Tandoori-Style Chicken


This Tandoori-Style Chicken is a delicious combination of warm spices like cumin and coriander. The chicken is marinated for about six hours which enables all of the flavors to permeate the meat. I love serving it alongside some raita, a tomato salad, and some naan. The flavors are so inviting. It's cooked out on the grill but can easily be roasted in the oven or even broiled.


Ingredients for Tandoori-Style Chicken:

4-6 servings


3 pounds chicken drumsticks, skin removed

2 teaspoons cumin

2 teaspoons coriander

2 teaspoons turmeric

2 teaspoons paprika

1 teaspoon curry

1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt

1/4 teaspoon cayenne

2 tablespoons minced ginger

4 garlic cloves, minced

3 tablespoons lemon juice

2 tablespoons olive oil

1- 7 ounce container of yogurt


Raita


1 - 7 ounce container of yogurt

1/2 cup chopped cucumber which has been peeled and seeded

1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon cumin

1/2 teaspoon coriander

1 teaspoon chopped dill


Time-Saving Tip: The Chicken can and should be marinated around six to eight hours before grilling. Once the chicken is marinating you can make the raita and keep it in the refrigerator until you are ready to use it.


If you would like to serve naan, the Indian bread with the meal it is readily available at most supermarkets.


Let's see what we need.



Let's make the chicken.


First prep the chicken. If you purchased drumsticks with the skin you will need to remove it. That's what I did. It is easy to do. Grab onto the skin with a paper towel and pull. It will come off easily. Once all of the skin is remove cut 2-3 deep slits into the chicken.

Combine all of the ingredients for the marinade except for the chicken.





Add the chicken to the marinade. Combine well making sure that the chicken is completely coated and that the marinade is distributed in all of the cuts that were made in the chicken. Place in the refrigerator for six to eight hours.


While the chicken is marinating it is a good time to prepare the raita. It is very simple. Just combine all of the ingredients and it is ready. It is best when it sits for a while so you can just put it in the refrigerator alongside the chicken.



Make sure to oil the grill very well. Be careful...if you are using a spray do not do it while the grill is on or else it will flame up. Once the grill is oiled and at medium heat add the chicken. Once all f the chicken is added the grilling temperature will drop. This is good. Grill the chicken on low to medium turning often. The first turn may stick a bit but using a spatula first helps. The chicken should be cooked in about 30 minutes.



The chicken is ready....it smells so delicious and tastes even better.



Serve the chicken with the raita, some tomato salad and purchased naan. It is a delicious meal packed with flavor. And if you are lucky enough to have any leftover chicken it is perfect for lunch.


Enjoy!



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