TANDOORI CHICKEN



Recently I had an argument with my friend about white meat and red meat. According to her, white meat is not that much tasty compared to red meat, so she always prefers red meat, especially when she is preparing items like tandoori chicken, and we are still discussing about this :) I have been eating white meat chicken for the past 2 years and seriously I don’t find that much difference in the taste. White meat can also be equally tasty when cooked in the proper way. White meat chicken is usually from the breast and the fat percentage of this is very less compared to red meat, so this is ideal for people cutting down on the fat intake or for those on the lookout for heart-healthy foods. I usually check the label when I buy meat. The fat content of most of these products like white meat chicken or turkey will be around 0-1%, a little bit on the healthier side. In this recipe, I did not use oil for marinating the chicken. The only oil used here is to spray the baking dish. This is an almost fat-free chicken recipe if the yogurt is replaced with fat-free yogurt.

INGREDIENTS:
1. Chicken, I have used 3 white meat breast slices here.
2. Ginger-garlic paste, 1 teaspoon.
3. Garam masala or curry powder, 1 tablespoon.
4. Chili powder, 1 teaspoon.
5. Coriander powder, 1 teaspoon.
6. Paprika, 1 teaspoon (I have used Spanish paprika powder here, this gives a nice color and some sweetness) this can be substituted with a pinch of food color.
7. Thick yogurt, ½ cup.
8. Salt as per taste.
9. Dried mint leaves, 1/2 teaspoon, (optional).

PREPARATION:
Wash the chicken well. Mix all the ingredients except the chicken into a thick paste in a bowl. Apply the paste over the chicken coating each slice thickly. Let it marinade for over an hour inside the refrigerator. Grease a baking dish with any nonstick cooking spray and arrange the chicken slices on the dish leaving sufficient space between each slice. Bake at 450 degrees for 15-20 minutes until the chicken is fully cooked. Serve hot with lemon wedges and garnished with cilantro.

33 comments:

Priti said...

Looks yum...and perfect

Kairali sisters said...

Hello Gita..Tandoori chicken looks gorgeous...Healthy and tasty ..

Love
Kairali sisters

Life is beautiful!!! said...

I am sorry but I should go with ur friend in the arguement. But I agree white meat is a much healthier option and I love it when fried. Your tandoori chicken recipe is very nice and I will try it :)

Sushma Mallya said...

Nice recipe gita, i love tandoori chicken but long since i had or made at home...looks delicious...

PranisKitchen said...

gita tandoori chicken looks so delicious.very simple and yummy choice ..good at anytime..
really yaar once u started eating red meat we hardly prefer chicken.redmeat lovers are always saying about this. but i bet chicken is the best

Suja Sugathan said...

Chicken looks delicious Gita..recipe is very nice ..never made it at home..will try this.
Thanks for the recipe dear.

divya said...

This tandoori chicken looks wonderful and delicious.Very nic click.

Suman Singh said...

hmm..white meat is always healthier compared to red meat...they have very lean fat..tandoori chicken looks delicious gita...nice n simple recipe.

Sanyukta Gour(Bayes) said...

looks perfectly yum.......pass me tht plate.....love it with minty chutney

Gulmohar said...

Love tandoori chicken..I make this exactly the same :-) As you said I too do not see any difference in white chicken meat and red :D

Mrs.Menagasathia said...

looks yummyliious &simple!!

PALATABLE said...

Love your version of tandoori chicken, healthy and yummy Gita....

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SpicyTasty said...

All time fav. Love yours too and looks delicious.

Priya said...

Its has been a long i had tandoori chicken, makes me drool..

Malar Gandhi said...

I try to be content with white meat(breast piece, without skin)most of the time, as you said...not biggie for me either. Infact, like that' much better. Sometimes I buy chicken thighs(red meat)for party cooking or for biriyani. Tandoored chicken sounds fabulous.

R said...

my kid is a fan of tandoori chicken, this recipe sure looks healthy and tasty, will try it out soon!

Cham said...

When it come to taste red meat is far far better but fat is the only problem. We always prefer red meat for tandoori and most of the time i end up buying only that.
That looks tasty!

Umm Mymoonah said...

It's been a long time since i had tandoori chicken,your picture started tempting me...

Yummy Team said...

Thats a healthy and tasty tandoori chciken..Love it!!

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Though I love the taste of red meat but for health reasons I prefer white meat. Tandoori chicken looks delicious Gita

Deepa
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Geetha Achal said...

சூப்பர்ப் தந்தூரி சிக்கன்..நானும் இதனை Breast chickenயில் தான் செய்வேன்...ஆனால் உங்கள் தோழி போல பலரும் அப்படி தான் சொல்லுறாங்க..ஆனால் எனக்கு ஒன்று பெரிய வித்தியாசம் தெரியவில்லை...

AdukalaVishesham said...

yummy and delicious

Kanchan said...

I personally too like n prefer white = chicken meat ! And I love your Tandoori chicken too !

Sridevi said...

I also prefer lean meat most of the times do you health facts...Tandoori chicken looks Yum.

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Fathima said...

I love white meat just as much as I do red meat... this one looks yum...

SathyaSridhar said...

Gita,,tandoori chicken super ah irukku kandippa innaike try pandren i got chicken breast healthy option of baking dear often i prefer baking than deep fried one...i agree with u dear,,white meat with breast portion dont hv fat red meat got lot of fat content but taste wise red meat taste good dear.

knk said...

wow tandoori chicken i love , what a delicious chicken i love to eat it

Nandini said...

Yum! Yum! Yum! I'd love to gobble up everything! One of my very favorite appetizers!

Nitha said...

Wow.. a healthy and delicious tandoori chicken :)

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Niloufer Riyaz said...

love 2 have that with rotis n salad

BeenaShylesh said...

very nice i will try this one day....

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