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Tandoori Chicken

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Category: Poultry, Indian

 Ingredients List

  • Stephen Ceideburg
  • 1/2 c Fresh lime juice
  • 4 ts Ground cayenne pepper
  • 1 tb Ground paprika
  • 1 sm Onion, chopped
  • 5 Cloves garlic
  • 1 tb Peeled, chopped ginger root
  • 2 ts Coriander seeds, crushed
  • 1 ts Cumin seeds
  • 1/2 ts Turmeric
  • 1 c Nonfat yogurt
  • 3 lb Chicken, skinned and trimmed
  • -of fat


This famed chicken "barbecue" from northern India is traditionally prepared
in a tandoor, an underground jar-shaped clay oven that believed to have
originated in Persia. The oven can be heated to very high temperatures,
which sears the chicken and seals in the juices. Equally delicious results
can be obtained in a conventional oven or on a covered grill. The yogurt
marinade keeps the chicken from drying out.

Combine 1/4 cup lime juice, cayenne, paprika, onion, garlic, ginger,
coriander, cumin and turmeric in a blender or food processor and blend for
several minutes, or until the mixture forms a smooth paste. Transfer the
mixture to a bowl and stir in the remaining 1/4 cup lime juice and yogurt.

Place chicken in a shallow non aluminum dish. Make deep gashes in the flesh
and stuff with the yogurt mixture. Rub the rest of the yogurt mixture over
the chicken, cover and marinate for 8 to 24 hours in the refrigerator.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place the chicken on a lightly oiled rack
over a roasting pan. Reserve any marinade that doesn't cling to the bird
for basting. Bake the chicken, basting occasionally, for 1 hour, or until
the juices run clear when the bird is pierced with a fork.

Alternatively, to grill the chicken, prepare a charcoal fire. When the
coals are hot, push them to the outsides of the grill. Place a drip pan in
the center and bank the coals around it. Place a lightly oiled cooking rack
on top. Set the chicken on the rack over the drip pan. Cover and cook for 1
1/2 to 1 1/4 hours, or unto the juices run clear when the bird is pierced
With a fork. Watch the coals and the chicken closely and add more coals as
necessary, taking care the chicken does not overcooks


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