Crispy Tandoori Chicken Drumsticks

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There are few dishes which EVERYONE should try at least once (Obviously we Indian are fond of it, so exclude us from the “everyone’s” list 😛 ) In my knowledge pretty much EVERY Indian restaurants in USA have Tandoori Chicken in their menu. I love going to Indian buffets just because they serve tandoori chicken. 😛 This is one of the dish I probably had countless times whether it is a buffet or made to order. If I am going to a Indian restaurants this is always my first order. 😀
I have made Tandoori chicken several times and every time got different taste because I just can’t follow the same recipe every time. 😀 Needless to say, I am no expert in cooking Tandoori chicken but this recipe is really really amazing with crispy outside and melt in mouth, juicy from inside. Heaven in each bite. 🙂 😀 Do try once and let me know your feedback.
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You can make this Tandoori chicken for you in-house party, for guests or on weekends. Make ahead of time and before serving broil in oven for few mins. And serve with mint-coriander chutney and garnish with some onion rings and lemon wedges. Enjoy the crispy tandoori chicken. 🙂
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Yields 6/ Serves 2-3

  • 6 Chicken drumsticks
  • 1/2 Cup greek yogurt/ thick yogurt
  • 8-9 Garlic cloves, roughly chopped
  • 1 Inch ginger, roughly chopped
  • 2 Tbsp lemon
  • 1 Tbsp red chili powder
  • 1 Tsp kashmiri red chili powder
  • 1 Tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 Tsp garam masala
  • 1 Tbsp tandoori masala
  • 1 Tbsp coriander powder
  • Salt as required

Learn Step By Step Recipe With Pictures For Crispy Tandoori Chicken Drumsticks
Step 1- Heat a pan and toast all the spices together until fragrant. This step really gives a nice flavor to the tandoori chicken and enhances its taste

Step 2- Take ginger-garlic, yogurt, toasted spices, lemon juice and salt in a blender and pulse until smooth

Step 3- Using a knife make slits in chicken drumsticks. This helps the drumsticks to marinade well and absorb the spices well. Pour the mixture over drumsticks

Toss the drumsticks with the marinade masala and refrigerate for 6-7hrs
Step 4- Pre-heat oven at 400ºF at least for 10mins. Grease a baking tray/ foil with some oil/ butter and bake the chicken drumsticks for 20-25mins. Then turn the drumsticks and bake from another side for 20mins. Serve and enjoy
You can also bake the drumsticks on oven rack. Just line a aluminum foil under the rack

Garnish it with chopped onion rings, lemon wedges and some fresh salad. And serve with mint-coriander chutney.
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