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This Indian tandoori chicken is tasty and spicy. A raita of plain yogurt, cucumber and fresh mint leaves contratsts the spicy chicken. Serve naan breads for a complete meal.
This Indian tandoori chicken is tasty and spicy. A raita of plain yogurt, cucumber and fresh mint leaves contratsts the spicy chicken. Serve naan breads for a complete meal.
  • Serves: 4

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  • Skill level: Easy peasy

  • Costs: Mid-price

Woman's Weekly recipe A great British favourite, this Indian tandoori chicken is very tasty and spicy and easy to cook. It is accompanied with a yogurt dip and Peshwari naan bread.

Ingredients

  • 4 large part-boned chicken breasts
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
  • 7.5cm (3in) piece fresh ginger, peeled and grated
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 2 tbsp garam masala
  • 3 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 250ml (8fl oz) plain yogurt
For the raita:
  • 200ml (7fl oz) plain yogurt
  • ¼ cucumber, chopped
  • 1 tbs chopped fresh mint leaves
To serve:
  • 8 mini Peshwari naan breads (we used Sharwood’s), toasted
  • 1 lemon, cut into wedges

If you really want it as pink as those served in the Indian restaurants, add red food colouring to the yogurt paste.

Method

  1. Cut a few deep slashes in the chicken and season generously. Put into a shallow, non-metallic dish.
  2. Put the lemon juice, garlic, ginger, paprika, garam masala, oil and yogurt into a food processor and blend to make a smooth paste.
  3. Spread the paste over the chicken and leave to marinate for a couple of hours, to allow flavours to penetrate.
  4. Set the oven to Gas Mark 6 or 200°C. Roast the tandoori chicken for 40 mins until golden and the juices run clear.
  5. To make the raita: Mix together the yogurt, cucumber, mint leaves and seasoning. Serve chicken with the raita and lemon wedges, and toasted naan bread, if liked.

Nutritional information per portion

  • Low
  • Med
  • High
  • Calories 463(kcal)
  • Fat 21.0g
  • Saturates 8.0g

This nutritional information is only a guide and is based on 2,000 calories per day. For more information on eating a healthy diet, please visit the Food Standards Agency website.

Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.

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