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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Make Smokey BBQ Chicken Tandoori At Home

Today, I will be sharing the most popular dish of India. This roasted chicken is a highly preferable dish eaten as in starters or as a main course if you're having a backyard bash. Not only is this dish absolutely delicious and smoky in flavor, it's an ancient dish of the Mughal era times. I love the Mughal inspired roasted chicken marinated with full of spices and yogurt onto the skewers & heated by charcoal. 

This is a perfect recipe if you're going for camping or RV trips. We try this recipe during our camping trips as it is a great meal to feed my big family. Try this marination at home, you'll never buy the ready-made stuff, I promise! You can serve chicken over rice or with a simple veggie dish. If you make this, do come back and leave a comment telling us what you think!. Enjoy cooking!

BBQ Chicken Tandoori

Make Smokey BBQ Chicken Tandoori At Home

Preparation Time: 25 minutes
Cooking Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Serves: 2 persons

Chicken Tandoori Masala Ingredient:
2 tablespoons red chili powder
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
1 teaspoon black pepper powder
1 tablespoon cumin powder
3-4 black cardamom
1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds powder
1/2 teaspoon mace powder

Mix 2 tablespoons red chili powder, 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg powder, 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder, 1 teaspoon black pepper powder, 1 tablespoon cumin powder, 3-4 black cardamom, 1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds powder and 1/2 teaspoon mace powder and store it in an air tight jar. Use whenever needed.

Ingredients for Chicken Marination:
1-2 chicken leg or breast pieces -  I have shared this recipe with little quantity of ingredients, especially for the newbies trying this recipe. 
1/2 teaspoon chicken tenderizer
1 tablespoon garlic paste
1 tablespoon ginger paste
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons whisk yogurt
2-3 tablespoon home-made tandoori masala powder
1 lemon for garnishing
1 teaspoon chat masala for garnish

  • Give cuts in the flesh of chicken pieces so that all the spices and flavor penetrates easily into the chicken during marination. In a bowl, Add 1 tablespoon of garlic paste, 1 tablespoon of ginger paste, 2 tablespoons of whisk yogurt, 2 tablespoon tandoori home-made masala powder, 2 tablespoons of lemon juice, chicken tenderizer and salt to taste. 
  • Marinate chicken pieces overnight or for an hour. Do not marinate chicken for more than 2 days as we have added chicken tenderizer which will change the texture of chicken. You can leave it without adding chicken tenderizer if you want.
  • Take out chicken from the refrigerator for at least 1 hour earlier cooking to bring it down to a room temperature. You can either roast it in the oven or barbecue over an electric or charcoal grill. I just love the smoky taste and the smell of charcoal so I prefer barbecue charcoal grill!
  • Fire the coal well in advance so that the white ashes forms over the surface of the charcoal. Which means that the coal is the hottest and ready.
  • Fix marinated chicken pieces into the skewers, and line all the chicken pieces parallel on charcoal grill. Let it cook on the charcoal flame without turning or disturbing chicken for 8-10 minutes. You can add oil or ghee on hot charcoal for increasing its flame.
  • Let the chicken cook on both the sides.
  • Cooking time, usually varies as it is dependent on the level of heat and distance from the chicken. As we have marinated chicken pieces with tenderizer therefore they will cook faster than the regular or standard barbecued chicken.
  • If you don't have any of the above options available to you, simply shallow fry these marinated chicken pieces in frying pan and let the chicken cook on both the sides. Now, put hot charcoal over the pieces and cover the pan with a lid for a minute. This idea will give a smoky flavor and taste in chicken tandoori pieces. Squeeze lemon juice on it. Sprinkle some chat masala (optional).
  • Serve hot with onion and cucumber salads, green chili chutney and tamarind chutney.
  • You can complete this meal with masala rice, naan or bun.
It is crisp on the outside and cooked in the middle. Perfect! Try this recipe in open and fresh air and enjoy it with your family and friends at picnics, house party or dinners. 

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