Tandoori Chicken Recipe: A Flavorful Indian Grilled Dish

Dish recipes: Tandoori Chicken
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Tandoori Chicken is a classic Indian dish known for its vibrant color and bold flavors. Marinated in yogurt and spices, then cooked to perfection in a tandoor oven, this grilled chicken recipe is a favorite in Indian cuisine and loved worldwide for its smoky aroma and tender texture.


2 lbs chicken drumsticks or thighs, skin removed

1 cup plain yogurt

2 tablespoons lemon juice

2 teaspoons ginger paste

2 teaspoons garlic paste

2 teaspoons ground cumin

2 teaspoons ground coriander

1 teaspoon paprika

1 teaspoon turmeric

1 teaspoon garam masala

1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (adjust to taste)

Salt to taste

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

Fresh cilantro and lemon wedges for garnish


In a large bowl, whisk together yogurt, lemon juice, ginger paste, garlic paste, ground cumin, ground coriander, paprika, turmeric, garam masala, cayenne pepper, salt, and vegetable oil. Add the chicken pieces to the marinade, making sure they are evenly coated. Cover the bowl and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, or overnight for best results. Preheat your grill to medium-high heat. If using a charcoal grill, set up for indirect grilling. Remove the chicken from the marinade and shake off any excess. Discard the remaining marinade. Place the chicken pieces on the grill and cook for 15-20 minutes, turning occasionally, until they are cooked through and have charred grill marks. Check for doneness by inserting a meat thermometer into the thickest part of the chicken. It should read 165°F (75°C). Once cooked, remove the chicken from the grill and let it rest for a few minutes. Garnish with fresh cilantro and lemon wedges before serving.


Serve Tandoori Chicken hot with naan bread, rice, or a fresh salad for a delicious and satisfying meal. Don't forget to serve with extra yogurt sauce or chutney for dipping!

Tandoori Chicken is a testament to the rich culinary heritage of India, showcasing the bold flavors and techniques that make Indian cuisine so beloved worldwide. Whether grilled at home or enjoyed in a restaurant, this iconic dish is sure to leave a lasting impression.