Tandoori roast chicken

Tandoori roast chicken

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Cooking time

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 1 hr, 45 mins Plus marinating

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 4 - 6

Serve this Indian spiced bird with rice, potatoes and vegetables for an alternative roast dinner

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
482
protein
43g
carbs
12g
fat
30g
saturates
8g
fibre
1g
sugar
9g
salt
0.7g

Ingredients

  • 1.8kg chicken
  • 2 onions, thickly sliced
  • 1 lemon, halved
  • thumb-sized piece ginger, peeled and thickly sliced
  • 400g can coconut milk
  • small bunch coriander, roughly chopped

For the marinade

  • 150ml pot natural yogurt
  • 1 tbsp tomato purée
  • juice 1 lemon
  • 1 tsp each hot chilli powder, turmeric, ground coriander, ground cumin, garam masala and ground cinnamon
  • 6 garlic cloves, whizzed to a paste with the ginger
  • ½ finger-length piece ginger, whizzed to a paste with the garlic
  • few drops red food colouring (optional)

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Method

  1. Mix the marinade ingredients with 2 tsp salt and 1 tsp black pepper. Slash the legs of the chicken a few times, then rub the marinade all over, including under the skin of the breast. Marinate in the fridge for up to 24 hrs.
  2. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Put the onions, lemon halves and ginger in a roasting tin. Sit the chicken on top and roast for 1½ hrs or until the thigh juices run clear when tested with a skewer.
  3. When the chicken is done, lift out of the tin, sit in a new dish, cover loosely with foil and leave to rest. Fish out the ginger from the tin and discard. Scrape out the roasted middles from the lemons into a food processor, add the onions and any pan juices, and whizz to a purée. Scrape the purée back into the tin and sit on the hob. Stir in the coconut milk and bubble gently, scraping up any chicken bits that have stuck. You can add a splash of water if the sauce is too thick. Stir in the coriander and serve with the chicken.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, January 2012

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catbail's picture

Fabulous recipe, everyone loves it. I've done it three times now, always marinading overnight. Haven't bothered making the sauce, just cooked the chicken and served with rice/salad. Comes out moist and succulent every time.

Jessmaria's picture
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This is an amazing dish! I used a large chicken and there was plenty of the marinade for this. I served it with carrot slaw, brown rice & sweet corn and it went down a treat. The only point was that the marinade was a bit too lemony, so will only use half of the lemon next time.

nikitapatel89's picture

Omg perfect recipe! :) This was my first experience of roasting a whole bird and by the end I barely got to eat any of it. All my guests were thrilled with the flavour!
I altered the spices as per my taste. I also served the bird with a fresh lettuce salad and tortilla wraps on the side. Tip- try making a quick tamarind chutney to go with it ;)

jennat1985's picture

didnt rate this recipe, the only time my chicken ended up dry!! wont be making again!!

loohun's picture
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This is amazing. So easy compared to a normal roast dinner and absolutely delicious! Served with bombay potatoes and a spicy carrot salad. Followed the recipe exactly, nothing else needed.

snoble's picture
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5* The marinade for this dish is divine and on 1.4kg bird I had about 50ml more of it than I needed. I cooked it covered in foil for the first half then uncovered and added more marinade to colour. The bird was succulent and there was a lot of juices so even with 200ml of coconut milk I ended up with 400ml of gravy. It has a deep and tangy flavour, a bit too overpowering for my 7 year old but would go well on its own with rice and vegetables or as a soup base. Served this with the pilaf as suggested. Very aromatic and satisfying.

danielleh's picture
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This is a great dish, I made just the chicken with the marinade and it was amazing.

harrymondeo's picture
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Didn't make any changes at all and what a superb chicken recipe. Served with cauliflower and potato curry from BBC site and tomato and onion salad. A wonderful alternative to Sunday lunch before Christmas, but still a roast, keeping traditionalist hubby happy!

misabeatty's picture
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Delicious! Also used 1/2 of lemon. Definitely make again.

misabeatty's picture
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Made this last night and all of us loved it. Used only half of lemon in the sauce and it was plenty. Definitely make again.

ssasha's picture

Can we use microwave oven. If yes which mode? convection or Grill+convection

cakequeen5's picture

My mum made this from a traditional family recipe but when she made it she gave it to us with a sauce containing the ingredients used on the chicken. We poured it over fries and it was delicious.

vespa007's picture
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Forgot to mention we also used the left overs to make the crunchy coronation chicken salad from this website.

vespa007's picture
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Agree with Neilkent100 the chicken was quite black when cooked but despite this it was very tasty. Served with basmati rice and Indian summer salad also from this site.

jweg1210's picture
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I only went as far as marinading and roasting (didn't make the sauce). It tastes very good indeed.

jennyhw's picture
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Made this tonight, really yummy. I used all the coconut milk as we like a lot of sauce. Next time may only use 1/2 lemon under the chicken as it was very lemony.Really good recipe though and will def make again.

neilkent100's picture
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Great recipe! Very satisfying to use all the roast ingredients in the sauce. We too used only half a tin of coconut milk and this was more than plenty. We also didn't have any natural yoghurt so used Greek and that worked a treat. Just a quick note about the above photo of the recipe, the outside of the chicken will go mainly black, which is to be expected, just don't believe it will look like the picture unless you only cook it for twenty minutes!

lizleicester's picture
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Came back for more of this one and this time used plain, unflavoured soya yoghurt instead of leaving out the ordinary yoghurt and it was delicious. Served it with spicy rice and carrot, shallot and toasted cumin seed salad with the many Indian pickles we have accumulated.

salsal500's picture
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Made this for my friends, everybody enjoyed it.

lizleicester's picture
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Left out the yoghurt from the marinade (have anaphylactic reaction to milk protein) and it was still the most delicious way to transform a humble chicken.

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