Introduction: Paleo Tandoori Chicken and a Coconut Cream Dip

Tandoori Chicken is one of the famous Indian appetizer and a snack. In this Instructable, I would like to show an easy and simple method of preparing Paleo tandoori chicken using fresh spices and coconut milk with a coconut cream dip.

Step 1: Ingredients

Paleo Tandoori

1) Chicken drumsticks - 6 (Preferred skinless)

2) Coconut Milk - 5 Tbsp (Place the can of coconut milk in the refrigerator for at least 6 hours or overnight)

3) Crushed Ginger and Garlic - (from 1" ginger and 2 pods garlic )

4) Paprika - 1 1\2 Tsp

5) Ground Cumin - 1 Tsp

6) Ground Coriander - 1 Tsp

7) Garam Masala powder - 1/2 Tsp

8) Salt as per taste

9) Lemon Juice - 1 Tbsp

Coconut Cream Dip

1) Coconut cream - 1/4 Cup

2) Lemon Juice - 1/2 Tsp

3) Salt as per taste

Step 2: Marinate Chicken - Part 1

1) Wash and pat dry the chicken drumsticks with the kitchen towel.

2) Make small slits on the chicken drumsticks using a knife.(Not very deep)

3) Mix the Lemon juice with 1/2 tsp paprika and salt.

4) Apply the above mixture all over the chicken and inside the slits.

5) Allow it to rest for 5 - 10 min

Step 3: Marinate Chicken - Part 2

1) In a bowl, add the coconut cream , crushed ginger garlic, paprika, ground cumin, ground coriander, garam masala, salt and mix it well.

2) Marinate the chicken in the above coconut cream mixture.

4) Cover the marinated chicken and allow it to rest in the refrigerator for an hour (minimum).

Step 4: Cooking the Chicken

1) Preheat the oven to 350 F

2) Place the chicken drumsticks on the griddle giving enough space between each of them.

3) Cook it at 350 F for about 55 - 60 min, flipping it over half way through.(so that cooks on both sides)

4) when the chicken is done almost, brush the chicken drumsticks with lemon juice on both sides.

Note: Cooking time depends on the size and weight of the chicken pieces used. Using a skewer, poke the chicken to check if it is cooked.

5) After switching off the oven allow it rest for some more time (10 - 15 min) before serving.

Step 5: Coconut Cream Dip

Mix the coconut cream along with lemon juice and salt.

Step 6: Serve the Tandoori Chicken

1) Remove the chicken drumsticks from the oven and wrap the bottom with a foil strip (For easy handling)

2) Serve the Chicken with the coconut cream dip.

Enjoy !!!

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