Thursday, April 15, 2010

Indianized roast chicken

I am back after another longish break from blogging but this time it wasn't work that got in the way. Something much more exciting, we were out on vacation. It was sun, sand, lots of great food and drink. I come back slightly darker than before (some may say sunburnt), recharged and refreshed and armed with lots of recipes that I can't wait to try. That will have to wait for another post though as today it will be back to Bombay for a recipe from my Mum's armoir.

This recipe was a favorite of ours while growing up. It could make a great Sunday lunch, a quick weeknight dinner or if we were really lucky a weekday lunch. It never failed to satisfy no matter when you ate it. This was also one of the first things I learnt to make when I started living by myself and its simplicity never ceased to amaze me. Don't let the name fool you, its no complicated roast chicken. In fact its not even roasted. I am not sure why my Mum called it roast chicken but it worked for her so I am not messing with the name. Anyway its just cooked on the tava (griddle) till it gets all browned up. Here is how it works, you marinate the chicken, put it in a pan and cook it till its done. Then you deglaze the pan, shred the chicken and throw it in the pan for an extra juicy, well integrated flavor. The possibilities are endless! 

Here is how I have tried it so far:
- On top of brown rice with some vegetables for a complete meal.
- Rolled up in a chapati/tortilla wrap with some onions, cilantro and lemon for a quick chicken kathi roll (as close as you can come to it)
- With couscous and a greek salad.

It would also be nice as:
- A very tasty sandwich filling 
- On top of a pizza for an Indianized chicken tikka pizza

If you do give this a try and come up with some more brilliant ways of putting this to use, let me know. Here is the recipe:

Note: Boned in chicken works best here.
4 big chicken pieces with bone 
1/2 cup yogurt (I used plain non-fat)
1/2 teaspoon ginger and garlic each
1 teaspoon red chilli powder
1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
1/2 teaspoon garam masala powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
Juice of half a lemon

- Combine all ingredients for the marinade together.
- Marinate the chicken for atleast 30 minutes (longer the chicken marinates, better the flavor). Marinating overnight works best.
- Heat a heavy bottomed pan and coat with oil.
- Add chicken pieces along with the marinade. Cook covered till the moisture disappears and chicken is browned and cooked, turning in between.
- Remove chicken pieces, add a little water to the pan to deglaze. Bring the sauce to a boil.
- Shred the chicken and add back to the sauce. Cook for another 2-3 minutes.

Serve with brown rice or wrapped in a chappati.


  1. delicious this looks,moms recipes are always the best

  2. This looks delicious !

    Even my mom used to prepare a similar one but it was specially for wraps.

  3. this looks delicious, Radhika. it would be perfect with some tortilla wraps. glad you had a great vacation.

  4. Hi Radhika,

    To get a crispy coat to the roast chicken, add a handful of cornflakes to the marinated chicken just before cooking.Thats what gives it a roasted look.


  5. A vacation is way better than a busy work week! Glad to hear you had fun! This dish looks delicious...absolutely rife with flavor!

  6. Can't wait to try it Radhika, sounds so easy and delicious. Will also add the cornflakes mom suggested and let you know! Lots of love from Greece xx

  7. I know what we're having this weekend! And, I'm so going to try the cupcakes with frosting as well. Love it!