Grilled Tandoori Chicken

Grilled Tandoori Chicken – Recreate this Indian favorite QUICKLY and EASILY at home!! If you’re looking for a new spin on grilled chicken, this is THE recipe to try! Super juicy, flavorful, and you’ll LOVE IT!!

Grilled Tandoori Chicken - Recreate this Indian favorite QUICKLY and EASILY at home!! If you're looking for a new spin on grilled chicken, this is THE recipe to try! Super juicy, flavorful, and you'll LOVE IT!!

Over the past few years I have really fallen in love love with Indian food and this tandoori chicken is no exception.

It’s juicy, tender, and has so much authentic Indian flavor. It’s not spicy but instead has a wonderful layered flavor profile that comes from the variety of spices.

This Tandoori Chicken Recipe Is Easy

While some Indian cuisine seems daunting and complicated because of the unfamiliar ingredients and the cooking process itself, this recipe is easy-peasy, very straightforward and you can get the ingredients at most any grocery store.

Grilled Tandoori Chicken - Recreate this Indian favorite QUICKLY and EASILY at home!! If you're looking for a new spin on grilled chicken, this is THE recipe to try! Super juicy, flavorful, and you'll LOVE IT!!

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What Ingredients And Spices Are Used in Tandoori Chicken

The chicken marinates in a mixture of Greek yogurt, garlic, lemon juice, garam masala (available in the spice aisle of your regular store), paprika, turmeric, cumin, coriander, ginger, and more.

The Greek yogurt imparts so much moisture into the chicken. And it’s impossible to have bland or run-of-the-mill chicken with all those spices.

If that flavor profile and list of ingredients sounds familiar to you, it’s because it’s very similar to both this Chicken Tikka Masala recipe (slow cooker or Instant Pot) and this Easy Chicken Shawarma. I loved both of those recipes so much and it’s no surprise the tandoori chicken was also a winner for us.

Grilled Tandoori Chicken - Recreate this Indian favorite QUICKLY and EASILY at home!! If you're looking for a new spin on grilled chicken, this is THE recipe to try! Super juicy, flavorful, and you'll LOVE IT!!

Do I Need A Special Grill

Since I don’t have a tandoor out back (and you probably don’t either), I use my outdoor gas grill.

If you don’t have a grill, I’m sure you can bake it on a sheet pan in a 400F oven until done or use an indoor grill pan but I haven’t personally tried either. Tis the season for me to fire up my outdoor grill.

To Sauce Or Not To Sauce

While it’s not very traditional to have a dipping sauce for tandoori chicken, I used the extra Greek yogurt that I had anyway for the marinade to make a dipping sauce.

It’s the same sauce that I made for the Curried Cauliflower and Chickpea Salad or try the one I made for the Easy Chicken Shawarma. Both are very similar in that they are tangy, cooling, and perfectly compliment the chicken. You don’t need a sauce since the chicken is so moist on its own but I am a sauce and dip junkie. Hence, I made a sauce.

Why You Need Tandoori Chicken In Your Life

As we enter grilling season, I urge you to put down that bottle of barbecue sauce since we’ve all had barbecued chicken a million times, and venture out on an ethnic eats whim. You will thank yourself later because this chicken is delish.

Served with jasmine or basmati rice, this fast and easy recipe belongs in your dinner rotation.

Grilled Tandoori Chicken - Recreate this Indian favorite QUICKLY and EASILY at home!! If you're looking for a new spin on grilled chicken, this is THE recipe to try! Super juicy, flavorful, and you'll LOVE IT!!

Grilled Tandoori Chicken

Grilled Tandoori Chicken – Recreate this Indian favorite QUICKLY and EASILY at home!! If you’re looking for a new spin on grilled chicken, this is THE recipe to try! Super juicy, flavorful, and you’ll LOVE IT!!

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Ingredients:

Chicken 

  • about 1/2 cup (5 ounces) Greek yogurt (I used 0% fat)
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 to 5 cloves garlic, finely minced or pressed
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon garam masala
  • 1 tablespoon paprika (I used smoked paprika)
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, optional and to taste
  • 1 to 1.25 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts (I used breast tenders which cook very quickly to save time)

Dipping Sauce (optional)

  • about 2/3 cup (6 ounces) Greek yogurt (I used 0% fat)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons honey, or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, or to taste
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro finely minced for garnishing, optional

Directions:

  1. Chicken – Add all ingredients to a gallon-sized ziptop bag, seal, and squish the chicken around to coat it well and evenly. Place bag in the fridge and marinate for at least 30 minutes (if you can plan ahead and marinate overnight, even better).
  2. Preheat grill to medium-high. Remove chicken from the bag using tongs and place it on the grill; discard the bag and extra marinade. Grill chicken on each side for about 4 to 5 minutes or until done. Because I used breast tenders, they cook very quickly, in about 8 minutes total. Large breasts will take longer to grill. After chicken is done, set aside to rest. While it rests, make the dipping sauce.
  3. Dipping sauce -To a small bowl, add all ingredients except cilantro, and whisk to combine. Taste, check for seasoning balance and desired consistency, and if necessary add more salt, pepper, oil, honey, etc. to taste.
  4. Optionally garnish the chicken with cilantro before serving it with the dipping sauce on the side. Chicken is best fresh but will keep airtight in the fridge for up to 5 days; dipping sauce will keep airtight for up to 1 week in the fridge.
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14 comments on “Grilled Tandoori Chicken”

  1. This chicken looks awesome!
    I prefer tandoori chicken with roti or naan and a side salad.
    It is DIVINE :-)

  2. This looks fabulous and I have enjoyed making more Indian food thanks to your recipes! I really love garam masala and have a jar on hand that I mixed up myself….with just enough left for this recipe.

  3. Perfect recipe to break out the grill for!!

  4. Yummy, those spices look amazing. I have found, like you mentioned, that Greek yogurt adds wonderful moisture to chicken–looking forward to trying it with this flavor profile.

  5. We loved this! Its perfect on the grillI and the marinade is so flavorful. I also made your curried cauliflower and chickpea salad to go with it (delicious)!

  6. My fault I didnt give it 5 stars. I should have taken your suggestion and used chicken tenderloins. Instead, I used huge breasts that didn’t cook all the way and didn’t have enough outside meat exposed to coating and grill. The part that I did taste on the outside was very tasty. Am looking forward to the next time I cook using tenderloins.

    Rating: 3
    • Yes in this case it’s not the recipe that is to blame since you didn’t follow the recipe. But now you know why I specifically called out using smaller cuts of chicken. I find with grilling, it’s almost impossible to properly cook huge breasts so that they turn out tasty.

  7. This is AWESOME. I always thought that Tandoori chicken would be hard to make – too hard to attempt, what with the special cooker and all. Tried this recipe 2 weeks ago – and had to make it for dinner again tonight. Next time I have people over for dinner, this is what I will serve. Beautiful and absolutely delicious! Super easy and super good!

    Rating: 5

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