Friday, March 25, 2011

Indian Roast Chicken

To my friends who are looking for a new twist on a classic recipe, this recipe has got your number.

Roasting a chicken is simple, but can sometimes border on plain. With this easy Indian inspired spice rub, your taste buds will awaken and say, "whoa, this is *delicious*."

Why Indian? Because it tastes good. Real good. And I wanted to demonstrate how easy it is to incorporate some of these great flavors in every day dishes. As an added bonus, Indian food boasts some of the most healthful spices on earth.

Indian Roast Chicken

1--4 to 5 pound chicken
2 teaspoons garam masala
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon sugar

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

Prepare the chicken: remove any innards (usually bagged, so you don't have to touch them) and rinse the bird. Pat dry with a paper towel.

Place the chicken in a roasting pan.

In a small bowl, combine the remaining ingredients (garam masala through sugar) and mix well. Spread the rub all over the outside of the chicken, and a bit under the skin, if able, without ripping the skin.

Place any remaining rub inside the chicken.

Put the chicken inside the oven. Roast for 50-60 minutes, or until a thermometer registers 165 degrees inside the chicken (do not touch a bone while measuring the temperature).

Let stand 10 minutes before slicing.

Serve with sides. May I suggest?

Serves 6-8.

A sweet way to jazz up a simple chicken-


AJ's Mom said...

Yum! Is that Raita I see? I have never roasted a whole chicken before. You make it look so easy . . . I might have to try it!

Sweet Pea Chef said...

It is! In fact, from your suggestion of your mom's easy and tasty recipe!

Unknown said...

What do you mean by TJ side packets? Was that a prepared item?

Sweet Pea Chef said...

yes, Trader Joe's Indian packets. Sorry! :)