samoa brownies

The first time I learned of the Girl Scout Cookie collection was when I immigrated many years ago. I vaguely remember how I  heard about them but I know it had to do with someone selling them at school for their little sister. Of course when it's my first time trying anything out, I'll get them all in the name of taste testing and assimilating to a new cultural experience. Of all the choices that were in front of me the Samoa and Thin Mints, it's the chocolate , I'm a sucka when it comes to that dark decadent piece of joy!

The first time I heard of Girl Scout cookies was after I immigrated here, that might have been a long time ago but of course, I remember cookies. Because, I'm not the type of person who forgets a good cookie or a slice of cake, nope! I don't remember the exact story as to how I came across them at school but I do remember falling in love with two types: the Thin mints and the Samoa cookies. It's the chocolate, it sucks me in every time!  Girl Scout Cookies as I've realized are an American tradition that a lot of folk love to indulge in every every year as soon as the "season" of cookies arrive. 

Now, Aimee of Twigg Studios has a gorgeous new cookbook, Love, Aimee X out and yes, it includes a recipe for these equally attractive and delicious samoa brownies. Whether it's satisfies your craving for a Girl Scout cookie or adds some extra sweetness to your Valentine's Day, it's a delicious treat to bake at home.  Aimee bakes from her heart and she's created some wonderful recipes in the book and true to her work, the book is accompanied by lovely photos of tasty and indulgent desserts! From Succulent shaped cupcakes, chocolate quail eggs to violent lemon éclairs...you get the picture. 

Think about those layers, brownie, caramel, toasted coconut with a drizzle of chocolate.

aimees samoa brownies | A Brown Table
aimees samoa brownies | A Brown Table
aimees samoa brownies | A Brown Table
aimees samoa brownies | A Brown Table
aimees samoa brownies | A Brown Table
aimees samoa brownies | A Brown Table

aimee's samoa brownies (from Love, Aimee X)

yields: 9 brownies

ingredients

for the brownies

90g (3 1/4 ounces) unsalted butter + a little butter to grease the sides

200g (7 ounces/ 1 1/3 cups) dark chocolate, chopped

4 large eggs

220g ( 7 3/4 ounces/1 cup) superfine sugar

110g (3 3/4 ounces/  3/4 cup) plain all-purpose flour

3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

1 teaspoon baking powder

for the caramel

90g ( 3 1/4 ounces/ 1 cup) desiccated sweetened shredded coconut

60g (2 1/4 ounces) unsalted butter

110g (3 3/4 ounces/ 1/2 cup) superfine sugar

100g (3 1/2 ounces/ 1/2 cup) brown sugar, light packed

125mL (1/2 cup) golden syrup (light treacle)

125mL (1/2 cup) sweetened condensed milk

To decorate

100g (3 1/2 ounces/ 2/3 cup) chocolate, chopped

1. Preheat the oven to 350F and lightly grease a 9 inch square baking tin and line with parchment paper. 

2. Melt the butter and chocolate in a microwave or in a heatproof bowl over a pan of boiling water, then set aside to cool. Beat the eggs and sugar together in a bowl until pale and thick, then fold in the chocolate mixture. Sift the flour, cocoa and baking powder three times in a medium-sized dry bowl and then fold into the liquid ingredients until you have a consistent batter, but do not overmix. Pour into the prepared baking pan. Bake for 25-30 minutes and then allow to cool. 

3. Spread the desiccated coconut on a baking tray and bake for 5 minutes until toasted. Put the remaining ingredients for the caramel into a heatproof bowl and microwave for 6 minutes, stirring every 2 minutes. 

4. Spread half of the caramel over the brownies. Mix the remaining caramel with half of the toasted coconut and spread this on op of the plain caramel. Sprinkle the remaining toasted coconut on top.

5. Melt the chocolate and pipe lines over the top. Allow the chocolate to solidify and then cut into 9 slices. 

kale and sausage bread pudding

kale and sausage bread pudding | A Brown Table

Visiting M's parent's on their little farm out in Virigina, is always a treat! It's quiet, the internet is slow so you're basically cut off from the world but in many ways it's a blessing. You get to disconnect from everything else that's going on and you're forced to relax. You get to appreciate everything you have in your life a little more and start to pay attention to things around you. In many ways it's the best gift we could give ourselves. A brief respite from our lives. 

For some reason, it was apparently colder in CA than it was here on the East Coast, this Christmas. It's been raining like crazy, the fields were soaked in water and there were many moments that I almost slipped and broke my behind in the muck when I went to visit the mules and animals on the farm. M's mom loves her animals and raises goats that she milks herself to make goat milk soap. A couple of years ago, she taught me how to milk a goat, it's an interesting experience! I don't even know how to describe it. They now have two donkeys and they protect the goats from coyotes! I had no idea donkeys could scare coyotes off. 

Christmas morning, I baked a batch of popovers from Bon Appetit Christmas issue and some cheddar biscuits with herbs. Basically, we've been eating constantly every day. There is no rest for the tummy when we go to visit family. I think it is the general theme of our family vacations for both of us as we don't visit that them often so our trip transforms into a daily request of all our favorite dishes that we've missed.  

On one morning, I baked a kale and sausage bread pudding with M's mom. So here she is cooking with me in the kitchen and we're cooking a savory bread pudding (in many ways this is also a casserole). 

I'm also giving away this gorgeous baking dish from Le Creuset! All you need to do is a leave a comment and tell me what you want to cook in it and I will pick a randomwinner! The contest is only open to legal US residents and ends on January 3rd 2016 at 12 pm. Have an amazing New Year friends!!!

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kale and sausage bread pudding | A Brown Table
kale and sausage bread pudding | A Brown Table
kale and sausage bread pudding | A Brown Table
kale and sausage bread pudding | A Brown Table
kale and sausage bread pudding | A Brown Table
kale and sausage bread pudding | A Brown Table
kale and sausage bread pudding| A Brown Table
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Here are some kitchen tips that you might find useful when preparing this dish;

  • I added less salt than I normally would since the sausage I used was heavily seasoned. Adjust your salt amounts if you know that how the sausage will taste. I prefer to stick to the lower amount because you can always sprinkle a little salt later over the pudding when serving.
  • Use whatever type of kale or bread you like. Mustard greens and chard leaves will also work well in this recipe. 
kale and sausage bread pudding | A Brown Table
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kale and sausage bread pudding

yields: 2 servings

ingredients

2 1/2 cups whole-wheat or rye bread country style, diced into 1" cubes

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

1/2 cup cooked Italian breakfast sausage (I used spicy pork)

2 cups whole milk

2 large eggs

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon kosher sea salt

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1/2 teaspoon black pepper, freshly ground

1 cup packed kale leaves, torn (midrib discarded)

5 fresh sage leaves, julienned

1. Place a wire rack at midlevel in the oven and preheat to 375F. Take a baking sheet and line it with parchment paper. Mix the cubes pieces of bread along with the olive oil in a large mixing bowl. Spread this out on the lined baking sheet and bake in the preheated oven for 10 to 12 minutes until the bread is browned and crispy. Remove from oven and allow to cool on a wire rack. 

2. Take a medium-sized skillet and heat on medium-high heat. Crumble the sausage and cook until the sausage is completely cooked and lightly browned.  Drain the fat and keep the sausage aside. 

3. Lightly butter a 1 quart oval baking dish and keep aside. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, whisk the milk, eggs, baking powder, salt, cayenne pepper and black pepper. Fold in the kale, sage, and sausage. Carefully fold in the toasted croutons. Pour the mixture into the baking dish, lightly wrap with cling film and refrigerate for 45 minutes to 1 hour. 

4. Place a wire rack at midlevel in the oven and preheat to 400F. Remove the cling film and bake the pudding for 30 to 35 minutes until the center is firm to touch. A knife should come out clean from the center of the bread pudding. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes on a wire rack. Serve warm. 

Disclaimer: Thank you to Le Creuset for sponsoring this giveaway. All opinions expressed are purely my own.

Turmeric and Yogurt Spiced Oven Roasted Chicken

Turmeric and Yogurt Spiced Oven Roasted Chicken | A Brown Table

I had a hard time finding thai chili peppers at almost every farmer's market or grocery store in my vicinity this year. Since they're pretty easy to grow, I sun dried a couple of peppers (from the one time I found them) and sowed them into a small pot. Some made it while some didn't but I'm now the proud dad to a few plants with tiny little white flowers that eventually morphed into tapering little green and red chilis. Some of which found their way into this chicken roast. 

This roast also saved me a lot of time in the kitchen during an intensely busy week. It might take some time to prep (which I do over the weekend) but it's a tasty chicken to eat during the week. 

Yogurt makes everything better and it flavors this chicken pretty darn good. There's a generous amount of turmeric and a few spices that might sound intimidating but it will be well worth it.

You might notice that I've kept the skin on this bird which is something I do less often because the skin is considered unclean in Indian cooking. But in a roast the skin helps to keep the chicken juicy and it will get crispy!

And before I forget, the winner of Food52's latest Baking cookbook is Sarah! She wants to make the Arnold Palmer cake which has been on my mind ever since I saw Christina Tossi make it on TV!

Turmeric and Yogurt Spiced Oven Roasted Chicken| A Brown Table
Thai Chili Peppers | A Brown Table
Turmeric and Yogurt Spiced Oven Roasted Chicken| A Brown Table
Turmeric and Yogurt Spiced Oven Roasted Chicken| A Brown Table
Turmeric and Yogurt Spiced Oven Roasted Chicken| A Brown Table
Turmeric and Yogurt Spiced Oven Roasted Chicken| A Brown Table
Turmeric and Yogurt Spiced Oven Roasted Chicken| A Brown Table
Turmeric and Yogurt Spiced Oven Roasted Chicken| A Brown Table
Turmeric and Yogurt Spiced Oven Roasted Chicken| A Brown Table
Turmeric and Yogurt Spiced Oven Roasted Chicken| A Brown Table
Turmeric and Yogurt Spiced Oven Roasted Chicken| A Brown Table

Here are some of my kitchen tips that you might find useful when preparing this chicken,

  • Marinade the chicken overnight but if you're short on time, a 2 hour interval will do.
  • Choose low-fat or full-fat yogurt, fat-free doesn't do as good a job. 
  • I use Le Creuset's 5 quart braiser to roast the chicken. The heavy base of the pan does great job evenly cooking the bird. 
  • While roasting the chicken and basting the liquid might start to dry out, you can add a little warm water to prevent it from drying. (I add warm water over cool water as the latter will increase the time required to cook the chicken).
  • I've suggested two options below when it comes to serving the left over sauce in the braiser. You can serve it as is or blend it to get a smooth gravy like consistency. 
  • This recipe also works for a turkey, just adjust the amounts of the ingredients based on the weight of the bird.
Turmeric and Yogurt Spiced Oven Roasted Chicken| A Brown Table

turmeric and yogurt spiced oven roasted chicken (adapted from Indian cooking - Hamlyn)

yields: 4lbs chicken

ingredients 

1 1/2 cups full fat or low-fat yogurt

2 cups red onion, diced

4 garlic cloves

1/2 teaspoon black pepper powder, freshly ground

3 red thai chili peppers

1 1/2 teaspoons turmeric powder

1 1/2 teaspoons fine grain sea salt

4 lb whole chicken with skin

2 tablespoons ghee (or olive oil)

2 inch piece cinnamon stick

1 teaspoon garam masala

8 cloves, lightly crushed

8 green cardamom pods, lightly crushed

2 inch piece ginger root, peeled and cut into thin strips

2 cups low-sodium chicken stock

4 lemon wedges, for garnish

1 bunch of fresh cilantro leaves, for garnish

1. Place the yogurt, 1 cup of the diced red onions, garlic, black pepper, chili peppers, turmeric and salt in a blender and pulse until completely smooth and combined. Keep this marinade aside until ready to use.

2. Place the chicken in a large roasting pan or glass bowl. Dab it dry with clean paper towels. Insert your fingers between the skin and the flesh of the chicken to create space between the two. Make a few deep cuts in the chicken using a sharp paring knife. Pour the marinade (from step 1) over the chicken and using your fingers coat the chicken completely with the marinade. Take care to rub the marinade between the skin and the flesh of the chicken. Cover the chicken in the roasting pan with cling film or transfer it to a large bowl or place it a turkey oven bag. Refrigerate this overnight, taking care to coat the chicken every few hours with the marinade (if you're using the oven bag, just shake the bag gently to recirculate the marinade, if you use a bowl or roasting pan, using a large spoon to spread the marinade).

3. After the chicken has marinaded for the appropriate time, place a wire rack at midlevel in the oven and preheat to 375F. Heat the ghee in a large braiser on medium-high heat. Add the remaining onions and sauté until light pink and translucent. Then add the rest of the spices from the cinnamon to the ginger strips and cook for 1 minute with constant stirring. Pour the chicken broth into the pan and increase the heat to medium-high and bring to a boil. Remove the pan from the stove.

4. Place the chicken in the center of the pan. Pour the leftover marinade over the chicken. Place the pan in the oven, baste it with the liquid in the pan and cook for 2 hours or until the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165F.  Remove from oven and allow to rest in the leftover gravy that sits at the bottom of the braiser for at least 10 minutes before serving. You have two options here, you can serve the roast chicken as is with the gravy/sauce that's left behind in the pan, or alternatively, transfer the sauce to a blender and pulse to get a smooth gravy. Serve the roasted chicken with the sauce on the side. Garnish with the fresh lemon wedges and cilantro before serving.

Disclaimer: Thanks to Le Creuset for sponsoring this post, all opinions stated here are solely mine. 

 

chocolate dipped black sesame fortune cookies

Chocolate Dipped Black Sesame Fortune Cookies | A Brown Table

Chinese fortune cookies though not originally Chinese in origin, are a mainstay of Chinese cuisine here in the West. But as this article in the NY Times points out, they might be more Japanese than Chinese. History and origins aside, these cookies are one of my favorite things to look forward to after dinner at Chinese restaurants and in San Francisco's Chinatown you might even get these cookies with a scoop of matcha ice cream. 

Though they are made from a simple tuile batter they are a little time consuming to prepare and require a little bit of practice. Luckily you can stretch the batter and with every circle baked, you will get better. The trick is to spread the batter out in a very thin circle and move superfast as soon as they start to cool. 

Black sesame not only gives the cookie a pretty texture when laminated into the batter but the nutty sweet taste pairs deliciously well with the dark chocolate. You can choose to put a fortune in the cookie or not, that I leave up to you to decide. Coincidentally, I didn't realize how troublesome it is to come up with fortunes to write, filling in winning lottery numbers might be easier!

Chocolate Dipped Black Sesame Fortune Cookies | A Brown Table
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Chocolate Dipped Black Sesame Fortune Cookies | A Brown TableChocolate Dipped Black Sesame Fortune Cookies | A Brown Table

Here are some of my kitchen tips when preparing these fortune cookies;

  • Have everything ready before you start to bake. Keep the tools out on your worktable as these cookies harden as soon as they are taken out from the oven,
  • Spread the cookie batter as thin as possible, this will ensure a thin and crispy cookie. 
  • Some people find the fragrance of almond extract a little intense, you can substitute vanilla in for the same amount. 
  • I've given an approximate number for the cookies as you might end up losing some cookies while you make them. They might be too thin or too thick to fold. The crispier they are, the more delicate they will be, so treat them carefully.
  • Work with only one or two cookies at a time as speed is important to shaping the cookies. Wait too long and they will harden before you shape them. And please be careful not to burn you fingers as the cookies are hot. 
  • Also, I tried both parchment paper and Silpat baking mats while testing this recipe. Silpat gave the overall best results in terms of color, texture and shape. 
Chocolate Dipped Black Sesame Fortune Cookies | A Brown Table

chocolate dipped black sesame fortune cookies

yields: around 24-30 cookies

ingredients 

2 large egg whites, at room temperature

1/2 cup (2 ounces) confectioner's sugar

1/2 cup minus 1 tablespoon (2 ounces) all purpose flour

1 teaspoon black sesame seeds

2 tablespoons heavy cream

2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled to room temperature

1 teaspoon almond extract

3 tablespoons water, at room temperature

fortunes written on strips of paper that are around 5 inches long and 1 cm wide (optional)

1/2 cup dark chocolate, melted (I used 60% cacao but milk chocolate and white chocolate would be perfect here)

1. Place the egg whites in a medium bowl and whisk with a handheld electric beater on medium-high speed until slightly frothy.

2. Add the rest of the ingredients except the chocolate to the egg whites and whisk on medium-high speed until the mixture is smooth. There should be no lumps in the batter. Wrap the bowl with clingfilm and refrigerate for 2 hours to chill. 

3. Place a wire rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to 350F.  Get a clean glass or cup and a large muffin tin and keep it on your work space ready to shape the cookies. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or with a nonstick Silpat baking mat. If using parchment paper, draw two 3 inch circles about 2 inches apart from each other. If you're using Silpat, then approximate the diameter of the circle to 3 inches. Stir the chilled batter and take 1 teaspoon of the chilled batter and using a spoon spread it out into a very thin layer on the parchment paper. If using the Silpat sheet spread the batter out into a very thin circle that is approximately 3 inches in diameter. Place the baking sheet in the oven and bake the cookies for 5 minutes or until the edges turn a little golden brown. Remove the sheet from the oven.

4. Now work as quickly as possible as the cookies will harden as soon as they start to cool. (Be careful not to burn you fingers as the cookies will be very hot). Place a fortune paper strip across the center of one cookie and using an offset spatula lift the cookie a little on fold it over itself to form a half moon shape. Then take the cookie off the sheet and bend the folded edge of the cookie over the edge of a glass/mug. Then quickly place the cookie in the well of a muffin tin and allow it to set. As the cookie cools, it will harden and take on its characteristic curved shape. Prepare the second cookie in the same manner. 

5. Using a scissors, trim the excess length of paper that hangs from the ends of the shaped cookie. Dip one half of the cookie in the melted chocolate (length or width wise) and keep it on a cool surface such as marble or parchment paper to cool. Once the chocolate sets, store each cookie carefully in an airtight container.    

yeasted chickpea parmesan and herb bread

Chickpea Parmesan Bread |A Brown Table

My favorite part about cooking is the opportunity to experiment in the kitchen, however crazy the idea might sound, it's fun! Things generally never work on the first try when I'm trying out something new, my failed experiments generally involve a lot of scribbled notes on paper stained with food, there'll be asterisks to indicate what I should try to modify the next time round, basically it resembles a college student's chemistry lab notebook. Sometimes, the outcomes even up in trash can, yup it's happened. This recipe was no different but I enjoyed working on it. 

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I've been wanting to try a couple of chickpea flour recipes at home that I could hopefully bake in the oven. I took a bit of help from an Indian chickpea flour steamed savory dish, called dhokla and classic western baking techniques. Dhokla is a spongy bread like dish that uses yogurt for fermentation and sometimes a little bit of baking soda, I skipped the yogurt in favor of buttermilk and yeast. Buttermilk gives a sweeter flavor and the combined action of the yeast and yogurt bacteria helps to create little pockets of air that make the bread spongy. 

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Chickpea flour based breads have a distinct taste and if you like it, then this bread recipe is worth trying out. The crust is golden and soft when warm, the inner texture of the bread has lovely tiny holes that help create the soft texture. Serve it warm with a little salted butter or dice it up and serve it with some olive oil mixed with za'atar. You can store this bread in an airtight container but I recommend reheating it for a few seconds in the microwave and serving it warm.

Chickpea Parmesan Bread |A Brown Table
Chickpea Parmesan Bread |A Brown Table

yeasted chickpea parmesan herb bread

yields : 4-6 servings

ingredients 

2 cups (about 6 1/2 ounces) chickpea flour

1/2 cup parmesan, grated

2 cups whole buttermilk

1 large egg, at room temperature

1 teaspoon yeast

2 tablespoons sugar

1 teaspoon sweet paprika powder (if you want it slightly hot, replace with 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper)

1/4 cup olive oil

1 teaspoon kosher sea salt

1 teaspoon dried herbs (za'atar or oregano or basil or any other dried herb of your choice can be used here)

1 tablespoon melted butter or vegetable oil for greasing the pan

1.  In a large mixing bowl, add all the ingredients from the chickpea flour to the sea salt. Whisk until completely combined and smooth. 

2. Grease a 9 inch square baking pan with the butter or oil. Pour the batter into the pan and cover loosely with a clean cloth and allow to rest in a warm spot for at 2 hours. 

3. Place a wire rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 350F. Remove the cloth and sprinkle the dried herbs over the surface. Bake for about 25 minutes or until the edges turn golden brown and the center is firm to touch and a skewer when inserted comes out clean from the center. 

4. Allow the baked bread to cool in the pan for 10 minutes before removing and transferring to a wire rack to cool for another 10 minutes. Cut into squares or rectangles and serve warm with butter or olive oil mixed with a za'atar. 

homemade tandoori chicken

easy homemade tandoori chicken

One of the most popular meats to eat grilled or watch people barbecue in their homes in India, is probably without a doubt, tandoori chicken! It's definitely popular because it is also one of the most requested recipes I've been asked to share and I finally pegged a recipe that I love that tastes good and is easy to make. 

easy homemade tandoori chicken

Tandoori is derived from the word tandoor or the large clay oven where long skewers of marinated meat and poultry are cooked to perfection and where deliciously blistered pieces of naan (Indian flat bread are cooked). We never owned a tandoor at home (they can be pretty huge) and most people in India don't but there are a few tricks to make this popular chicken dish at home. 

Instead of using artificial food colorings to give the chicken its traditional red color, I used a beet which does work very well without affecting the taste though I will admit, I wish it were a deeper shade of red. However, too much beet could also end up sweetening the chicken which is something I wanted to avoid, the marinade gets a deep dark pink color and you will be able to smell the fragrance of the freshly ground spices in it. To cook the chicken in two stages, bake first and then broil to get those characteristic tandoor marks on the chicken. A good piece of tandoori chicken is succulent and juicy with complex spicy flavors mingled with notes of fresh lemon juice, spicy and sour all rolled into one. 

easy homemade tandoori chicken

My version of tandoori chicken calls for a large amount of chicken as you will see below but this way you can prepare the marinate the chicken ahead of time and freeze some for later. Just thaw a batch in the refrigerator before you are ready to cook. Freezing the chicken in batches is also a great way to save some time over the week. Serve your tandoori chicken with flatbreads such as naan, roti or rice, a refreshing salad and some plain yogurt. 

My instructions here are for the oven but you can also toss these on the grill to cook them. 

Good accompaniments to this dish are: Cucumber Mint Raita, Pumpkin Raita, Quick Onion Relish 

Recipes for Naan can be found here: Skillet Naan and Garlic Naan, Spelt Skillet Naan

easy homemade tandoori chicken

homemade tandoori chicken

yields: 6lbs chicken drumsticks

ingredients

6lbs chicken drumsticks

2 cups plain yogurt

1/2 cup lemon juice, freshly squeezed

1 cup red onion, coarsely chopped

1/2 cup beet, peeled and chopped 

4 garlic cloves, peeled

2 inch piece ginger root, peeled and diced

1 teaspoon green cardamom seeds

2 teaspoons cumin seeds

2 tablespoons turmeric powder

2 tablespoons coriander seeds

12 black peppercorns

1 tablespoon paprika

12 whole cloves

4 dried red chilies (I used Kashmiri chilies but feel free to use any spicy kind you prefer/you can also substitute with 5-6 fresh red/green thai chili peppers)

1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon kosher sea salt

extra lemons for serving

1. Remove any skin from the chicken, rinse under cold water and pat them dry with a clean paper towel. Make two deep slits across the flesh of each chicken drumstick and keep aside in a large mixing bowl.

2. Using a food processor/blender/immersion blender, pulse all the ingredients from the yogurt to the salt until completely smooth. Pour the marinade over the chicken and coat the meat evenly. Cover with cling film and allow to marinade in the refrigerator for at least 6 hours (maximum overnight) before cooking. (At this point you can do what I did if you don't want to cook all 6 lbs of chicken, I divided the marinaded chicken after 2 hours and froze half of it in a ziploc bag, the rest I kept to marinate). 

3. Place one wire rack in the middle of the oven and another rack closest to the top and preheat to 400F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place about 6 pieces of the chicken drumstick about an inch apart from each other. Pour about 1-2 tablespoons of the left over marinade from the chicken over each piece of meat and cook in the oven on the middle rack for about 30 minutes, turning the chicken pieces over half-way through the cooking. The chicken is cooked when the internal temperature reaches 160F. At this stage, immediately switch the broiler on and transfer the rack with the chicken to the top shelf. Broil for about 3-5 minutes until the chicken pieces get slightly charred. Remove the chicken drumsticks and place in a plate, cover and allow to rest for 2-3 minutes before serving. Squeeze fresh lemon juice over the tandoori chicken before serving. Cook the rest of the tandoori chicken drumsticks and serve similarly.