Chicken with some good Indian flavors from a beginner

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I have never met anybody yet who is not in love with Indian food. The spices, the sauces and the naan, how can you go wrong with that?! There are quite few dishes that remind me of the Egyptian cuisine specially any meat with sauces, the bread, the fried veggies and samosa. However, curry is not usually used in the traditional Egyptian cooking at all but Egyptians still use some spices like cardamom, cumin and coriander that are very common in the Indian cuisine. I like to try to cook the indian dishes at home, however I am so much of a beginner. I have a long way to learn but my awesome Indian friend put me on the right track when he sent me the youtube channel of chefharpalsingh. He is amazing! This recipe is simple since I am a beginner in this area but it has all the Indian goodness in it. Enjoy!

Ingredients

8-10 pieces of  boneless chicken breasts (not too thick)
1 cup plain greek yogurt (has to be the thick one so use the greek type)
1 lime juice
1 teaspoon all spice
1 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
3 minced garlic cloves
1 tablespoon chili paste if not found use tomato paste
1 onion
1/2 bell pepper
1 tomato

 Wash and pat dry the chicken with paper towel.
Sprinkle each side with salt and pepper. Set aside.
In  the food processor, chop the onion, tomato, garlic and bell pepper together.
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In a mixing bowl, stir together the veggies mix you just made with yogurt, tomato or chili paste, all the spices and everything else except the chicken. Mix well to form a thick and smooth marinade.
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Put the chicken in a ziplock and pour that marinade over. Make sure to take out as much air as possible.
Refrigerate for 12 to 24 hours if you can. The longer the better but just between you and me, it still tastes amazing after a couple of hours.
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In your baking pan, brush with some olive oil.
Place the chicken  on the baking pan, not touching each other, which I obviously did not do as illustrated in the pic below :P.
Cover the chicken with the marinade sauce.
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Also, you can add few bell peppers or onion slices to garnish.
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Bake the chicken for about 30 minutes at 400 degrees oven.
Set to broil the last 5 minutes for good brownish color.
 Enjoy!

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