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Easy Indian Tandoori Chicken

With meat marinated in yogurt and spices, this Tandoori Chicken recipe is easy to prepare at home!

May 19, 2022
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Difficulty Easy
Servings 4-6 people
Preparation 15 mins
Cooking 40 mins
Total 55 mins



  1. As with most Indian recipes, start by frying the spices. In a small pan, add the coriander, cumin, turmeric, cayenne pepper, garam masala, and cayenne pepper and cook in 3 tablespoons of oil for a few minutes until fragrant.
  2. Remove the spice mix from the heat and let it cool completely.
  3. Then, combine yogurt, lemon juice, garlic, salt, and ginger in a bowl.
  4. When the spice mix has cooled, add it to the yoghurt mix along with the oil in which it was cooked.
  5. Make deep cuts in the meat of the chicken and then coat each piece with some marinade. Put the chicken in the refrigerator to cool with the marinade. Let the chicken marinate for at least 2 hours. Ideally, let the marinade sit for 4-6 hours, but no more than eight hours.
  6. Prepare the grill while the meat is marinating. Make sure one side of the grill is above direct heat and the other side is slightly cooler. If using a charcoal grill, leave one side without charcoal. If you're using a gas grill, simply turn on half the burners.
  7. Wipe the grates with a paper towel dipped in vegetable oil to prevent sticking. Use tongs for this.
  8. Remove the chicken from the marinade in the refrigerator and shake off any excess sauce. Make sure that the chicken has a good coating, even if there is not a lot of sauce on it.
  9. Place the chicken pieces on the hot side of your grill and cover. Cook the chicken for 2-3 minutes before checking. Be sure to turn the chicken often as it cooks. This will ensure that all sides are evenly browned.
  10. After the chicken is completely browned, move it to the cooler side of the grill. Cover it and let it cook for at least 20 minutes. Allow each piece of chicken to cook for up to 40 minutes, depending on the size and power of the grill you are working on. The chicken is done when the water runs clear!
  11. Then take it off the grill.
  12. Let the chicken cool for 5 minutes before serving. This allows the sauces and seasonings to stick to the meat a bit and makes a tasty and simple meal with just five more minutes of active time.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 Grilled Tandoori Chicken
Serves 4-6
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 24.1 g30.9%
Cholesterol 204 mg68%
Sodium 601 mg26.1%
Protein 34.3 g68.6%
Potassium 612 mg13%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.


  • Clean and wash the chickens thoroughly. Be sure to dry the chicken slightly so that no liquid remains.
  • When making tandoori chicken, you can use any type of chicken piece, such as thigh or breast meat. While chicken breast cooks more quickly, thighs retain spices better.
  • Before marinating the chicken, make cuts with a sharp knife. This allows the marinade to penetrate the meat better. The meat will be more juicy and tasty. Make the slices in the chicken very deep, ideally down to the bone. Depending on how big they are, you should put two to four deep slashes like this on each limb.
  • Marinate the chicken for at least 4 hours. Use fat-free greek yogurt and vegetable oil for the marinating process. The longer you marinate the chicken, the tastier the chicken will be.
  • When buying spices for this recipe, consider going to an Asian grocery store and purchasing whole, dried versions of these spices. These options will taste much better than the dried, ground options you usually see in grocery stores.
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Tandoori Chicken is an Indian specialty. In the tandoor, chicken thighs are marinated in the exquisite spices of this cuisine. With its juicy meat and crispy skin, this recipe, which can also be made in the oven or on the grill, is delicious.

At home, make this Indian Grilled Tandoori Chicken meal. This dish is perfect for a delicious and quick dinner for the whole family. This meal goes well with saffron rice and raita.

What Is Tandoori Chicken?

Tandoori chicken is chicken that has been prepared in a tandoor oven. A tandoor is a type of traditional oven that contains a fire and is cylindrically shaped. In more modern times, though, tandoori chicken is typically used in reference to chicken that has had a given spice blend applied, typically in the form of a marinade. It is usually bright red in color when fully cooked.

How To Cook Tandoori Chicken in an Oven?

You can also make the Tandoori Chicken recipe in the oven. Preheat the oven to 400 °F. Place chicken and marinade in a large bowl. Coat the chickens well. Put the vegetables and lemon slices on the baking tray. Put the chicken in the marinade with it and bake it in the oven for 20 minutes. Then turn on the grill and grill for about 5 minutes, until the chicken begins to brown lightly. Transfer to the cooling wire rack.

What To Serve with Tandoori Chicken?

A starchy side dish such as naan bread or rice is a classic addition to this dish, allowing you to easily turn chicken into a full meal. Conversely, you can serve this dish with raita, which is eaten as a simple dip. It is a refreshing and popular option.

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How To Store Tandoori Chicken?

The best way to store tandoori chicken is to put the recipe together until the marinade stage and then freeze the chicken pieces. Once frozen, you can store it for up to three months, and once thawed, you can easily cook and enjoy it.

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