Tandoori Chicken is a perfect Weeknight Meal that can be eaten as an appetizer or starter or as a main course, served with naan flatbread.
What is Tandoori Chicken?
Tandoori chicken is a popular Indian chicken dish prepared by roasting chicken marinated in yogurt and spices in a tandoor, a cylindrical clay oven. The dish is popular in many other parts of the world but mainly originated from the Indian subcontinent.
Tandoori Chicken Preparation
Firstly, the raw chicken pieces are marinated in a mixture of yogurt (dahi) and tandoori masala, and a spice blend (mentioned below). It is seasoned and colored with Kashmiri red chili powder or red chili powder, cayenne pepper as well as turmeric and little food coloring to have that deep red color. Before the chicken is marinated and roasted the skin is generally removed.
Tandoori Chicken Cooking Methods
The marinated chicken is then placed on skewers and cooked at high heat in a tandoor oven, which is heated with wood or charcoal, which adds that awesome smoky flavor. But you can also make this chicken tandoori in a standard oven, using a rotisserie or spit, or over hot charcoal.
Tandoori Chicken – How long to Cook
As I mentioned above, you can use the oven instead of a charcoal grill, So, when cooking on the oven it usually takes 30-40minutes at 250-300 degrees C.
Tandoori Chicken – Variations
This dish can be also used as the base of numerous cream-based curries such as butter chicken. The fame of this dish led to many dishes such as chicken tikka commonly found in menus in Indian restaurants all begin with yogurt and citrus-based marinade.
Chicken Tandoori – Key Ingredients
The main ingredient which will change the game for you is the Chaat masala, Tandoori Masala and of course Garam masala (a spice mixture of Cinnamon, Black peppercorns, cardamom, Brown Cardamom, Cumin seeds, Coriander seeds, ground Cloves) and of course how we can forget the turmeric powder, without this spice this dish cannot be called as “Tandoori Chicken”.
How to Make Homemade Chicken Tandoori Masala
If you cannot buy the Tandoori Masala or it is not available, no worries follow the step below and make your own Masala with basic ingredients.
- In a dry pan roast peppercorn, green cardamom, cinnamon, brown cardamom, cloves, coriander seeds, cumin seeds, turmeric powder, and bay leaf.
- Remove from the pan and let completely cool
- In a mixture or grinder, grind all the roasted spices to a fine powder.
- That’s it your homemade tandoori masala is ready.
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