It might look like a lot of ingredients but it's not that difficult or long winded. Also chicken legs are fantastically thifty cuts and so you can pick them up for not much cash at all. I did feel a bit cautious about writing a recipe which has to be started the night before but actually if you think about it, it's a good idea for the busy mum, tot's in bed, a quick 10 minute job before you sit down and relax and tea is sorted for tomorrow. Result!
Tandoori Chicken - makes 5 pieces. This served two adults and a toddler with leftovers for at least one lunch.
1kg chicken legs
150g Greek yoghurt
2 tbsp Lemon juice
3 Cloves of garlic, finely chopped
1 tbsp Grated ginger
1 tsp Cumin seeds
1 small dried red chilli (I used quite a hot one but you could vary the type and number by how hot you like it.)
1 tsp coriander seeds
A few grinds of black pepper
1/2 red pepper
1 tsp Garam masala
1 tbsp mild, sweet paprika
1/4 tsp turmeric
1/4 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp Mild flavourless oil, e.g. rapeseed oil
Don't fear the number of spices!
Skin the chicken and put a few deep slashes into the meat.
Heat a frying pan on a hob and add the coriander, cumin and chilli and heat, stirring until fragrant (don't burn). Take the little shells off the cardamom pods and crush the seeds in a pestle and mortar with the toasted seeds and chilli. Mix the crushed spices with all of the other ingredients apart from the chicken and oil and blend them together. Seeing as my food processor has now gone to silicon heaven, I used a stick blender and a jug which worked a treat.
I've not tried it but traditionally a tandoor (which is the oven in which these are normally cooked) is closer to a barbecue in lots of ways so it might be worth trying these on the grill too. Alternatively, could be a bit messy but I have read that chimeneas can be used to act like a tandoor. I love the fact that tandoors are now so in demand in middle England that chimenea's are being pressed into service. There's something so terribly British about taking a Mexican invention to cook Indian food in a British back garden (no doubt in relentless drizzle emphasising our stoic nature!)
Anyway, I digress. My son loved this, as did his Dad. Not really all that spicy but flavoursome and why not serve with some vegetable curry on the side or have some spicy pickles for the adults?
Great with mint raita, naan bread, rice. Even great cold which is why I've put this into the lunch box category.
I took the meat off the leg for my son but I know lots of people give their kids chicken drumsticks from a very young age so it might be a way to adapt it for the youngsters in your brood.
If you like the look of this recipe, it might also be worth thinking about making my chicken tikka. Even less effort!
I've linked this up to the fridge raiding Nigella event below because trust me, this is delicious cold!
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