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Magnificent Mangalore - Baked Chicken

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This recipe for Mangalorean style baked chicken is an unique spin on the classic baked chicken with a spicy kick of  Mangalorean Curry Masala The best part – it is ready in 30 minutes!

Sundays are usually crazy for us because we sleep late on Saturday night and then we need to get out of the house early Sunday afternoon for Twisha’s guitar classes. That means in a span of 3 hours – we need to get two kids to take a shower, eat their breakfast and lunch and that includes the time we have to make breakfast and lunch. Most of the time, I make idlis and Kori Gassi ( Mangalorean style chicken curry) because they can be made quickly and the kids love it and also, because that’s what I grew up eating.  But last Sunday, I was feeling particularly adventurous and wanted to make Chicken Ghee Roast and realized, I didn’t have the time to prep for it.  So, I decided to do something creative – marinated the chicken with the same spices used for Chicken Ghee Roast and  baked them with a tad bit of ghee to recreate Chicken Ghee Roast in a baked form.

While I have made Tandoori Chicken in the past in the oven, I did not have much success with baked chicken so I followed this technique from the kitchn website to get a perfectly moist Mangalorean style baked chicken. 



  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 teaspoon of ghee


For the marinade
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 teaspoon Mangalorean Curry Masala [See note]
  • 5 cloves of garlic, finely crushed
  • 1 inch piece of ginger, finely grated
  • 3 tablespoon of yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon vinegar
  • salt to taste
  • 2 teaspoon chili powder



1.Preheat the over to 425 degrees F.

2.Cut the chicken into pieces of desired size and set aside.

3.Make the marinade by mixing all the ingredients listed in the marinade section. Add the chicken to the marinade and let it marinate for couple of hours in the refrigerator (optional).

4.Arrange the chicken in the baking dish and add the melted ghee on top. Bake for 20 minutes or until the internal chicken temperature reaches 165 degree F. Thighs cook pretty quickly.If they are not done, put it back in the oven and cook for another 5 minutes.Remove the chicken from the oven and cover it with a foil and let it rest for 10 minutes. Serve hot with Rice or Roti.

Notes : 
To make Mangalorean curry powder just for this recipe you need 10 byadgi chillies,1.5 tablespoon coriander seeds, ½ teaspoon cumin seeds and ¼ teaspoon methi seeds fried in a teaspoon of oil and ground to a powder. 

If you want something quick and do not want to make the masala - substitute it with 2 teaspoons mild chili powder, 1 tablespoon coriander (dhania) powder and 1 teaspoon cumin powder.


About the Author :  Hi! I am Anu. My goal is to bring cooking at home back in fashion and I believe it is easier to keep track of your fitness goals when you cook at home. That is why I focus on simplifying recipes (mostly Indian) so that you can make them with fewer ingredients and more often than not in less than 30 minutes. Check my blog at :


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