air fryer to the rescue!
Today's my first day back from Chicago and I LOVE MY HOME!! I love seeing family and getting to hang out with them but after a long trip, there really is nothing better than your own space and your own bed. Except for all the laundry and unpacking and getting groceries...like all of them. Thank goodness for delivery service! Tonight I needed an easy dinner and a light one because let's face it, I pretty much ate all day for the last month. Quarantine didn't get me but my family sure did! So today is the day! I am going to post the best marinade recipe in my arsenal! It's not just for chicken as I will show you for tonight's dinner. Also, just to be clear to all - I totally cheat. Because why wouldn't you?? The best part of this recipe is that it is A) easy and B) quick.
So I showed you my awesome beyond awesome tandoor and my amazing air fryer right? Well this marinade is for tandoori anything. Tonight's menu item is tandoori shrimp because you can literally use it for all types of meats. Chicken is my go-to because I can make a big batch in the tandoor and use it for the week. I'm talking about tandoori chicken salads, tacos, empanadas, homemade pizzas, etc... The uses are endless. I am all about leftovers that can be repurposed in different ways. More on that later.
1/2 cup Greek yogurt, plain
1 Tbsp Lemon juice
2 tsp Ginger/garlic paste
1 Tbsp Avocado oil (or any vegetable oil)
Salt and pepper to taste
2 Tbsp Tandoori masala powder (you can get this at any Indian grocery store and now even in the International aisle in some grocery stores) - the link I have provided is my FAVORITE one. I go to the Indian store and always have it on hand in my kitchen. I found it on amazon but it is so popular, that it sometimes isn't in stock so if you want to order it early, do it! It's made in Canada and sold all over the world. With this spice, you don't have to add anything else in...you couldn't ask for easier than this!
At the point, you can use this marinate for whatever you want - chicken, shrimp (I used 1lb peeled, deveined shrimp tonight, paneer (Indian cheese), lamb, etc...)
Marinate your protein for at least an hour. The more time you can, the better. For chicken, I like to marinate overnight covered in the fridge.
Preheat your air fryer 400F for 5 minutes.
While it is preheating, skewer your marinated shrimp. My air fryer comes with metal skewers but if you are using wooden ones, make sure to soak them for awhile before using.
Once the air fryer is preheated, gently put the skewers inside the basket in a single layer.
Push the "shrimp" button on the air fryer or at 380F for 6 minutes. Flip the skewers once halfway through the cooking process.
Once done, serve with a sprinkling of cilantro and a squeeze of lime. I always serve anything tandoori with thinly sliced onions dusted with chaat masala (also at any Indian grocery store)
LINKS TO ALL THE THINGS:
Awesome Air Fryer (soooo awesome!!!)
Mini Spatulas (can't live without them!)
Tandoori Masala (MUST HAVE)