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Tandoori Chicken Recipe

Tandoori Chicken

Rating 4-0 out of 5 - Most cooks definitely will make this recipe again
An Unusual Recipe
Mamtha Sunil Kumar

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The name Tandoori Chicken is derived from chicken baked in a clay oven named a "Tandoor". This oven originated in the northern Indian state of Punjab; a region renowned for great chicken dishes, and most are baked in the tandoor. However, since you probably don't keep a spare tandoor at home, we'll use a conventional oven for our Tandoori Chicken recipe.

Tandoori Chicken is one of those Indian dishes that you normally only get a chance to eat in an Indian restaurant but here, it is so easy, that you shouldn't hesitate to give it a go. It's perfect for the whole family - kids and adults alike - so feel free to increase the quantities and feed the whole tribe!

      Preparation Time: 20 Minutes + waiting

      Cooking Time: 45 Minutes

Ingredients for Tandoori Chicken

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to serve 4:
chicken drumsticks
1 teaspoon
natural yoghurt
1 tablespoon
tomato pureé (tomato paste)
about 1 inch
fresh ginger
3 cloves
1 tablespoon
lemon juice
1 tablespoon
white wine vinegar
½ teaspoon
½ teaspoon
freshly ground red pepper
1 tablespoon
garam masala
2 tablespoons
vegetable oil


How to Cook Tandoori Chicken

  1. Remove the skins from the chicken. Make several cuts in the flesh to allow the marinade to really flavour the meat. In a casserole large enough to hold the chicken legs, mix the yogurt and tomato pureé (tomato paste), then peel and finely chop the ginger and peel and crush (shred) the garlic and add those too. Squeeze in the lemon juice and add the white wine vinegar, salt, pepper and garam masala and stir well to mix. Marinate the chicken legs in this paste for 6 hours (preferably overnight), turning them occasionally so that they are well-coated in marinade.
  2. Preheat the oven to moderate (Mk 4 - 350ºF - 180ºC) and bake the chicken for 45 minutes until tender (baste with the residual marinade from time-to-time). Serve hot.

Lime squeezed on the chicken reduces the effect of the spices if necessary.
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Reviews of Tandoori Chicken

Rating 4 out of 5 - Many cooks will make this recipe again January 21 2014
Nice simple recipe for Chicken Tandoori. Sometimes these recipes are soooo complex, but was really easy and my husband really enjoyed this.
(4 reviews)

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