Tandoori Chicken 2 Ways with Homemade Tandoori Masala

Ask any Indian what's your favorite grilled chicken dish they will promptly say "Tandoori Chicken" that's how much this is loved by all, now it's not only in India but abroad too, it's become a loved one of all. This leaves amazing taste in your mouth, from the very first bite to the last, "Dil Mange More".
Marinate the chicken, you can bake/broil or even pan fry and they are fantastic. That’s how simple it gets. The ready-made masala is expensive and even for that you have to add  ginger-garlic paste,  yogurt etc., So then why spend money on the package? Just make your own, with all ingredients that use in your daily cooking, it's preservative and gluten free! It’s tasty, simple and you choose the amount of spices as to what goes into the marinade!

Ingredients 
For the Homemade Tandoori Masala 
4 Teaspoons Kashmiri Red Chilly powder
2 Teaspoons Coriander powder
1 Teaspoon Turmeric powder
1 Teaspoon Cumin powder
½  Teaspoon Citric Crystals
1 Teaspoon Salt
½  Teaspoon Cinnamon powder
1 Teaspoon Garam masala powder
1 Tablespoon Kasuri Methi
1 Teaspoon Salt  

½ Teaspoon Tandoori color 
For the Pan Fried  Chicken Tandoori Bites

550 grams Boneless Chicken
3 Tablespoons level Tandoori Masala
3 Tablespoons hung curd
2 Tablespoons Heaped Ginger Garlic paste
1 Tablespoon each Vinegar and Lemon juice
1 Teaspoon Salt
A pinch of Tandoori color 

2 Tablespoons Butter or Olive Oil 
For the Baked Tandoori  Chicken Legs 

400 Grams Chicken Legs - I go two
1 Tablespoon HP Sauce - optional
2 Tablespoons Level Tandoori Masala
2 Tablespoons Hung Curd
1
½  Tablespoons Heaped Ginger Garlic paste 
1 Tablespoon each Vinegar & Lemon juice
½  Teaspoon Salt

2 Tablespoons Butter or Olive Oil 
Method
For the Homemade Tandoori Masala
 Mix all the ingredients well and your homemade tandoori masala is ready. 
Quick and simple isn't it! All ingredients that you have at home. 
For the Pan Fried  Chicken Tandoori Bites
Mix all the ingredients and rub it into the chicken cubes, marinate it overnight in the refrigerator.
Heat a grill pan with oil and fry the chicken cubes are done on one side
then flip and fry till done on the other side.  
Serve with toothpicks on lettuce leaves.
  Enjoy!! 
For the Baked Tandoori  Chicken Legs
Give cuts to the chicken leg, wash and pat dry.
Mix all the ingredients and rub it into the chicken legs, marinate it overnight in the refrigerator.
Preheat the oven to 200°C for 10 minutes.   
Place the chicken legs along with the marinade in a lined tray, bake it for 35 - 40 minutes.  
After 20 minutes change the side, just brush it with oil and bake again till done.  If you want this tandoori effect on it then broil it for 5 minutes or more accordingly.  
Enjoy!!  
My Notes

Add HP Sauce to the marinade give a smoky flavor to the tandoori chicken, do add it if you have.

This will last for year or so without loosing it's taste or color if refrigerated, in a zip lock bag.
Labels: Homemade, Masalas, Chicken, Baked, Pan Fried, Gluten free, Healthy, Starters, Kebabs
Sneha's Recipe
Sneha's Recipe

Happy Home-maker and culinary enthusiast.

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