Chicken cafreal. The fragrant and vibrant masala flavors the chicken to create juicy and succulent bites of deliciousness. Not only is this dish delicious and flavorful, it’s also easy to prepare and nutritious. Guaranteed dinner winner!
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This classic Indian chicken cafreal is the ultimate healthy way to cook your favorite chicken. Chicken marinated with green cafreal masala, and baked or grilled to perfection. Traditionally, it’s served with classic poee (poi) bread and potato wedges. But, feel free to serve it with naan or your favorite flatbread. With the potato wedges, I’ve opted for the spicy potato wedges recipe on the blog. Cooked basmati rice also taste delicious with this chicken dish.
To make the masala, start with frying the whole spices including cloves, cumin seeds, cinnamon and black peppercorns. Fry until it changes the color lightly. Wait until it cools completely before you transfer the spices to a food processor to grind to a fine powder. Now, you’ll need to add the rest of the ingredients of the masala – garlic, ginger, green chilies, tamarind, vinegar, coriander (cilantro) leaves and ground turmeric. Coriander (cilantro) leaves is the key element that add the beautiful green color and flavor to the masala. The light tangy flavor from tamarind and vinegar is simply amazing. Grind everything together to form a smooth paste.
How To Make Chicken Cafreal
As for the chicken used in this recipe, drumsticks are the traditional choice, but you can also use chicken breasts or thighs. All you need to do is marinate chicken with green masala and bake or grill. You can also pan fry if you like.
I’ve also made a sauce to go with the chicken. However, it’s totally optional. To make the sauce, you just need to combine together a tablespoon of cafreal masala and chick stock, and simmer for few minutes.
Serve this chicken with baked potato wedges and flatbread.
More Baked/Grilled Chicken Recipes:
- Easy Baked Tandoori Chicken
- Sumac Chicken | Mussakhan
- Lemongrass Chicken
- Portuguese Chicken | Peri Peri (Piri Piri) Chicken
- Spicy Chicken Wings
- Grilled Vietnamese Chicken Wings
- Easy Grilled Chicken Thighs