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Countryside Kitchen: Tasty Tandoori Chicken

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Serves: 4  //  Preparation time: 20 minutes  //  Marinade time: 4–5 hours  //  Cooking time: 25–35 minutes

INGREDIENTS

4 large chicken breasts, each cut into four pieces

Marinade
1 piece ginger, peeled and grated
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
3 medium hot chillies, 
finely chopped
1 large pot natural yoghurt
half a jar of tandoori paste
2 tbsp tandoori BBQ masala spice blend
salt to taste

To serve
2 tbsp freshly chopped coriander

Raita
1 small pot natural yoghurt
1 tbsp freshly chopped mint
salt to taste

METHOD

  1. For the marinade: mix together the ginger, garlic cloves, chillies, yoghurt, tandoori paste and spice blend in a bowl.
  2. Add the chicken pieces to the marinade, stir until well covered, and leave, covered, for 4–5 hours or overnight.
  3. Preheat the oven to 180°C/fan 160°C/350°F/gas mark 4.
  4. Place the chicken in the marinade into a roasting pan and cook for 25–30 minutes. Make sure the chicken is cooked by inserting a skewer into a piece – the juices should run clear.
  5. Sprinkle with the coriander and serve with a salad and the raita.

TOP TIP: Tandoori pastes and spice blends can be found in the 'World Foods' section of most supermarkets.

Recipe taken from Countryside Kitchen: Farm, Food, Fork - find out more and buy the book here (discounted rate for Countryside members)

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