Paleo-Friendly Homemade Marinade Sauce From Scratch
Other than the cooking technique, the biggest secret of good tandoori chicken is in the marinade. The marinade included in our recipe is full of healthy paleo-friendly ingredients that will produce incredibly juicy chicken with a hint of spice and a nice smoked flavor. Each ingredient has been selected not only because they create a marinade sauce that is to die for, but also because they possess some pretty amazing health benefits. The recipe calls for three unique spices native to India that are particularly well known for the great benefits that they provide for your health.
Indian Cuisine Spices Are Loaded With Great Health Benefits
Turmeric is the main spice found in most Indian curry dishes. It is widely regarded as being one of the most powerful spices on the planet when it comes to the benefits it can provide for your health and longevity. It is so potent that studies have found that when compared to conventional medications, the benefits of turmeric rival those of many pharmaceutical grade medicines. It is a strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent, with many neuroprotective benefits as well. Turmeric as been shown to improve cognitive function and lower your risk of brain degenerative diseases, not to mention it offers protection from many types of diseases including cancer. (1)
The recipe also calls for cumin, another spice that possesses many health benefits while also providing great flavor to whatever dish it is added to. Cumin has been shown to help regulate digestion, boost the immune system, prevent conditions such as diabetes and cancer (2), improve your skin, and even treat symptoms of asthma and bronchitis. (3)
3. Garam Masala
We also use garam masala in the marinade, which is commonly made using different blends of other traditional spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, mace and cardamom. Garam masala is considered to be excellent for heating up the body, providing the perfect balance of warmth for optimal metabolism. It’s also known for lowering blood sugar levels, easing joint pain and inflammation, improving digestion, assisting with weight loss, and boosting the immune system. (4,5)
These three great spices combine with other ingredients such as full fat coconut milk, garlic, fresh ginger, cinnamon, coriander, salt and pepper, and lemon juice to produce absolutely mouthwatering tandoori chicken that you would swear came from a restaurant. And instead of using a tandoor oven, it’s possible to cook them using a regular grill pan, turning them as needed, to get that same great smoked flavoring.
As you can see, this tandoori chicken recipe can be as simple as marinading your chicken and cooking it on a grill. It’s an excellent paleo chicken breast recipe for people who love Indian food and want to try their hand at making it. Who knew you could swap out processed ingredients with far more tasty options such as fresh spices and ingredients? Now you can make a perfectly acceptable Tandoori chicken that can fit any paleo diet meal plan without any guilt.
P.S. – If you’re craving for more delicious meals made with curry spices, check out a few of these other great recipes:
#1 – Paleo Curry Chicken
#2 – Collard Greens Curry
- 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1 inch pieces
- 2 red bell peppers, cut into 1 inch pieces
- 2 zucchinis, cut into ¼ inch thick rounds
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- For marinade
- 1 cup full fat coconut milk
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- ½ inch fresh ginger, peeled and grated
- ½ tsp ground cinnamon
- ½ tsp ground coriander
- 1 tbsp smoked paprika
- 2 tsp turmeric
- ½ tsp ground cumin
- 1 tsp garam masala
- ½ tsp black pepper
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ lemon, juiced
- To make the marinade combine all the ingredients in a large bowl.
- Add chopped chicken, stir well and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 2-3 hours.
- Soak the skewers in water and set aside.
- Remove the chicken from the refrigerator 30 minutes before cooking.
- Remove the skewers from water.
- Thread chicken, red bell peppers and zucchini alternately onto the skewers.
- Preheat a grill pan to high heat.
- Oil the grill pan with olive oil, then place the skewers on it.
- Grill the skewers 15-20 minutes, and turn them occasionally.
- Serve the skewers with your favorite salad.