Tandoori Chicken is one of the most classic chicken starter recipe. Chicken leg pieces are marinated with freshly ground Tandoori Masala Powder ,curds ,mustard oil and other spices and then chargrilled for perfection.

I  don’t have tandoor or griller at home, so I have used oven for grilling the chicken. If you don’t have oven for grilling at home , then you can even cook on non stick pan over the stove on medium to low heat. Baste with oil / butter at regular intervals ,flip and cook on both sides. Finally , with the help of tongs put it over the flame directly, keep rotating it for 10-12 seconds to get that charred look with smokey flavour.

Tandoori Chicken

This Tandoori Chicken was juicy , tender and full of spice . It was bursting with flavours of freshly ground tandoori masala, succulent and delectable taste. Make this flavourful Tandoori chicken as a starter for dinner party with with family and friends.

Other Chicken starter recipes on blog are : Chicken Tikka , Chicken Ghee Roast , Tangdi Kebab , Chicken Lollipop ,Chicken Pepper dry and Chicken Baida Paratha.

REcipe card for Tandoori Chicken
Tandoori Chicken
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Marination Time
5 hrs
Total Time
35 mins
 

A classic Chicken starter  recipe :  Chicken Pieces Marinated with freshly ground spices , curds  ,oil and cooked on grill / tandoor

Course: Starters
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Chicken
Servings: 4 People
Calories: 273 kcal
Ingredients
  • 750 grams Chicken - 2 thigh leg pieces and 2 drumsticks
First Marination
  • 1 Tsp Red chilli powder
  • 1/4 Tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1/2 Tsp Salt
Second Marination
  • 1 Tsp Red Chilli powder
  • 11/2 Tbsp Ginger Paste or paste from 2 inch ginger
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp Garlic Paste or paste from 12 big fat garlic cloves
  • 2 Tsp Chaat Masala
  • 11/2 Tsp Tandoori Masala Powder refer notes
  • 1 Tbsp Mustard Oil
  • 3 Tbsp Hung Curds
  • 1 Tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 1/2-3/4 Tsp Salt or as required
Instructions
  1. Wash ,clean and drain water completely from chicken pieces.

First Marination
  1. Place chicken in a marination box/bowl , add 1/4 tsp turmeric powder , 1 Tsp Red chili powder and 1/2 tsp salt . 

  2. Rub the spices to chicken pieces and marinate for minimum 30 minutes.Keep in refrigerator.

  3. Make small gashes in the chicken pieces for the marinade to coat nicely.

Second Marination
  1. After 30 minutes , add ginger garlic paste , curds , oil , chilli powder , tandoori masala powder , salt ,chaat masala and lemon juice. Mix it well.

  2. Rub the marinade on the chicken pieces and underneath it.

  3. Marinate the chicken pieces for 4-6 hours or overnight in refrigerator.

Cooking Methods
For Stove Top Method
  1. For cooking on stove top method : Heat 1 Tbsp oil/ butter in a non stick pan , place the chicken over it and cook on medium heat by flipping it once in between till done .

  2. If you are using chicken thigh and leg pieces ,it takes around 30-45 minutes ,to get cooked on low to medium heat . If you are using small chicken pieces ,it cooks faster.

  3. Once chicken is cooked perfectly ,put on fire directly for 10-15 seconds, by rotating continuously with help of tongs, to get that charred look.

  4. For Oven ( Bake and Grill) Method :

  5. Preheat the oven to 250 deg Celsius .

  6. Grease the oven tray with some oil ( I had placed aluminium foil and greased with oil) ,arrange the chicken pieces and cook for 22 -25 minutes . 

  7. In between ,around 15 minutes, remove the tray from oven ,baste some oil flip the chicken pieces and put it back in oven to bake.

  8. Once chicken is cooked perfectly , you can grill it for 3-5 minutes to get that charred look. 

  9. Serve it hot with lemon wedges , mint chutney and onion rings.

Recipe Notes

1.Cooking chicken on grill or Tandoor ,gives you the best flavour and texture. Next alternative is cooking in Oven.

2. Tandoori Masala Powder is a main key in this recipe , preferably freshly ground spices gives you the best taste. Alternatively, you can use store bought Tandoori Masala powder.

Step By Step Directions on making of Tandoori Chicken :

Wash ,clean and drain water completely from chicken pieces.

Place chicken in a marination box/bowl , add 1/4 tsp  turmeric powder , 1 Tsp Red chilli powder and 1/2 tsp salt . Rub the spices to chicken pieces and marinate for minimum 30 minutes.Keep in refrigerator.

After 30 minutes , add  ginger garlic paste , curds , oil , chilli powder , tandoori masala powder , salt ,chaat masala and lemon juice. Mix it well.

Rub the marinade on the chicken pieces and underneath it.

Marinate the chicken pieces for 4-6 hours or overnight  in refrigerator.

Preheat the oven to 250 deg Celsius .

Grease the oven tray with some oil ( I had placed aluminium foil and greased with oil) ,arrange the chicken pieces and cook for 22 -25 minutes . In between ,around 15 minutes, remove the tray from oven ,baste some oil flip the chicken pieces and put it back in oven to bake.

Once chicken is cooked perfectly , you can grill it for 3-5 minutes to get that charred look.

Serve it hot with lemon wedges , mint chutney and onion rings.

Tandoori Chicken

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