Authentic Indian Tandoori Chicken

Authentic Indian Tandoori Chicken

I had to leave my home in India, but I got to live with amazing coworkers. I learned this authentic Tandoori chicken recipe when I lived with them.

Ingredients: 2 servings

6 pieces
2 cloves
1 tablespoon
1 teaspoon
Lemon or lime
1 teaspoon
Cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon
Garam masala
2 rounded teaspoons
150 g


1. Wash the chicken. Poke some holes into the chicken, sprinkle on some salt and lemon or lime juice. Rub the chicken and let it rest for a while.
2. Meanwhile, finely mince or grate onion, garlic and ginger. Prepare the yogurt and spices.
3. This is what it looks like when you mix everything. If you prefer red Tandoori chicken, add some paprika.
4. Add the chicken into the yogurt mixture and massage to let the flavor go into the chicken.
5. Cover with plastic wrap and let it rest overnight or up to 36 hours
6. Preheat the oven to 180℃. Meanwhile, take the chicken out of the marinade and lightly pat off the sauce. Discard the sauce.
7. Place a grilling rack on a baking sheet and line the chicken on top. When the oven is preheated, grill both sides of the chicken for 15 minutes each.
8. Enjoy with a spritz of lemon or lime.

Story Behind this Recipe

Somebody always makes this Tandoori chicken when I have a gathering with other Indians. There are varieties of Tandoori chicken such as dry ones and the others with plenty of sauce.