Baked Ginger Chicken

I am at a loss of words to describe the taste of this dish, it’s yumtastdelicious!!!

Ginger chicken is yet another favorite of mine and my hubby’s, well not just us even my sister loves this. I had made this for my sister last year when I had visited her, she loved it so much that she makes this quite often. She had told me quite a few times to post this recipe and it just slipped out of my mind.

I adopted this recipe from one of my favorite chefs: Vahchef. During my initial cooking stages, his cooking videos have helped me a lot in learning the basics of Indian cooking, I’ve tried many of his recipes and all of them have turned out to be delicious. I admire his simple and easy to follow videos.

In the original recipe, marinated chicken is fried in the oil. Well, I made a healthy twist to the recipe and baked the chicken instead. The baked chicken was then stir fried in little oil so that it would get a fried taste. Combined with the green sauce till the chicken turned browned and the sauce got stuck to the chicken. The browned chicken along with the sauce tastes remarkable that you will become a slave for this dish.

Baked Ginger Chicken

Ingredients

For marinating chicken:

  • Chicken legs or any bone-in chicken pieces- 6 legs or 8 medium pieces
  • Ginger-Garlic paste- 1 tbsp
  • Soy Sauce, low sodium- 2 tbsp
  • Ground pepper- 1/4 tsp
  • Salt- very little

For making sauce:

  • Onion, chopped- 1
  • Green chilies- 3
  • Curry leaves- 3 sprigs (must add)
  • Cilantro, chopped- 1/2 cup (must add)

While cooking:

  • Vegetable oil- 2 tbsp
  • Ginger, chopped- 3 to 4 inch slice
  • Ground pepper- 1/4 tsp
  • Lemon juice- 1 tbsp
  • Salt- to taste

Instruction

  1. You could use bone-in or boneless chicken, however this dish tastes fantastic when bone-in chicken is used.
  2. Combine the chicken legs with the above mentioned ingredients “for marinating chicken”, keep aside for 15 minutes.
  3. Preheat oven to 375 F.
  4. Line the baking sheet with aluminum foil, spray non-stick cooking spray over it.
  5. Place the marinated chicken legs over it.
  6. Bake for 25 minutes.
  7. Remove from the oven and keep aside.
  8. In a blender, puree the ingredients for making the sauce to a smooth paste, keep aside.
  9. Place a wok over medium heat, add oil.
  10. Add ginger to the oil and saute for a couple of minutes, let it turn light golden in color.
  11. Add the baked chicken legs and gently stir fry for a few minutes.
  12. Pour the pureed sauce over the chicken, rinse the blender with little water and pour over the chicken, combine well.
  13. Turn the heat to medium high, let the sauce thicken and starts to stick to the chicken.
  14. Gently combine the chicken legs.
  15. Sprinkle ground pepper and salt over it.
  16. Drizzle lemon juice and combine with the chicken.
  17. Let the chicken and the sauce turn light brown.
  18. Taste and add more salt/ ground pepper if needed.
  19. Remove from the heat and serve hot with rice, roti or salad.

Tips:

  • You could even fry the marinated chicken in oil till it turns golden in color, remove excess oil from the pan and follow the rest of the preparation steps.
  • Adding curry leaves while making the sauce enhances the taste of this dish, so don’t skip it.
  • The key for making delicious ginger chicken is to brown the chicken along with sauce.
  • Adjust salt and ground pepper accordingly.

 

Baked Ginger Chicken
 
Ingredients
For marinating chicken
  • Chicken legs or any bone-in chicken pieces- 6 legs or 8 medium pieces
  • Ginger-Garlic paste- 1 tbsp
  • Soy Sauce, low sodium- 2 tbsp
  • Ground pepper- ¼ tsp
  • Salt- very little
For making sauce
  • Onion, chopped- 1
  • Green chilies- 3
  • Curry leaves- 3 sprigs (must add)
  • Cilantro, chopped- ½ cup (must add)
While cooking
  • Vegetable oil- 2 tbsp
  • Ginger, chopped- 3 to 4 inch slice
  • Ground pepper- ¼ tsp
  • Lemon juice- 1 tbsp
  • Salt- to taste
Instructions
  1. You could use bone-in or boneless chicken, however this dish tastes fantastic when bone-in chicken is used.
  2. Combine the chicken legs with the above mentioned ingredients "for marinating chicken", keep aside for 15 minutes.
  3. Preheat oven to 375 F.
  4. Line the baking sheet with aluminum foil, spray non-stick cooking spray over it.
  5. Place the marinated chicken legs over it.
  6. Bake for 25 minutes.
  7. Remove from the oven and keep aside.
  8. In a blender, puree the ingredients for making the sauce to a smooth paste, keep aside.
  9. Place a wok over medium heat, add oil.
  10. Add ginger to the oil and saute for a couple of minutes, let it turn light golden in color.
  11. Add the baked chicken legs and gently stir fry for a few minutes.
  12. Pour the pureed sauce over the chicken, rinse the blender with little water and pour over the chicken, combine well.
  13. Turn the heat to medium high, let the sauce thicken and starts to stick to the chicken.
  14. Gently combine the chicken legs.
  15. Sprinkle ground pepper and salt over it.
  16. Drizzle lemon juice and combine with the chicken.
  17. Let the chicken and the sauce turn light brown.
  18. Taste and add more salt/ ground pepper if needed.
  19. Remove from the heat and serve hot with rice, roti or salad.
Notes
You could even fry the marinated chicken in oil till it turns golden in color, remove excess oil from the pan and follow the rest of the preparation steps.
Adding curry leaves while making the sauce enhances the taste of this dish, so don't skip it.
The key for making delicious ginger chicken is to brown the chicken along with sauce.
Adjust salt and ground pepper accordingly.

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