Spicy Baked Chicken (From India) -- Masaledar Murghi

Total Time
3hrs 55mins
Prep 3 hrs
Cook 55 mins

From Madhur Jaffrey's Indian Cooking. I've been vegetarian on and off, so I'm not sure if I've ever tried this, but my husband *loves* it. ***cayenne & paprika*** You can combine them in any amount you like, as long as you use a total of 1 1/2 tablespoons. (I usually just use a little bit of cayenne and a LOT of paprika, so the kids can eat it too.) I use chicken legs (because they are cheap) and the marinade covers about 10 legs.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Combine cumin, paprika, cayenne, turmeric, black pepper, salt, garlic, and lemon juice in a bowl and mix.
  2. Rub this mixture over the chicken pieces, including into flaps and along leg bones.
  3. Place the pieces in a shallow baking dish, cover with plastic wrap, and set aside (I refrigerate) for at least 3 hours.
  4. Preheat oven to 400F (200C) and brush the tops of the chicken pieces with oil.
  5. Bake 20 minutes.
  6. Turn the pieces over and bake another 25 minutes or until tender.
  7. Baste the chicken with drippings 3 or 4 times.
  8. If there is sauce remaining after baking (I say "if" because I've never done this part!), pour it into a small pot and boil until somewhat reduced.
  9. Arrange chicken on a platter and pour the reduced sauce over them.
Most Helpful

This was very good. I used only 1/2 tsp. salt based on the other reviewer's comment. It was a bit spicy (made it exactly as indicated) so next time I may have to lower the cayenne pepper a tad bit for my kids' benefit. I did not have time to marinate it so maybe that makes a difference. It came out great just applying it to the chicken and baking it immediately, though. The combination of spices is so healthy... I will definitely make this again. It was so simple and flavorful.

healthycookfor6 March 15, 2011

Very tasty and moist chicken dish. It worked really well with chicken thighs. As I have young daughter I substituted the cayenne for paprika. I also had to bake them slightly longer.

Erik L. August 30, 2015

Very very yummy. I used it with chicken thighs, and it turned out very full of flavor and juicy. We found it just a tad bit salty though, so I'll probably cut the salt down next time, but that's more a personal preference thing. Thanks for the recipe. :)

MelTheFruitFly July 09, 2009