Monday, February 16, 2009

Tandoori Chicken

Me and my husband can eat chicken at any time. He used to like Chicken 65 so much and so after our marriage I used to make it every week. But since it is deep fried, I was looking for a healthy alternative. When we went for an Indian restaurant here, we had the Tandoori chicken and it was good except for the spice level. After coming home I thought I could give it a try. And then after so many trial and error methods I finally started making them perfectly.

Crispy and juicy Tandoori chicken with rasam rice is our favourite combo. But we have them along with Briyani and sambhar rice also. This time we had them with Chicken briyani(one of our friends made the briyani and she makes it really good). This recipe requires very minimal effort but you need to marinate them for a long time for better taste.

6 Chicken leg pieces (Skin and fat removed)
1/4 cup curd
2 tbsp ginger garlic paste
1/4 tsp turmeric> <>>1/4 tsp amchoor powder
1/2 tsp pepper powderIV>
1 tsp chilli powder (you can add less for mild, we like it hot)
1 tbsp any Tandoori powder (I use Shan)
2 tbsp Olive oil
1 tsp Salt or according to your taste

Wash the chicken pieces. Make slits on the sides of the chicken with knife and also slightly pierce them with fork so that the masala could penetrate. In a big bowl make the marinade with all the ingredients listed above. Add the chicken pieces to the marinade and coat them well with the marinade, you can even apply some marinade through the silts in the chicken using the fork. Cover and refrigerate overnight(You can even marinate for just 4 or 5 hrs). Now preheat the oven to 425F. Arrange the chicken pieces in a baking tray and bake them for 30 to 40 mins or until tender(depends on the size of the chicken pieces and your oven). Then keep them under broil for 3 to 5mins(this gives the outer layer extra crispiness you can omit this step if you want them soft). Keep and eye when you broil them as it would bet burned easily. Garnish with raw onion rings, sliced carrots and lemon wedges and serve.

This makes a perfect party food for guests. Everyone just loves it and it takes less effort while you are cooking for a big crowd. So next time you invite someone just give this a try and it will be a sure hit:)

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