Fiery Feast: Tandoori Chicken


Embark on a culinary adventure with our Fiery Feast: Tandoori Chicken. This iconic Indian dish is known for its vibrant red hue and smoky flavor. Marinated in a blend of yogurt and spices and cooked to perfection in a tandoor oven, this chicken is not just a meal, it's an experience. Every bite is infused with rich spices and a tantalizing char, making it a favorite for spice lovers.

Fiery Feast: Tandoori Chicken

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Prep Time: 4 hours (for marinating) + 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 4 hours 50 minutes

Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Serving Size: 1-2 pieces

Nutritional Profile (per serving)

  • Calories: 310 kcal
  • Protein: 40g
  • Carbohydrates: 5g
  • Fat: 14g
  • Sodium: 580mg
  • Sugar: 2g


  • Chicken Legs and Thighs: 8 pieces (about 1.5kg or 3.3 lbs)
  • Yogurt: 250g (8.8 oz)
  • Lemon Juice: 3 tbsp
  • Ginger-Garlic Paste: 3 tbsp
  • Garam Masala: 2 tsp
  • Red Chili Powder: 2 tsp
  • Turmeric: 1 tsp
  • Cumin Powder: 1 tsp
  • Paprika (for color): 1 tsp
  • Salt: To taste
  • Vegetable Oil: For brushing

Method of Preparation

  1. Marinate Chicken: Make incisions in chicken. Mix yogurt, lemon juice, ginger-garlic paste, and spices. Coat chicken and marinate for at least 4 hours.
  2. Preheat Oven/Tandoor: Preheat to 400°F (200°C) or prepare tandoor.
  3. Cook Chicken: Place chicken on a grill rack. Cook for about 30 minutes, turning and brushing with oil.
  4. Serve: Garnish with lemon wedges and fresh cilantro. Serve with naan or rice.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Marinate overnight for deeper flavor.
  • Use a high heat for a good char.
  • Baste with butter or ghee for added richness.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I make this in a regular oven?

Yes, although a tandoor gives the best results, an oven can be used.

How do I get the bright red color?

Use a good quality red chili powder or paprika.

Is it very spicy?

Adjust the chili to your preference. It can be mild to very spicy.