Tandoori Chicken

TOTAL TIME: 50 min
Prep: 10 min
Inactive Prep: --
Cook: 40 min
YIELD: 4 to 6 servings
LEVEL: Easy

ingredients

  • 1/2 cup yogurt
  • 3 tablespoons Tandoori Masala, recipe follows
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • A pinch of salt
  • One 3-pound chicken, cut into 8 pieces
  • Lime wedges, for garnish
TANDOORI MASALA:
  • 1/4 cup cumin seeds
  • 1/4 cup coriander seeds
  • 3 tablespoons smoked paprika
  • 2 tablespoons garam masala
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon red chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon fenugreek seeds
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 8 green cardamom pods
  • 5 whole cloves
  • 1/2-inch piece cinnamon stick
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Directions

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Put the yogurt, Tandoori Masala, garlic and lime juice into a large dish and add the chicken pieces. Rub the marinade into the chicken until it is completely covered. Place the chicken onto an oiled baking sheet. Place in the oven and bake until the chicken is cooked but still tender, 35 to 40 minutes. Serve with lime wedges.
Grind the cumin seeds, coriander seeds, smoked paprika, garam masala, garlic powder, red chili powder, fenugreek seeds, ground ginger, turmeric, cardamom, cloves and cinnamon stick in an electric spice grinder. Store in an airtight container. Yield: 1 cup.

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