Friday, April 21, 2017

Tandoori Chicken

I love recipes like this. Yes, they take a little more work than a casserole or a stir-fry, but sometimes dinner can be a little bit of a production. (as long as someone else is doing the dishes)

I made this one a while back and my family went so crazy over it I made it again, they went so crazy over it again, that I decided that I had to share it with you. 

Make this with your spouse for a cooking date night. Make this for a special "I think You're Special" dinner for your kids.  It isn't an every night thing at our house, but when I make things like this, I think "yeah, I am finally getting this"

Plus, I'll let you in on a secret - this is super duper easy. (wink!)


1 Chicken (cut up or you can use boneless chicken breasts and thighs)
1 tsp. Coriander seeds
1  Yellow onion
1 tsp. Fresh grated ginger
1 tsp. Garlic powder (or fresh garlic)
2 tsp. Garam Masala powder
1 tsp. Chili powder
1 or 2 chopped Tomato (I just used a can of diced tomatoes)
2 sweet potatoes cut into cubes
2 tbsp. Oil
Salt to taste
Cilantro leaves for garnishing


1 ¼ to 2 tsp. Chili powder (depending how hot your chili powder is and how hot you want the dish)
1/2 tsp. Turmeric powder
2 tsp. Ginger powder (or fresh grated ginger)
2 tsp. Garlic powder
2 tsp. Coriander powder
Juice of 1 whole lemon
Salt to taste


Mix the marinade ingredients in a ziploc plastic bag and then add your chicken.  Cover and keep in refrigerator for 15 minutes to an hour.

While the chicken is marinating, chop the onion, and dice the sweet potatoes, measure out the spices and chop the tomatoes.

Heat oil in a large pot or heavy dutch oven on the stove top. 

Add coriander seeds to heat and let some of them pop.  Then add onion and sauté, until they turn translucent.  (You might remember we did these steps when we made Basic Anything Curry)

Add ginger and garlic powder, garam masala, coriander powder and chili powder and sauté for a minute.

Add tomatoes and sweet potatoes. (you can also add any other veggies you want cauliflower, white potatoes, bell peppers). Add chicken pieces and sauté for a minute. Then add 1/2 cup of water.

Put lid on and let it cook away. Depending on whether you use boneless or a whole chicken will vary your cooking time. And if you want to reduce your cooking time, you can even dice your chicken into small pieces. For diced chicken - you'll want to cook it for 20 minutes. For chicken breasts cook for 30 minutes. If you have used a cut up whole chicken, you'll want to start checking at 40 minutes and use a thermometer. (remember chicken needs to be cooked to 165)

To serve - Place chicken on plate, spoon up the tomatoes, sweet potatoes and onions, and sprinkle with cilantro.  Serve over rice.