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Garam Masala, which literally means ‘warm spice’, is the key ingredient this Indian Spiced Grilled Chicken. If you’re getting sick of the same old chicken night after night, this is the answer you’ve been waiting for.

Indian spiced grilled chicken

Summer Grilling Series

Welcome back to the summer grilling series where I’m sharing awesome recipes to keep your grilling interesting this season. Today’s recipe, Indian Spiced Grilled Chicken, is warm, juicy and satisfying.

Indian style grilled chicken marinade

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We use our grill just about every night in the summer. I love grilling because it’s a convenient way to cook, and it doesn’t heat up your house. We actually use our grill in the winter too, my husband has been known to shovel a path and knock off the 3 feet of snow in January. Just so we can eat steak. 🙂

So, are you familiar with garam masala? Translated it literally means warm spice. It’s got that cinnamon-y, cardamom-y sweetish flavor to it. Reminds me a bit of fall flavors, but it’s used in Indian cooking as a staple, much like the French use Herbs de Provence.

Indian spiced chicken recipe

Indian Spiced Grilled Chicken

You can totally just oil and season your chicken with garam masala, but this recipe is turned into a marinade that will give the chicken some time to absorb the flavors. So whip it up in the morning, or the night before (or 30 minutes before…shhh) and let it set while you go on about your day.

When dinnertime rolls around, fire up that grill! Follow the grilling tips found here for ultimate results. I used drumsticks this time, we just love ’em, but you can use chicken breasts or thighs as well.

Freezer Friendly

Don’t you just love freezer meals? Having a stocked freezer makes me happy. Good news, this recipe is freezer friendly. Once you mix up your marinade, toss it all in a ziplock with the chicken and lay it flat in your freezer.

Be sure to thaw it out in the fridge before grilling it. I try to double up recipes like this when I’m making them for dinner. Eat one, freeze one. That helps keep the freezer stocked. Click on the button below to grab this recipe!

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Indian spiced chicken recipe

Indian Spiced Grilled Chicken

Garam Masala, which literally means ‘warm spice’, is the key ingredient this Indian Spiced Grilled Chicken. If you’re getting sick of the same old chicken night after night, this is the answer you’ve been waiting for.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
marinating time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 116kcal

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • juice from half a lemon
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
  • 2 tbsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 pkg chicken drumsticks (family style)

Instructions

  • Whisk together the oil, lemon juice, garlic, garam masala and salt.
  • Place chicken in a shallow dish or ziplock bag. Pour marinade over the chicken and toss to coat well. Marinate for 30 minutes up to one day.
  • Heat grill to 400-500 degrees. Place chicken on grill and cook 10-15 minutes per side or until cooked through. 

Notes

These can marinate up to 24 hours.
 

Nutrition

Calories: 116kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 388mg | Potassium: 6mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 1mg
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