How to make tandoori chicken

How to make tandoori chicken in oven

There is a long known history behind this recipe and I am going to share this with you today. Chicken tandoori is a dish that traces its roots to the Punjab region of the Indian peninsula.

Tandoori was thought to be invented by a Punjabi Hindu named Kundan Lal Gujral, the owner of the restaurant Moti Mahal Delux. Even before India and Pakistan achieved independence, tandoori chicken in oven was already popular in both countries.

At present, chicken tandoori is almost always served at restaurants across Asia. The dish is a regular feature particularly in the culinary scenes of Bangladesh, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and some countries in the West.

The chicken is placed on the tandoor and heat is generated through coal or wood fire. After being exposed to live fire for several minutes, tandoori is subsequently served with yogurt and certain spices. Some Indian curry dishes use base chicken derived from a tandoori chicken in oven.

Tandoori chicken in oven recipe can be prepared in many ways. It can be grilled, baked in an oven or cooked in a broiler pan lined with foil. Tandoori chicken in oven can also be customized to suit those with specific health requirements.

How to make tandoori chicken
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by Swati M.

Tandoori chicken recipe in oven

  • Course Appetizer, Chicken, Snack
  • Cuisine Asian, Indian

The tandoori chicken recipe got its name from the word “tandoor,” a cylindrical clay pot used traditionally as an oven. The tandoor is used for baking and cooking purposes in various parts of West, South and Central Asia.

Tandoori chicken in oven is easy to cook recipe and today we are going to learn how to make tandoori chicken. This recipe is easy to learn and commonly known for its crunchiness, crispiness and flavored spicy taste.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 2 People
Calories 390 kcal


  • 8 Chicken pieces (leg, breast and thigh)
  • 2 tbsp Gram flour
  • 1 Cup Of Curd
  • 1 + 1 tbsp Lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp Ginger garlic paste
  • 3 tbsp Mustard oil or olive oil
  • 1 tbsp Garam masala powder
  • 2 tbsp Kashmiri red chili powder or paprika powder
  • Butter for greasing (optional)
  • Salt to taste


  1. Wash chicken pieces in running water for several times. Clean and dry it neatly with the help of kitchen towel.

  2. Use a bowl to make marinated mixture and add 1 table spoon lemon juice, salt, and Kashmiri red chilli or paprika powder, mix it well together. Now take chicken pieces and have 5-6 deeper cut from all sides using a sharp knife. Use the marinated mixture to fill the chicken cuts. Cover and keep it aside.

  3. Heat oil in a pan on medium flame and fry gram flour for 5 minutes and make sure it doesn't burn. Turn off the flame and keep it aside.

  4. Use a soft cloth to put the curd in. Tie and hang the curd on any top place until it drains out the water completely. In 20-30 minutes take the curd in another bowl and put it aside.

  5. Use the curd bowl to add mix fried gram flour, red chilli powder, garam masala powder, ginger garlic paste, 1 table spoon lemon juice, and salt and oil together.

  6. Now use this mixture to paste nicely on chicken pieces. Keep the chicken pieces in fridge for next 4-6 hours. For much better result you can keep this for overnight.

  7. Use oven and heat it for 300 degree and grill the marinated chicken for 20 minutes or until it well cooked. If you have tandoor available, cook the marinated chicken in tandoor.

  8. Now add butter on chicken pieces from all sides and grill it for another 5 minutes. Tandoori chicken is ready to serve now.

Recipe Notes

For a real good tandoori chicken in oven taste marinate it overnight or at least 4-6 hours. Before you go ahead with the rest of the processes, make sure that the chicken pieces come in room temperature and they are not even cold from inside.

Although, this tandoori chicken in oven recipe is highly recommended to prepare in using a Tandoor but in case if you don’t have one, use oven to grill the chicken pieces. It is still be the best at taste.

One of my relatives has taught me how to make tandoori chicken and I decided to cook it someday. It was fun learning how to make tandoori chicken but I was afraid what it is going to be like and how would it taste if I cooked in the oven but not in traditional tandoor.

Gosh! When the first time I ate this, it reminds me of the day I learned how to make tandoori chicken and I phoned to my relative and thanked her for teaching me this wonderful how to make tandoori chicken recipe.

You gotta believe me when I say, I couldn’t believe it! The taste was so delicious and each bite has crunchy taste and the marinated flavor make me go crazy for a while.

Very next month I had my birthday and I decided to throw a party with certain friends. I marinated my chicken overnight and arranged the tandoor from a neighbor. I personally cooked this snack along with a few others and everyone was so delighted to eat it.

Next day, many of my friends call me to learn how to make tandoori chicken and I couldn’t deny buy teach them how to make the tandoori chicken recipe with tandoor and with oven. If you want to learn how to make the tandoori chicken recipe then the lucky charm is all yours today.

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