Tandoori Chicken Wings: An Easy Recipe for your Election Night Party

by Soni Satpathy-Singh

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No matter who you’ll be voting for on November 8, chances are youalong with millions of Americans will be watching the election results unfold over the course of many hours on Tuesday night.

I decided to host an election night party with a group of friends to pass, what I anticipate, will be an anxiety-ridden night this year. Want to host your own party? You may be stressed about who’ll clinch the presidency but, you shouldn’t feel stressed on hosting your own election night party. Here are my tips!

Since election night falls on a weeknight, I won’t have much time to cook or decorate the day of so I’ll do a little prep over the weekend and pick up some decorative items.

I’ll use disposable eating ware and colored food as part of the decor. I’m a sucker for a themed party complete with color schemes so, to satiate the theme monger in me, I’ll buy red, white, and blue disposable plates, cups, and eating utensils to set the mood for a festive, patriotic night.

I’ve requested that each of my guests bring food that is one of the three colors of the flag. Extra props for bringing a dish with all three colors! You may offer these suggestions to help build a patriotic spread: Terra colored red and blue chips, red and blue tortilla chips, bocconcini, cherry tomatoes, salsa, cream-based dipsthe choices are plenty!

tandoori chicken party ideasSince my friends will be bringing snacks and I’ll be hosting, I plan on making one simple, crowd-pleasin’, finger lickin’ dishmy beloved tandoori chicken wings!  Hey, it’s a watch party, not a formal dinner, so I figure I can get away with serving grubby snacks throughout the night. Plus, this dish is easy to cook in bulk with very little fuss and it’s always been a favorite amongst my friends.

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Now, to show you how easy preparing this dish is, allow me to break it down. I’ll marinate the chicken in the morning before leaving for work and cook the wings either right before my guests come or even after they arrive. The wings only take 40 to 50 minutes to cook. I can serve other foods for guests to munch on while I cook and we all settle into the historical night!

Can’t marinate the chicken it in the morning? No worries. The wings will taste better the longer the masala and sour cream seep in but you won’t be left with flavorless wings if you can’t marinate it in advance. You can mix the wings with the other ingredients and bake immediately if you’re pressed for time.

The recipe I’m sharing calls for 3 pounds of whole chicken wings, which means the 3 parts of the wing are intact: the drumette, flat/wingette, and tip.  You could break this down into separate parts but why add extra work? They are just as delicious whole.

tandoori chicken

Three pounds comes out to be about 10 whole chicken wings. Depending on how big your crowd is and what other food you’ll be serving, you will want to allocate at least 3 and up to 5 whole wings per guest. My recipe is easily multipliable so increase ingredients as needed to feed a big crowd.

As I stated in my last post, I use Shan masala mixes when I need help in busting out a dish and have it taste authentic i.e. like I mixed and roasted spices myself!

Shan’s Tandoori Masala provides a “seasoning mix for tandoori style barbecue chicken” and has a recipe on the back of the box. You could use this recipe to create delicious tandoori style chicken wings. The recipe even calls for red food coloring which would definitely be in line with the night’s color theme!

I omit the red food coloring, though, and put my own spin on making delicious tandoori-style chicken wings. Either recipe won’t mislead you!

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Finally, as a tasty accompaniment to the wings, I plan on serving a minty dip. Again, it’s easy to make with Shan’s help.  I combine 1 cup sour cream, a handful of finely chopped mint sprigs, 1 teaspoon Shan Chaat Masala, and a squirt of fresh lemon juice. Voila! Your dip is complete.

Enjoy your election night party! Be sure to share pictures of your chicken wings and patriotic party spread with hashtags #Shan and #TasteHappiness. Remember to live the spicy life!

tandoori chicken

Tandoori Chicken Wings

makes 10 whole chicken wings


  • 3 pounds whole chicken wings
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 2 Tablespoons Shan Tandoori Masala
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • juice of 1 lemon


Preheat oven to 400F.

Combine sour cream, Shan Tandoori Masala, honey, and lemon juice in a large mixing bowl. Add chicken wings to bowl and coat thoroughly with mixture.

Place coated wings on a parchment paper-lined sheet pan and bake for 45 minutes, flipping wings halfway through cooking time. Serve hot with lemon wedges, sliced onion, and sour cream-mint dip.

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soni satpathy, sketchy desiSoni Satpathy-Singh is a recipe writer and developer who resides in Manhattan. She is either always cooking or eating be it for work or simply because she loves to! She is working on her own cookbook and also recently created “Sketchy Desi” which provides daily humor, greeting cards, and apparel that celebrate brown culture. To see more of Sketchy Desi’s work, visit SketchyDesi.com or stay tuned to upcoming posts on Brown Girl Magazine.

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5 Indo Caribbean Food Experts you Need to Know This Winter Season

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Curried Chicken with Roti Parata or Roti, popular Middle Eastern/Indian cuisine

It is officially that time of year—the holiday season. There’s nothing like Christmas and New Year’s in the West Indies. Between the pepperpot in Guyana and the palm trees decorated in lights in Trinidad, the home food, warm weather and laid-back ambiance makes us wish we could escape the cold and head back to the Caribbean. Most of us, however, cannot “take holiday” and find ourselves hungry for fresh dhal puri and doubles. But, thanks to these Indo-Caribbean food bloggers, we can bring the motherland to our kitchens.

1. Matthew’s Guyanese Cooking

From Diwali mithai specialties to curry chicken, Matthew is creating a name for himself as a young Guyanese food blogger. He makes a great effort to incorporate Hindu holidays and traditions on his Instagram account, in conjunction with the customary foods and sweets associated with these religious events. However, his expertise does not end there, with new and alternative recipes for classic dishes such as curry chicken and bhara, Matthew takes center stage sharing both traditional Guyanese dishes as well as specific religious dishes made for festivals. His most popular YouTube video, with 1.4 million views, features his grandmother and focuses on the best tips to make the softest Guyanese paratha roti. In addition, his YouTube account is home to many videos offering guidance to Indo Caribbean cooking. Find recipes at @mattews.guyanese.cooking

2. Trini Cooking with Natasha

Natasha Laggan of Trini Cooking with Natasha is wildly popular throughout the Caribbean and the U.S. With humble beginnings, Natasha credits her love of food to her family’s business. She speaks of the nostalgia home food provides her as she reminisces memories of her grandmother’s cooking and helping her mother make sandwiches early in the morning. Featured by Forbes, Natasha grew her Facebook following quickly throughout the pandemic by posting old YouTube videos. Today, she has more than 1 million followers on Facebook and over 200K followers on YouTube. She uses her passion for cooking and Trinidadian culture to bring easy-to-follow recipes to viewers. Her following has now reached the West Indian diaspora globally as she has also become a brand ambassador to two well-known food companies.  Follow the food expert @trinicookingwithnatasha.

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3. Cooking with Ria

With over 100K followers on YouTube, Ria is quite the expert when it comes to making roti. Her dhal puri, sada roti and paratha roti tutorials have over 1M views! However, her expertise does not stop there. Of the 180 YouTube tutorials, her recipes vary from curry to other Trinidadian favorites like macaroni pie and pigtail soup. Just scrolling through her YouTube page makes your mouth water. From doubles to classic Trinidad bakes like pound cake and sweet bread, she provides precision and anecdotal commentary while guiding you through the familiarity of home food. Check out Ria’s page at @cookingwithria.


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4. Chef Devan

Known as Chef Devan, Devan Rajkumar embraces his Guyanese Canadian heritage by creating recipes combining flavors of both the East and West Indies. His love of food has allowed him to expand his role to judge in a popular Canadian cooking show: Food Network Canada’s Fire Masters. His cooking often blends the flavors of multiple cultures but also creates the classic recipes of his motherland. With a multitude of interests, Chef Dev uses his social media platform to connect with followers by sharing various aspects of his life that go beyond cooking. His most recent YouTube video provides a trailer for an upcoming video “Tastes Guyana” which shows him exploring Guyana from the inside, specifically deep parts of the inner country. To learn more about Chef Devan follow @chefdevan.


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5. Taste of Trinbago

Reshmi is the chef behind the growing blog, Taste of Trinbago. A Trinidadian native who now resides in Texas, she uses her love of food and Trinidadian culture to share hacks, tips and easy recipes with West Indians throughout the globe. She finds a way to simplify traditional West Indian meals, that we once watched our elders make with curiosity.  From holiday specialties like black cake to Diwali delicacies, Reshmi has brought vegetarian and non-veg recipes to followers in an extremely accessible way. She even posts recipe cards on her IG highlights for followers who may need written instructions. Her IG profile is a mix of various West Indian foods while also sharing bits of her life and even her secrets to baby food. Follow her @tasteoftrinbago.


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These are just five Indo Caribbean food bloggers sharing their secrets to easy cooking. The once very daunting recipes and food instructions our parents gave have been simplified by most of these bloggers through video, voice over and modernized recipes. We no longer have to estimate a “dash, pinch or tuk” of any masala. We are just days away from Christmas and this is the perfect time to find the best-suited recipe to make that paratha for Santa.

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