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My mother loves Indian cooking, and tonight I thought I’d try my hand at this. Indian cooking is so savory and rich. I just love how all the spices come together and make your whole kitchen smell amazing. The chicken tastes just as divine as the aroma, trust me! The overnight yogurt marinade makes the chicken so tender. Now most recipes use the legs and thighs but i used chicken breasts because I wanted to lighten this up and use skewers. We loved it!  The recipe has been adapted from Simply Recipes. Here is my try at Tandoori chicken.

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  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 tbsp garam masala
  • 1 tbsp sweet (not hot) paprika (Hungarian will do fine)
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 4 minced garlic cloves
  • 2 tbsp minced fresh ginger
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 6 boneless and skinless chicken breasts cut into strips.
  • Naan bread ( bought a pack of eight from my local grocery)

Use a heavy bottomed pan and over medium heat, add the coriander, cumin, turmeric, cayenne, garam masala and paprika. Keep the spices moving and when you are there, get them out of the pan as quickly as you can. Doing this allows the spices to open and release all their flavors into what you are cooking. It can really change the final product. Cool completely.

IMG_3013Whisk the cooled spice-oil mixture into the yogurt, then mix in the lemon juice, garlic, salt and ginger.

IMG_3011Coat the chicken in the marinade, cover and chill for at least an hour (preferably 6 hours), no more than 8 hours.

IMG_3012Preheat the grill on medium and rub the grates down with olive oil so that they do not stick.

Get the chicken out and skewer. I use metal skewers but if you are using bamboo, be sure to pre-soak the skewers for at least an hour in water so that they don’t burn on the grill.

IMG_3014Lay on a plate until each skewer is ready.

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Lay your skewers onto the hot grill and close for about 5 minutes. You will want to check them often. When they look nice and brown on one side, flip.

IMG_3017See the color? Nice and rich but not black. YAY, ME! Trust me I am not the grill master I wish I was.

IMG_3018Continue to grill and heat until chicken is done all the way through, Turn down one side of your grill and move over or send to the back while you throw on some Naan bread. Heat each side until nice and warn with pretty grill marks.

IMG_3019See? The marks really do make a difference. Take your chicken and Naan off the grill and serve.

IMG_3021IMG_3025I served mine with lettuce, naan, butternut squash and a dollop of sour cream with fresh dill to add some nice balance to the rich sauce. You add what you like and enjoy!

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