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Tandoori Style Chicken


  • 6tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1⁄3cup plain yogurt
  • 1 -2jalapeno chiles or 1 -2 serrano chili, seeded and minced
  • 1 1⁄2teaspoons salt
  • 1teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1⁄2teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1⁄2teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1⁄2teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1⁄4teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1⁄4teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3lbs skinless chicken legs or 3 lbs skinless chicken thighs


  • Stir together lime juice, yogurt, minced chiles, salt, turmeric, coriander, cumin, ginger, garlic, cayenne, cinnamon, cloves, and 1 tbsp of oil in a mixing bowl.
  • Cut slits across the meat of chicken and rub spice mixture all over chicken.
  • Marinate chicken in this mixture for 8 hours or overnight.
  • Preheat the last tbsp of oil in the bottom of a roasting pan and layer chicken pieces in the bottom of pan.
  • Bake 425F for 35-40 minutes or until chicken is done (you may want to check the chicken about 5-8 minutes before and it may even cook longer than the 40 min, depending on size of pieces).


  • Raquel Grinnell

    Sue: Great healthy, family-friendly recipe! I marinated for 24 hours, then grilled the boneless thighs for 4-5 minutes on each side. I had to substitute cardamom for the coriander (didn’t have any); and I added fresh garlic and ginger instead of powdered. Also added garlic salt and 2 tbsp. madras (hot) curry powder (I doubled the recipe). This is saved in my cookbook and it will be used often! I think it would make fabulous kabobs….

  • lolablitz

    I really liked the marinade, but the cooking method dried out the chicken more than my usual hottest-temp-shorter-time. I think I'll use this marinade for ease and the other recipe's cooking method.

  • Misty Cooks

    A family favorite!! I omit the jalepenos & put it under the broiler for about 5 minutes to get it nice & crisp. Also add red food coloring (to the marinade) to give it a beautiful red color. Thanks for the awesome recipe!!

  • Deantini

    This was absolutely fantastic! I let the chicken marinate for 5 hours and it still came out very flavourful and tasty. I did not find it spicy, but am sure that the heat will increase the longer you let it marinate. I added a bit of salt on top of the chicken just before placing in oven (saw review that recommended more salt) and I am glad I did. I used chicken legs. It will definitely not be the last time I make this; served it with Cilantro and Coriander Seed Naan Bread, Cilantro and Coriander Seed Naan Bread and Onion Salad – Indian Inspired – we had an Indian feast!

  • Peko

    Yum! Made this using skinless boneless chicken breasts tonight on the George Foreman and it turned out wonderful. I used fresh garlic and ginger, 2 thai bird chiles instead and no turmeric because I didn’t have any. I also didn’t need to oil the grill, which made this recipe even healthier. Thanks for the recipe!

  • Elielia

    Marinated for two days due to change of plans. It was insanely good. 16 year old son is asking for it again after just 2 weeks!

  • ChloeBaby

    So good! Love the flavour! As another reviewer suggested, I added paprika and lots of fresh garlic, along with the garlic powder, to keep all the vampires at bay. I grilled it as well to give it those lovely charred bits. This is so yummy that even my husband, who is wary of anything not meat and potatoes, loved it. I plan on making this again very soon and very often. Thank you!

  • roccobertuzzi

    amazing!!! Changes I made (suggest) -fresh garlic (3 cloves) – 1/2 to 1tsp smoked paprika -use thighs not breast Best Way To cook: -cook over highest heat setting on bbq just to char each side -then cook using indirect heat for about 30+ minutes… closest thing to a tandoor oven taste! ENJOY this great recipe.

  • Oishi

    a friend had given me a tandori recipe for salmon or chicken, she said to make sure to bbq the chicken and put foil down on bbq for fish (yogurt, cumin,gram masala,fresh garlic,fresh ginger, cayanne, paprika for colour). couldnt find her recipe at the time so made this one, omitted the lime juice, chillis and cloves and put on salmon fillets and wrapped in foil and baked. was really good!

  • cuppycakes

    This is too sour.