Grilled Tandoori Chicken Thighs


This recipe for grilled tandoori chicken thighs has just the right blend of spices. The chicken is moist, delicious, and tastes great hot or cold. If using thighs with skin, you can put over direct medium heat for the last few minutes to crisp.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Additional Time:
8 hrs
Total Time:
8 hrs 55 mins


  • 2 (6 ounce) containers plain yogurt

  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt

  • 2 tablespoons freshly grated ginger

  • 1 teaspoon black pepper

  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 4 teaspoons paprika

  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin

  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander

  • 16 chicken thighs

  • olive oil spray


  1. Stir yogurt, salt, ginger, pepper, and cloves together in a bowl. Mix in garlic, paprika, cumin, cinnamon, and coriander. Set aside.

  2. Place chicken in a large resealable plastic bag. Pour yogurt mixture over chicken, press air out of the bag, and seal. Turn the bag over several times to distribute marinade. Place the bag in a bowl, and refrigerate 8 hours, or overnight, turning the bag occasionally.

  3. Preheat an outdoor grill for direct medium heat and lightly oil the grate.

  4. Remove chicken from marinade and shake off excess. Discard remaining marinade. Spray chicken pieces with olive oil spray.

  5. Place chicken on the grill, and cook about 2 minutes. Turn, and cook 2 minutes more. Then arrange chicken thighs over indirect heat, and cook until no longer pink at the bone and the juices run clear, about 35 to 40 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted near the bone should read 165 degrees F (74 degrees C).

    close up view of a Grilled Chicken Thigh Tandoori on a white plate
    Raquel Teixeira

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

349 Calories
21g Fat
5g Carbs
34g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 349
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 21g 26%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 120mg 40%
Sodium 618mg 27%
Total Carbohydrate 5g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 34g
Vitamin C 2mg 10%
Calcium 112mg 9%
Iron 3mg 14%
Potassium 437mg 9%

* 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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