Tandoori Chicken

Easy Tandoori Chicken. Marinated in yogurt, lime juice and spices then grilled until juicy and tender! All you need is 7 ingredients and 10 minutes of prep!

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Tandoori Chicken

Yes you can make Tandoori Chicken at home!! This recipe takes only 10 minutes of prep time and only 7 ingredients!  All you need is a grill or broiler to achieve crispy golden brown chicken. Typically Grilled Tandoori Chicken is made with red food dye to color the chicken. I’m not a huge fan of adding dye to my food so I added in some paprika for some spice and for a little pop of red.

This Tandoori Chicken Recipe is super easy and comes together in minutes! I marinate the chicken overnight and throw it on the grill when it’s time to eat. In a large ziplock bag I combine garlic, ginger, yogurt (or buttermilk), paprika, lime juice and garam masala. The yogurt and lime juice act as a tenderizer and the ginger and garam masala add a nice Indian spice to the chicken.

I made this recipe with chicken thighs to keep the chicken tender and juicy on the inside and crispy on the outside. This recipe can be made with either bone in or boneless chicken thighs. I personally prefer skin on for the extra crispy skin! You can also use chicken legs as well. Anything with a bone in will keep the chicken extra juicy.

What is Tandoori Chicken?

Tandoori Chicken is an Indian dish that consists of bone in chicken being marinated in yogurt and spices then cooked in a clay oven. Even if you don’t have a clay oven it’s easy to make this dish at home. All you need is an oven or a grill to get the same crispy golden brown chicken!

Ingredients

  • Chicken thighs: Either boneless skinless or bone in. Chicken legs would also work!
  • Garlic: Fresh is best! However in a pinch garlic powder can be used.
  • Ginger: Again fresh is best! However in a pinch onion powder can be used.
  • Yogurt: You can also substitute buttermilk
  • Paprika: Is used for a little kick and to give the chicken its traditional red color.
  • Lime Juice: Any kind of citric will work. This helps to tenderize the meat and adds some acidity.
  • Garam Marsala: A blend of Indian spices that usually consists of cumin, cloves, pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg and coriander. You can make your own Garam Marsala spice blend at home or purchase the pre made spice blend.

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How to make Tandoori Chicken

  • Add all of the ingredients to a large ziplock bag. Marinate for at least an hour or overnight. The longer you marinade the chicken the more tender, juicy and flavorful it will be!
  • When you are ready to eat preheat grill to 400 degrees. Spray the grill with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Grill for 5 minutes, flip and cook for an additional 5-10 minutes or until fully cooked and crispy on the outside.
  • Allow the chicken to rest for a couple minutes then serve immediately with extra lime wedges for serving if desired!

Tandoori Chicken in the oven

This recipe can also be made in the oven! Simply preheat oven to 425 degrees. Place chicken on a greased baking pan and bake for 30-40 minutes or until chicken reaches 165 degrees. For extra color and crispiness I like to broil the chicken on high for the last couple minutes of cooking.

What to serve with Tandoori Chicken

  • Biryani Rice
  • Garlic Naan
  • Grilled Vegetables
  • Raita
  • Tomato Cucumber Salad
  • Mango Chutney (I love the sweet and spicy combo)

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Tandoori Chicken

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6
Super Easy Tandoori Chicken. Marinated in yogurt, lime juice and spices then grilled until juicy and tender!

Ingredients

  • 6 chicken thighs either boneless skinless or bone in chicken thighs
  • 1/2 tablespoon garlic minced
  • 1/2 tablespoon ginger minced
  • 1 cup yogurt or buttermilk
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 lime juiced
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala

Instructions

  • Add all of the ingredients to a large ziplock bag. Marinate for at least an hour or overnight.
  • When you are ready to eat preheat grill to 400 degrees. Spray the grill with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Grill for 10 minutes, flip and cook for an additional 10 minutes or until fully cooked and crispy on the outside.
  • Allow the chicken to rest for a couple minutes then serve immediately with extra lime wedges for serving if desired!
Nutrition Facts
Tandoori Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 280.54 Calories from Fat 183
% Daily Value*
Fat 20.28g31%
Saturated Fat 5.95g37%
Cholesterol 116.05mg39%
Sodium 106.66mg5%
Potassium 321.53mg9%
Carbohydrates 4.15g1%
Fiber 0.71g3%
Sugar 2.18g2%
Protein 20.05g40%
Vitamin A 456.93IU9%
Vitamin C 3.66mg4%
Calcium 62.13mg6%
Iron 0.96mg5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Easy Recipe, Grilling, Tandoori Chicken, Tandoori Chicken in the oven

 

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