Though what this is , actually, is oven-grilled chicken.
The girls have always called it “red” chicken after the color of the excellent chicken that Jitender and Neelam always make at their barbeque parties and which Indira so looks forward to eating when we are invited !
The marinade – and therefore the taste of the chicken – I prepare is different from theirs though and is adapted from Sanjeev Kapoor’s recipe in his “Khazana of Indian Recipes”.
800 gms of chicken drumsticks
1 or 2 teaspoons of kashmiri chilli powder
4 tablespoons of lime juice
200 gms of yogurt
4-5 teaspoons each of ginger and garlic pastes
3/4 teaspoon of garam masala powder
salt to taste
about 100 ml of melted butter
2-3 limes, cut in to wedges
Skin and wash the chicken, then make cuts in several places on each piece.
In a flat bowl, mix half the lime juice and Kashmiri chilli powder and toss the chicken pieces in this mixture. Keep aside for 30 minutes.
In the meanwhile, leave the yogurt in a very fine sieve – to drain the whey – for 15-20 minutes.
Then mix the yogurt with the rest of the ingredients (except the butter), toss the chicien pieces in this marinade to coat them well and refrigerate for 6-8 hours.
Pre-heat the grill to 240 degrees C, then place the chicken pieces at the top of the oven and cook till they are done, turning them over a couple of times so that all the sides are cooked evenly. Apply butter lightly with a brush each time on the surface just below the grill.
This dish is best eaten hot from the oven and lime wedges are a must-have accompaniment, for the juice to be squeezed on to each piece as it’s eaten.