Tandoori chicken gets its name from the clay oven it is traditionally cooked in, the tandoor. The chicken is marinated in yogurt and an incredibly complex mix of spices, and then roasted in the extremely hot tandoor oven. Don't worry if you don't have a tandoor clay oven sitting in the backyard; a grill will work just fine.

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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified

Directions

  • Whisk lime juice, yogurt, tandoori powder, salt, and pepper in a bowl. Pour mixture into a resealable plastic bag. Add chicken, coat with the marinade, squeeze out excess air, and seal the bag. Marinate in refrigerator for at least 2 hours.

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  • Preheat an outdoor grill for medium-high heat, and lightly oil the grate.

  • Remove chicken from the bag and transfer to a plate or baking sheet lined with paper towels. Pat chicken pieces dry with more paper towels.

  • Grill chicken on the preheated grill with the lid open for 2 minutes. Close lid and continue to grill chicken for 6 minutes.

  • Turn chicken, close lid and grill until well-browned and meat is no longer pink in the center, about 6 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh should read 180 degrees F (82 degrees C).

Nutrition Facts

215 calories; 11.1 g total fat; 94 mg cholesterol; 93 mg sodium. 1.9 g carbohydrates; 25.8 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
06/22/2012
if you like me can't buy the tandoori masala powder: 1 tsp Garlic (Lasun) Powder 1 tsp ground Ginger (Adrak) 1 tsp Cloves (Lavang) Powder 1/2 tsp grated Nutmeg (Jaiphal) 1 tsp Mace Powder (Javitri) 11/2 tblsp Cumin (Jeera) Powder 2 tblsp ground Corriander (Dhania) 1 tsp Fenugreek (Methi) Powder 1 tsp ground Cinnamon (Tuj/Dalchini) 1 tsp fresh ground Black Pepper (Kalimirchi) 1 tsp ground brown Cardamom (Elaichi) Seeds 2 tsp Red Food colouring mix together and store in an air tight container. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
09/04/2012
We were hoping for something a little spicier or more intriguing. It was good but we were hoping for better. Bought the Tandoori masala powder from Amazon (I keep a wish list until I get enough for free shipping which helps). We did discover that plain yogurt in a marinade is just fine and we need not turn up our noses or our palates. So it was a good learning experience. Now if we can just find a really interesting use for the Tandoori Masala. Read More
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34 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 20
  • 4 star values: 11
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
06/22/2012
if you like me can't buy the tandoori masala powder: 1 tsp Garlic (Lasun) Powder 1 tsp ground Ginger (Adrak) 1 tsp Cloves (Lavang) Powder 1/2 tsp grated Nutmeg (Jaiphal) 1 tsp Mace Powder (Javitri) 11/2 tblsp Cumin (Jeera) Powder 2 tblsp ground Corriander (Dhania) 1 tsp Fenugreek (Methi) Powder 1 tsp ground Cinnamon (Tuj/Dalchini) 1 tsp fresh ground Black Pepper (Kalimirchi) 1 tsp ground brown Cardamom (Elaichi) Seeds 2 tsp Red Food colouring mix together and store in an air tight container. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/22/2012
if you like me can't buy the tandoori masala powder: 1 tsp Garlic (Lasun) Powder 1 tsp ground Ginger (Adrak) 1 tsp Cloves (Lavang) Powder 1/2 tsp grated Nutmeg (Jaiphal) 1 tsp Mace Powder (Javitri) 11/2 tblsp Cumin (Jeera) Powder 2 tblsp ground Corriander (Dhania) 1 tsp Fenugreek (Methi) Powder 1 tsp ground Cinnamon (Tuj/Dalchini) 1 tsp fresh ground Black Pepper (Kalimirchi) 1 tsp ground brown Cardamom (Elaichi) Seeds 2 tsp Red Food colouring mix together and store in an air tight container. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/21/2012
It's all in the spice blend. I used Penzey's Spices tandoori mix with plain greek yogurt & key limes. http://www.penzeys.com/cgi-bin/penzeys/p-penzeyscurrytand.html?id=fyErmhgq Mix 1-2 TB. with 1 Cup plain yogurt and the juice of lime or lemon. Pour over a cut-up skinless chicken cover and place in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours preferably overnight. Remove from marinade bake 45 minutes uncovered at 325 turning and basting every 15 minutes. If I cook this in my terra cotta CLAY roaster I bake it at 350 for 1 hour no basting. Moist & delicious! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/24/2012
Love it love it love it!!! Just the right amount of flavoring without being over powering. I followed this recipe exactly although I did use vanilla yogurt. This recipe will certainly be used time and time again. Thank you for sharing. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/09/2012
I cooked them in a oil-sprayed pan in the oven 335F for about an hr. I pour away the juice every 15mins so the chicken will look nicely baked and dried at the end. They taste good and easy to make. Oh I marinated them for about 6 hours. Also I oil spray the chicken surface lightly 10 mins before its out of the oven. Will be making this again for sure! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/02/2012
Loved this one! You can buy Tandoori power at My Spice Sage if you don't have an import store nearby. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
09/04/2012
We were hoping for something a little spicier or more intriguing. It was good but we were hoping for better. Bought the Tandoori masala powder from Amazon (I keep a wish list until I get enough for free shipping which helps). We did discover that plain yogurt in a marinade is just fine and we need not turn up our noses or our palates. So it was a good learning experience. Now if we can just find a really interesting use for the Tandoori Masala. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/04/2012
my family loved it not to mention that spicy food not their favorite. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/23/2015
Very testy and tender chicken but top of that i got the tandoori masala recipe thanks for that Mr Tom and if u have some other masala recipe like birayani nihari korma karahi ghost kabuli pullyo please share with us. Thank U Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/11/2013
Just got into Indian cooking so I don't expect much of myself. I made a couple of slight mods: I added a little chili powder and cayenne pepper not much just a pinch and I finished the dish off with a small side of: 4 tbsps of sambal chopped scallions lemon juice and honey Greek yoghurt just to give it some extra ooomph! Read More
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