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Tandoori Chicken



  • Serves 4
  • Cooks in 40 mins (15m prep + 25m cook)
  • Difficulty: Intermediate
  • Tastes: Bitter Salty Sour Sweet Umami
  • Estimated nutrition per serving

Tandoori chicken

local_grocery_store Ingredients

restaurant_menu Method

  1. 1.In a large bowl, combine yogurt, lemon juice, minced garlic, minced ginger, paprika, ground cumin, ground coriander, turmeric, cayenne pepper, and salt. Mix well.
  2. 2.Add the chicken drumsticks to the bowl and toss to coat them in the marinade. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let the chicken marinate in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours, or overnight for best results.
  3. 3.Preheat your grill to medium-high heat. If using a charcoal grill, make sure the coals are evenly spread out.
  4. 4.Remove the chicken drumsticks from the marinade, allowing any excess marinade to drip off. Reserve the marinade for basting.
  5. 5.Brush the grill grates with vegetable oil to prevent sticking. Place the chicken drumsticks on the grill and cook for about 6-8 minutes per side, or until the chicken is cooked through and has nice grill marks.
  6. 6.While the chicken is cooking, heat the reserved marinade in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring it to a boil and let it simmer for 5 minutes to ensure it's safe to consume.
  7. 7.Once the chicken is cooked, remove it from the grill and brush it with the heated marinade. Let the chicken rest for a few minutes before serving.
  8. 8.Garnish with freshly chopped cilantro and serve with lemon wedges.
  9. 9.Enjoy your homemade tandoori chicken!

lightbulb_outline Tips

  • chevron_rightFor an extra smoky flavor, you can add a teaspoon of smoked paprika to the marinade.
  • chevron_rightIf you don't have a grill, you can also cook the chicken in the oven. Preheat the oven to 425°F (220°C) and bake the chicken for 25-30 minutes, or until cooked through.
  • chevron_rightFeel free to adjust the spice levels to suit your taste. If you like it spicy, add more cayenne pepper.
  • chevron_rightMake sure to remove the skin from the chicken drumsticks before marinating them. This will allow the marinade to penetrate the meat and result in more flavorful chicken.
  • chevron_rightIf you're short on time, you can marinate the chicken for at least 30 minutes, but the longer you marinate it, the more flavorful it will be.