Grilled chicken with Tandoori chicken masala, is super quick, spicy and can be made with very few ingredients. Perfect for quick dinners, guest, and bachelors. Just mix the ingredients and grill it, as simple as this.
My statistical data shows that 'Pepperbowl.com' has a huge visitors of bachelors, looking for Indian recipes. Staying away from home, longing for mom's food and love is an inconsolable phase in every bachelor's life.
Video chatting for long hours could not also bring back those charming moments. Mom's love and her food cannot be substituted with anything. Getting the life adjusted where ever you are, can surpass the moments a little.
But this tandoori chicken masala grilled chicken recipe could pacify you a little, in your busy hectic schedule. This recipe can be made under 30 minutes.
My growing son would love to have chicken in any form. So I try out my hands in various ways just to make him eat this protein-rich food.
He loved this recipe to the most and finished off before even, it goes to the dining table. He might have been pulled to the kitchen due to the aroma of this grilled tandoori chicken. He just came stood behind me, was speaking to me about his classmates, brought forks and knives, finishes off over the kitchen counter itself.
So I need to make fresh batches for dinner again. It's a double pleasure when we see our mission gets completed with the grand success.
Few things are necessary to make our life convenient and simple. Individually frozen chicken breasts are available in your local stores. And try to invest also in a good Griller, which is available plenty in the market. The Griller need not be the fancy one to beautify your deck, it can be a simple one to fit on your kitchen counter.
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What is Tandoori chicken masala?
The spice mix made with Indian spices specially meant for grilling. The word 'Tandoor' refers to the special hot Indian grill, where the temperature inside will be above 500 degrees Fahrenheit.
These are available as a readymade in the market, for about $3 in the Indian stores in the United States. Alternatively, it is also available in online stores. A pocket would last for a year and we could use about 15-20 times of this quantity. There are many brands available for this spice mix, each slightly varies in the taste.
How does this Tandoori masala coated grilled chicken tastes like?
From its deep red color, you can guess it very well, that the chicken is hot and spicy with all the refreshing Indian flavors. The chicken is soft and moist and the spices are rightly coated with the correct balance of taste. We are adding yogurt in the tandoori marinade, which acts as a tenderizer and also gives a mild kick to the chicken, now you know why this Indian chicken is so popular.
Since you are making and you have full control over the spices, so adjust it to your choice.
How to make this Indian grilled chicken under 30 minutes?
Invest in a good countertop portable griller, I use cuisine art. And I'm happy with my decision. It's very convenient and easy to grill even in winter months.
Frozen chicken breast is more comfortable for a recipe like this. It also gives us the liberty of making as soon we crave for this spicy tandoori chicken.
Use a readymade tandoori chicken masala or make your own. Store them in the pantry and use it whenever needed. Making a homemade tandoori masala is super easy and let's see them here.
Other Variations to this recipe
This grilled chicken with tandoori chicken masala is all about enjoying the famous tandoori chicken at home. So if a grill is not available, you can also try this in your pan.
Replace chicken with paneer(Indian cottage cheese), tofu, cauliflower, potato.
Serve with mint yogurt sauce or greek yogurt-cucumber sauce. Each side dish makes a whole new makeover, try enjoying with different condiments.
How to make Grilled chicken with tandoori chicken masala
You may use the storebought or a homemade version. If you are using the storebought masala skip the following and proceed to the marination step.
To make the tandoori chicken masala mix
Over medium heat, in a heavy-bottomed pan, dry roast, 2-inch cinnamon stick, 2 tsp of clove, 2 tsp of mace, 2 tsp of black peppercorn, 2 tbsp of cumin seeds, 3 tbsp coriander seeds, 2 tsp of green cardamom, 2 tsp of black cardamom, 2 tsp of dry fenugreek leaves.
Allow it to cool and grind to a fine powder.
To the small mixing jar, to the above add 2 tablespoons of ginger powder and garlic powder. And store in airtight containers.
To make the marinade
In a mixing bowl, add chicken, yogurt, salt, red chili powder, tandoori chicken masala mix. Mix gently until all the ingredients coat the chicken well.
Leave it for 20-30 minutes. The yogurt acts as a tenderizer and makes the chicken soft and moist.
Heat the grill and drizzle vegetable oil. And place the marinated chicken.
Grill until both sides cooked well.
Serve with Indian cucumber raita or salad.
Tandoori chicken masala grilled chicken
Tandoori masala powder
- 2 stick cinnamon
- 2 tsp cloves
- 2 tsp mace
- 2 tsp black peppercorn
- 2 tbsp cumin seeds
- 3 tbsp coriander seeds
- 6 black cardamom
- 6 green cardamom
- 2 tsp dry fenugreek leaves /kasuri methi
- 2 tbsp ginger powder
- 2 tbsp garlic powder
- 5 chicken breast
- 1 tbsp tandoori masala powder
- 1 tsp red chili powder
- 3 tbsp yogurt / curd
- 1/2 tsp salt
Making Tandoori chicken masala spice mix
- If you are using a readymade spice mix, proceed to the marinade step.
- In a pan over medium heat, add all the ingredients listed for making the spice mix except, garlic powder and ginger powder.
- Dry roast until the spices fragrant and slightly change its color.
- Allow it to cool to the room temperature and grind to a fine powder.
- Now mix well with garlic powder and ginger powder.
- Store in an airtight container for later uses.
Make the marinade
- In a mixing bowl, add chicken, tandoori masala powder, red chili powder, yogurt, and salt.
- Mix thoroughly, so that the chicken breasts evenly coated with the masala we made.
- Allow it to marinate minimum of 20 minutes.
- Place the chicken in the Hot griller, cook both the sides, until the grill makes seen on both the sides.
- Serve it with some raw salad, chopped vegetables.