Chef John's Tandoori Chicken
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Chef John's Tandoori Chicken

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"Tandoori chicken gets its name from the clay oven it is traditionally cooked in, the tandoor. The chicken is marinated in yogurt and an incredibly complex mix of spices, and then roasted in the extremely hot tandoor oven. Don't worry if you don't have a tandoor clay oven sitting in the backyard; a grill will work just fine."


2 h 20 m servings 215 cals
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Original recipe yields 6 servings



  • Calories:
  • 215 kcal
  • 11%
  • Fat:
  • 11.1 g
  • 17%
  • Carbs:
  • 1.9g
  • < 1%
  • Protein:
  • 25.8 g
  • 52%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 94 mg
  • 31%
  • Sodium:
  • 93 mg
  • 4%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Whisk lime juice, yogurt, tandoori powder, salt, and pepper in a bowl. Pour mixture into a resealable plastic bag. Add chicken, coat with the marinade, squeeze out excess air, and seal the bag. Marinate in refrigerator for at least 2 hours.
  2. Preheat an outdoor grill for medium-high heat, and lightly oil the grate.
  3. Remove chicken from the bag and transfer to a plate or baking sheet lined with paper towels. Pat chicken pieces dry with more paper towels.
  4. Grill chicken on the preheated grill with the lid open for 2 minutes. Close lid and continue to grill chicken for 6 minutes.
  5. Turn chicken, close lid and grill until well-browned and meat is no longer pink in the center, about 6 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh should read 180 degrees F (82 degrees C).
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  1. 21 Ratings


if you, like me, can't buy the tandoori masala powder : 1 tsp Garlic (Lasun) Powder 1 tsp ground Ginger (Adrak) 1 tsp Cloves (Lavang) Powder 1/2 tsp grated Nutmeg (Jaiphal) 1 tsp Mace Powder (Ja...

It's all in the spice blend. I used Penzey's Spices tandoori mix with plain greek yogurt & key limes. Mix 1-2 TB. wit...

Love it, love it, love it!!! Just the right amount of flavoring without being over powering. I followed this recipe exactly although I did use vanilla yogurt. This recipe will certainly be used...

Loved this one! You can buy Tandoori power at My Spice Sage if you don't have an import store nearby.

I cooked them in a oil-sprayed pan in the oven 335F for about an hr. I pour away the juice every 15mins so the chicken will look nicely baked and dried at the end. They taste good and easy to ma...

We were hoping for something a little spicier or more intriguing. It was good but we were hoping for better. Bought the Tandoori masala powder from Amazon (I keep a wish list until I get enoug...

my family loved it, not to mention that spicy food not their favorite.

Just got into Indian cooking so I don't expect much of myself. I made a couple of slight mods: I added a little chili powder and cayenne pepper, not much just a pinch and I finished the dish of...

Very testy and tender chicken but top of that i got the tandoori masala recipe thanks for that Mr Tom , and if u have some other masala recipe like birayani , nihari , korma , karahi ghost , kab...