Tandoori cooking is traditionally done using a tandoor, a barrel-shaped clay oven. But you'll get great results with a very hot conventional oven. In Indian cooking, poultry is always skinned, as in this recipe, to allow the flavorings to penetrate the meat. The author also likes to use Cornish hens because they're similar to Indian chickens, which tend to weigh no more than 2 pounds. Bread, raita, and salad or roasted vegetables are always served alongside tandoori dishes.
2/3 cup plain low-fat yogurt
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon paprika
1 tablespoon grated peeled fresh ginger
3 tablespoons lemon juice
2 teaspoons ground coriander seeds
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 chicken breast halves (about 2 pounds, skinned
2 chicken leg quarters (about 2 pounds), skinned
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 lemon wedges
Fresh parsley (optional)
How to Make It
Combine the first 13 ingredients in a large zip-top plastic bag; seal bag, and shake to coat. Marinate in refrigerator for 2 hours, turning bag occasionally. Remove the chicken from bag, discarding the marinade.
Preheat oven to 500°.
Place chicken on a broiler pan coated with cooking spray; sprinkle with salt. Bake at 500° for 25 minutes or until done. Serve with lemon wedges; garnish with parsley, if desired.