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Roti Chicken Copycat Mediterranean Style

Features homemade chicken dry rub, great for braise, bake or grill

by Shirley
Roti Chicken Copycat

Roti Chicken Copycat Mediterranean Style featuring homemade chicken dry rub is nutritiously yummy and tastes just like your favorite Roti restaurant. You can either use chicken thighs or drumsticks. Regarding the cooking method, either braise, broil or grill shall work out great. I usually use the braising method, which takes less than 30 minutes.

A truly easy and versatile chicken recipe that makes a naturally delicious chicken. Excellent to pair with rice, pasta, noodles, or salad.

Mediterranean Chicken Roti Copycat

How to make a Roti Chicken Copycat Mediterranean Style Dry Rub at home?

It is super easy to blend a Roti Chicken dry rub at home.

The predominant flavor comes from cumin seeds. I highly recommend you get the fresh organic cumin seeds and grind them into powder at home using a spice grinder. The freshly ground cumin seeds powder has such a refresher, stronger and tastier flavor.

Homemade Roti Chicken Dry Rub Ingredients

Other than cumin, you will also need an assortment of spices, paprika, black pepper, dried oregano, coriander seeds, star anise, ginger, garlic powder, and green cardamon. A tiny bit of sugar and crushed pepper elevates the flavor wonderfully.

The ratio among the spices is the key. If I group the spices into 5-tiered levels based on their volume used in the recipe, out of all 11 spices, you will need cumin seeds the most followed by paprika. Tier 3 level spices include black pepper and dried oregano. Next, tier 4 level spices are coriander seeds and sugar. Last but not least, tier 5 level spices include star anise, green cardamom, ginger, and dried garlic.

Measure out each of the spices and place them into a mixing bowl. Whisk vigorously until fully blended. Congratulations! You’ve just made an easy, tasty, and healthy Mediterranean Style Chicken Dry Rub.

Roti Chicken Dry Rub

How to Braise the Roti Chicken Copycat Mediterranean Style easy and yummy?

Tip No.1 is to sprinkle Roti Chicken Dry Rub evenly on the chicken thighs or drumsticks

Use a flat wooden spoon to scoop out the chicken dry rub and then sprinkle evenly over the chicken on both sides.

apply homemade Roti Chicken Dry Rub on chicken thighs

Tip No.2 is to sear the chicken before braising

Sear the chicken in a hard-anodized fry pan for 2 minutes for each side, a total of 4 minutes, before braising. This will ensure a juicy and tasty chicken.

sear the Roti Chicken Copycat in the pan

Tip No.3 is to Braise the chicken properly

Add just enough water to barely cover the chicken, about 3/4 cup for boneless chicken thighs, or up to 1 1/2 cup for bone-in chicken thighs or drumsticks. Maintain the medium heat used for searing the chicken, cover the pan with a lid and braise for 10 to 20 minutes, depending on the types of chicken we are cooking.

10 minutes for organic boneless chicken thighs, and 20 minutes for bone-in chicken thighs or drumsticks.

Last but not least is to brown the chicken toward the end of cooking

Toward the end of braising, the liquid in the pan should be disappearing. Remove the lid, pan fry the chicken and flip every 30 seconds to brown and caramelize the chicken. When done properly, this can potentially fake the grilled chicken.

Use 2 minutes for organic boneless chicken thighs and 5 minutes for bone-in chicken thighs or drumsticks.

Enjoy a naturally delicious Roti Chicken Copycat!

Roti Chicken Copycat in the pan
Roti Chicken Copycat in the pan

Roti Chicken Copycat Mediterranean Style Recipe

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Roti Chicken Copycat Mediterranean Style featuring homemade chicken dry rub is nutritiously yummy and tastes just like your favorite Roti restaurant. You can either use chicken thighs or drumsticks. Regarding the cooking method, either braise, grill, or broil shall work out great.

Ingredients

  • 1.5 lb boneless skinless chicken thighs, see notes
  • 1 tbsp homemade Roti Chicken Dry Rub, see below
  • 1/2 tsp salt, Himalayan pink salt, or sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp cooking oil, such as canola oil
  • 3/4 - 1 1/2 cup of water, for braising

For Homemade Roti Chicken Copycat Dry Rub:

  • 1 tbsp cumin seeds powder, freshly ground
  • 1/2 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp coriander seeds powder
  • 1/2 tsp cane sugar, organic unrefined preferred
  • 1/2 tsp crushed chili pepper
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp anise powder
  • 1/4 tsp ginger powder
  • 1/4 tsp green cardamom powder

Instructions

Make the Roti Chicken Copycat Mediterranean Style Dry Rub:

  • Gather ingredients. Measure out and place everything under "For Homemade Roti Chicken Copycat Dry Rub" in a mixing bowl and whisk & blend well.
    Homemade Roti Chicken Dry Rub Ingredients
  • Store the homemade Roti Chicken Dry Rub in an aight glass jar.
    Roti Chicken Dry Rub

Prep Chicken:

  • Remove chicken skins if needed. Rinse under running water thoroughly and pat dry with a paper towel.
  • Use a flat spoon to scoop the basil chicken dry rub and sprinkle evenly over the chicken, on both sides.
    apply homemade Roti Chicken Dry Rub on chicken thighs

Cook the Chicken:

  • You can either braise, broil, or grill the chicken.

For the Braising Method:

  • Turn the heat to medium and heat a hard-anodized fry pan for 1 minute.
  • Spray about 1/4 tsp canola oil and spread out evenly using a silicon spatula lay the chicken flat on the pan and cook for 2 minutes.
    Sear chicken marinated with homemade Roti Chicken Dry Rub
  • Flip the chicken and cook the other side for another 2 minutes.
    sear the Roti Chicken Copycat in the pan
  • Add water to the pan to barely cover the chicken. For boneless chicken thighs, use about 3/4 cup of water. For bone-in chicken thighs or drumsticks, use up to 1 1/2 cup of water.
    Braise Roti Chicken Copycat in the Pan
  • Cover the pan with a lid and cook for 10-20 minutes, flip and baste the chicken halfway through. For organic boneless chicken thighs, it takes 10 minutes. Other types of chicken including bone-in chicken thighs and drumsticks may take up to 20 minutes.
  • The liquid should be disappearing by now. Remove the lid and cook for another 2 -5 minutes or so to brown the chicken. Flip the chicken every 30 seconds. 2 minutes for organic boneless chicken thighs, 5 minutes for bone-in chicken thighs or drumsticks.
    Roti Chicken Copycat in the pan

For the Broil Method:

  • Lay the chicken flat in a baking pan.
  • For Organic boneless chicken thighs - Broil at high temperature for 40 minutes, and flip halfway through.
  • For bone-in chicken thighs or drumsticks - Broil at high temperature for 60 minutes, flip every 20 minutes. In the end, turn off the heat, flip the chicken and let them rest in the oven for 15 minutes before removing them from the oven.

For the Grill Method:

  • For organic boneless chicken thighs - Medium heat, grill for about 45 minutes, flip the chicken every 2 minutes initially, and increase frequency gradually to every minute. Toward the end, flip every 30 seconds or so.
  • For bone-in chicken thighs or drumsticks - medium heat and grill for about 1 hour and 15 minutes. Flip the chicken every 2 minutes initially, and increase frequency gradually to every minute. Toward the end, flip every 30 seconds or so.

Notes

  • You can skip the oil when you are using a hard-anodized fry pan which has a superb nonstick function or broil or grill, and especially when the chicken has some fat attached to it.
  • Organic boneless chicken thigh takes the least time to cook since the meat is much thinner and tender. For bone-in chicken thighs or drumsticks, it takes a longer time to cook.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 335Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 209mgSodium: 846mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 42g

Nutrition calculation is provided by Nutritionix to the best knowledge per ingredients description and isn't always accurate.

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