Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Crispy Baked "Masala" Chicken

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This is my take on a healthy version of Crispy Fried Chicken with a touch of Indian Spices. Baking yields the same crispness and the drumsticks are juicy on the inside just like the deep-fried ones but without the added calories.Definitely worth giving a try.
  • 8 pieces Chicken Drumsticks
For the Marinade:
  • 1 cup Thick Yogurt
  • 1/2 cup Buttermilk
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp Chicken Masala Powder (Available @ Indian Stores. I used "Sakthi" Brand. Any Brand would do)
  • 1 tsp Cracked Pepper
  • 1 tsp Cumin Powder
  • 1 tsp Ginger Garlic Paste
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp Salt or less
  • 1/4 tsp Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Dried fenugreek leaves(Kasuri Methi), crushed
For Dredging/Coating:
  • 3/4 cup All Purpose Flour
  • 1 tsp Cracked Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp Chili Powder/Cayenne Powder
  • 1/2 tsp dried fenugreek leaves, crushed
  • Remove the skin from the drumsticks.Make small slits with paring knife on the flesh.
  • Mix all the ingredients under "For Marinade" and pour them into a big ziploc bag.
  • Add the chicken pieces inside and let it sit in the refrigerator for atleast 4 hours. Overnight is better.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Mix all the ingredients under "For dredging/Coating" and spread it in a wide shallow pan.
  • Coat/Dredge the chicken pieces in the flour and shake off the excess.
  • Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Spray the foil with oil.
  • Arrange the chicken pieces on the tray and bake at the lower rack for ~40-45 minutes turning the chicken midway.
  • Broil the drumsticks for 5 minutes for an extra crispy skin if desired.
  • Serve warm.
Makes 8 Crispy drumsticks.

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  1. I love how you gave ordinary fried chicken an Indian twist.

  2. Lovely variation! Looks crispy and delicious!

  3. Totally going to have to try this!! Fried Chicken, except up a few hundred notches!

  4. Very tempting & delicious prep.... A CFC preparation by hamari Lassie..:) But seriously mouthwatering & reminded me much of the KFC chicken.... Hugs )))


  5. oh wow!!! wow!!! so crispy and yummy!!! super yummy

  6. Wow..Lassie that looks so crispy and perfect like fried...KUdos to you dear..

    Kairali sisters

  7. Crispy and delicious chicken..Tempting clicks!

  8. yumm, looks delicious! what a coincidence, i also made a chicken drumstick dish this weekend.. planning to post it soon.

  9. Oh my goodness this looks so tempting. I like how you baked it crispy to make it a little more healthy. Yum!

  10. Lately we areinto baking and grilling chicken instead of deep fry..Your version looks interesting..will try it soon..

  11. Love the way you have indianized the chicken.

  12. thats so delicious and very healthy chicken. usually crispy chicken means its full of oil.. here good and healthy one..

  13. love the healthy twist. Hubby loves crispy fried chicken and insists on serving them for any party at home. bookmarking this recipe for those times.

  14. ...well, tempting but will resist! Could use the masala recipe for sure!

  15. wowwwww lassieeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee..this is superly delicious in a healthy way :)

  16. Am inviting myself to ur place, looks utterly irresistible and tempting..

  17. Wow..lovely baked chicken..crispy and delicious..looks yummy dear.

  18. Ces cuisses de poulet sont délicieuses. j'aime beaucoup la texture. Je note de suite la recette.
    Pour ma panna cotta, j'ai effectivement utilisé des moules en silicone et le moule est appelé rose.
    A bientôt.

  19. CL!!! U know I'm a chickenlover!!! Pls pass me some drumsticks ya...I'm drooling over! :D

  20. Go baked chicken! I love the sound of this dish...crispy chicken PACKED with flavor. Who wouldn't love it?

  21. Looks doubt must be very tasty....

  22. a drool worthy twist to my eyes n surprise to my tongue....yummylecious...

  23. Lassie , that's a finger licking, healthy, yummy drumsticks.
    Hamaree Rasoi

  24. Hi dear, delicious recipe & looks fabulous! Kisses

  25. Dear Lassi(e)
    How are you?
    This is a great recipe..I must try..I have started liking chicken.
    I am really scared to see how many great dishes i have missed so far..already had a quick look at thai shrimp :-)
    I liked your note at my blog..I am going to make curd rice tomorrow but will make some thing else to eat with and not that fake alu fry ha ha
    Have a nice day

  26. Thanks Lassie!! We both are doing good..Everything is fine now, we moved back to our apartment a month back..

  27. Love this take on fried chicken..wonderful flavors. I am just getting familiar with Indian spices. Is garam masala the same thing as masala? I finally found garam masala and am looking for something to make with it.

  28. What a mouth-watering chicken recipe with all those lovely spices to liven it up! Love that you baked them too!

  29. That is such a brilliant idea...esp with the bbq's the the grills in full use..i love that u used buttermilk for the marinade.

  30. Looks as crisp as deep fried chicken, luv the Indianized touch dear:)

  31. Lassi,
    The fried chicken looks so delicious! And with indian spices I can only imagine how much better it must be!!! Fried chicken is one of my favorites!


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