Tandoori Chicken Drumsticks with Cilantro-Shallot Relish
© Chris Court

Tandoori Chicken Drumsticks with Cilantro-Shallot Relish

  • ACTIVE: 30 MIN

This chicken has the best skin: It's nicely spiced and super-crispy. The cilantro relish served alongside gets vibrant flavor from white vinegar.


  1. 1 tablespoon sweet paprika
  2. 1 tablespoon garam masala
  3. 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  4. 1 tablespoon ground coriander
  5. 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
  6. 1 tablespoon finely grated peeled fresh ginger
  7. 4 garlic cloves, minced
  8. 1/4 cup fat-free Greek-style yogurt
  9. 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  10. 1/2 cup canola oil
  11. Kosher salt
  12. Freshly ground pepper
  13. 12 chicken drumsticks (about 4 1/4 pounds)
  14. 3/4 cup coarsely chopped cilantro
  15. 1 small shallot, minced
  16. 3 tablespoons distilled white vinegar
  1. Preheat the oven to 450°. Set a rack on each of 2 large baking sheets. In a small skillet, toast the paprika, garam masala, cumin, coriander and turmeric over moderately low heat, stirring, until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Transfer the spices to a medium bowl and cool slightly. Stir in the ginger, garlic, yogurt, lemon juice and 2 tablespoons of the oil and season with salt and pepper.
  2. Make 2 or 3 slashes in each drumstick. In a large bowl, toss the chicken with 2 tablespoons of the canola oil and season with salt and pepper. Add the spiced yogurt and rub it onto the chicken. Arrange the chicken on the racks, leaving 2 inches between the pieces. Roast for 45 minutes, turning occasionally, until the chicken is golden brown and cooked through. Light the broiler and broil the chicken 6 inches from the heat for about 5 minutes, until lightly charred and crisp.
  3. In a small bowl, stir the cilantro, shallot, vinegar and the remaining 1/4 cup of oil; season with salt. Serve with the chicken.

Suggested Pairing

Bright, fruit-forward Santa Barbara Pinot Noir.