Simple and Tasty Tandoori Chicken

Traditional tandoori dishes are cooked in an oval shaped clay oven with a small fire in the bottom. This oven is called a tandoor. The heat in the tandoor would rise gradually and reaches a higher temperature than a barbeque. In the tandoor, bread and meats and kebabs are cooked together. The bread is struck to the sides, the kebabs stood is placed vertically and the whole chicken rests on a grid over the fire. In this recipe, you can reproduce the tandoor chicken in an oven or a barbeque.

tandooro chicken

Prep Time: 1 d 30 mins

Cook Time: 30 mins

Servings: 4 people

Calories: 230kcal


  • 4 chicken breast
  • 2 small tubs yogurt (Greek or plain)
  • 2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon chilli powder
  • ½ teaspoon ginger powder optional
  • 1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • salt to taste
  • 2 tablespoon lemon juice


  • Preheat the oven at 200 degrees F.
  • Cut chicken breast into 1 inch cubes and set aside.
  • Mix the spices, ginger, garlic, salt and yogurt together.
  • Mix the chicken in the spice/yogurt mixture. Marinate the chicken in the mixture for 30 minutes. Refrigerate while it is being marinated.
  • Thread the chicken onto skewers and either barbeque or cook under a grill using medium heat until the chicken is slightly browned and cooked through. It should cook for about 15-30 minutes.
  • Sprinkle lemon juice to serve.
  • Serve with salad, pitta or naan bread and lemon wedges; or for something more substantial with rice and dahl.


Note: The bright red appearance of tandoori meats in Indian restaurants is produced by food dye.

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