Friday, August 8, 2014

Tandoori Chicken

Tandoori Chicken is a popular North Indian dish, consisting of roasted chicken prepared with yoghurt and spices. The name comes from a type of cylindrical oven, known as "tandoor" in which Tandoori Chicken is prepared. Belonging to a Sikh family, it was a regular affair in family gatherings/parties in restaurants. But I just have a normal kitchen oven, so I decided to give it a try in here. Even though it cannot taste like the one cooked in a clay tandoor, it still was pretty delicious and wonderful, made us remember the good old days at home.

Typically Tandoori Chicken is served just like that, mostly with a spicy Mint- Coriander Chutney. But as it was a main course, I served it with Kaju Curry Korma and Kashmiri Pulao.


1 whole chicken to be grilled

For the marination:

Bay leaves: 2
Dried red chilli: 2
Peppercorns: 1 tsp.
Cloves: 2
Cumin seeds: 1 tsp.
Cinnamon stick: 1 inch
Star anise: 2
Coriander seeds: 1 tsp.
Yogurt: 1 cup
Lemon juice: 4 tsp.

For the preparation: 

Cooking oil: 5-6 tsp.
Lemon wedges
Mint leaves to garnish

  1. Dry roast all the dry spices: cumin seeds, coriander seeds, cloves, cinnamon, peppercorns, star anise, whole red chilli and bay leaves. Let cool and grind to a coarse powder.
  2. In a big bowl, add the yogurt and mix the freshly prepared garam masala. Add the lemon juice and mix well. 
  3. Make slashes on the washed and cleaned chicken so the marinate seeps inside. Marinate the whole chicken in this mixture for 24 hours (or at least 8 hours) in refrigerator.
  4. Preheat the oven and rub oil all over the marinated chicken. Put the chicken on the grill and let it grill for 20 minutes on 250 C.
  5. Take out the chicken, rub oil again on the surface from all sides and keep in the oven for another 25 minutes at 200 C.
  6. For the third time, take out the chicken and again rub oil. Keep in the oven again for 15 minutes at 150 C. Turn off the oven and take out the chicken.
  7. Rub lemon all over the chicken and serve garnished with mint leaves.

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  1. Thanks a lot for this recipe. It turned out great.delicious dear...You have made this perfectly..Will surely give it a try..
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    1. Thanks a lot. Sure do try and let me know how it turned out.

  2. The whole chicken is with skin or without skin?

  3. Wow Brijdeep this is such a wonderful recipe. This came out so well. My husband loved it so much :) Thanks for sharing this with us. I'm making it again tomorrow! :)

  4. Wow!! Just wow!! I just ate and I am hungry again.
    5 stars all the way from Pakistan.

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