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Saturday, April 26, 2014

easiest tandoori chicken bake


We love Indian food. I may have mentioned that once or twice before. This recipe for tandoori chicken is just about the easiest you may come across, and the ingredients are Harcombe-diet-friendly, too. You can make this with natural live yogurt, coconut milk, or a combination of the two.

You need a whole chicken, lemon juice, tandoori spice mix, a little Celtic sea salt, plain live yogurt, and/or coconut milk.

You need a chopping board and sharp knife. You need a large casserole dish. You need an oven.


Begin by pulling apart the cuts of chicken. Separate the legs and thighs together from the body, then the wings, then the breast meat. There is still a lot of good meat left on the body, though, so add that to the pan as well. I leave the skin on for cooking and just pull off before eating. You may remove the skin but you will probably have to baste the meat partway through cooking to avoid dryness.

Drizzle 3 Tbs pure lemon juice all over the meat. Sprinkle on 1 tsp or so of Celtic sea salt, rough or fine, and rub in.

Mix up 3 Tbs tandoori spice mix into a paste with 3-4 Tbs plain yogurt and rub that all in, too. If intolerant to dairy, you can use a little coconut milk instead of yogurt. The live yogurt cultures do tenderize the meat and compliment the tang of the spices very well, though.

Now, cover up the dish and let it marinate for two or three hours.


Preheat oven to 400 F, or about 200 C. At this point, you can decide how saucy you want this dish to be. You can bake it as is. You can add more yogurt, about a cup's worth, poured over the top. You can add up to a can of coconut milk instead. The extra liquid will combine and reduce with the natural chicken juices and gelatin to make a delightful gravy that doesn't require thickening. Bake at 400 F, uncovered, for one full hour.

Serve over mashed cauliflower as a rice alternative, with plenty of green veg on the side.

Sorry about the pic below! We were so hungry for dinner that I served up right away, forgetting to take a pic of the finished full dish of tandoori chicken, or of a plate, so at some future date I will have to update a pic for you.


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