Memorial Day marathon BBQ – Soola Chicken

Soola Chicken

I have been wanting to post this for a week now, but life keeps getting in the way. Not in a bad way though, just a busy way. We had a marathon Memorial Day BBQ – making sure our summer started with a bang.

Mr L8H might not be a big one for the kitchen, but he loves barbequeing. One of my gifts to him on his birthday was a grill that can do both charcoal and gas grilling. He loves it and till date, we haven’t used the gas. He adores charcola grilling.

Memorial Day means we start the BBQ season.

We had Soola Chicken Tikka



And tandoori chicken


Chicken Tikka Masala with cashew gravy

chicken tikka masala_1


Tawa Masala

Tawa Masala



And Murg Mussallam,

Murg Mussallam

followed by Grainy mango mousse with Gulukand.

Mango Mousse


This was paired by a fabulous cocktail called Poke in the eye made my our friend who joined us for a BBQ Memorial Day dinner.


poke in the eye

The soola chicken was adapted from The Curry Guy’s Soola chicken. There are many versions of this paste floating on the internet, but I have found that this particular version is delicious, and comes out moist.

Soola chicken 

Nicely marinate


This is an incredible recipe, spicy in a mild, delicious sort of the way. I have experimented with quite a few recipes in the past, but was never really satisfied, until I found this recipe.


Soola chicken

5.0 from 3 reviews
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  • 8-10 chicken thighs
  • 2 lime to juice
  • 1 tsp chat masala
  • !The soola Marinade
To fry
  • 3 tablespoons ghee
  • 1 large onion - finely chopped
  • 8 cloves garlic - chopped
For roasted masala
  • 1 heaping tablespoon cloves
  • Seeds from 6 black cardamom
  • 2 tablespoons black peppercorns
  • 1 tablespoon fennel seeds
  • 1 tablespoon cumin seeds
  • 1 tablespoon coriander seeds
Rest of marinade
  • 2 large bunches coriander leaves
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 125ml yogurt hung
  • 1 tbsp vinegar
  • 2 tbsp mustard oil
  1. Cube the thighs in to bite size pieces
  2. In a pan, roast the spices, cool to room temperature and grind to a powder in mortar pestle
  3. Heat ghee in the pan, and fry onions till light golden, and then add chopped garlic
  4. Mix all the ingredients of the marinade (except vinegar and mustard oil), and blend to a fine paste
  5. Marinade the chicken pieces in the paste. Add vinegar and miustard oil on top. Refrigerate for 4 hours to 48 hours.
  6. Skewer the pieces and roast on slow fire grill till nice and charred on outside, and moist on the inside
  7. Squueze lime juice and sprinkle chat masala and serve hot.

I will follow up with the other recipes….some day….

chicken soola

25 comments for “Memorial Day marathon BBQ – Soola Chicken

  1. June 1, 2014 at 6:11 AM

    Seems like you had quite the foodie fest, what delicious looking dishes! And drinks, their colour is stunning 😀

    Choc Chip Uru
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    • June 4, 2014 at 8:07 AM

      Thank you Uru 🙂 I will get the tawa masala recipe soon, that’s a stunner. But I need to cook during the day, the night time pictures are terrible.

  2. June 1, 2014 at 7:50 PM

    All the pics are droolicious 🙂 U had a great feast!! just outstanding!! Thanks for sharing the recipe for soola chicken 🙂
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  3. June 2, 2014 at 8:29 AM

    I saw this recipe on FB. The images are gorgeous. I love the look of this chicken! And I’m so glad you had a wonderful Memorial Day celebration. Those cocktail glasses are cute, too xx
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    • June 4, 2014 at 8:08 AM

      Thanks a ton Charlie 🙂

  4. June 2, 2014 at 8:40 AM

    That’s definitely a feast for Memorial Day. I can only imagine what you come up with for the 4th of July! 🙂
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    • June 4, 2014 at 8:08 AM

      Normally nothing, hahaha! The whole red and blue thing throws me off track. But more than that, I love being out, and eat out on those days.

  5. June 2, 2014 at 3:58 PM

    That chicken looks so packed full of flavour! 😀

    • June 4, 2014 at 8:09 AM

      Thanks Lorraine 🙂

  6. June 2, 2014 at 5:25 PM

    What a feast! The cocktails are wonderful and what flavorful chicken. It looks like you had a wonderful holiday celebration.
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    • June 4, 2014 at 8:09 AM

      Thanks Adri 🙂

  7. June 3, 2014 at 3:07 AM

    Looks absolutely mouth watering!
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    • June 4, 2014 at 8:10 AM

      Thanks Katerina 🙂

  8. June 3, 2014 at 11:21 PM

    Wow! You went all out! Kitna cheezain banai? Everything looks super good and the soola looks amazing. Seems to have a similar profile to Bihari kebabs, which I love.
    And the murgh mussallam, looks SO good!
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    • June 4, 2014 at 8:11 AM

      You could say I was on a roll, hahaha! I do love different kind of marination for the BBQ, though I fall back on lots of combo masala pastes. Thanks Nazneen 🙂

  9. June 4, 2014 at 6:13 PM

    Wow, what a feast you had! I love warm weather, because I love barbecue. Your chicken looks so superb! Definitely something I’d like — thanks so much.
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    • June 5, 2014 at 11:06 AM

      Thanks John 🙂

  10. June 5, 2014 at 5:56 AM

    haha yeah live getting in the way… I know what you mean. Your soola chicken reminds me of the goan chicken cafreal. It’s similiar but different. Can’t wait to try your recipe Minnie!

    • June 5, 2014 at 11:24 AM

      I would love that recipe Helene 🙂 Thank you.

  11. June 5, 2014 at 7:19 PM

    I wish I could’ve been at your house.
    This food looks INCREDIBLE!!!!!!!!!!
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    • June 6, 2014 at 10:54 AM

      Thank you so much! Any time 🙂

  12. June 6, 2014 at 12:14 PM

    Wow! I LOVE how the soola chicken looks. What a great spread. When Can we come over for a party. i will bring Nazneen over too 😀
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    • June 7, 2014 at 10:02 AM

      Please!!!! 😀

  13. June 7, 2014 at 5:45 PM

    I know what I’m making at my next BBQ —mmm! And you must post the recipe for the chicken tikka masala in cashew sauce!!
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