Friday, 28 March 2014

Grilled Chicken in a Yummy Spring Onion Marinade

Going on a diet once in a while is good for the body. Not just for losing weight, but also to get a hold over your diet and your cravings. While it is always advisable to maintain and lead a healthy diet and lifestyle, a strict diet regime builds in a sense of self control into your personality and that helps you maintain the healthy diet even after the regime is over. In India, there is a festival called Navratri where they worship Goddess Durga and remain on fast for whole 9 days. That is also a diet in modern language. The point being that going on a diet is not a modern day theory but, instead, has been passed on to us by our ancestors. They did it for religious purpose while we give it the shape of a weight loss program. Both the regimes put restrictions on our regular food habits and teach us self control. Coming to today's recipe, it is the Day 5 of my GM Diet and is a meat only day. While there is also a vegetarian version of this day, which I am not aware of, the thought of chicken after 4 long days is quite a bit of a thrill. So I decided to give it a nice yummy twist and prepared this no oil delicious grilled chicken. The marinade can be prepared in just under 10 minutes and grilling it in the oven for 30 minutes while turning in between gives it the desired touch. 

500 gms chicken (preferably with bones)
4 stalks of spring onion with whites intact
1 tbsp ginger chopped
2-3 pods of garlic, chopped
1/2 tsp red chilli flakes
Juice of 1 lemon
1 tsp cumin powder
1 tsp coriander powder
1 tsp red chilli powder (optional)
Salt to taste

In a blender, make a paste with the spring onions, ginger, and garlic with a dash of water as required. 
Wash and cut the chicken and put it in a non metallic container. Add the marinade and all other ingredients and mix well. Make slits on the chicken so that the marinade is absorbed well. Cover and marinate the chicken for at least 4-5 hours or for best results, overnight. 
Pre-heat the oven at 225 degree celsius in the broil mode (top rod only). Now line the baking tray with an aluminium foil and grill the chicken for 25-30 minutes turning in between for uniform roasting. The time required may change as per the oven make. You can start with 20 minutes and then turn it once and do it for another 10-15 minutes depending on how well the chicken has browned. Serve with chopped onions and spring onion greens and any salad of your choice.

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