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Tandoori Chicken

When it comes to simple Northern Indian fare, I just love tucking into some Tandoori Chicken with some plain (or garlic) naan and dhal. As I did not have a Tandoori oven, I grilled these Tandoori Chicken using some nice portions of boneless chicken breast recently. The outcome was fantastic. Do revisit the naan and dhal recipes which were posted previously to complete this meal. So, for my Butter Chicken dish which I planned to cook, I had to quickly set aside some of the chicken tandoori before it all disappeared. :-) No surprises here, my next post tomorrow will be the Indian Butter Chicken recipe. Do come back to check it out!

Recipe adapted from The Moti Mahal Cookbook by Monish Gujral

Tandoori Chicken

(Printable Recipe)


6 Pcs (600-700 g) Chicken Breasts, skinless and boneless (whole or cubed)
Vegetable Oil for basting
½ Red Onion, thinly sliced
Lime Wedges

First Marinade
1 ½ Tbsp Lime Juice
1 tsp Red Chili Powder
1 tsp Sea Salt

Second Marinade
½ Cup Yogurt
1 Tbsp Garlic Paste
1 Tbsp Ginger Paste
½ tsp Black Salt (kala namak)
1 tsp Garam Masala Powder
½ tsp Dried Fenugreek Leaf Powder (kasuri methi)
1/4 tsp Red Food Coloring (optional)


Prepare the chicken: Cut the chicken into cubes or make few deep incisions into the flesh on the chicken breast. Marinade the chicken with lime juice, chili powder, and sea salt. Set aside for 1 hour.

In a small bowl, combine all the ingredients for the second marinade. Rub the marinade into the chicken and set aside for at least 3 hours.

Prepare the grill for direct cooking over medium heat. Fix the chicken on to a skewer. Grill the chicken with a lid closed and baste with the vegetable oil, turning once or twice until the meat is fully cooked, about 10 to 13 minutes. Serve warm with the onion and some lime wedges.

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  1. That looks wonderful! I love Indian food and have been wanting to cook more of it. thx for sharing!

  2. wow, this chicken is gorgeous

  3. fantastic... love this a lot....

  4. I love tandoori chicken! Though probably not as much as tikka chicken :P Yours definitely looks good :)

  5. Whoa! I'm half Indian and this looks awesome! You should come over and teach me. Lol.

  6. Just recently discovered your blog. Your food recipes and pics look awesome. I can't wait to try this recipe.

    BTW, did you use the red food coloring on your chicken?
    I am not familiar with it....where do you purchase this?



  7. its awesome
    thanks for sharing this yummy recipe :)
    God Bless You



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