After watching Rob Rainford grilling up a storm Monday night, I had the itch to do some grilling as well. When I scanned through my ‘to try’ list the first thing to jump out at me was tandoori chicken. Tandoori chicken is an Indian roasted chicken dish where the chicken is marinated in a spicy yogurt that is seasoned with masala and chili peppers. I don’t know what it is about meat on a stick but it certainly is one of my favorite ways to grill up some chicken and I figured that a skewered, grilled, chicken tandoori would be really good. I went with a pretty simple recipe adding some fresh lemon, onion, garlic and ginger to the yogurt followed by some spices including a homemade garam masala and some ceyenne pepper and hot and smoky paprika to add some heat and to give it the traditional red colouring. After letting the chicken marinate over night I pulled it out of the fridge and when I opened the bag up I just had to pause for a moment to enjoy the amazing aromatics. The chicken grilled up quickly and it was nice and juicy and full of flavour and oh so good! You can eat this tasty tandoori chicken as is, as a part of a larger meal or you could use it in a wrap or even in a curry like chicken tikka masala.
Grilled Tandoori Chicken
- 1/2 cup plain yogurt
- 1/2 lemon (juice)
- 1/2 small onion (grated)
- 1 tablespoon garlic (grated)
- 1 tablespoon ginger (grated)
- 1 tablespoon garam masala
- 1 tablespoon paprika (I used hot smoked)
- 1 teaspoon cumin (toasted and ground)
- 1 teaspoon coriander (toasted and ground)
- 1/2 teaspoon ceyenne pepper (or to taste)
- salt to taste
- 1 pound chicken (boneless and skinless, but into 1 inch pieces)
- Mix all of the ingredients save the chicken.
- Place the chicken in a freezer bag along with the marinade and marinate in the fridge for at least an hour, preferably several hours to overnight.
- Pull the chicken from the fridge and let it come to room temperature.
- Remove the chicken from the marinade and skewer it.
- Grill the chicken until cooked, about 3-5 minutes per side.
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Ciao Chow Linda says
This looks perfect Kevin – better than most Indian restaurants. Will have to try to make this one.
I've always wondered how they make tandoori chicken –it's my son's fave dish at Shalimar. Thanks for sharing.
Wow Kevin that is such a wonderful picture!
The chicken is mouthwatering!
I'm drooling here!
Wow, Kevin! Your tandoori chicken looks great!! You should definitely try adding kasoori/kasuri methi (fenugreek leaves) to your tandoori chicken. It tastes wonderful and has a strong strong smell!! Lovely photo! Wow.
This looks fabulous! I wonder if you can do it on a George Foreman grill? It's the closest thing I've got to a grill.
Diana Evans says
oh yummmmmmmmmm!!! I am making this tomorrow with turkey thigh meat…
Rosa's Yummy Yums says
Tandoori paste tastes so good! A gorgeous dish!
Ana Powell says
Great combination, Tandoori paste taste so good.
Lovely photo, well done again x
Lovely! I love tandoori chicken and yours looks good!
Gourmet Free says
What a nice recipe !!! Grilled Tandoori Chicken is my favorite. once I visit India and visit Lucknow Tunde kababi. your recipe is little bit differ form it. But taste is similar.
Gosh, that chicken looks so moist and tasty… YUM
Tandoori chicken has the most GORGEOUS smell. You got a great color on these and the spices sound perfect.
All of those warm spices combined sound like the making of a fantastic marinade! I will definitely be trying this chicken recipe.
Gourmet Free says
Hi kevin !
it looks fabulous. tandoori chicken i think it is really interesting. i think it's good combination. i am sure it's really better than of any most famous Indian restaurant.
Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) says
Smoked paprika is an interesting addition, and not at all traditional. What's more traditional is the addition of a couple of drops of red food coloring. That's how tandoori chicken that you get in restaurants gets its bright color!
How is it Tandoori chicken if it's not cooked in a tandoori? Isn't it just a marinated grilled chicken?
Bellini Valli says
Rob Rainford is a gold mine of delicious barbecue recipes.
Wow looks at those…just looks delish…I never added onion in tandoori chicken…next time this recipe for sure am trying
Gorgeous click Kevin! Looks yumm.
I ♥ the looks of your Tandoori chicken!
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I am very impressed with the wonderful color, looks delicious!
The Short (dis)Order Cook says
I often call "tandoori" chicken anything I marinate in yogurt nad cook in my terracotta pot. It's the closest thing I have to a tandoori oven. 😉 I'd say it's probably better on the grill. those skewers look wonderful.
just amazing! so perfect. so delicious.
(Found your blog via TasteSpotting.) This looks amazing! Thank you for the recipe. Your blog looks … mmm… yummy! 🙂
This looks wonderful.
Have you ever been in Turkey? Come and eat here, I believe you'll enjoy Turkish Cuisine.
Nice. Never had tandoori chicken which looked like Souvlaki.
I usually make tandoori chicken with chicken drumsticks and add some red food color. Instead of the cayenne pepper, I add red chili powder.
This looks amazing. Can you clarify- these are cut into 1 inch chunks and then jsut placed close together on skewwers? It looks like one big gorgeous strip int eh pic, can't wait to try this! And- do you soak your skewers first? Thanks!!!
Stargazerss: Yep, 1 inch pieces. I packed them in there kind of tightly and they look like one large piece though they separate nicely when you pull them off the skewer.
That looks so fresh and tasty! Looks like the perfect summer al fresco dinner!
Looks absolutely mouthwatering!
Thanks Kevin for the best collection of recipes I have found on any food blog! Used this one for my dinner club (credited you) and added a watermelon salsa which seemed to punch it up a notch.
Got raves from all at the dinner.
Just made this. I used the tandoori chicken in naan sandwiches with cucumber raita sauce. Good dish. thanks!
The chicken is sitting in the fridge marinating right now. I can't wait to try it! I cheated a little and bought a roasted pineapple and habanero sauce to serve on the side for dipping. Thanks for the recipe.
I dont have an actual outdoor grill, any suggestions on how else I can grill/make this?
Anonymous: You could use a grill pan or your ovens broiler. Enjoy!
What a Dish! says
We just had this for dinner tonight with Raita and grilled Naan- sooooo good!! And so easy to make, too. The yogurt makes the chicken so tender. Can't wait to make this again!
Mohammed Gyasuddin says
what a bakwas dish is it
Really, BS?!? And your cooking credentials are what?
Mohammed Gyasuddin says