Tandoori chicken is a popular North Indian dish consisting of roasted chicken prepared with yogurt and spices. The name comes from the type of cylindrical clay oven, a tandoor, in which the dish is traditionally prepared.
“Chicken is marinated overnight in a spicy yogurt marinade and then grilled ”
1 pounds chicken, ( legs and thighs OR leg quarters )
salt to taste
juice of half a lemon
1/4 cups plain yogurt
1 tbs ginger , garlic paste
1 teaspoons garam masala
1 teaspoon cayenne
Few drops red food coloring ( optional )
Onion rings & lemon wedges for garnishing
You can even use ready made Tandoori Masala easily available in Indian Grocery store .
1. Remove skin from chicken pieces, and cut slits into them .Place in a shallow dish.
2.In a medium bowl, combine yogurt, garlic,ginger paste ,lemon juice , garam masala, cayenne pepper and salt . Mix until smooth. Stir in yellow and red food coloring. Spread yogurt mixture over chicken. Cover, and refrigerate for 6 to 24 hours . Longer the better .
3.Preheat an outdoor grill for medium high heat, and lightly oil grate.
4.Cook chicken on grill until no longer pink and juices run clear. Garnish with cilantro and lemon wedges and serve with Onion Rings and Cilantro mint chutney .
To bake in the oven , you need to
Pre heat the oven to 425*F
Take the chicken out of the refrigerator
Line a large roasting pan with foil.
Place the chicken pieces on the rack so they are not touching.
Put the pan with the chicken in the oven, and
Turn the chicken pieces once after 30 minutes of cooking time, then roast for another 10 to 15 minutes .
Tuen the oven off and let the chicken rest in the closed oven for 15. -20 mins .
Remove the chicken in a platter & garnish with the onion rings and lemon wedges and serve hot with coriander mint chutney ..