Tandoori Chicken Recipe

Tandoori Chicken Recipe

Tandoori Chicken Recipe WITH VIDEO

Indian Tandoor is renowned far and wide for the intense flavor, aroma and melting quality of the meat.

Tandoori Chicken is most succulent preparation of Grilled Chicken by Far. Here’s a fail proof Tandoori Chicken Recipe.  An easy guide on how to make Restaurant Style Tandoori Chicken, just as deliciously at home. Quite a regular in our household.

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I often make Chicken Tikka or Tandoori Chicken with Home Made Naan  and there’s never any left over! BTW, do you know which SuperSTAR Bollywood Actor says that Tandoori Chicken is his favorite food???

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I have also included recipes for the staple side, green chutney as well as a yummy gravy made with the leftover marinade.

Tandoori Chicken Recipe

green chutney for tandoori chicken recipe

marinade gravy for tandoori chicken recipe

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Tandoori Chicken Recipe

Recipe Name: Tandoori Chicken Recipe
Recipe Type: Dessert
Author: Shana c/o Recipes ‘R’ Simple
Prep time: 20 mins
Marinating time: 5 hours 30 min
Cook time:  
Total time: 50 mins plus marination 3 hours upto overnight
Yield:  (4 servings)

Tandoori Chicken recipe with video


  • 1 chicken cut into large pieces ( skinless, with bone intact)
  • 12 large cloves of garlic & roughly the same amount of juicy fresh ginger, as the garlic – to be ground to a smooth ginger garlic paste.

‘1st Marinade’:

  • half the amount of prepared ginger garlic paste
  • 1 tsp Kashmir Chili Powder – Deep red color, but not so spicy
  • 1 Tbsp Lemon Juice (Indian small yellow limes are best  for this)

‘2nd Marinade’:

  • 1- 2 Tbsp Mustard Oil
  • ¼ tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 cup yoghurt
  • remaining half of the prepared ginger garlic paste
  • 1 tsp Kashmiri red chili powder (mild heat)
  • 1 tsp Coriander powder
  • ½ tsp powdered cumin
  • a little more than ½ tsp good Garam Masala or Tandoori Masala (Use your own favorite brand OR the masala recipe, given below)
  • ½ tsp  papaya based, powdered meat tenderizer (optional but recommended)
  • ¼ tsp red food coloring (powder form) – only optional if you want to achieve the restaurant effect.
  • Salt  ( about 1 ¼ tsp or to taste)


  • Melted Butter for Basting
  • 2 Medium Onions, sliced in rings and seperated for garnish
  • Lemon wedges for garnish
  • Extra Kashmir Chilly powder for sprinkling
  • finely chopped cilantro ( coriander leaves) for garnish

Easy Tandoori Chicken Masala Powder: Lightly toast and Powder grind the following.

  • 4 cardamom pods
  • 4 cloves
  • 6 black pepper corns
  • 1 ” cinamon stick
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp cumin


  • Cut the Chicken into Large pieces and make gashes with a sharp knife. (This helps to force the marinade into the meat, tenderizing it further).
  • Add the ginger and garlic to a small mixer grinder and grind to a smooth paste. (Add a Tbsp of water to assist in grinding if needed, but not more).
  • Marinate the chicken with the ingredients listed under ‘1st Marinade’.  Rub well into the chicken. Refrigerate for 20 – 30 minutes, covered.
  • marinade 1 for tandoori chicken recipe

    1st Marinade ( Ginger Garlic Paste, Kashmir Chili Powder, Lemon Juice )

  • Meanwhile, hang the yoghurt in a muslin cloth for 20 minutes (no longer) to separate the whey and get a thickened yoghurt.
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    ‘Hung’ Yoghurt

  • Transfer  the ‘hung yoghurt’ to a bowl along with ingredients for ‘2nd Marinade’ with enough salt and stir well.
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    ‘2nd Marinade’ – (  yoghurt, remaining ginger garlic paste, Kashmiri Red Chili Powder, Coriander powder,Cumin powder, Garam Masala , powdered meat tenderizer, red food coloring (powder form) – only optional if you want to achieve the restaurant effect. Salt to taste)

  • Heat the mustard oil in a small pan. When smoking, turn off the heat and add the turmeric powder. Allow to sizzle. Add this turmeric infused mustard oil to the yoghurt mixture. Stir or whisk to achieve a homogenous mixture.
  • mustard oil and turmeric for tandoori chicken recipe

    homogenous mixture for tandoori chicken recipe

    Smooth homogenous mixture

  • Marinate the chicken again in this, coating all pieces evenly. Marinate for at least 3 hours or overnight, covered in the fridge.
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  • Preheat oven to 200ºC/400ºF.
  • Remove the chicken from the fridge.
  • Keep the sliced onion rings in iced water till ready to garnish and serve. This keeps them crisp and reduces the onion ‘punch’.
  • (Optional – smoking the marinated chicken) Place a small steel tumbler into the centre of bowl of the marinated chicken.
  •  Place a small piece of charcoal on direct flame till it’s piping RED Hot.
  • Immediately place inside the steel tumbler and pour 1 Tbsp of oil over it. As it begins to smoke, quickly cover the bowl and place a weight on top if needed to prevent the smoke from escaping.
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  • Keep covered till the smoke dies down. Discard the charcoal.
  • Place the chicken on a wire mesh over a tray lined with foil paper in the oven. (This is so the juices may drip into the tray). ( DO NOT DISCARD the left over marinade in the bowl – we will make a gravy using this)
  • line oiled rack for tandoori chicken recipe

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  • Bake for 15-20 minutes  on a lower rack in the oven. (Note that oven temperatures vary ).
  • butter for basting tandoori chicken recipe tandoori chicken recipe basting
  • Now return to an upper rack in the oven.Then  change oven setting to ‘Broil’Upper heat source only. Broil for another 10 minutes. You can increase the oven temperature slightly here. (Again, note that this may vary from oven to oven). You will get a slight charred effect. Careful not to OVER COOK, If you try to get more charred effect,by broiling for longer – you will lose the intense moist flavor of the tandoori chicken.
  • broiler setting for tandoori chicken recipe


  • Baste once more lightly with butter and Sprinkle some Kashmir Chili powder on top while hot and Sprinkle with the chopped coriander leaves.
  • Serve with Naan.

 Green Chutney for Tandoori Chicken Recipe: green chutney for tandoori chicken recipe

  • ¼ cup fresh mint leaves (Stems discarded)
  • ½ cup fresh coriander leaves
  • 1-2 green chillies, deseeded if needed
  • water for grinding
  • ¾ tsp fresh lime juice
  • ¹⁄8 tsp black salt (kala namak)
  • ¹⁄8 tsp sugar


Add the fresh leaves, green chili to a small grinder. Add just enough water to make a smooth chutney.  Add lime juice, black salt and sugar and stir. Adjust to taste.

Tandoori Chicken Recipe

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  • Serve the Tandoori Chicken with lemon wedges.
  • Remove from any extra marinade while baking(Shake off excess). Do not baste with the left over marinade.
  • The chicken does not need to be flipped over while baking. This may cause the chicken to be overly dry.
  • Bake till you see some charred spots and are left with moist parts as well.

Key Ingredients: Chicken, Yoghurt, Spices, Mustard Oil, Ginger, Garlic, Lemon

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6 thoughts on “Tandoori Chicken Recipe

  1. Your recipes are very delicious tried out tandoori chicken kids n hubby very very happy. Better than restaurant
    Thank you

  2. Your recipes look delicious. I live in the US. I’m looking forward to trying your recipes. A friend gave me some curry leaves. Which recipe would you recommend me trying? I love to cook and try new things.

    Thank you.

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