Masala chicken is usually loaded with lots of onion and tomatoes. But my quick masala chicken is devoid of both. There is an interesting story behind this recipe. On Saturday evening after a hectic day at the office, I came home tired. Usually I make something special on Saturday evenings to celebrate the weekend. My dear hubby had taken out chicken from the refrigerator and thawed it . And I was in no mood to cook . So I thought let me churn out a recipe which can be made quickly and will tingle the taste buds too. I went to the kitchen, looked at the chicken and I had a Eureka Moment! I always store peeled garlic and grated ginger in a Tupperware container in my fridge. And those were the saviours. I made ginger, garlic and green chilli paste; marinated the chicken in it along with lemon juice in sarson ka tel (Raw Mustard oil) . Usually I smoke Mustard oil before using it in any recipe. But as I told you I was too tired that day so used it as it is. But the taste it gave to the chicken was amazing. Simply finger licking good. (Excuse me for using the KFC phrase). The recipe I made to simplify my dinner turned out to be everyone' s favorite. This inspired me to share my quick recipe with you, Spicy and Quick Masala Chicken .
600 gm Chicken
10 cloves Garlic
2" Piece Ginger
Juice of one lemon
1 Green Chilli
½ Tsp freshly ground black pepper
1 Tsp Red Pepper Powder
1 Tsp Turmeric Powder
1 Tsp Kasmiri Chilli Powder
2 Tbsp Raw Mustard oil /without smoking/ straight from the bottle
2 Tsp of cream or Malai.
Salt to taste
2 Tbsp of Chopped Coriander for garnishing.
Here We go :
Wash and clean Chicken. Put diagonal cuts on the surface of the chicken.
Add ginger, garlic, green chilli and lemon juice to a grinder and make a paste
In a mixing bowl add mustard oil, turmeric powder, red chilli powder and salt. Mix everything together. The spices will turn into a beautiful red colour because of raw mustard oil.
Add ginger, garlic , green chilli and lemon juice paste to the oil and spices mix. Also add malai or cream. Mix everything together.
Now Add chicken pieces and mix thoroughly so that every chicken piece is coated with spices.
Marinate it for half an hour.
After half an hour, heat a pan and add marinated chicken to it. Mix well and cover. Keep the flame on low. Let it simmer.
Occasionally keep on turning the chicken so that it doesn't burn on any side. Add Kashmiri red chilli powder after 10 minutes of cooking. We will slow cook it for around 15 minutes or till done.
When the chicken is done add chopped coriander and switch off the flame .
Serve it along with any salad and enjoy Quick Masala chicken.