Tandoori Chicken with Yogurt & Green Papaya Salad

Tandoori Chicken with Yogurt & Green Papaya Salad
This is a classic Indian way of cooking chicken. While it calls for a whole chicken, quartered, you can use four chicken breasts, bone in. The green papaya salad is refreshing, delicious and healthy, and can be served on its own or with other meals.

1 whole chicken, cut into four sections, skinned
1 tablespoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
1 teaspoon coriander seeds
2 teaspoons paprika
1 teaspoon turmeric
5 green cardamom pods
1/2 teaspoon cayenne
1 tablespoon minced garlic
2 lemons, juiced
1/4 cup vegetable shortening
Sea salt & freshly ground black pepper
Yogurt sauce (recipe follows)
Green papaya salad (recipe follows)



Use a sharp paring knife to make two or three diagonal cuts in each chicken piece, about 1/2 inch deep. Be careful not to cut all the way through the piece of chicken.


Set a small sauté pan over moderate heat. In the pan, combine the ginger, cumin, coriander, paprika, turmeric, cardamom, and cayenne pepper. Shake the pan gently over the heat until you can smell the spices. This should take about one minute.
Transfer the spices to a food processor and process them until they are finely ground.


Place the chicken pieces in a resealable plastic bag and add the spice mixture, garlic, and the lemon juice. Shake the sealed bag to coat the chicken pieces thoroughly. Make the spices penetrate the cuts in the meat. Marinate the chicken for at least five hours in the refrigerator.


Preheat the grill.


Remove the chicken from the bag and pat it dry with a paper towel. Season the chicken with salt and pepper to taste and rub each piece with shortening, using just half of the shortening.

Grill the chicken on an oiled rack over glowing coals about seven to ten minutes per side depending on the heat of the coals. While the chicken is grilling, brush on the remaining shortening.

When cooked through, transfer to a platter and let it stand while preparing the salad.



Yogurt sauce

1/2 cup plain yogurt
1 lemon, zested
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
Pinch cayenne pepper
sea salt & freshly ground pepper,  to taste

In a sieve, drain the yogurt for about 15 minutes. Combine the yogurt, lemon zest, lemon juice, garlic, cilantro, cayenne, salt, and pepper in a bowl. Yields about one cup.



Green Papaya Salad

2 large garlic cloves forced through a garlic press
1/3 cup fresh lime juice

3 tablespoons fish sauce
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon sugar
2 small thin fresh green chiles, seeded and chopped fine
1 1/2 pounds green papaya, peeled, seeded and shredded coarsely in a food processor
2 carrots, shredded
2/3 cup cilantro leaves, washed thoroughly and then spun dry
4 tablespoons roasted peanuts, crushed

Use a large bowl to whisk together the garlic, lime juice, fish sauce, and sugar. Blend until the sugar is dissolved. Add the chile, papaya, carrot, and cilantro to the dressing, taking care to toss thoroughly.


Serve the salad at room temperature, sprinkled with peanuts



Products suggested for this recipe:

Earthy Delights

2871 Jolly Road

Okemos MI 48864

tel 855.328.8732

fax 517.253.7366


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