Monday, August 30, 2010

Tandoori Chicken with Tomato-Cucumber Raita Recipe

The Hummus Recipes Kitchen (The home of Tasty Middle Eastern Food) invites you to try Tandoori Chicken with Tomato-Cucumber Raita Recipe. Enjoy delicious Middle Eastern cooking and learn how to make Tandoori Chicken with Tomato-Cucumber Raita.

Associated with India, tandoori cooking, a high-heat process, is actually a Middle Eastern invention, originally done in ceramic ovens, which have been unearthed at Babylonian archeological digs. In 1948, a fashionable, jet-setter restaurant in New Delhi installed a tandoori oven, the media picked up the story, and the craze went around the world so fast that tandoori cooking is now almost exclusively associated with India. Here, a hot grill produces similar results.


1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
Pinch of ground nutmeg
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 1 pound), trimmed of fat
1 tablespoon canola oil
Tomato-Cucumber Raita (recipe follows)


1. Preheat grill to medium-high. 2.Combine paprika, coriander, chili powder, cumin, salt, pepper and nutmeg in a large sealable plastic bag. Place each chicken breast between sheets of plastic wrap. Pound with a meat mallet or heavy skillet until flattened to an even thickness, about 1/4 inch. Brush the chicken with oil; place in the bag, seal and turn to coat.

2. Oil the grill rack (see Cooking Tip). Grill the chicken until cooked through and no longer pink in the middle, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Serve warm with Tomato-Cucumber Raita.

3. Related Recipes: Tomato-Cucumber Raita

4. To oil a grill rack: Oil a folded paper towel, hold it with tongs and rub it over the rack. (Do not use cooking spray on a hot grill.)

Recipe Nutrition
Per serving: 208 calories; 7 g fat (2 g saturated fat, 3 g mono unsaturated fat); 66 mg cholesterol; 8 g carbohydrates; 27 g protein; 1 g fiber; 396 mg sodium; 454 mg potassium Nutrition Bonus: Calcium (15% daily value), Vitamin A (15% dv), Vitamin C (15% dv).

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