Tandoori Chicken Wings: A Spicy Indian Twist On A Classic

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Chicken Wings Indian Style: A Flavor Explosion for Your Taste Buds

Craving a delicious appetizer or finger food that packs a punch? Look no further than Chicken Wings Indian Style! This recipe combines the smoky heat of traditional Indian spices with the juicy tenderness of chicken wings to create an unforgettable flavor experience. Whether you’re a seasoned home cook or a complete beginner in the kitchen, this recipe is easy to follow and guarantees to impress your guests.

indian spiced chicken wings with tamarind dipping sauce
indian spiced chicken wings with tamarind dipping sauce

Ingredients:

1 pound chicken wings (around 10-12 wings)

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon ginger-garlic paste (store-bought or homemade)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder (adjust to your spice preference)
  • 1/4 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional, for an extra kick)
  • 1/4 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro, for garnish (optional)

  • Directions:

    1. Prep the Wings: Pat the chicken wings dry with paper towels. This step ensures the spices adhere better and promotes crispier skin during cooking. Using a sharp knife, remove the wing tips if desired. While not essential, removing the tips allows for more even cooking.

    2. Marinate the Wings: In a large bowl, combine the vegetable oil, ginger-garlic paste, cumin, coriander powder, turmeric powder, chili powder, garam masala, and cayenne pepper (if using). Whisk well to create a fragrant spice mixture. Add the chicken wings and toss to coat them evenly with the marinade. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap or aluminum foil and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, or ideally, overnight for deeper flavor.

    3. Preheat the Oven: While the wings are marinating, preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper for easy cleanup.

    4. Bake the Wings: Arrange the marinated chicken wings in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 30 minutes, then flip the wings and continue baking for another 20-25 minutes, or until the wings are golden brown, cooked through, and the juices run clear when pierced with a fork.

    5. Optional: Broil for Extra Crisp (Safety Note: Never leave your broiler unattended!) Broiling the wings for a final minute or two can add an extra layer of crisp to the skin. Watch the wings closely to avoid burning.

    6. Garnish and Serve: Once the wings are cooked through and crispy, remove them from the oven and transfer them to a serving plate. Garnish with chopped cilantro (optional) and serve immediately with your favorite dipping sauces, like chutney, raita, or a simple lemon wedge.

    Nutrition Facts (per serving, about 2 wings)

    Calories: 350

  • Fat: 20g
  • Saturated Fat: 5g
  • Cholesterol: 120mg
  • Sodium: 400mg (depending on the sodium content of your ingredients)
  • Carbohydrates: 5g
  • Protein: 30g

  • Please note: This is an approximate nutritional breakdown and can vary depending on the specific ingredients used.

    Conclusion

    Chicken Wings Indian Style is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser, perfect for game days, parties, or a casual weeknight dinner. The combination of fragrant Indian spices and juicy chicken wings creates an irresistible flavor that will leave you wanting more. So ditch the takeout menu and try this easy and delicious recipe at home!

    FAQs

    1. Can I use boneless, skinless chicken breasts instead of wings?

    Yes, you can! However, the cooking time will need to be adjusted. Cut the chicken breasts into bite-sized pieces and marinate them following the recipe instructions. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through.

    2. What dipping sauces pair well with Chicken Wings Indian Style?

    There are many delicious dipping options to choose from. Here are a few suggestions:

    Cilantro Mint Chutney: This refreshing chutney complements the warm spices in the wings perfectly.

  • Raita: A cooling yogurt-based dip with cucumber and mint, perfect for balancing the heat.
  • Mango Lassi: A sweet and tangy yogurt drink that cuts through the richness of the wings.