Monday, May 2, 2011

Tandoori Chicken and Cucumber Raita

This might be one of our favorite meals in this house, I make this quite often.  I know I can't officially call it a Tandoori Chicken because its not cooked in a Tandoori oven but it comes close in flavor.  I love to serve this with a quick and easy Cucumber Raita and some Coconut Rice.  The chicken recipe has a lot of spices in it but it is so flavorful.  I really love this dish and I hope you give it a try.  Enjoy!!

What you need:
For Chicken
1 cup nonfat plain yogurt (I like to use Greek)
1/2 cup minced onion
1 1/2 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp garlic, minced
1 1/2 tsp paprika
1 tsp each: cilantro and salt
1/2 tsp each: cumin, ginger and turmeric
1/4 tsp each: cinnamon and pepper
1/8 tsp ground cloves
4 (1pound) bone-in skinless chicken thighs
1 lg onion, sliced

What you do:
Combine all ingredients until the chicken ( I do this in a large Ziploc bag) and mix well.  Add the chicken and coat in mixture.  Seal and refrigerate for one hour - overnight.

Heat oven to 475 degrees.  Remove chicken from marinade.  Lay over thinly sliced onions on a broiler pan.

 Cook until the chicken is done and the onions are tender,  About 25 minutes.

What you need:
For Cucumber Raita
1 medium cucumber
1 tbsp finely chopped onion
1tbsp salt
1 ripe tomato, chopped
1 tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped
1 cup plain yogurt (I use Greek Yogurt)
1 tsp cumin

What you do:
Peel the cucumber and slice lengthwise, scoop out the seeds and cut the cucumber into thin slices.
Combine cucumber, onions and salt and mix.  Let this mixture rest for 5 minutes and remove the water that has accumulated.
While its draining you can combine the tomato,cilantro, yogurt and cumin and turn gently with a spoon to combine. 

Add in the cucumber mixture and combine once more.
Cover and refrigerate for at least one hour before serving.

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  1. Tandoori Chicken is wonderful! Yours looks amazing.

  2. This looks AH-mazing! I want to run buy the ingredients and make it tonight! :) I would love it if you would link this up to my Inspire-Me Mondays Party at Homemaker in Heels! I am a new follower, btw! :)

  3. I'm so all over this! It looks fantabulous! One thing, silly, I know, but do you just use coconut milk to cook your rice?

  4. what a great, simple recipe for such a flavourful dish. i LOVE tandoori anything, and raita, too.

    thanks for sharing!

  5. This sounds fantastic! I added Raita ingredients to my grocery list. Can't wait to try it.

  6. This sounds so good. Thanks so much for sharing it on Hunk of Meat Monday!

  7. I love tandoori anything..the spices are just fantastic! Looks like a delicious meal!

  8. OH!!! This looks so wonderful! AND now I'm hungry and miss home! My dad is Pakistani and he still live back home in Texas! I'm out in AZ with my family and my brother and sister and no matter how hard we try we just can't get it like my dad can! HE is the master of the Paki food!! :)

  9. This is delicious! Thanks for sharing with us at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop :)

  10. That looks DELICIOUS - I already bookmarked it! My roommates and I are always looking for new recipes and we all agree that THIS is going to be the next thing we make for our dinner next week! Thanks so much for sharing!

  11. i love tandoori chicken, it is the best! thanks for sharing the recipe :-)!

  12. This looks delicious! I can't wait to try it... thanks for sharing!

  13. I've never had tandori chicken, but I would like to try it. And coconut rice sounds so good right now! Thanks for linking this with Fat Camp Friday this week! See you next week!

  14. This cucumber raita will come in handy when my tiny plants start producing mass amounts!! Thanks for linking up to Foodie Friday. I hope to see you again next week!!

  15. Oh Danielle,
    This is a beautiful dish. These flavors are just delicious together.Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope to see you next week!

  16. This is a beautiful recipe, and so excited to give it a try because I have never had chicken tandori. Thank you for sharing with Sundays at One Food Club.

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  17. you are making my mouth water and i just finished lunch! this looks amazing...i love tandoori chicken...and raita..i could go on and on about how fabulous it is! thank you for sharing with tuesday night supper club.

  18. I am "pinning" this in my recipes to try. I bet my boys would love it~

    Thanks for linking to Creative Juice. Hope to see you back again this week...

  19. I did mine in an authentic tandoor oven and one needs to try this to get the taste buds tangling over the smoked flavor.

    I looked for many options and then on recommendation from an Indian Restaurant Chef in NY ordered one from

    A must try to get the original flavor as available in Indian Restaurants.


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