Thursday, 17 October 2013

Tandoori Chicken


I cant tell you how busy I have been shopping this week. We are travelling to India for 4 weeks & I have been busy picking up gifts for my dear ones. The bad part in me is, when I go out to pick up something the window shopping worm in me drags me over to many other shops. Due to this, I will be stuck in the malls for more than 5 hours. Yes you heard me right! I go crazy when I go shopping. Along with shopping for others, I have picked up so many things for myself & Zion. I am sure most of you must be just like me, coz girls love shopping. Since I am outside most of the time I have been eating outside everyday. I cant tell you how many cheat days I have had. I am no more on a diet now & have been hogging like a pig:(. My only fear is I hope I don't continue doing this. Now back in India, we will be holidaying & again I will have so many cheat days. Well now once I come back I need to again get back into dieting along with exercise.

Today's recipe that I am sharing is one of my fav & quickest to make. I must have baked this chicken more than 10 times while I was on my high protein diet. This is my version of Tandoori chicken & its truly amazing. The recipe is very simple & its a total hassle free dish. You can actually marinade the chicken & bake it any time you want. This is how I made it.


  • I whole chicken (900gm- 1.3 kg)
  • 1 cup thick yogurt
  • 1.5 Tbspn Kashmiri chili powder
  • 1/4 Tspn turmeric powder
  • 1 Tbspn fresh Ginger paste
  • 1 Tbspn Fresh Garlic paste
  • 1/2 Tbspn Cumin Powder
  • 1/2 Tbspn Corinader powder
  • 1/2 tbspn Garam Masala powder (Everest brand)
  • 1 Tbspn Kasoori Methi
  • 2 tbspn of Lemon juice
  • Salt as per taste
  • 3 Tbspn Oil

  1. Remove the skin of the chicken, wash it well & make cut marks with a knife around the chicken.
  2. Now make a marinade with all the above ingredients in a bowl. Rub this Marinade on to the chicken really well. Make sure you coat the chicken well with this marinade.
  3. Cover the chicken with a silver foil & rest it in the fridge for about minimum 1 hour in the fridge.
  4. Line the silver foil on the baking tray & keep the chicken on top of it. Now sprinkle some oil of top of the chicken.
  5. Pre heat the oven for 10 mins, bake the chicken for about 50 - 60 minutes. First 30 minutes at 220 degree & the rest at the highest temperature.
  1. After 30 mins of baking you will notice a lot of fat separate on the silver foil, scoop off the oil with a spoon & pour it on top of the chicken & continue baking.
  2. Baking on silver foil is essential or else you will end up washing a very greasy tray.
  3. After 30 mins of baking you can also throw in some chopped onions & garlic.



  1. This was my fav dish when I was a non vegetarian..
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  2. Omg, those tandoori chicken is just inviting me, succelent and very irresistible.

  3. Hi Sheela, First time I am visiting and fell in love with your tandoori chicken, looks so delicious! May I know what is Kasoori Methi? can it be omitted?

    1. Glad you liked this dish. Kasoori methi is dried fenugreek leaves. You can skip it if u don't find them. These leaves adds to a nice flavor & aroma in most North Indian cuisines.

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  5. Hi Sheela, the dish looks very tempting and I definitely like to give it a try.which oven u use for your baking. Actually I'm looking out to buy one. Any suggestion? I had tried brownies from your blog. Came out well and everyone liked it a lot. My current oven is too problematic.

    1. Hi salma good to know u likemy recipes. I use a very basic OTG oven. It's tefel brand. I prefer OTG to microwave for all baking. Back in India also I had a very basic oven that I picked up for some 4k.

  6. Hi Sheela...Did you place aluminium foil beneath the chicken while grilling in the oven? I often face the issue when I directly bake/grill in the tray as the dish sticks to the tray even though I oil it properly. Is it ok to place the aluminium foil in oven?

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    1. I am so glad you liked my blog:)
      Yes you have to keep aluminum foil under the chicken on top of the baking tray as a liner. I do this all the time when I bake savory food.


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