The Best Al Faham Chicken- Grilled Arabian Chicken- Homemade Marinade
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Serves: 6 People
  • Chicken, leg-thigh pieces- 6 to 8
For Making Arabian Spice Mix
  • Coriander seeds- 1 tbsp
  • Fennel seeds- 1 tbsp
  • Cumin seeds- 1 tsp
  • Whole black peppercorns- ½ tbsp
  • Whole cardamoms- 3
  • Whole cloves- 2
  • Whole cinnamon- 1 inch slice
  • Turmeric powder- 1 tsp
  • Chili powder- 1 to 2 tbsp
For Making Marinade
  • Onion, yellow- 1
  • Tomato- 1 small sized (or ½ of a large tomato)
  • Garlic- 3 large cloves
  • Ginger- 2 inch slice
  • Green chilies- 2 to 3
  • Cilantro, chopped- 2 handfuls
  • Olive oil- 1 tbsp
  • Lemon juice- juice from 1 lemon
  • Salt- 3 tsp
  • Yogurt- 4 tbsp
  1. Firstly, let's roast the whole spices.
  2. Place a pan over medium heat; add coriander seeds, fennel seeds, cumin seeds, whole peppercorns, whole cardamom, cloves & cinnamon. Roast for 5 minutes till aromatic.
  3. Do not burn the spices.
  4. Remove the pan from the heat and add turmeric powder & chili powder. Combine well.
  5. Add chili powder based on your spice level- 1 tbsp for mild & 2 tbsp for spicy.
  6. Let the roasted spices cool down.
  7. Grind the spice mix to a fine powder in a spice grinder. Keep aside. This will yield around 3½ tbsp.
  8. Into a blender jar, add all the above metioned ingredients 'for making the marinade'.
  9. Add the prepared spice mix, you can add the entire spice mix around 3½ tbsp.
  10. Grind to a smooth paste, water is not required.
  11. Clean the chicken leg-thigh pieces under running water. Chicken legs can also be used.
  12. I removed the skin from the chicken.
  13. Into a large bowl, place the chicken and pour the marinde over it.
  14. For 4 to 6 chicken, don't have to add the entire marinade ( I saved half of the marinade for making chicken curry- I'll be cooking chicken in the marinade, will make an aweosme curry).
  15. If using more chicken, add the entire marinade.
  16. Spread the marinade over the chicken, combine well.
  17. Cover the bowl with a cling wrap.
  18. Marinate in the refrigerator overnight or for 4 hours.
  19. Do not skip marinating the chicken, the longer the tastier and jucier it will get.
  20. Fire up the grill, grease the grill with oil.
  21. Place the marinated chicken on the grill.
  22. Cover the grill and grill for 5 minutes.
  23. Open, flip the chicken over and spray with non-stick cooking oil.
  24. Grill for a few minutes.
  25. I basted the chicken with the marinade that's left in the bowl.
  26. Grill and flip over a few times till chicken has grilled well.
  27. Do not over grill.
  28. Before taking the chicken out of the grill, spray with non-stick cooking oil and grill for 3 minutes.
  29. Transfer to a plate, garnish with sliced onions, tomato, lemon & cilantro.
  30. Enjoy while the Al Faham chicken is warm.
  31. Leftovers can be refrigerated and enjoyed the necxt day for lunch.
How to bake Al Faham Chicken in the oven
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 F or 200 C.
  2. Place the marinated chicken on a baking pan lined with aluminum foil.
  3. Grease with non-stick cooking oil.
  4. Bake for 30 minutes.
  5. After 30 minutes of baking, flip over the chicken and bake for another 20 to 25 minutes.
  6. Bake till chicken has turned golden brown. Total 45 minutes of baking.
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