Marinated in a yogurt sauce, roasted, then served with roasted potatoes, cool yogurt and coriander, and naan bread, this masala chicken is about to become a staple chicken recipe in your kitchen.
This recipe for Whole Roast Masala Chicken made its way to me via a Telegraph article written by Diana Henry about quick Indian dishes to make at home. The sound of the recipe was just too good for me not to try and it is absolutely fantastic.
The kicker in this recipe is the overnight yoghurt marinade and the incredibly delicious masala butter that you spread underneath the chicken skin. The yoghurt tenderises the meat and the masala butter flavours the meat with the curry spices. I often cook and bake with yoghurt and have a number of recipes on the blog that I absolutely love : Yoghurt Marinated Lamb Curry, Apple Yoghurt Cake and this delicious No Churn Banana Peanut Butter Frozen Yoghurt.
I have to say that this recipe is certainly one of the best chicken dishes I have made.
Granted that an overnight marinade is not a quick meal but with a bit of preplanning it is so worth it. It smells absolutely amazing while it roasts and the meat is soft, juicy and melts in the mouth. I did not make my own masala mix and used store bought which I had in the cupboard. But taste the strength of the masala you use and add a bit more chili if needed. The better the spice mix the better the flavour of the chicken.
I served the chicken with crispy roast potatoes, plain yoghurt and fresh coriander. Piled onto a warm naan bread you will be in food heaven.Print
Hein is a Gourmet Hunter and Food Writer and Photographer in the beautiful city of Cape Town, South Africa. He has always loved food and photography is a relative new hobby. He uses his blog heinstirred.com to combine his love for photography with his other love, eating. He has fully embraced the food media world with his styling, photography and words being seen on various digital and traditional platforms.