Friday, July 22, 2011

Tandoori chicken

Tandoori chicken

              For all chicken loversss, I am going to share King recipe of chicken...Guess???? Yeah it is Tandoori Chicken. Isn't it a treat???. .Well, after trying different recipe, I finally satisfied & stuck to this particular recipe. Its is very close to original version and tastes great.
              My husband went crazy after tasting this dish.  He ask me to make it very often and made as a default Sunday menu. ( Im always a creator not an eater, because I m a vegetarian LOL).   Because it is a Protein rich dish and good for people in diet.
             Some authentic information about Tandoori chicken, Tandoor is a cylindrical clay oven usually heated by using charcoal or wood to produce high heat above 480 degree Celsius(900 degree F) which can sustain for longer time.
              Chicken marinated by special Yogurt sauce & cooked in this oven is said to be Tandoori chicken.
It oriented from India & now popular in most part of the world. For more interesting details check this link.
              The recipe given here gives very moist & juicy chicken with spice level of 3.5 out of 5 being the max. You can add or less the spice according to your taste. So what you are waiting for,  start cooking & enjoy with family & friends.

Chicken whole - 800gms / 2 pounds
Oil / Oil spray or butter - For drizzling

Tandoori chicken

Masala ingredients #1

Lemon juice - 3 tbsp
Red chilli powder - 1/2 tsp
Salt - To taste
Oil - 1/2 tsp

Masala ingredients #2
Oil - 2tbsp
Ajwain / Tymol seeds- 1/2tsp
Gram Flour / Besan / Chic pea flour - 4 tbsp

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Masala ingredients #3
Yogurt - 1 cup
Ginger garlic paste - 2tsp each
Red chilli powder - 1tsp
Garam masala powder - 1/2tsp or to flavor
Mustard seed powder - 1/4 tsp
Any cooking oil - 2tbsp
Red food color - A pinch
Salt - To taste


  • Remove the skin, clean and wash chicken.
  • Using a sharp knife, make incisions on the chicken breast, legs and thighs as shown in the picture.  Mean while make a cut in joint bones of the chicken.
  • With your hands, apply masala # 1 over the chicken and in between the cuts. Let it marinate for 1/2 an hour.
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  • Heat oil in a pan or kadai, add ajwain. Let it splutter.
  • Add Chic pea flour and stir continuously for a minute or till you get nutty flavor of the flour. Keep it aside.
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  • Mix all ingredients in masala list 3.
  • To this add prepared chic pea mixture(masala #2) and mix well. Adjust salt to taste.
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  • Apply this masala over the chicken and between the cuts. Marinate for 5~ 6 hours in a refrigerator.
  • Preheat the oven at 400 degree F for 10 minutes.

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  • Spray oil on the baking tray and place the marinated chicken on the tray.
  • Brush or spray oil over the chicken & place in oven.
  • Change Oven temperature setting from 400 degree F to Broiler setting and cook chicken for 30 minutes or til done. ( Brush or Spray oil over the chicken in between).
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  • Remove chicken from the oven and allow it cool.
  • Cut chicken into four pieces as shown in below picture or as per your requirment.  Enjoy with mint chutney & lemon.

Note: For best result, always select chicken which weight below 2 lbs or 800 to 900gms. I used 1 cornish hen weighted 2 pounds( about 900 gms).  You can use mustard oil for authentic Panjabi tantoor and mustard powder is optional, if you add it holds  its original flavor & taste.
                 Don't burn chic pea flour, stir continuously. Approximately it will take 1 minute in medium heat. Always use thick curd, If it is watery, tie the curd in a piece of muslin cloth & hang over for 20 ~30 minutes. 
                It took 30 minutes for me to cook chicken at broiler setting. 15 minutes one side & another 15 minutes for other side.   Cooking time may vary depends upon the oven & as well as on chicken size. ( If you are going to use chicken drumsticks, follow the marinating procedure and then bake it for 20 ~ 25 minutes in 350 degree F and broil it for 5 ~ 10 minutes depends on your oven. This will ensure juicy chicken).

Tandoori chicken

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