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Indian Spiced Chicken Drumsticks with Green Chutney

Indian spiced cumin coriander chicken drumsticks green chutney tandoori

Chicken drumsticks are incredibly tender and juicy pieces of meat when using one technique synonymous with Indian cooking: marinating. This process not only tenderizes the meat, it allows the spices and flavors to penetrate the insides of the chicken. This results in not only a flavorful outside, but a flavorful inside too.

Green chutney is a blend of coriander, cumin, green chilies and other spices, and tastes very aromatic and is a perfect blend of spicy and savory. This chutney perfectly compliments the chicken with its acidity and spice. These bold flavors always help to elevate originally bland pieces of meat.


For the marinade:

1/4 cup mint

2 tbsp rosemary

1/4 cup parsley

1/4 cup cilantro

2 tbsp basil (any kind works)

1/3 cup water

1/2 cup yogurt

For the chutney:

1 cup cilantro

1/2 cup mint

2 tbsp coriander seeds

2 tsp cumin seeds

4 cloves garlic

Juice of a whole lemon 1 tsp salt

2 green chilies, seeds removed

1/4 cup water

For the chicken:

4 chicken drumsticks

1 tsp salt

  1. Prepare the marinade by blending all ingredients except yogurt in a blender along with the water until a smoothie like consistency is achieved.

  2. Add in yogurt and stir to combine. Add in chicken and let marinate 4-12 hours in the fridge.

  3. Preheat oven to 375ºF. Take out chicken and place on a baking sheet with a wire rack. Place aluminum foil under the chicken for easy cleanup. Season with salt to your liking.

  4. Place in preheated oven and bake for 35-45 minutes, or until the thickest part of the drumstick registers 170ºF.

  5. For the chutney, place all ingredients in blender, and blend until a paste forms. Do not blend for more than 30 seconds, as the chutney should still have some solid pieces of chili or garlic.

  6. Garnish chicken with chutney.

  7. Enjoy!

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