Written by Meena Agarwal on May 25th, 2006 |
“Zippity Do Da. Zippityay, My oh my, what a wonderful day…
Zippity Do Da. Zippityay, Plenty of sunshine heading my way!!”
I still can’t believe its time! The sun’s shining, birds chirping, flowers blooming and the trees are all green again. Need I say it, Summer is here… finally!
And it brings with it joyful times, of enjoying an early dinner in the balcony, of walks at the beach, camping trips, biking, road trips and yes ofcourse, picnics.
Picnics have always been a favourite summer thing for me. Something about packing a lunch, a blanket and a good book, and heading out to a lovely park brings a big smile on my face. Hubby and I spend most of our summer idling away at a park with friends and family over good food and conversation. Opening up a basket of goodies for everyone to share brings about love and a feeling of togetherness.
When we were kids, there have been one too many occasions where Mom would pack some of her most delicious goodies, and we were off to spend a nice warm day the beach. The time there would be spend frolicking around and playing silly games. But everyone would agree that a large chunk of the time was concentrated around the food.
Most often than not, when a large group of friends come together for a picnic, we often decide on a menu. Just so no two people would land up bringing the same dish - which hardly ever happens ofcourse! I remember the last time we went on a picnic with a group of close friends - we had decided on making a BBQ event of it. We spent a good couple of hours pondering on what would be on the menu. We didn’t want the regular burgers and hot dogs. That’s just not like us. We like to kick it up a notch! And that’s just when I decided to make a big batch of my delicious Spicy Grilled Chicken Legs. And what do you know! It was a success, just like what a Picnic should always be!
So here it is my lovelies, I bring to you a very simple version of deliciously spicy grilled chicken legs for our Picnic at the Park! Enjoy!
Spicy Grilled Chicken Legs
8-10 skinless chicken legs, slitted on the sides 1 tbsp ginger-garlic paste 2 tsp red chilli powder 1 tbsp coriander powder 1 tsp turmeric powder
- 1 tsp garam masala
- 1 tsp cumin powder
- salt, to taste
- 1 tbsp light cooking oil
- 1 tbsp youghurt
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- Mix all the spices, including the lemon juice, youghurt and oil in a big bowl and rub on chicken well enough to coat through. Let it sit to marinate for an hour or so.
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees and grill chicken for 20-25 minutes, turning once in between, till chicken is tender and cooked through.
- Garnish with lemon slices and serve warm right from the grill, or at room temperature.
Spicy Notes: For best results, let the chicken marinade in the fridge overnight.