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Tandoori Chicken Recipe

  • Author: Suguna Vinodh
  • Total Time: 25h
  • Yield: 3-4 servings 1x


Recipe for Tandoori Chicken made at home in a bbq grill. Recipe with step by step pictures. Homestyle Tandoori Chicken Recipe.



1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cumin powder
3/4 teaspoon red chilli powder
1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
1/4 teaspoon black pepper powder
1/4 inch piece cinnamon / cassia
2 cloves
2 cardamom
1/2 teaspoon kasuri methi / dried fenugreek leaves
1/4 teaspoon dry ginger powder
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon coriander powder
1 Lime, juiced
1/2 inch piece ginger
2 green chillies
6 cloves garlic
2 tablespoon curd / plain yogurt
2 tablespoon cream
2 tablespoon oil

1 tablespoon Butter for brushing finished chicken

3 whole legs of chicken – bonein

To Serve: Lemon Wedges and Cut Onions


Get all the ingredients prepped up. Make deep gashes in the chicken. Apply salt and lime juice and rub the chicken well. Set aside.

Take all the spice powders along with the whole spices like cinnamon, cloves and cardamom in a mixie jar. Grind to a powder. Add in the wet ingredients namely yogurt, cream, oil, garlic, ginger and green chillies. Grind it along with the spice powders to a smooth paste.  Add it to the chicken and apply the marinade well.

Marinate the chicken over night in the fridge. You can marinate for up to a day.

Grill the chicken over hot coals for 20 – 30 minutes. The time will differ based on the size of the chicken leg and the heat of the grill. Keep moving the pieces around so it gets cooked evenly. Baste the chicken once or twice while grilling with the leftover marinade.

I use a meat thermometer to check for doneness of the chicken. A thermometer inserted in the middle (touching the bone) should read around 170-175 degrees F.

Remove the chicken from the grill and brush it with butter. Some people dust the grilled chicken with chat masala. But I just finish the chicken with a coating of butter and its done. Serve with lime wedges and onions.


The same recipe can be made in an OTG oven. Bake the chicken in a 200c / 400F oven for 30-40 minutes. Baste the chicken once or twice and turn the pieces in the oven half way through so they cook evenly. Finally, finish with butter.

  • Prep Time: 24h
  • Cook Time: 1h

Keywords: tandoori chicken