Tandori Chicken Marinade ingredients:
- PLAIN yogurt
- lemon or lime juice
- olive oil
- paprika (not smoked)
- ground turmeric
- ground ginger
- ground clove
- ground cardamom
You can grill the chicken whole, or thread onto skewers, up to you!
Marinate the chicken for at least 20 minutes before grilling, or preferably overnight!
I love adding “grillable” veggies – here I have scallions and bell peppers. Zucchini, tomatoes, asparagus, or green beans work well too!
If you don’t feel like starting up your barbecue, a grill pan over your stovetop works great too.
Make sure to grease your grill or grill pan well. Grill each side so all sides are nicely marked, and finish in a warm oven.
What to serve with Tandoori Chicken?
How to make the most flavorful Tandoori Chicken in a yogurt marinade, cooked on a grill!
- 2 pounds chicken thighs (boneless, skinless, left whole or cut into 1 ½ inch cubes for skewers) or chicken breasts (see notes)
- 1/2 cup whole milk PLAIN yogurt
- 6 cloves garlic – finely minced ( or sub 1 1/2 tablespoon granulated garlic)
- 2 tablespoons lime juice
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 1 tablespoon cumin
- 2 teaspoons coriander
- 2 teaspoon paprika (not smoked)
- 1 ½ teaspoon ground turmeric
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne, more for spicy (this is quite mild)
- ½ teaspoon ground ginger
- ½ teaspoon ground clove
- ¼ teaspoon ground cardamom
In a medium bowl whisk all marinade ingredients together until well combined (or use a blender) Add the chicken and let marinate for at least 20 minutes or up to 24-48 hours in the fridge. The longer, the better. 🙂
If using wood skewers, soak wood skewers in water at least 30 minutes to prevent burning.
Pre-heat grill to med-high heat. Make sure the grate is cleaned and very well greased.
Sear the chicken, for 4-5 minutes or until good grill marks appear. Resist the urge to move them early, or too much or you will lose the lovely yogurt crust.
Once both sides have grill marks, turn the grill down, or move to a cooler part of grill and cover – or alternatively, finish cooking in a 350 F oven until meat is cooked through.
For vegetarians -feel free to use the same marinade on tofu! Super tasty.
Feel free to substitute chicken breasts- cooking time will shorten- so be mindful that your chicken doesn’t dry out.
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