Tandoori Chicken: For the butcher


A couple of months back I was buying two pounds of whole chicken legs at the local Whole Foods market when the butcher, donning a soiled apron, asked me what I was planning to make. Tandoori chicken, I said. The words had piqued his interest; I could tell from his glistening eyes and arching eyebrows. When he was not butchering animals, he was recreating recipes — he is a chef — he explained. His daughter shares his culinary passion, he said with a contented smile. He then queried about the tandoori recipe.

I explained how I would prepare an aromatic marinade — with a blend of ginger-garlic-onion-green chilies-cilantro-mint-yogurt-tandoori masala-salt & pepper-lemon juice-oil and a sprinkling of home-made garam masala — and let the chicken pieces steep in it, overnight. And my secret ingredient was the addition of a couple of teaspoons of Cajun spice to the blend, which imparts a smokey flavor to the dish! The next day I would bake it in the oven, then broil it for a few minutes to give the chicken the very coveted out-of-the-tandoor look.

He said it sounded wonderful and asked me if I would mind writing it down for him. So I did; I handed him over the recipe the next time I went grocery shopping. He was delighted and as a token of his appreciation didn’t charge me for the meat I was buying.

“No way,” I said.

“I am the boss here; it won’t be a problem,” he insisted.

“In that case I will have to leave without the meat,” I said.

I had successfully butchered the argument!

He looked forward to trying out my tandoori chicken recipe with his daughter, he said. I wished him all the luck.



Author: livecook

8 thoughts on “Tandoori Chicken: For the butcher

  1. That looks very delicious..I can almost taste it. Yummmo 😋

  2. Oh that chicken looks so delicious. Perfect for a rainy day.

  3. thank you so much 🙂

  4. OMG I’m salivating! Can’t wait to make this soon.. but not sure if I will be able to get your secret spices in Kuwait!
    I have a huge list for my next US trip to replenish my stock!

  5. thank you! 🙂 I hope you get to buy all the stuff on your list and then some 🙂

  6. Looks yummy, thanks for posting! If you’re looking for a really delicious BBQ chicken recipe, try this one that I have posted on my blog (Hawaiian Chicken Recipe):

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