Tandoori Chicken | How to make Tandoori Chicken

By Karuna Kumar  |  11th Mar 2016  |  
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Tandoori Chickenby Karuna Kumar
  • Prep Time


    1 /4Hours
  • Cook Time


  • Serves





About Tandoori Chicken Recipe

Chicken marinated in yogurt, fragrant spices and grilled to perfection.

Tandoori Chicken

Ingredients to make Tandoori Chicken

  • chicken legs - 4
  • butter for basting
  • Chat masala to sprinkle
  • For 1st marinade
  • Kashmiri red chilli powder - 1 tbsp
  • lemon juice - 2 tsp
  • salt to taste
  • For second marinade
  • yogurt (hung for 30 min) - 1&1/2 cup
  • Kashmiri red chilli powder - 1 tbsp
  • cumin powder - 1 tsp
  • Garam masala Powder - 1 tbsp
  • Kasuri methi - 1 tsp
  • salt to taste (remember we have added salt in 1st marinade as well)

How to make Tandoori Chicken

  1. 1) Start by cleaning and washing the chicken well.
  2. 2) Take the chicken in a bowl and make incisions. Add 1 tbsp of kashmiri red chilli powder, lemon juice and salt, mix well and leave aside for 30 minutes.
  3. 3) Next take the ingredients mentioned under second marinade , mix very well. Now add this mixture to the already marinated chicken and give a good mix.
  4. 4) Leave the chicken to marinate for min 6 hours or overnight depending upon the time you have (I marinated it overnight in refrigerator)
  5. 5) When you are ready to cook, keep the marinated chicken out for 20 minutes.
  6. 6) Preheat the oven @ 200 degrees C.
  7. 7) Line the baking tray with foil paper, place the chicken over it leaving some gaps in between, pour the leftover marinade over the chicken.
  8. 8) Bake for 30 - 35 minutes depending upon the oven. Baste the chicken with butter halfway and turn over so that it gets cooked well on both sides.
  9. 9) To get that charred effect transfer the baking tray to top most rack in the oven and change the setting to grill mode and increase temp to 250 degrees C.
  10. 10) Grill for 5 minutes , turn the chicken pieces and grill for further 3 - 4 minutes to get that charred effect.
  11. 11) Once done remove from the oven and set aside for 2 - 3 minutes.
  12. 12) Serve with mint chutney, lemon wedges and sprinkle some chat masala on top. Enjoy.

My Tip:

To make it a complete meal, serve tandoori chicken along with Dal Makhani and laccha parantha.

Reviews for Tandoori Chicken (10)

Pinku Biswas3 years ago

what if oven has no pre heat option?

Senthurselvi Aravinth4 years ago


Shannon Sirur4 years ago


Dr Veeda Nizami4 years ago

i have tried this recipe by deep frying the chicken before marinating it. then i marinated it and kept it on slow flame with cover. that was so yummy too

Sadhna Bhaya4 years ago

marinate chiken in fridge or fridger ?

Sunita Ramankulath4 years ago

Must try. Almost make it de same but chicken leaves water in de tray while baking. any ideas on how this can be avoided. Also chicken tends to get dry and there is raw smell of ginger garlic paste.

Sangeeta Bisht4 years ago


Saima Baig4 years ago

I'll try it very soon...

Amisha Jariwala4 years ago

yummy :blush::ok_hand::thumbsup::poultry_leg:

Sheeba Bedi4 years ago

wow beautiful presentation!