Tandoori Chicken is a lip-smacking dry chicken dish from the Indian subcontinent, and it happens to be that one dish that a party or gathering just cannot do without. It can be easily made at home in an oven or on stove top. Here is how to make Tandoori Chicken Recipe at home.
Whenever we think about having something non-vegetarian, our cravings generally roam around multiple variations of chicken; be it chicken tikka, butter chicken, chicken 65, kadhai chicken, but we all know that a plate of lip-smacking tandoori chicken will reach to the deepest of our hearts.
Chicken legs and thighs marinated in thick yoghurt, with a dash of lime and sprinkle of traditional Indian spices, grilled nicely in a tandoor is no doubt a heart whelming chicken dish you can ever treat yourself with.
My recipe of Tandoor chicken will teach you how you can make the best mouthwatering tandoori chicken at the ease of your home and I assure you that you will not be disappointed as the chicken that you would bite will be absolutely juicy, exploding with flavours, perfectly cooked and nicely grilled in an oven (or without).
So before we all get into the actual recipe, let us together know all about this tasty homemade Tandoori chicken recipe.
What is Tandoori Chicken?
Tandoori Chicken is a delicacy prepared by roasting chicken; marinated in yoghurt and spices in a clay oven or tandoor. The modern homes do not have clay oven anymore so my recipes shows you how to make it in an oven or in a pan over stove top.
What to serve with Tandoori Chicken?
It goes really well with any type of Indian flat breads which might include chapatis, naan, lachcha paratha, roomali roti and others.
Also nice green salad and some Indian rice perfectly complements Tandoori Chicken.
How long should you marinate the chicken?
Chicken is marinated twice while preparing Tandoori chicken. Firstly, we marinate it with some common salt, lemon juice, ginger and garlic paste, and Kashmere Red Chilli Powder and keep it aside for 20 minutes.
You can add a tsp of raw papaya paste to make it even more tender.
Then we go on to preparing our second marinade (ingredients of which are specified below) and coating the chicken legs completely with the marinade, and refrigerating it for about minimum 4-5 hrs.
The longer you marinate the chicken, the better the flavours soak into it. I like to leave the second marination for as long as 24 hours.
What makes Tandoori Chicken Red?
It is the presence of Kashmere Red Chilli Powder and food grade red colour (optional), which makes tandoori chicken look bright red in colour. When making it at home, you can avoid using the food colour like I have done.
Is Tandoori Chicken healthy?
Tandoori chicken is popular not just because of its amazing taste but also because it is very healthy. Since the dish is made either in a tandoor or in an oven, it helps in retaining all the nutrients of the dish.
It need very less oil to make it and if you are too conscious about the healthy part, you can totally skip the oil in the recipe.
This flour free dish is gluten free and is low in carbohydrates making it a perfect Keto friendly dish. It is an absolute treat for the people who are on diet as it is super delicious and rich in protein.
How to make Tandoori Chicken without oven?
For those who don’t have clay oven or a convection oven… No Worries!! You can still treat yourself and your loved ones with a tasty and delicious Tandoori Chicken.
After properly marinating the chicken twice, roast the chicken legs in a hot pan along with 4-5 tbsp of oil on a medium to high flame.
Cover the pan while cooking the chicken. Flip the pieces after 4-5 minutes so that they are cooked from both the sides.
Remove the cover and cook on high heat until all the liquid is evaporated.
When the chicken gets completely dry, just place the pieces on a wire rack greased with oil and cook them on a high flame by placing the wire rack directly on the gas stove.
When the chicken is grilled for about 2-3 minutes, turn off the flame and your tasty Tandoori chicken will be ready without an oven.
This would ensure complete and proper infusion of all the spices in the dish and would give it a nice smoky flavour.
Can I make Tandoori Chicken using chicken Breast?
Well, traditionally, tandoori chicken is made only with chicken legs and thighs, but you can also use chicken breast if you want and follow the same procedure as you would have with chicken legs and have the most delicious Tandoori Chicken Breast.
You can cut the breast into small pieces and thread them in a skewer as well.
How to make Tandoori Chicken in Air Fryer?
To make Tandoori Chicken in Air Fryer, marinate the chicken as mentioned in the recipe below.
Then line the basket of the air fryer with aluminium foil. Pre heat to 230 degrees C. Place the chicken on the basket and air fry for 18-20 minutes, until slightly charred and browned.
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Tandoori Chicken Recipe
Tandoori Chicken is a lip-smacking dry chicken dish from the Indian subcontinent, and it happens to be that one dish that a party or gathering just cannot do without.
- 4 Chicken Legs with Thighs
For the first marination
- 1 tsp Salt
- 2 tsp Lemon Juice
- 2 tsp Ginger Garlic Paste
- 1 tsp Kashmiri Red Chilli Powder
For the second marination
- 2 tbsp Hung Curd
- 1 tsp Ginger Garlic Paste
- 1 tsp Kashmiri Red Chilli Powder
- 1/2 tsp Black Pepper Powder
- 1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder
- 1/2 tsp Cumin Powder
- 1/2 tsp Garam Masala Powder
- 1 tsp Coriander Powder
- 2 tbsp Mustard Oil
- 1 tsp Lemon Juice
- 2 tbsp Fresh Cream
- 1 tbsp Kasuri Methi
- 1 tbsp Butter
- 1 tsp Chaat Masala
- Lemon Wedges
- Onion Slices
Wash the chicken and make 3-4 slits on each piece using a sharp knife.
Mix the ingredients for the first marinade and apply it nicely on the chicken legs.
Cover the bowl and refrigerate for 5-6 hours.
Add the ingredients for the second marinade in a bowl and coat the chicken with it.
Cover the bowl and refrigerate for another 4-5 hours.
Pre heat the oven to 180 degree C.
Set a dripping tray on the lower half of the oven.
Set a wire rack above the dripping tray.
Arrange the chicken on the wire rack and grill for 20 minutes.
Turn the chicken legs and again grill for 15-20 minutes, until they are done.
Bast the chicken with butter while grilling.
Remove from oven and brush with butter.
Sprinkle chaat masala on top.
Serve hot with lemon wedges and onion slices.
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