We often tend to crave tandoori dishes and one of the most craved dishes is tandoori chicken. All chicken lovers have had tandoori chicken at least once and most of us end up loving this dish.
Tandoori Chicken, along with Chicken Tikka Masala and Butter Chicken, is possibly the most well-known Indian chicken dish. This is an extremely simple, super delicious, and super gorgeous oven-grilled chicken meal that can also be grilled on charcoal if you have it. Spicy, fragrant, perfectly cooked chicken with simple two-ingredient raita. With a side salad, we devoured these in no time. It’s fantastic.
This delicious recipe is also known as murgh tandoor or tandoori murgh. The term tandoor means clay oven and murgh is a synonym for chicken. Most households do not have a tandoor and use a stove or oven for their daily cooking. So, we’re sharing how to make tandoori chicken in an oven or on the stove.
Without a doubt, the dish we’re giving here is simple and delicious. And there isn’t a hint of any store-bought tandoori masala behind it. It comes together quickly and effortlessly at home.
Tandoori chicken is a deliciously smokey chicken appetizer that you will really adore. In the traditional method, the marinated chicken is roasted or grilled in a clay oven or tandoor.
Origins of Tandoori Chicken
It’s a soft, delicious dry dish produced by slow roasting spiced and marinated chicken in a clay oven called a tandoor, and it’s originally a Punjabi cuisine.
Kundan Lal Gujral, a Hindu from Punjab, state post-India’s 1947 partition, opened a restaurant in Delhi and is credited with inventing the dish. Tandoori chicken gained popularity swiftly in South Asia, the Middle East, and Western countries. The most widely used spices are tandoori masala and garam masala.
Garam Masala is an all-purpose Indian spice mix. In India, everyone makes their own, and they are frequently kept as family secrets. It is one of the main ingredients in today’s recipe.
What do you need to prepare for Tandoori Chicken?
- 600 gm chicken (drumsticks with thighs preferred)
- 3 tsp red chilli powder (you can change this according to your requirements)
- 3 tbsp lemon juice
- 3 tbsp mustard oil
- 4 tbsp thick yoghurt
- 2 tsp ginger garlic paste
- salt to taste
- 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
- 1 tsp cumin powder
- 1/4 tsp garam masala powder
- 1 tsp coriander powder
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp chaat masala
- 1/2 tsp dried Kasuri methi leaves powder
- 2 tbsp ghee (clarified butter)
Thick yoghurt (curd), a few basic spices and powders, and the secret star ingredient – mustard oil – make up the marinade.
Garam Masala is used to enhance the flavour. In India, everyone makes their own, and they are frequently kept as family secrets. But you can easily find it in stores.
Directions to prepare the dish:
- Properly clean the chicken and make slits on it. Now add the chilli powder, lemon juice, mustard oil, and salt.
- Apply the marinade properly and let it sit for 15-390 minutes.
- Meanwhile pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees C.
- Add the remaining ingredients to a bowl and mix them all together.
- Apply this mix over the marinated chicken pieces. Now, this is ready to go into the oven.
- While grilling, apply ghee to the chicken while it’s getting cooked.
- Grill the chicken for 25-30 minutes till it is well cooked and charred on the outside.
Your Tandoori chicken is ready to be served. Dish out the pieces and sprinkle them with some chaat masala. Serve along with chutney, onion rings, or naan.
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