Indian Chicken w/Spices from a Packet


I bought this spice packet at an international farmer’s market in Arizona several years ago. Yes, it's the same spice mix as several years ago. And yes, I probably should have thrown it away but it was $1.19 and said it could make Tandoori Chicken!! Just look at the lovely picture on the box:


How could I say no? I thought I’d try it even though I didn’t know what some of the ingredients were that it called for. Like Deggi Mirch? You add ½ tsp of that. 1 tsp gram flour? You add it to the spices to make a paste with water. Can anyone help this ignorant cook?
3/4 onion, finely diced
¼ or maybe ½ sliced onion
6 cloves garlic, minced
1” ginger, decimated by a microplane

1 lemon
Magical spice packet, which includes: Coriander, Chillies, Cumin, Tumeric, Fenugreek leaves, salt, black pepper, dry ginger, mustard, bay leaf, pusle, cloves, nutmeg, caraway, cinnamon, cardamom seeds, mace, asofoetida.

1 red bell pepper, sliced
1-2 Chicken breasts, rinsed, dried and then scored on the top and cut in half (hamburger style) partially, keep a little hinge
cayenne pepper (optional)
olive oil
Set oven to 400.

Mix diced onion, garlic, ginger, and salt in a bowl then shiatsu massage it into the chicken. Hiya! Don’t forget to rub some inside the cut that you made earlier.

Mix 1/3 to ½ of the spice packet with the juice of 1 lemon, and enough water to make a paste. Rub rub rub on the chicken. Place in a pan covered in foil. Put the bell pepper and sliced onions around inside the pan and drizzle everything with olive oil and sprinkle with cayenne pepper. Bake for 10-15 minutes. Baste the chicken with the juices. Then bake until juices run clear. For my fatty breasts, it took probably 20 minutes total baking time.

Let the breasts rest for at least 10 minutes and even after slicing, baste with the juices. It’s good to put chicken in a smaller bowl and then pour all the drippings and onion and pepper on top and to cover. Then slice and serve with basmati rice.

Serves 2-4

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