Tandoori Chicken

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As part of our homeschooling curriculum, we regularly study foreign countries. When I can I try to make dinnertime match the theme to help reinforce some of the things that our kids are learning.

Last year we studied India and so I searched for an easy recipe that wasn’t too out of our comfort zone, but still a departure from the norm. I found a recipe for Tandoori chicken that I tweaked a little.

Broadening Our Horizons

I was a little skeptical about trying something new. I worried that I would have youth riots at the dinner table, but surprise! surprise! They all loved this new-to-us way of making chicken, Papa included. In fact, I even heard, “Can you make it this way the next time we have chicken?” That is a big improvement from the comments I often hear when I make something out of the ordinary.

You can follow the link for the original recipe or do what I did. (I didn’t apply the ingredients the way the recipe said to nor did I marinade it as long.)

Tandoori Chicken

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 teaspoons paprika
2 teaspoons fresh gingerroot, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon curry powder
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
3/4 cup low fat plain yogurt (I didn’t have this so I used buttermilk instead. Use either.)

Combine all ingredients except chicken breast. Then add chicken. Marinate for several hours and cook over hot grill.

To freeze: Place marinade and uncooked chicken in a ziptop freezer bag. Store in the freezer. Thaw completely in the refrigerator on a tray to catch drips. Cook as directed. Alternatively, cooked meat can be cooled and frozen to eat on a later date.

This chicken is delicious and a great way to show your kids a little bit of the world.

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  1. site4teachers says

    This recipe looks very good, I will want to try it out. I found your website through Freebies4Mom. You may like the teacher tips and freebies I post at my website for teachers since you are a homeschool teacher.
    Thanks for all your ideas!

  2. Rebecca says

    So how do you freeze this? Do you freeze before or after you grill it? Then how do you reheat it? Does the yogurt cause separation? I’ve wanted to freeze some similar chicken dishes but didn’t think it would work. I’d love it if you know how to make it work!

    • Jessica Fisher says

      The yogurt has not separated when I freeze the chicken in the marinade, if any change it’s just that the spices intensify, so I’ve lowered those. Try a small batch with your recipes and see if you like it. Next time you make it, just freeze one piece of chicken with some marinade. Then, try it out on another grilling night.

  3. Wendy says

    We love Indian food in our house. Thanks for sharing this delicious recipe 🙂

  4. Julia says

    Made this and froze it. Turned out beautifully! All picky eaters ate joyfully!! Age ranges of pickies: 38 (the 4th child), 15, 12, 8. Thanks Jessica 🙂

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