Wednesday, April 21, 2010

RecipeReplica:Quick-Bake "Masala" Chicken

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Masala, Not Marsala, in Indian cuisine is a mixture of ground roasted-spices along with ginger, garlic and onions etc etc. Grinding the spices along with any other ingredients intensifies the flavor. This recipe has been adapted from the blog, The Novice Kitchen.Ms.Sharfu is undermining her culinary capabilities.She is anything but a novice and all her recipes are truly mouthwatering. Check out her posts to see what I am talking about.Except for some changes in the spice I stayed true to the original recipe that can be found here. Don't be scared by the color of the chicken in the picture, its mainly from crushed tomatoes and the heat factor is not overwhelming.Also, the reason why I call it quick-bake is because part of the cooking is done on the stove-top and then finished off in the Oven.

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  • Chicken - 8, thigh pieces, skinned, cleaned and slit from under
  • Red Onion - 1/2, medium, chopped
  • Garlic - 5 cloves
  • Ginger - 1 inch
  • Curry leaves - 5 stalks (Don't skip it. Available in all Indian stores)
  • Garam Masala Powder - 1/2 tsp (Readymade ground spice-mix. Also available in Indian stores)
  • Cracked Pepper - 1 tsp
  • Red Chilli Powder - 1 tbsp or less (Haven't tried but Paprika may be used)
  • Cumin Powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Fennel seeds - 1 tsp
  • Lemon Juice - 1 tsp
  • Crushed Tomatoes - 6 tbsp
  • Olive Oil - 4 tbsp
For the Marinade:
  • Yogurt - 1 tbsp
  • Turmeric Powder - a dash
  • Cracked Pepper - a few grinds
  • Marinate the chicken with all the ingredients under "Marinade" and let it sit for at-least an hour in the refrigerator.
  • In a wide skillet, heat 2 tbsp of oil and add fennel seeds, garlic, ginger, onions, cracked pepper, curry leaves, Garam Masala Powder and saute for 10 minutes.
  • Add the chilli powder,crushed tomatoes and salt. Do Not add water.
  • Cool the mixture and grind to a smooth paste with lemon juice.Important - Taste the mixture and check for taste. Add more salt or cracked pepper, if needed.
  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  • In the same skillet, heat 1 tbsp of olive oil and bring it to a smoking point.
  • Sear the chicken on both sides until they are evenly browned.
  • Spread the ground mixture on the chicken pieces and cook for 2 minutes per side.
  • Transfer the chicken thighs to a baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes in the lower rack.
  • Reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees F, flip the chicken pieces and bake for 10-15 more minutes in the middle rack.
  • Serve warm with steaming rice.
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  1. Looks like a perfect bake :) Will definitely try and let you know how it turned out :) I am loveeeeee chicken fry and from the pictures I am sure I will love this too

  2. Now enjoying Panchadara bomma song from ur blog...wonderful song and nice collections :)

  3. je suis sûr que c'est excellent, j'aime beaucoup la cuisine épicé cette recette fait le bonheur de mes papilles
    bonne soirée

  4. k im sold..this is def on my list..and the baking bit...even better..i jus finished dinner, but im soo drooling after seeing this.

  5. This looks just mouthwatering yumicious....!!!

  6. Ooo...I think the color looks wonderful on the chicken...I can almost smell it! Looks awesome, I shouldn't read food blogs at dinner time:)

  7. Oh my goodness, that looks so good! I love good Indian food and this is definitely going on my list.

  8. looks wonderful, came to know of another lovely blog through this post

  9. Chicken looks too the spicy baked version ...I am going to try this soon :)

  10. Looks so tempting that having a feeling to have a piece right now....seems perfectly baked and very attractive presentation.....

  11. What a lovely chicken pass it on to me i'll just finish in a moment ... my mouth is watering , i love it:-)
    great recipe...

  12. really tempting and mouthwatering.will try this soon.thanks for sharing , dear.

  13. Just had my dinner, but looking at your pic, am hungry again..I love Saju's blog too :-)

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  15. masala chicken,the way you cook is amazing.shh............

  16. Cool Lassie....that just looks delicious and the recipe sounds like a healthy version....i'm dying to give this a try....:)

  17. chicken is so tempting... nice presentation

  18. Such a wonderful baked masala chicken, mouthwatering here..

  19. This looks absolutely splendid. It has my mouth watering as I think about all of the flavors infused in it.

  20. Wow........ drooling here, chicken looks so tempting and mouthwatering. Nice presentation.

  21. CHicken Makes me drool anytime anywhere...Really wonderful recipe....

  22. This look so good, I like this kind of chicken with a lot of spices, bookmark this, must try soon.

  23. பார்க்கும் பொழுதே இப்படியா நாக்கு ஊறுது...சூப்பர்ப்...படங்கள் அருமை...சிக்கனும் சூப்பர்ப்..

  24. hey,

    Wow ur chicken looks amazing..thanks for trying it out...

  25. Hi dear, wonderful look and delicious recipe! Thanks for your comments. Kiss

  26. wow what a delicious baked chicken..the pic itself make me hungry..feel to have it now..
    nice picture.the best part i like is i can enjoy reading the post with some beautiful song..

  27. This really looks beautiful. I am unfamiliar with many of the ingredients but I love coming here to learn. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

  28. masala chicken looks so slurp-y good dear!!!
    this preparation sounds interesting too ( pre cooking the masala before baking it with the chicken). must try doing it!!!

  29. The masala chicken looks awesome, dear. I am hungry all over again.

  30. wow lovely baked masala chicken tempting one...i love anythng ith chicken n this is sooooo tempting....nice presentatn

  31. woww.what a beautiful one.... anypone can get tempted seeing this....keep rockn :)

  32. Love all ur clicks !! they always make me hungry irrespective of time. Absolutely delicious !!


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