Tandoori Chicken’s name itself explained the taste of the dish and we going to make this recipe on Tawa so it’s not difficult to just follow your article in ingredients and how to prepare.
Ingredients for tandoori chicken:-
(1) 600 -700 gm chicken ( we will only use it’s leg and breast parts)
(2) 1/2 cup hung curd ( Greek yogurt)
(3) 1 teaspoon Kashmiri chilly paste( for the color only)
(4) 1 teaspoon Ginger Garlic paste ( or grated ginger and garlic)
(5) 2 teaspoon Lemon juice
(6/ 1/2 teaspoon Red chilly powder (Cayenne)
(7) 1/2 teaspoon Garam masala powder
(8) 1/2 teaspoon Cumin powder (ground cumin)
(9) 1/3 teaspoon Coriander powder(ground)
(10) 1/3 teaspoon Black pepper powder
(11) 2 teaspoon Mustard oil ( or cooking oil)
(12) 1 teaspoon cooking oil
(13) Salt to taste
(14) 1/3 teaspoon Chat masala
Step by step method
Clean and cut the chicken and remove the Leg and Breast part separately.
Remove the excess fats from the side of the leg and breast using a knife.
Using a sharp knife make 3 – 4 incision to the Leg and Breast part of the chicken. This incision can help to absorb the flavors of the masalas marination.
How to make a juicy tandoori chicken?
A juicy succulent tandoori chicken recipe totally depends on its marination. If you use a proper good marination procedure then your chicken will be juicy. Lemon juice is an important factor to make the tandoori chicken juicy.
Cook tandoori chicken in a medium-slow temperature tandoor, use good marination procedure to make a juicy tandoori chicken.
TANDOORI CHICKEN MARINATION:–
What is marination?
Marination is a process of soaking foods in a seasoned, often acidic liquid before cooking. In addition to these ingredients, a marinade often contains oil, herbs, and spices to further flavor the food items
It is often used to flavor and tenderize the foods.
Tandoori chicken marination can be divided into two parts:-
FIRST MARINATION and SECOND MARINATION
1. First marination
It is very important as this will make the chicken more juicy and soft.
Take the chicken pieces in a mixing bowl and add half of the Red Chilly powder, Ginger Garlic paste, Lemon juice, and salt and mix well. Also, add half of the Cooking oil and keep it refrigerated for at least 1 hour.
These processes will make the chicken pieces tenderized, soft and juicy. Due to the presence of Lemon juice, the chicken pieces get rapidly tenderized.
2. The second marination
The second marination gives the chicken all spicy flavors and helps to get cooked properly.
In this marination, you need to make a masala with the yogurt called tandoori masala or tandoori red masala. Why it is called a red masala? Because it gives the distinct authentic red color to tandoori chicken.
Due to the use of Kashmiri red chilly paste in tandoori masala, the chicken becomes red in color. You can use artificial red color to give it the said color but that is not advisable.
The use of color in food products has been strictly prohibited by law. These food color are harmful to health.
How to make tandoori masala?
Take a mixing bowl and add the yogurt first. Then add the ginger-garlic paste, Kashmiri chilly paste, red chili powder, cumin powder, Garam masala, coriander powder, and black pepper powder. Mix very well.
Next add the lemon juice, cooking oil or mustard oil and salt. Mix everything to make a thick batter like masala. Taste the seasoning of the masala.
Kashmiri chilly is red in color and it is not so hot in taste. Due to its color property, it is widely used in restaurants and hotels.
And it gives our tandoori chicken the red in color appearance. So our tandoori chicken is red due to the uses of Kashmiri chilly paste.
You can read the following recipe to make Tandoori Masala at home with step by step instructions with photos.
How to make tandoori red masala
Bring out the chicken pieces from the refrigerator and mix well with this tandoori masala mixture. Coat the masala properly so that it can enter inside the chicken pieces using the incision marks to get marinated finely.
Keep the chicken pieces refrigerated again for at least 3 hours to marinate.
After the said time bring the marinated tandoori chicken pieces out of the fridge and keep in room temperature for 10 minutes.
Cooking method for tandoori chicken
1 . Tandoori chicken using a tandoor
2. Using an Oven
3. Using the stovetop method at home.
How to make the tandoori chicken recipe using Tandoor:-
What is Tandoor?
In general, the tandoor is a cylindrical oval shaped clay pot where charcoal or woods are used to heat it up to cook food items such a tandoori roti, Naan, paratha. It is also used to cook chicken items like chicken Tikka, mutton, Seekh Kebab, Fish Tikka, and paneer Tikka.
Authentic tandoori chicken is cooked in this Ovalclay charcoal Tandoor till crisp golden and it gives the distinct smoky flavors for which it is so popular in the world.
To cook food items in tandoor, Shewer is used. This Shewer is generally made with iron and are indifferent shaped.
Now take an Iron Shewer and shew the chicken pieces one by one in the Shewer.
Put the Shewer inside a Preheated Tandoor and cook for 10 – 12 minutes busting oil or Butter over the chicken pieces at some regular intervals.
The temperature of the tandoor should not be high otherwise the chicken pieces will get burnt from outside and will not be cooked from inside. In a medium-low temperature cook the tandoori chicken.
Rotate the Shewer while cooking the chicken pieces at regular intervals. It will help to get all sides of the chicken pieces to cook well.
After 7 to 8 minutes, remove the chicken with the Shewer from the tandoor and keep rested for one minute busting some clarified butter over them.
Again insert it in the tandoor and cook till crisp golden. It will take around 6- 8 minutes more to get cooked.
This is the standard tandoori chicken recipe in Indian restaurants and hotels or you can say Indian tandoori chicken recipe.
Punjabi Tandoori chicken:-
You can give it a Punjabi twist to make it Punjabi tandoori chicken.
In the second marination use a half teaspoon of carom seeds ( ajwain) and increase the amount of red chili powder to make it spicier. In place of clarified butter use desi ghee for busting it. When cooked served the Punjabi tandoori chicken squeezing lemon juice over it and sprinkle chat masala also.
How to make tandoori chicken in Oven:-
You can also cook Tandoori chicken in an oven. Preheat the oven at 240-degree Celcius for at least 15 minutes. Place silver foil on a baking tray and grease it with oil or butter.
Place the chicken pieces over the foil and grill for 8 minutes.
After 8 minutes, flip the chicken pieces to the other side and cook for another 7 – 8 minutes busting butter over it.
When the chicken pieces get crisp golden bring them out and serve in a plate hot.
Serve the tandoori chicken with Green chutney or Mint sauce.
Tandoori chicken recipe at home on the gas stove:-
Take a pan and heat oil in medium flame. Add the marinated chicken pieces one by one. Roast for 5 minutes.
After five minutes flip the chicken pieces and cook for another five minutes. You can use a lid to cover the pan while cooking.
Grease a BBQ grill ( jali) with oil and place over the gas top. Then keep the chicken leg piece over it. Brush butter on both sides of the chicken leg.
Switch on the gas and roast for 1 minute each on both sides or till all the masala dry and crisp.
Remove and garnish in a plate and serve hot.