Friday, 25 January 2013

Tandoori by Geeta's & Mixed Spice Chicken

We enjoy a good Indian cuisine, especially their starters and grills. We've just been sent a packet of Geeta's Spice Route range - Tandoori spice mix to try, so that's what we had last night - Tandoori Chicken Thighs. The recipe actually called for chicken breasts, but we aren't very keen in that part of the chicken. It's just too dry and rough for us. Worried that the chicken would be too spicy for the kids, I made my own Mixed Spice chicken for them, and they both seem to like it very much!

The recipe for the Tandoori chicken was very simple, just mix half a lemon's juice, 1 tablespoon of tomato puree and 4 tablespoon of natural yogurt (I used Greek yogurt) with the spice mix and marinate the chicken for 2 hours to overnight. 

As I had to marinate some for the kids, I marinated the chicken with all the ingredients except the spice mix first, and took 2 pieces of thigh out before adding the spice mix to ours. For the children's, I added 1 tablespoon of Ground Paprika, 1 teaspoon of All Spice, Ground Turmeric and Garam Masala, then 2 crushed bay leaves, and seasoned it with salt. The result was surprisingly good as I had no idea what I was doing! Even Abby who doesn't normally eat meat liked it, shame that we forgot to take a picture of it after it's cooked!

Tandoori Chicken

The Tandoori chicken was delicious with a strong smokey flavour, and went really well with salad and a fizzy drink. We didn't even need the carb! The spice mix is retailed at £1.39 for a 30g pack and was meant to marinate 4 chicken breasts, but we managed to marinate 7 thighs with the yogurt mix and 5 adding the spice. A touch of salt will enhance the flavour as well but that can be added afterwards.

The recipe only mentioned oven cook, grill or barbeque for 15-20 minutes (based on chicken goujons size), so we had the oven on maximum heat and cooked for approx. 25 minutes for the thighs. You can buy their spice mix from ASDA and other retailers too.

Disclosure: I was sent a packet of spice mix to try; all opinions are honest and my own