Tandoori Spiced Chicken Breast with Grilled Tomato Jam and Herbed Yoghurt Sauce

  • 2 tablespoons onion powder
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons ground ginger
  • 2 tablespoons ground coriander
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon ground cayenne
  • 1 tablespoon ground turmeric
  • 1 tablespoon ground white pepper
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 3 (8-ounce) boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 4 pitta breads, warmed on the grill
  • Tomato Jam, recipe follows
  • Herbed Yoghurt, recipe follows
  • For the Grilled Tomato Jam
  • 5 plum tomatoes
  • 1 large red chilli
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, plus more for grilling
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 small Spanish onion, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • Pinch saffron
  • For the Herbed Yoghurt
  • 1 cup Greek yoghurt
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh mint leaves
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh coriander leaves
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper

Heat grill to medium-high. Combine all spices and the oil in a medium bowl to make a paste. Rub a thin layer of the spice paste onto 1 side of each chicken breast. Grill for 3 to 4 minutes on each side or until slightly charred and just cooked through. Remove from the grill, let rest 5 minutes, and cut lengthwise into 1/2-inch thick slices. Serve openface on pitas: the chicken slices, a few dollops of Tomato Jam, and a drizzle of Herbed Yoghurt.

Grilled Tomato Jam: Heat grill to high. Brush tomatoes and chilli with oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill tomatoes and serrano on all sides until charred. Remove from the grill and coarsely chop.

Heat oil in a medium saucepan on the grates of the grill or on the side burners. Add the onion and cook until soft. Add the tomatoes, chilli, balsamic vinegar, and saffron and cook until thickened. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer to a bowl and let cool to room temperature before serving.

Herbed Yoghurt: Place all ingredients in a food processor and process until smooth. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Refrigerate if not using immediately.

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