/slits in each drumstick and keep aside.
- Now for the marination :
- Blend together all the ingredients starting from yogurt to coriander seeds with just a dash of water ( if needed) till smooth.
- Remove and add the kasuri methi (dried fenugreek), mustard oil. Mix well.
- Add salt to the chicken as per your taste and pour over the marination. Coat all the chicken pieces well with the marinate , cling wrap the bowl and set it aside in a fridge to marinate for oat least 6 hrs (maximum overnight) before cooking. If you want to freeze some for later, now is the time.
- Next, when you are ready to cook, preheat the oven to 400 F or 200 C. Line a baking sheet with parchment /foil and lay about 6-8 drumsticks in it, leaving 1 inch gap in between.
- Pour the remaining marinade all over the chicken. Dont throw it away!!
- Cook in the oven for about 30 minutes. Turn them once half way in between.
- Once done, transfer the chicken to the top rack for broil.
- Broil for 5 mins till the chicken gets slightly charred in places. Turn it over and broil for 2-3 more mins.
- Remove the chicken and let it rest covered for 2-3 minutes before serving.
- Serve hot with some freshly squeezed lemon juice on the chicken and the accompaniments.