Tandoori chicken is my favorite item at Indian buffets. How can anyone resist an all-you-can-eat spread of Indian food of Tandoori chicken, chicken tikka masala, butter chicken, naan, samosa and more?
In this post, I will teach you a homemade Tandoori chicken recipe which I learned from my friend Simply Reem who is a master Indian chef.
Tips on How to Bake Tandoori Chicken in Oven?
Here are all the the secrets on how to make Tandoori chicken that are juicy, tender and bursting with flavors just like Indian restaurants!
- Use Greek yogurt and garam masala in the marinade. The yogurt makes the chicken tender and moist while the Garam Masala gives the iconic aroma and flavors.
- Bake the marinated chicken in the oven at high heat (400 degrees F). The heat will seal in juice inside the chicken.
- To avoid dryness on the skin and the surface of the chicken, baste with oil half way and turn the chicken over while baking.
Grill the chicken in an outdoor or indoor grill for the best results.
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What to Serve with Tandoori Chicken:
For a wholesome Indian buffet-style dinner at home, make the following dishes.
If chicken tandoori is spicy for you, you can always serve it with a glass of creamy and sweet Mango Lassi.
How Many Calories Are in Tandoori Chicken?
This is a healthy meal. It’s keto-friendly and great for keto diet. Each serving is only 259 calories. You should try this authentic Tandoori chicken recipe at home and skip Indian buffets from now on. If you have leftovers, you can use them to make chicken biryani.
What Dishes to Serve with This Recipe?
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The best homemade oven-baked tandoori chicken recipe ever! This authentic Tandoori chicken is tender, moist, juicy and a zillion times better than Indian buffets!
- 1 lb. chicken legs
- Oil for basting
- 1 lime cut into wedges
- 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
- 1 teaspoon ginger finely minced
- 1 teaspoon garlic finely minced
- 1/2 teaspoon Garam Masala
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 2 tablespoons lime juice
- 1 tablespoons oil
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt or to taste optional
- 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
- Red coloring optional
1Clean and pat dry the chicken with paper towels.
Mix all the ingredients of the Marinade in a bowl. Stir to combine well. Add the chicken to the Marinade and marinate for at least 2 hours, or best 4 hours.
Preheat the oven to 400°F (207°C). Line the baking sheet with aluminum foil and place a wire rack over it. Place the chicken on the wire rack. Bake for 20 minutes, then turn the chicken over and bake for another 20 minutes.
Using a small brush, baste both surfaces of the chicken with the oil a couple of times during baking. Broil the chicken for 1 minute or until the skin is slightly charred. Remove from the oven and serve immediately with lime wedges.
Serve the Tandoori chicken with Naan
Oh my delicious creation. This came out juicy and tender and so flavorful, I felt like I was in a restaurant. I quadrupled the recipe so I can make your chicken tikka masala recipe with half, I will update on that tomorrow, but I assume it will be amazing. I am dairy and gluten free, so I used the dairy free yogurt and gluten free spices and it (obviously) still tasted heavenly. And I let mine marinate overnight, because life got too hectic to make it yesterday. ? THANK YOU!!! I appreciate when I can make the food I miss and not get sick.
Can you substitute sour cream for the Greek yogurt? Or will it affect the flavor too much?
Yes you can.
WOW!! i tried your recipe and it turns out to be the best tandoori chicken i have ever made. Thanks a lot for your instructions.
Can this be done in an air fryer? How many minutes?
I think so. I am not sure since I don’t use an air fryer.
Meghan S. Paulien
I am excited to try this recipe; however I would like to point out that where your nutrition facts labels “serving size,” it would be better to write how many chicken legs one person can eat in a serving. When it says, “serving size: 3 people,” that seems like a typo. Do you mean the entire recipe serves 3 people? If so, take the total number of chicken legs the recipe makes, divide it by 3, and that would be the serving size for one person.