Tandoori Chicken

Here is my easy recipe for tandoori chicken. I used boneless, skinless chicken breasts, because you are supposed to use skinless chicken, and we always have these hand. You can also use boneless skinless thighs, or bone in chicken, just make sure to remove the skin before placing it in the tandoori marinade. You should also prick the chicken with a fork, or put slits in the chicken so that the marinade can get inside the meat. I liked stabbing the chicken with a fork better, you can take out some aggression, and it creates more areas for the marinade to enter. This is also the first recipe I created for my blog. I have since removed it, because I didn’t have a photo. Back then, I didn’t realize the importance of food photos, I just started off using my blog as a place to store my recipes. It’s amazing what has happened in a little over a year. I hope this year, I can learn as much as I did last year, about blogging, photography and cooking. For this chicken, I used a new Greek yogurt, Voskos. Thanks to Voskos for sending me some samples of your products. They were all great!

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Tandoori Chicken

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4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut in half
1 cup full fat Greek Yogurt
1 tablespoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon garam masala
1 teaspoon tumeric
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon coriander
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon lemon juice


Prepare chicken by pricking it with a fork to create holes for the marinade to get into the chicken breasts. Then combine all ingredients, except chicken in a large bowl. Mix well. Add chicken and marinate for 2-3 hours, or overnight, refrigerated.

Preheat oven to highest temperature, for me that's 550 degrees. Bake chicken on wire rack over baking dish until golden and internal temperature is 165 degrees. You can also prepare this chicken on the grill.

To get the chicken a little more charred, I turned the broiler on high in the last few minutes of cooking, while watching carefully, so I didn't burn it.

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  22 Responses to “Tandoori Chicken”

  1. Judimae — August 22, 2010 @ 11:21 am

    Angie, this looks absolutely delicious and the photo is a good one and really captures what Tandoori Chicken should really look like. I will try and pick up some Greek yogurt this week. I love your spin using smoked paprika. I use to make Tandoori chicken a lot when living in California and Florida. I don’t have access to a grill any more so I will try the oven baking method along with the broiler to brown the top. I am now following your blog with Google Friend Connect and look forward to exploring your site and read more of your posts. I will also post a link to the recipe on my Facebook page. Nice meeting ya!


  2. Wendy (The Weekend Gourmet) — August 22, 2010 @ 1:32 pm

    This looks so GOOD…saving to try later this week since I have most of the ingredients on hand! Thanks for sharing…

  3. MaryMoh — August 22, 2010 @ 2:12 pm

    Mmm…you are cooking one of my favourite chicken dishes. These are very good with nan. Yours looks very delicious. Well done for trying new recipes. You are doing very well. Love your blog 😀

  4. Michelle — August 22, 2010 @ 4:25 pm

    I haven’t made tandoori chicken in a long time. This looks great and I’m going to have to mend my ways so I can get some on the table soon.
    I love food pics accompanying recipes. Definitely makes me want to cook/bake quicker than a recipe w/o one.

  5. grace — August 22, 2010 @ 4:50 pm

    photos are indeed key, and that one’s awesome. great dish!

  6. I love all of the spices combined in this recipe. It sure makes for an exciting dinner. I’ll have to try this soon.

  7. Monet — August 22, 2010 @ 6:04 pm

    Isn’t it amazing how much you learn over a year of blogging? I look back to some of my original posts, and I’m a bit embarrassed, I must say! What a great recipe that you started with though…and the photograph you posted today is just beautiful!

  8. Marla (family fresh cooking) — August 23, 2010 @ 1:01 pm

    I love tandoori chicken. Your recipe sounds like a clean & healthy way to prepare it. Must try asap. Glad you have a photo to show it off!

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  11. Suzanne — August 24, 2010 @ 7:06 am

    I have never fixed Tandoori Chicken, but have seen it posted before here and there. This looks like one I can sink my teeth into. Sorry. I love the beautiful color and have all the ingredients on hand. Tandoori Chicken coming right up! Thanks!

  12. momgateway — August 24, 2010 @ 3:02 pm

    Angie, can you read my thoughts? I was just thinking of going making some…I have a tandoori masala.

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  15. Grace — August 26, 2010 @ 4:55 am

    Chicken looks delicious. I love your site and your photography is amazing!

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  18. Ildy — September 15, 2010 @ 8:01 am

    It’s absolutely beautiful!

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