Roasted Chicken Masala – Rotisserie Chicken

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On a recent trip back to NY, my sister gave us a huge supply of spices from the Park Slope Coop. So many that I decided upon returning to Beijing to try to make a home made Masala.

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I’ve tried Chicken Masala before in the past but here’s a recipe that I got from BBC that is done all from scratch. Pretty easy overall, and the flavors and amazing. You don’t have to use a rotisserie, you can just bake as the original recipe describes but it’s a little more fun if your oven has this function and you also get a much more even and juicier meat as a result of the rotisserie.

Chicken Masala Ingredients

For the marinade
6 cardamom pods
2 tbsp cumin seeds
2 tbsp coriander seeds
4 whole cloves
1 tsp black peppercorns
1 tsp ground fenugreek
2 tsp ground turmeric
1 tbsp paprika
1-2 tsp hot chilli powder (the more you use, the spicier the dish)
¼ tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp flaked sea salt
4 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
1 inch piece fresh root ginger, peeled and finely grated
1 cup low-fat natural yoghurt

Whole free range chicken

Masala Spices Preparation method
To make the marinade, split the cardamom pods and remove the seeds. Put the cardamom seeds in a dry non-stick frying pan and discard the husks. Add the cumin and coriander seeds, cloves and black peppercorns and place the pan over a medium heat. Cook for 1-2 minutes, stirring regularly until the spices are lightly toasted – you know they’re ready when you can smell the spicy aroma.

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Tip the toasted spices into a pestle and mortar, or an electric spice grinder, and pound to a fine powder. Transfer to a mixing bowl and stir in the fenugreek, turmeric, paprika, chilli powder, cinnamon and salt.

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Add the garlic, ginger and yoghurt, then mix well and leave to stand while you prepare the chicken.

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Place the chicken in a small bowl and marinate with your hands for several minutes. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator overnight.

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Preheat oven to 375F and set up the rotisserie (or just bake). Bake till internal temp of chicken reaches 180F (about 1 hour)

Enjoy!



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