That title’s quite a mouthful isn’t it? Indian-Style Whole Masala Roast Chicken. Who even says that stuff?! Honestly, I couldn’t think of what else to call it. Because it’s an Indian version of the Roast Chicken, with lots of masala and is roasted whole. And needless to say, it’s delicious. It’s been made so many times now, that it’s brother-in-law, father-in-law, mother-in-law, husband and friends approved!
So you can basically dive right in, get that whole chicken and try it today, or for Christmas if you plan to celebrate with a large spread!
This may look fancy and difficult, but I promise you won’t have to go searching for ingredients because they are sitting right there on your shelf. Neither will you have to worry too much about how that chicken is going to cook because if you follow the instructions, it is going to be JUICY and SPICY and will make you wonder how often you can get away with making it.
While this recipe is simple, here are a few things to keep in mind so that you get a true winner:
- Get good quality chicken, and make sure to keep the skin on. While roasting a chicken whole, the skin ensures that the chicken remains juicy and doesn’t dry out.
- Ingredients such as ginger and garlic should be freshly prepared so that you get the best flavor.
- Know your oven because oven temperatures vary a little bit. So you may need to adjust the time slightly to make sure the chicken cooks just right.
- This recipe requires a fair amount of butter and please don’t skimp on it. Butter is always better.
- Make sure the chicken fits snugly in your roasting pan, while leaving space for the potatoes, garlic, lime slices and onions. Get a good baking pan or casserole. The Fujihoro casserole that I use in this recipe is multi-purpose and fantastic because it can go from stove to oven and can handle high temperatures. I use it for everything from curries to bakes to roasts.
- Finally, DO NOT cut into the chicken immediately. Cover and let it rest for at least 10 minutes. Trust me, the wait is worth it.
Gather the friends around, ask them to bring gifts (because you are feeding them deliciousness) and make some noise. Try this with my Christmas favorites:
Make pitchers of Cranberry Ginger Holiday Cocktail (Helps when you want to make noise)
Start with this beautiful Greens, Persimmon and Ricotta Salad
A side of the Creamiest Parsley Baby Potatoes
Another side of Honey Roasted Ginger Carrots, because we love our veggies!
Some Tandoori Cauliflower for your main dish, if you are vegetarian (Or use the marinade I’ve used for the Chicken on the Gobhi)
And end the madness with these Passion Fruit Cheesecake Jars, because nobody can choose between desserts
Just when the party’s rounding up, surprise your guests and send them away with these gorgeous Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies