Friday, October 23, 2015

Tandoori Chicken

Ever watch America's Test Kitchen on PBS?  What an amazing cooking show. They now only prepare really good food, but explain the what and the why. They also give you the low down on kitchen gadgets. Great show.

Anyway, this is their recipe for Tandoori Chicken... so good. yum.



There is also a great video, Click Here for more info.




INGREDIENTS

  • 2tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 6medium garlic cloves, minced or pressed through garlic press (about 2 tablespoons)
  • 2tablespoons grated fresh ginger
  • 1tablespoon garam masala (see note)
  • 2teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2teaspoons chili powder
  • 1cup plain whole-milk yogurt
  • 4tablespoons juice from 2 limes, plus 1 lime, cut into wedges
  • 2teaspoons table salt
  • 3pounds bone-in, skin-on chicken parts (breasts, thighs, and drumsticks, or a mix, with breasts cut in half), trimmed of excess fat and skin removed

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. 1. Heat oil in small skillet over medium heat until shimmering. Add garlic and ginger and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add garam masala, cumin, and chili powder; continue to cook until fragrant, 30 to 60 seconds longer. Transfer half of garlic-spice mixture to medium bowl; stir in yogurt and 2 tablespoons lime juice and set aside.
    2. In large bowl, combine remaining garlic-spice mixture, remaining 2 tablespoons lime juice, and salt. Using sharp knife, lightly score skinned side of each piece of chicken, making 2 or 3 shallow cuts about 1 inch apart and about 1/8 inch deep; transfer to bowl. Using hands, gently massage salt-spice mixture into chicken until all pieces are evenly coated; let stand at room temperature 30 minutes.
    3. Adjust oven rack to upper-middle position (about 6 inches from heating element) and heat oven to 325 degrees. Pour yogurt mixture over chicken and toss until chicken is evenly coated with thick layer. Arrange chicken pieces, scored-side down, on wire rack set in foil-lined, rimmed baking sheet or broiler pan. Discard excess yogurt mixture. Bake chicken until instant-read thermometer inserted into thickest part of chicken registers 125 degrees for breasts and 130 for legs and thighs, 15 to 25 minutes. (Smaller pieces may cook faster than larger pieces. Transfer chicken pieces to plate as they reach correct temperature.)
    4. After removing chicken from oven, turn oven to broil and heat 10 minutes. Once broiler is heated, flip chicken pieces over and broil until chicken is lightly charred in spots and instant-read thermometer inserted into thickest part of chicken registers 165 degrees for breasts and 175 for legs and thighs, 8 to 15 minutes. Transfer chicken to large plate, tent loosely with foil, and rest 5 minutes. Serve with chutney or relish, passing lime wedges separately.