Baked whole chicken marks celebrations like Christmas and Thanksgiving all over the world. The slow-cooked chicken imbues the juicy flavours that it is marinated and seasoned with before and while baking. While this delicacy is enjoyed in many cultures, it may not impress Indian palates much. We are so used to our robust spicy masalas that we want them in all the dishes. We have Indianised pasta, noodles, pizzas and even baked chicken! Yes, we have a recipe for Indian-style baked chicken that embodies the essence of Indian flavours.
Indian-style baked chicken not only brings the authentic flavours of India to your plate but also offers a healthier alternative to fried chicken. By baking it instead of frying, you can enjoy a hearty chicken with reduced oil content.
The dish combines succulent pieces of chicken with a delectable blend of spices like coriander, green chillies, turmeric and garlic. Tandoori masala adds the smoky element that we love in our favourite tandoori chicken and the marinade of curd and lemon juice makes it a refreshing delight, resulting in a mouthwatering culinary experience. Let’s see how to create this tantalising baked chicken dish in your own kitchen.
How To Make Indian-Style Baked Chicken I Indian Baked Chicken Recipe:
Start by blending all the marinade ingredients together. Combine yoghurt, salt, green chillies, coriander, tandoori masala, garlic paste, turmeric, chilli powder, whole cumin, chopped onion, tomato paste, oil, and freshly squeezed lemon juice in a blender. Blend until you have a smooth and well-mixed marinade.
Pour the marinade over the chicken pieces, ensuring that each piece is well coated. Allow the chicken to marinate for a minimum of 2 to 4 hours. This time will allow the flavours to penetrate the meat, resulting in a more succulent and flavourful chicken. After marination, transfer the chicken along with the marinade into a glass baking dish. Cover the dish with foil, which will help to retain the moisture and flavours of the chicken while it bakes.
Preheat your oven to 180 degrees Celsius and bake the chicken. Remember to turn it in between for even cooking.
The tender and succulent meat, coated in a luscious blend of spices, is sure to delight your taste buds. Pair it with basmati rice, naan bread, or a refreshing salad for a complete meal. Enjoy!