Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Lemon Tandoori Chicken with Yogurt Dipping Sauce

Recipe:  Main Dish, Recipe:  Chicken, Recipe:  Indian, Recipe:  Asian, Recipe:  Healthy, Recipe:  Sauce, Indian food, Naan bread, Tandoori Chicken, Yogurt Dipping Sauce, Cous Cous, Deals to Meals
I am so excited to share this recipe with you. Now, just as a disclaimer, I am not Indian. I'm not trying to pretend like I know how to make 'authentic' Indian food. However, I had fun with this recipe turning it into a family friendly meal that can be cooked in your own kitchen with ingredients most of us already have on hand. So, if you are looking for a traditional Tandoori Chicken recipe, this one may not be the one for you ;) However..it is fabulous no matter what type of Indian food you like. The only two ingredients you might not already have on hand are turmeric and garam marsala. If you are new to these spices, you can find them at any of your local grocery stores and they have such an unusual and aromatic flavor and smell, you will quickly learn to love them!

This chicken is so flavorful and the yogurt dipping sauce is a creamy, bright way to finish off the dish. Garnish with fresh mint and you will love all of the new flavors you can introduce to your family. I had my daughter's teenage friends over and I was so glad this meal passed their taste test too. I will be sharing the recipe for this simple Naan Bread and Cous Cous later this week as well, to round off this Americanized-Indian dish. You will love it!! Enjoy ;)
Recipe:  Main Dish, Recipe:  Chicken, Recipe:  Indian, Recipe:  Asian, Recipe:  Healthy, Recipe:  Sauce, Indian food, Naan bread, Tandoori Chicken, Yogurt Dipping Sauce, Cous Cous, Deals to Meals



Lemon Tandoori Chicken with Yogurt Dipping Sauce

Chicken Marinade
6 boneless skinless chicken breasts
2 tsp. salt
2 Tbls. olive oil or canola oil
Juice of 2 lemons
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 white onion, diced
2 tsp. garam masala
2 tsp. turmeric
2 Tbls. cilantro, chopped
1 tsp. black pepper
1-1 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp. paprika

In a large bowl or in a gallon Ziploc bag, place all of the marinade ingredients together and combine until incorporated. Add the boneless chicken breasts and keep in the fridge until ready to grill. The longer the chicken is marinated the better it will be (up to 24 hours). When ready to grill, remove chicken from the marinade and discard the marinade. Grill the chicken pieces until cooked through and cooked on both sides until golden brown. Serve chicken with the below yogurt dipping sauce.

yogurt dipping sauce with mint
Yogurt Dipping Sauce

1/2 cup plain yogurt
1/3 cup mayonnaise
1/4 tsp. salt
Zest of 1/2 lemon
Dash cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp. black pepper
2 stalks green onions, sliced

In a bowl, combine the yogurt, mayo and other ingredients and combine. Keep in the fridge until chicken is ready to serve. Serve on the side with the chicken.

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