Oven baked Tandoori chicken

I started eating non-veg food quite late in my life. My first taste of meat was when someone forced me to stuff my face with a big morsel of mutton biryani. Hated the taste of mutton back then! Next logical step was to taste chicken. Along with a bunch of friends I had Chicken Biryani at Niagara. Wow, instantly liked the taste. For someone who never saw how an egg is boiled, this was a big deal!

Everything changed after I got married to a meat loving husband. After many many experiments I’m confidently able to cook most of the non-vegetarian food available to us. Last week, I baked a full chicken for the aforementioned (refer to previous post) Ghazal night. The result was absolutely gratifying!

What you need:

1 full chicken, skinless and cleaned

For the marinade:
2 tablespoons of coriander powder
2 tablespoons of roasted jeera powder
2 tablespoons of store bought garam masala
2 heaped spoonfuls of ginger and garlic paste
Salt to taste
3 tablespoons of thick yogurt
3 tablespoons of Kashmiri red chillies
2 heaped tablespoons of regular hot chilli powder
1 teaspoon of turmeric powder
Juice of one big lemon

Let’s cook:

Step 1 – Get a nice big bowl out and mix all the ingredients mentioned in the marinade section.

Step 2 – Clean the chicken inside out and place it on a wide plate. Then pour the marinade over the chicken and massage it for a good 5-6 minutes.

Step 3 – Cover the bird with some saran wrap and leave it in the fridge overnight or for a minimum of 4 hours. Believe me, the flavors are going to be great!

Step 4 – When you are ready to bake, bring the chicken out and massage it for another 5 minutes.

Step 5 – Get your baking dish ready. I used IKEA’s heat resistant oven proof dish. Pour 4-5 drops of olive oil and spread it all over the baking tray. Just so your chicken doesn’t stick to the bottom of the tray.Place the chicken in the tray and drizzle a little more olive oil to retain the moisture. It’s easy to bake on Auto Cook setting if you have a convection microwave. Else, bake it on 200 degrees centigrate.

Step 6 – Bake, bake and bake for at least 30 minutes on each side. After all the massaging it’s only fair that the chicken goes in for the hot steam/sauna. Amirite? Let there be a nice reddish char on the edges and on top of the chicken.

Step 7 – Switch off the oven and let it rest for 15-20 minutes. Just before you are ready to serve hack the chicken into pieces, chop some onions and lime to go with it. Sprinkle some chat masala on top and present it to your guests.






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