Indian Tandoori Chicken


This is an authentic recipe for tandoori chicken. Serve with long-grain basmati rice, grilled veggies, roasted corn on the cob, and a cucumber salad, then finish off the meal with kulfi (Indian ice cream).

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
6 hrs 20 mins
Total Time:
7 hrs 5 mins


  • 2 pounds chicken, cut into pieces

  • 1 medium lemon, juiced

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 ¼ cups plain yogurt

  • ½ medium onion, finely chopped

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

  • 2 teaspoons garam masala

  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger root

  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 1 teaspoon red food coloring

  • 1 teaspoon yellow food coloring

  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped cilantro

  • 1 medium lemon, cut into wedges


  1. Remove and discard skin from chicken pieces. Cut slits into meat and place into a shallow dish. Season chicken on both sides with lemon juice and salt. Let sit for 20 minutes.

  2. Mix yogurt, onion, garlic, garam masala, ginger, and cayenne pepper together in a medium bowl until smooth, then stir in food coloring. Spread yogurt mixture over chicken, cover, and refrigerate for 6 to 24 hours (the longer the better).

  3. When ready to cook, preheat an outdoor grill for medium-high heat and lightly oil the grate. Remove chicken from marinade. Discard remaining marinade.

  4. Cook chicken on the preheated grill until no longer pink and the juices run clear. An instant-read thermometer inserted near the bone should read 165 degrees F (74 degrees C). Garnish with cilantro and lemon wedges.


This dish can also be baked at 450 degrees F (230 degrees C) for 25 to 30 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

356 Calories
19g Fat
14g Carbs
36g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 356
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 19g 24%
Saturated Fat 6g 28%
Cholesterol 102mg 34%
Sodium 734mg 32%
Total Carbohydrate 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 36g
Vitamin C 45mg 224%
Calcium 201mg 15%
Iron 2mg 12%
Potassium 575mg 12%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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