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Oct 10, 2014

Tandoori Chicken Recipe

Tandoori Chicken one of my favourite, i make it quite often. I have already shared a version of it in this blog. This is a updated version of it. I want to post a new post with new pictures..Last weekend i made it and took pics of it.. You can check out the other grilled chicken recipes ..

Tandoori chicken or any tandoori foods are incomplete without the delicious mint chutney on the sides..I have few version of mint chutney in this blog, like this and this. But the chutney which is served with tandoori foods are a lots more creamy. You can check the recipe of the mint chutney here. 

I hope you will give this a try and let me know how it turned out for you..

Preparation Time : 10 mins
Marinating Time : 6 hours or Overnight
Cooking Time : 45 to 50 mins
Serves : 5


Chicken - 1 whole chicken cut into 10 pieces
Butter or Ghee for Brushing on top
Chat Masala for Sprinkling on top

For First Marination:
Chilli Powder - 1 tblspn
Salt to taste
Lemon Juice - 2 to 3 tblspn

For Second Marination:
Chilli Powder - 1 tblspn
Coriander Powder / Malli Podi - 2 tblspn
Cumin Powder - 2 tsp
Chat Masala Powder - 1 tblspn
Black Pepper Powder - 1 tsp
Turmeric Powder / Manjal Podi - 1 tsp
Red Food Colouring a pinch
Kasuri Methi Leaves - 1 tblspn


Take chicken in a bowl, make deep slits on them. Add salt, chilli powder and lemon juice to them and mix well. Leave this aside for 30 mins.

Now take second marination ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Pour this over the marinated chicken and mix well.

Leave this to marinate for 6 hours or over night.

Next day, remove it and let it come to room temp.

Preheat oven to 250 Degree C. 

Now place the chicken over a foil lined baking tray and pop it in oven for 5 mins, remove it and flip over, apply leftover marination over it if you have any and bake it for 5 more mins.Remove the tray from oven, apply ghee all over it.

Now reduce the oven temp to 160 degree C and bake it for 10 more mins. 

Remove it and flip over and apply ghee all over it and bake it for 10 more mins.

Remove it and flip over and apply ghee all over it and bake it for 10 more mins.

Now remove it and set aside. Mean time, increase the oven temp to 250 degree C and set the mode to grill.

Place the tray near to the grill and cook it for 5 mins till you see some black spots over the chicken.

Remove it from oven, give a final glaze with ghee and sprinkle some chat masala over it.


Take all your ingredients

Take all the spices

Take chicken in a bowl

Actually i forgot to make slashes before i added the first marination on. So make deep slashes first

like this

Add in chilli powde

sprinkle salt

add in lemon juice

mix well and leave to marinate for 30 mins

Now lets make the second marination..Take yogurt
in a bowl

Add in spice powders

add in ginger garlic paste

add a good amount of dried fenugreek leaves

season with some salt

Mix Mix

Second marination done

Pour this over the chicken

Massage it well

Take make the marination goes into the chicken and
the slits which we made

Done...Leave this to marinate for 6 hours atleast. you can
leave it overnight, like i did

Line a baking tray with foil

Place the chicken over this

Time to bake

Remove it once half baked

Flip over 

apply the remaining marination over this

Bake again

Now take some butter or ghee

Brush it over the chicken generously

Once it is all glazed with ghee

Pop it in oven and bake for few mins
Remove it and flip over, glaze it with ghee again

Bake for few mins

I finally grilled it for 5 mins...Then i glazed it finally
 with some ghee and sprinkled it with chat masala..

Remove it and serve with mint chutney

hot and delicious..


  1. Wow.. Mouth watering dish... Which oven r u using?

  2. luks perfect & yummy..

  3. @Annu Kuruvillahttp://www.yummytummyaarthi.com/2014/03/meet-my-ovens-ovens-which-i-use-best.html

  4. Wow..it luks yummy...too gud..

  5. Can i prepare tandoori in microwave. . Pls message me temperature details

  6. plz tell us how to make chat masala at home.

  7. Hi Aarthi, your recipes are too good . Can you upload the recipe for eggless mayonnaise

  8. @AnonymousCook it for Same temp and same timing in microwave convection mode..

  9. Hi, Aarthi you said Preheat oven to 250C... then at wat temp we should bake? cos later you said increse your oven temp to 250C and grill...

  10. @NisaSorry that is a typo.First you have to preheat oven to 220 degre C. Bake it at that..Later increase it to 250.

  11. Awesome recipes. . Gonna try one by one.. thx alot for sharing. ..

  12. Thanks for this recipe. Looks yummy. Excellent pictorial recipe. I have never seen recipe demonstration such like yours. Truly Aarti, I have stopped checking recipes from other blogs and sites. 😊👏

  13. Wow aarthi it looks so good 2mrw I m Gng to try this I was searching for tandoor recipe this is wht I needed thand u so much!

  14. Every thing went well until I placed chicken on a non- stick tawa. I backed for first 15min and took out the tawa to flip chicken pieces. There I see water at bottom of tawa and chicken became soft on that side. But I did not see any water in your tray and I used hung curd too. What went wrong ?

  15. @MadhuIt depends on the chicken, it is not a issue, just keep on cooking. the water will dry out

  16. Hi Aarthi,

    Thanks for the recipe. The pics are simply mouthwatering. I needed one clarification though. Can you tell me the approx. weight of the chicken ? Should I use these ingredients for 1 or 1.5 kg chicken ? Let me know.


  17. Is it safe to use on grill this black colour baking tray which is of round shape and comes along with microwave with a combi mode and secondly my convection mode is only for 200 c max heating

  18. @AnonymousI am not sure about that..haven't used microwave so far

  19. Great recipe this, thanks for sharing this.


  20. This surely looks super delicious.
    One thing I like about your post is that you detailed out each and every point very nicely !
    I will try it out. Thanks.

  21. Thank you so much for all your detailed recipes...I tried this dish n it was a great success. looking forward to more great recipes.

  22. Thank you so much for all your detailed recipes...I tried this dish n it was a great success. looking forward to more great recipes.

  23. Hi your dish looks so yummilicious but I was wondering that marinated chicken is kept in the fridge or freezer??

  24. Hi can we omit chat masala? Will it taste good after omitting?

  25. @smithichat masala gives the nice flavour to the chicken, you can leave it out if u want

  26. Hi. Can I omit the butter and ghee in the end and replace with oil??

  27. Hi arthi
    can i use normal yogurt instead of unsour?

  28. @Aarthi

    If you have convection mode on your microwave, you probably also have a grill mode. I put the chicken by itself on the high metal rack, so it sat just under the grill, and the black nonstick baking tray all the way at the bottom on top of the rotating glass plate to catch the drippings. Grill mode for 15 minutes on each side. The tandoori chicken turned out excellent!

  29. Wow I tried this recipe last evening..I added fried besan before cooking and it turned out yummy...thanks fr your easy nd quick recipes.

  30. Hi I do not have an oven but was wondering if I can pan fry the marinated chicken instead? Thank you!

  31. @Chiminiepan frying is possible.u can cook it on a low heat till it is cooked

  32. Hi aarthi,it is the first time I am commenting on anything like this.but I have to tell you..I tried this recipe and it came out great..keep doing this greatjob...I love your cooking...and I pretty much tried all your chicKen recipes..

  33. In which mode this needs to be cooked on otg..? Grill or bake?

  34. your recipe looks so delicious nd blog also very nice..... :) !!!!

  35. Can i cook this in charcoal grill instead of oven ?

  36. Will it be the same taste when cooked on tawa ? I do not have microwave here? So will it not stick to tawa

  37. Can I cook this grill or microoven

  38. Can i fry this using a frying pan... I don't want to use oven thats why ? Is that possible.

    1. yes u can use, but you have to cool it slow. so it gets cooked

  39. Hi, I did in the same way, but it did not turn roasted at all.Please let me know where I went wrong?

    1. Once it is cooked. place the rack on the highesy setting and grill it for few mins, so it will gets nice and charred

  40. Sis if I reduce the temp to 160 c then the red light turns on and off sis and red roses are not heating up.only in 220 and 250 the red roses are heating up .

    1. not sure. can you check with your dealer. it may be a fault in your oven


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