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Tandoori chicken restaurant style recipe

How to make Tandoori chicken recipe | Tandoori Murgh recipe

Garnished Tandoori chicken pieces for Tandoori chicken recipe
Tandoori chicken

Tandoori chicken also known as Tandoori Murgh is a world famous dish which is loved by all generation of people.

 Tandoori chicken is a chicken dish  prepared by roasting chicken marinated in yogurt and spices in a tandoor over charcoal till crisp golden.

The dish is originated in Indian subcontinent in Peshawar , now in Pakistan. But it was popularasied by  Kundan Lal Jaggi at Moti Mahal Restaurant.

Tandoori chicken is very popular in Punjab and thus it also called a Punjabi dish.

More about Tandoor preparation you can check the below link for more details

  * Kandhari chickenTikka recipe

  * Best chicken Tikka recipe

Tandoori chicken is soft , juicy and crisp but not hot. It  is served as a starter but can be taken as a side dish with Roti or Naan.

Tandoori chicken can be used to prepare chicken masala, butter chicken, Murgh makhani and tandoori chicken curry.

You can also prepare Tandoori chicken salad and  chicken briyani using it.

Easy step by step instructions to make

Tandoori Chicken Recipe(best Tandoori chicken)


Preparation time :- 10-12 min

Marination time :- 3-4 hours

Cooking time :- 15 minutes

Yeilds :- 2 servings

Difficulty :- medium

Tandoori chicken  Ingredients :-

* 600 -700 gm chicken ( we will only use it's leg and breast parts)

* 1/2 cup hang curd ( Greek yogurt)

* 1 teaspoon Kashmiri chilly paste

* 1 teaspoon Ginger Garlic paste

* 2 teaspoon Lemon juice

* 1/2 teaspoon Red chilly powder

* 1/2 teaspoon Garam masala powder

* 1/2 teaspoon Cumin powder

* 1/3 teaspoon Coriander powder

* 1/3 teaspoon Black pepper powder

* 2 teaspoon Mustard oil

* 1 teaspoon cooking oil

* Salt to taste

* 1/3 teaspoon Chat masala

Curd ginger garlic paste chilly paste for Tandoori chicken recipe

Chilly powder garam masala salt and pepper powder Cumin powder for Tandoori chicken recipe

Lemon and it's slices for Tandoori chicken recipe

Method of preparation (how to make) :-

Restaurant style  Tandoori chicken recipe(Indian Tandoori chicken recipe)


* Clean and cut the chicken and remove the Leg and Breasts part separately.

Clean 2 chicken legs and 2 chicken breast pieces for Tandoori chicken recipe
Leg and breasts

* Remove the excess fats from the side of the leg and breast using a knife.

* Using a sharp knife make 3 - 4  incision to the Leg and Breast part of the chicken. It can help to absorb the flavours of masalas.

Incision marks on chicken legs and breasts for Tandoori chicken recipe
Incision marks


What is marination ?

Marination is a process of  soaking foods in a seasoned, often acidic liquid before cooking. In addition to these ingredients, a marinade often contains oil, herbs and spices to further flavor the food items
It is often used to flavour and tenderize the foods.

Tandoori chicken marination can be divided into two parts :-


1. First marination

It is very important as this will  make the chicken more of juicy and soft.

Take the chicken pieces in a mixing bowl and add half of the Red Chilly powder, Ginger Garlic paste, Lemon juice and salt and mix well. Also add the half of the Cooking oil and keep  it refrigerated for at least 1 hours.

These process will  make the chicken tenderize, soft and juicy. Due to the presence of  Lemon juice, the chicken pieces get rapidly tenderized.

2. The second marination 

Second marination gives the chicken all spicy flavors and  help  to get  cooked properly.

 In this process we need to make a Red masala also called tandoori masala to coat the chicken pieces while cooking.

You can check the following link to make Tandoori masala with step by step instructions with photos.

   How to make tandoori red masala

* Take a mixing bowl and add all the above ingredients one by one and mix well to give it a thick batter like consistency to make Tandoori masala. The masala should not be too thin or watery either it won't coat the chicken pieces properly.

*  Bring out the chicken pieces from the refrigerator and mix well with this tandoori masala mixture. Coat the masala properly thus it can enter inside the chicken  pieces using the incision marks to get marinated.

Chicken in red masala marination for Tandoori chicken recipe

* Keep the chicken pieces  refrigerated again for  at least 3 hours to marinate.

* After three hours, bring the marinated tandoori chicken pieces out of the fridge and keep in room temperature for 10 minutes.

Different types of cooking method for tandoori chicken-----------------------------

1 . Using charcoal Ovalclay Tandoor

2. Using an Oven 

3. Using stove top method.

How to make tandoori chicken using charcoal Ovalclay Tandoor :-

* Now  take a Iron  Shewer and shew the chicken pieces one by one in the Shewer.

Marinated chicken pieces in Shewer for Tandoori chicken recipe

* Put the Shewer inside a Preheated Ovalclay Tandoor and cook for 10 - 15 minutes busting oil or Butter on the chicken pieces .

The temperature of the tandoor should not be high either the chicken pieces will get burnt . In a medium low temperature cook the tandoori chicken .

Shewering Tandoori chicken pieces cooking in Ovalclay Tandoor for Tandoori chicken recipe
Cooking in Ovalclay Tandoor

How to make tandoori chicken in Oven :-

* You can also cook Tandoori chicken in an oven.  Preheat the oven at 240 degree celcius for at least 15 minutes . Place silver foil on a  baking tray and grease it with oil or butter.

* Place the chicken pieces over the foil and grill for 8 minutes.

* After 8 minutes, flip the chicken pieces to the other side and cook for another 7 - 8 minutes busting butter over it.

Marinated chicken pieces for oven cooking for Tandoori chicken recipe
For Oven
* When the chicken pieces get crisp golden bring them out and serve in a plate hot.

* Serve the tandoori chicken with Green chutney or Mint sauce.

Cooked tandoori chicken with onions and lemon for Tandoori chicken recipe
Tandoori chicken

Cooked two pieces of Tandoori chicken with onions and lemon for Tandoori chicken recipe
Tandoori chicken

What to serve with tandoori chicken ?

          SERVING TIPS

* Tandoori chicken can be served with lachcha onion  and green chutney ( coriander mint sauce).

* Tandoori chicken is served as an appetizer, you can take it as a side dish also with main course.

* A Tandoori naan or garlic butter naan is best to serve with tandoori chicken when taken as an appetizer.

What is the nutritional value for tandoori chicken?


Calories :- 540 kcal 

 protein :- 32 g

Fats :- 43 g | carbohydrate :- 3 g

Saturated fats :- 9 g | cholesterol :- 130 mg

           RECIPE NOTES

* You can use Cooking oil instead of Mustard oil.

* Kashmiri chilly paste gives it the distinct Red colour appearance only. You can use Kashmiri chilli powder also in place of Kashmiri chilli paste.

* Incision to the chicken pieces is very important. It not only help to absorb all the flavours but also help to cook it.

* Chicken breast pieces has a supreme part inside which need extra care for cooking. So if you make a good incision upto the supreme part, it will easily get cooked.

* If you are using stove top method to cook tandoori chicken, it is very important to follow the incision procedure.

* Always use chicken of having 700 - 800 gm of weight for tandoori chicken recipe.

* Don't use chicken more than 1000 gm of weight. It will not cook properly and the chicken pieces will be hard.

* Lemon juice is very important to tenderize the tandoori chicken.

For more recipes using Ovalclay charcoal Tandoor :-

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  1. I just discovered your blog fun. Love it...
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  2. Wow, the recipe looks mouth-watering. The authentic Tandoori Chicken recipe is my all-time favorite. However, I prepare it in a slightly different way. I am going to try your recipe this time.

  3. Love your blog. Just discovered it. Thanks a million for sharing so many tips.


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