Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Chicken Tandoori Recipe

I tried another pinterest recipe and LOVED it!
It was quick, easy, healthy, and exotic.

Chicken Tandoori

You'll need:

Chicken Breasts 
*(I used 4 but there was enough sauce for a few more)
Juice from one lemon
kosher salt
1/2 cup + 2 Tbsp. plain yogurt
1 Tbsp. vegetable oil
1/2 a small red onion
3 cloves of garlic
a 2 inch piece of ginger
4 tsp. tomato paste
2 tsp. ground coriander
1 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
1 3/4 tsp. hot paprika 
*(I couldn't find hot, so I used smoked because it was all I had...)
2 Tbsp. fresh chopped cilantro
Cooked rice
Start by preheating the broiler.

First make shallow slices in the chicken.  
Then, pour the lemon juice and 1 1/2 tsp. salt over the chicken breasts in a bowl and let it sit.

Next, pulse 2 Tbsp. yogurt, vegetable oil, onion, garlic, ginger, tomato paste, coriander, cumin, 1 1/2 tsp. paprika, and 1/2 tsp. salt in the food processor.
Mix it until it makes a paste.
Scoop the paste onto the chicken (in the bowl) and mix it around until it is all coated.
Let marinate for 15 minutes.
Place the chicken on a foil liner broiler pan.
Broil the chicken for 6 minutes on each side.
Only turn it once.
Make sure the internal temperature reaches at least 165 degrees.

While the chicken is cooking, combine the rest of the yogurt, the cilantro, the 1/4 tsp. paprika, and a pinch of salt in the food processor to make the sauce.

When the chicken is done, serve over steamed rice and drizzle with yogurt sauce.

And that's it!  So easy and fun.  I really love making my kids new dishes with exotic flavors!  Saxon and Dalton loved it!  Bridger thought that the yogurt sauce looked like queso and was so disappointed that it didn't taste like Mexican food that he pouted through the rest of dinner.  Oh well, 2 for 3 at least :)

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