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Tangy Tamarind Chicken with Chipotle in Adobo

Tamarind Chicken

The beauty of this tamarind chicken lies in its remarkable fusion of flavors – a harmonious blend of tangy tamarind, smoky chipotle, and the subtle sweetness of honey. As someone who’s always on the lookout for dishes that pack a punch in the flavor department, I can confidently say that this recipe ticks all the boxes and then some. 

While grilling the chicken over charcoal grill or BBQ adds a smoky flavor and add an extra layer of deliciousness to this dish, not everyone has access to these outdoor cooking methods. But fear not, because I’ve got you covered with some easy tips to mimic that irresistible charred flavor right in your own kitchen!

What you need

Main ingredients 

  • 2 lb chicken drumsticks
  • 1 whole garlic

Sauce

  • 2 tsp salt 
  • 1tsp white/black pepper
  • 2 tsp tomato paste
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 3 tsp molasses 
  • 3 tbsp unsweetened tamarind sauce 
  • ½ can Chipotle in adobo sauce 
  • ½ cup water

Garnishing

  • Cilantro, mined 
  • Black Pepper 

How to make tamarind chicken with chipotle in adobo sauce

  • Blend the Marinade: Start by blending the marinade ingredients together until smooth. In a blender, combine the salt, pepper, tomato paste, honey, molasses, tamarind sauce, chipotle in adobo sauce, and water. Blend until you have a mixture with no lumps or chunks.
  • Marinate the Chicken: Place the chicken drumsticks in a large bowl or resealable plastic bag. Pour the blended marinade over the chicken, ensuring that each piece is thoroughly coated. For optimal flavor infusion, marinate the chicken in the refrigerator overnight or for at least 4 hours.
  • Preheat the Oven: When you’re ready to cook, preheat your oven to 360°F (182°C). Take the marinated chicken out of the refrigerator and let it come to room temperature while the oven heats up.
  • Prepare the Garlic: Peel the garlic cloves and set them aside.
  • Bake the Chicken: Transfer the marinated chicken to a baking tray lined with foil for easy cleanup. Scatter the peeled garlic cloves around the chicken pieces. Cover the tray with another piece of foil, sealing it tightly. Bake in the preheated oven for about 40-60 minutes or until the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165°F (74°C).
  • Blend the Sauce: Once the chicken is cooked through, remove it from the oven and transfer the chicken pieces to a plate. Don’t discard the sauce left in the baking tray! Instead, carefully transfer it to a blender along with the roasted garlic cloves. Blend until you have a smooth and luscious sauce.
  • Broil the Chicken: Increase the oven temperature to broil. Place the cooked chicken drumsticks back on the baking tray and brush them generously with the blended sauce. Pop the tray back into the oven and broil the chicken for about 20 minutes or until they’re beautifully charred and caramelized. Keep an eye on them to prevent burning.
  • Final Touch and Serve: Once the chicken is nicely broiled, remove them from the oven and brush them one last time with the remaining sauce for an extra gloss and a burst of flavor. To finish, garnish your tamarind chicken with freshly chopped cilantro.
Tamarind Chicken

How to mimic the grill flavor for your tamarind chicken

  • Broiling: One of the easiest ways to achieve a charred effect indoors is by using your oven’s broiler function. After baking the chicken, switch your oven to broil mode and place the chicken back in, keeping a close eye on it. Broil for a few minutes until the surface of the chicken becomes nicely charred and caramelized, giving it that irresistible smoky flavor.
  • Smoked Paprika: If you’re looking to infuse your tamarind chicken with smoky flavor without any additional cooking methods, smoked paprika is your best friend. Simply sprinkle a bit of smoked paprika over the chicken before baking or broiling to impart a subtle smokiness that’ll elevate the dish to new heights.
  • Grill Pan: If you have a grill pan or stovetop griddle, you can achieve beautiful grill marks and a hint of charred flavor right on your stovetop. Simply heat the grill pan over medium-high heat, brush it with a bit of oil, and cook the chicken as you would on an outdoor grill.

Where do you find tamarind paste?

Tamarind paste can typically be found in Asian markets. They often offer a wide range of authentic Asian ingredients, including various forms of tamarind products.

But, here are some recommendations for tamarind paste available on Amazon

Rani Organic Tamarind Paste 

Dragonfly Tamarind Concentrate

Tamarind Chicken

What other recipes use tamarind?

Tamarind is a versatile ingredient that adds a unique tangy flavor to a variety of dishes. Here are some delicious recipes that feature tamarind as a key ingredient:

  1. Pad Thai: This popular Thai dish combines rice noodles with stir-fried vegetables, protein (such as shrimp, chicken, or tofu), and a tangy-sweet sauce made with tamarind paste, fish sauce, and palm sugar. Topped with crushed peanuts and fresh herbs, Pad Thai is a flavorful and satisfying meal.
  2. Tamarind Chutney: Tamarind chutney is a staple condiment in Indian cuisine, often served alongside samosas, pakoras, and other snacks. It’s made by simmering tamarind pulp with sugar, spices (such as cumin, ginger, and chili powder), and sometimes dates or raisins until thick and syrupy.
  3. Tamarind Glazed Salmon: For a unique twist on glazed salmon, try a tamarind glaze. Combine tamarind paste with soy sauce, honey, garlic, and ginger to create a sweet and tangy glaze for baked or grilled salmon fillets. Serve with steamed rice and stir-fried vegetables for a delicious and healthy meal.
  4. Tamarind Margarita: For a refreshing and tangy cocktail, try a tamarind margarita. Mix tamarind paste with tequila, lime juice, triple sec, and simple syrup, then shake with ice and strain into a salt-rimmed glass. Garnish with a lime wedge for a tropical twist on a classic drink.

These are just a few examples of the many delicious recipes that feature tamarind as a key ingredient. Experiment with different recipes to discover new ways to incorporate this versatile ingredient into your cooking repertoire.

Tamarind Chicken

Chili Tamarind Chicken

Did you know that tamarind can be very versatile? This recipe combines the smoky, spicy chipotle sauce with the tangy flavor of tamarind, resulting in a flavor burst. These chicken drumsticks are juicy, tender, and flavorful—everything chicken should be!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Fusion Food
Servings 3 people

Ingredients
  

Main ingredients

  • 2 lb chicken drumsticks
  • 1 whole garlic

Sauce

  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp white/black pepper
  • 2 tsp tomato paste
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 3 tsp molasses
  • 3 tbsp unsweetened tamarind sauce
  • ½ can Chipotle in adobo sauce
  • ½ cup water

Garnishing

  • Cilantro mined
  • Black Pepper

Instructions
 

  • Blend the Marinade: Start by blending the marinade ingredients together until smooth. In a blender, combine the salt, pepper, tomato paste, honey, molasses, tamarind sauce, chipotle in adobo sauce, and water. Blend until you have a mixture with no lumps or chunks.
  • Marinate the Chicken: Place the chicken drumsticks in a large bowl or resealable plastic bag. Pour the blended marinade over the chicken, ensuring that each piece is thoroughly coated. For optimal flavor infusion, marinate the chicken in the refrigerator overnight or for at least 4 hours.
  • Preheat the Oven: When you're ready to cook, preheat your oven to 360°F (182°C). Take the marinated chicken out of the refrigerator and let it come to room temperature while the oven heats up.
  • Prepare the Garlic: Peel the garlic cloves and set them aside.
  • Bake the Chicken: Transfer the marinated chicken to a baking tray lined with foil for easy cleanup. Scatter the peeled garlic cloves around the chicken pieces. Cover the tray with another piece of foil, sealing it tightly. Bake in the preheated oven for about 40-60 minutes or until the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165°F (74°C).
  • Blend the Sauce: Once the chicken is cooked through, remove it from the oven and transfer the chicken pieces to a plate. Don't discard the sauce left in the baking tray! Instead, carefully transfer it to a blender along with the roasted garlic cloves. Blend until you have a smooth and luscious sauce.
  • Broil the Chicken: Increase the oven temperature to broil. Place the cooked chicken drumsticks back on the baking tray and brush them generously with the blended sauce. Pop the tray back into the oven and broil the chicken for about 20 minutes or until they're beautifully charred and caramelized. Keep an eye on them to prevent burning.
  • Final Touch and Serve: Once the chicken is nicely broiled, remove them from the oven and brush them one last time with the remaining sauce for an extra gloss and a burst of flavor. To finish, garnish your tamarind chicken with freshly chopped cilantro.

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Notes

This chili tamarind chicken is best served with rice or naan bread.
It also goes really well with a side of curried cauliflower or roasted carrots. You can also serve it with a fresh salad or some roasted broccoli or brussels sprouts on the side.
Keyword Chili Sauce, Chili Tamarind Chicken, Tamarind chicken, tamarind grilled chicken, tamarind sauce for chicken

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