Saturday, June 25, 2011

Weekend Cooking... Tandoori Chicken

I like chicken as much as the next person, but let's face it...sometimes it gets a little dull. Well, here is a recipe that is pretty easy, keeps the chicken tender and juicy as it cooks, is quite tasty and is a little different than my usual fare.

It comes from the folks on Holland America Cruises and their Culinary Arts Center, just one of the many activity on the ship to keep passengers amused between Bingo and when the bars open. Sadly on this cruise, due to all the ports we stopped at, we were ashore almost every day and I only had the chance to attend a couple of their presentations..last weeks Baklava and this week's Tandoori Chicken. I may have to break down and buy one of their three cookbooks.
I will say that while the recipe is quite easy, pretty much just dumping all the ingredients in a bowl, it did have me pulling a lot of spices out of my spice cabinet!

Did i make any changes? Well, they call for 2-3 cloves of garlic and I must admit I probably added about 5 or 6..because I like garlic. I also sliced my chicken breasts horizontally, making two thinner pieces from each which I though would cook quicker on the charcoal grill without burning...which worked very well.

 Tandoori Chicken

1 1/2 cups plain yogurt
1/2 cup fresh minced parsley
1/4 cup lemon juice
2-3 cloves garlic, crushed
2 tsp. paprika
2 tsp. cumin
2 tsp coriander
1/8 tsp. clove
1/8 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. salt
fresh ground pepper
1 TBS. honey
1-2 tsp. curry, preferably Madras
1 1/2 lbs boneless skinless chicken.

In a bowl, combine all the ingredients except chicken. Stir to combine. Remove 1/3 cup of marinade and set aside as a sauce for final assembly.

Pour the remainder of the marinade over the chicken, stir to coat, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate, at least 20 minutes, or as long as overnight.

Grill or indoor or outside grill. basting with marinade or under broiler, basting, for about 4 minutes per side or until done.

Remove from grill or boiler, let sit 5 minutes and serve, whole or sliced, topped with reserved yogurt sauce and a sprinkling of fresh chopped cilantro

This is my contribution this to this week's Weekend Cooking.
"Weekend Cooking is open to anyone who has any kind of food-related post to share: Book (novel, nonfiction) reviews, cookbook reviews, movie reviews, recipes, random thoughts, gadgets, fabulous quotations, photographs. If your post is even vaguely foodie, feel free to grab the button and link up anytime over the weekend."
Be sure to check out the other entries this week. As always, hosted by Beth Fish Reads.


  1. Looks delicious, lot of flavor in that dish! I use thinner breasts, too, we prefer it.

  2. Yow, that is a lot of spices. I'd have to make a run to the grocery store. It sure looks delicious!

  3. I never realized that tandoori was so easy, I think I have everything in my cupboard except the curry! This'll make a great addition to, yes, the "boring" chicken that we tend to do. Thanks for the recipe.

  4. I didn't realize that the cruise line had a culinary arts center; this dish sounds good, and your presentation is lovely; I love the contrast of the orange plate with the asparagus.

  5. Yum! I love tandoori chicken. Holland America is totally known for their culinary slant on things. And I'm right there with ya...I usually double the amount of garlic in my recipes. I can't wait to make this one.

  6. Love tandoori chicken... a staple
    when I lived in the mid-east..
    and on occasion I make it at home.

  7. Tandoori Chicken is new to me but it sounds delicious. I'm looking forward to trying this one out. Lots of spices and I too add lots of extra garlic.

  8. This is my first time joining Beth;s event --nice to meet you! Yhis looks so delicious and easy to do!

    I only crused once, on the Queen Mary 2, but I enjoyed their cuisine so much I bought their latest cookbook :)

  9. Thank you for the recipie. Chicken tandoori is a favorite.

  10. Your Tandoori chicken looks lovely.

  11. Thanks for posting! I am always looking for ideas... now if I could just cook asparagus without turning it into mush!


    XOXO Angela's Anxious Life

  12. This looks delicious, and I am pretty sure that my son would like using all the different spices etc! Adding it to my "might make this" list.

  13. That looks delish! In fact, I am thinking I might put it on my menu plan for next week.

  14. I love tandoori chicken, but have only ever eaten it in restaurants, and never made it at home. This certainly looks easy enough to give it a try. I love things with lots of taste from spices.

  15. That sounds yummy and would give me a way to use some of the spices in my pantry.

  16. I'm not a big chicken eater...but this might be something that we could try for a weeknight meal.

  17. Wow!!! This sounds wonderful. I love chicken and garlic and all the flavorings in this. Oh and I like the idea of slicing the chicken before grilling -- great idea.


please speak up, I LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU!!