home made tandoori chicken

How to make Tandoori Chicken at home?

Tender, juicy, and flavorful tandoori chicken is a dish loved by many. You’ll surely love this easy recipe for making absolutely delicious tandoori chicken at home.

If you don’t have a tandoori oven at home, and want to prepare tandoori chicken, as we get in restaurants, it’s not so difficult!  All you need is either an electric oven or a gas grill and a grill pan. It is a joy to make tandoori chicken at home. This ‘tandoori chicken’ will come out very well if you follow the following procedure. This style of preparation will simulate the outer crust of the chicken as you get in the tandoori oven.


12 chicken drumsticks (chicken legs)
1/2 lemon
200 grams of yogurt
2 tablespoons oil
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander seeds
1/2 teaspoon of kashmiri chili powder
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon garam masala (bought or home made)
1 tablespoon paste of ginger and garlic
1 teaspoon paste of coriander leaves and green chilli
1/4 teaspoon red color (optional)
1/2 teaspoon chat masala
salt to taste


Remove the skin from chicken legs. Create three incisions in in the fleshy areas of each drumstick, This will ensure that the marinade penetrates the chicken legs. The incision must reach the bone. Be careful – the incision must be at the center of the chicken leg.

tandoori chicken

Sprinkle salt on each chicken piece and rub to enter the incisions.

Sprinkle the chicken pieces with lemon juice and rub a little to cover the pieces well with juice.

Mix all spices except the chat masala with yogurt. Pour the marinade over the chicken pieces and rub well, so that each piece is well covered with the marinade. Add the oil and rub in a little.

tanddori chicken marinade

Put the chicken pieces for marination in the refrigerate for at least 4 hours, but ideally for 12 hours.

Place the marinated pieces onto a baking sheet and bake them in electric oven for 30 minutes at 220 degree C. You can alternatively bake the pieces over a gas grill too.

Remove the chicken pieces from the oven. Heat a grill pan drizzle with few drops of oil and add the chicken pieces. Fry the piece on both sides until they form a nice crust.

Remove the pieces from the pan and sprinkle them with a little chat masala to enhance the flavors

Serve at the table directly from the grill pan, accompanied by roti or rice.

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