Restaurant style Tandoori Chicken / Easy Oven baked Tandoori Chicken / Tandoori Chicken !!


   Tandoori chicken is a most popular Indian and Pakistani dish consisting of roasted chicken prepared with yogurt, honey and spices. The name comes from the type of cylindrical clay oven, a tandoor, in which the dish is traditionally prepared. The chicken is marinated in yogurt and seasoned with the spice mixture called tandoori masala.
   Once I prepared this recipe long time ago, using oven was new to me, I was so nervous and afraid to use it, you won’t believe my tandoori came out really well, my husband loved it. It is a really super easy making it in home, marinating the chicken holds a important step, longer the marination gives the most tender, juicy & tasty tandoori chicken. It’s better using your hands to spread the marinating mixture over the slits of the chicken, which could be a little messy but, our hands are the best tool to bring out all the flavors of the dish. When I was browsing to get this recipe, I realized that chicken tandoori is most famous all over the world, because most of the blogger were non-Indians, they are more fond of Indian foods & spices.
   To check the tenderness of the chicken, use the skewer / fork. Once the chicken is done, remove the excess juice ( which woes out from the chicken) from the baking sheets, reserve it for stock / use it in any curries. I used broiling method for last 10 minutes by flipping both sides, this helps to give nice crispy crust & charred over the chicken tandoori. This is an perfect starter in Indian cuisines, best side dish with Naan, parathas etc.,

Happy Cooking!!

Bon Appetite!!


Preparation Time – 15 minutes
Marinating Time – 60 minutes / overnight
Baking Time – 20 – 30 minutes
Recipe Cuisines – North Indian
Chicken thighs (whole)- 3 nos.
Yogurt – 3 tbsp
Honey – ½ tbsp
Garam masala – 1 tsp
Cinnamon powder – 1/2 tsp
Nutmeg powder – 1/2 tsp
Javantiri powder – 1/2 tsp
Red chili powder – 1 tsp
Coriander powder – 1 tsp
Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp
Cumin powder – 1 tsp
Chat masala – 1 tsp
Pepper powder – 1 tsp
Ginger (grated) – 1 tbsp
Garlic (grated) – 1 tbsp
Olive oil – 2 tsp
Distilled white vinegar / lemon juice – 2 tsp
Salt to taste

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  • Preheat the oven for 425 degree & line the baking sheet with foil paper.
  • First make a slits in the chicken thighs, remove the moisture by using paper towel & keep aside.
  • In a separate bowl, add yogurt, vinegar, oil, all spices given above the list and beaten it well.
  • Now spread the mixture over the slits on chicken thighs, cover it with plastic wrap & marinate for overnight / at-least 60 minutes in the refrigerator.
  • Insert the the skewers to the chicken thighs, place it over the prepared baking sheets & cook it for 20 – 30 minutes until the chicken gets tender ( flip the thighs for every 15 minutes).
  • Once the chicken gets tender, change the oven into broil, cook it for another 10 minutes on each sides (this helps to get char color on both sides).
  • Serve it hot, remove the skewers and garnish with thin onion rings & lemon wedges, yogurt mint dipping sauce.

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Yogurt Mint Dipping Sauce :
Fresh yogurt / curd – ½ cup
Mint – ¼ cup
Ginger – 1 small piece
Green chilies – 2 nos.
Cumin powder – 1 tsp
Salt to taste.

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Method :

  • Mix all the ingredients & grind it all together in a blender.
  • Serve & enjoy it with tandoori chicken.



9 Comments Add yours

  1. ddeeppaa says:

    Wow. Yummy – the picture pulls me to your dinning table 🙂

  2. sabithasinger says:

    wow! Preethi.. really looks tempting 🙂 🙂 .i wish trying it out and eat it immediately

    1. thank u sabitha !!

  3. You are amazing! I love good flavorful tandoori chicken!

  4. Awesome recipe! Will surely try this one. Do visit my blog for exotic sea food recipes.

    1. Thank you saritha !! Your recipes looks awesome & easy to prepare.. love it !!

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