Tandoori Chicken Drumsticks with Cilantro-Shallot Relish

Serving Size: 4
Prep Time:
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  • 1 Tbsp sweet paprika
  • 1 small shallot, minced
  • 0.75 cup coarsely chopped cilantro
  • 12 chicken drumsticks (about 4 1/4 pounds)
  • freshly ground pepper
  • kosher salt
  • 0.5 cup canola oil
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 0.25 cup fat-free Greek-style yogurt
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 Tbsp finely grated peeled fresh ginger
  • 0.5 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 Tbsp coriander
  • 1 Tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 Tbsp garam masala
  • 3 Tbsp distilled white vinegar


  1. Preheat the oven to 450°. Set a rack on each of 2 large baking sheets. In a small skillet, toast the paprika, garam masala, cumin, coriander and turmeric over moderately low heat, stirring, until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Transfer the spices to a medium bowl and cool slightly. Stir in the ginger, garlic, yogurt, lemon juice and 2 tablespoons of the oil and season with salt and pepper.
  2. Make 2 or 3 slashes in each drumstick. In a large bowl, toss the chicken with 2 tablespoons of the canola oil and season with salt and pepper. Add the spiced yogurt and rub it onto the chicken. Arrange the chicken on the racks, leaving 2 inches between the pieces. Roast for 45 minutes, turning occasionally, until the chicken is golden brown and cooked through. Light the broiler and broil the chicken 6 inches from the heat for about 5 minutes, until lightly charred and crisp.
  3. In a small bowl, stir the cilantro, shallot, vinegar and the remaining 1/4 cup of oil; season with salt. Serve with the chicken.

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Recipe Credit: Kay Chun
Image Credit: Chris Court