Chicken Tandoori

Tandoori chicken/ Roasted chicken, a popular Indian, Pakisthani and Bangladeshi dish consisting of chicken marinated in yogurt and seasoned with other spice mixture. It is traditionally cooked at high temperatures in a tandoor (clay oven), but can also be prepared on a barbecue grill or electric/gas oven.
Tandoori chicken is eaten as a starter before a meal.

Chicken leg pieces       : 6

For 1st Marinade:
lemon juice                  : 1/2 big lemon
ginger garlic paste        : 3/4 tbspn
salt                              : 1 tbspn
kashmiri red chilli pwdr: 1 tbspn

For 2nd Marinade:
Thick yogurt                : 200 gm
ginger garlic paste        : 3/4 tbspn
salt                              : 1 tspn
red chilli powder          :  2 tbspn or as per taste
chat masala                  : tbspn
vegetable oil                 : 2 tbspn
mustard oil/ paste         : 2 tbspn
Gram flour                    : 1 tbspn
carom seeds/ajwan       : 1 tspn

  • Wash the chicken leg pieces, take away the unwanted fats
  • Make marks or slits on the chicken leg muscles and on the joints with a sharp knife
  • Prepare the 1st marination with lemon juice, salt, ginger garlic paste and red chili powder in a bowl

  • Mix properly and coat the chicken leg pieces evenly. apply inside the slits also. Set apart at least for an hour
  • Meanwhile prepare for 2nd marinate. Take thick yogurt(preferably hung yogurt). add salt, chilli powder, ginger-garlic paste, garam masala powder, chat masala, mustard oil n cooking oil. Heat a pan, dry roast ajwan/carom seeds and gram flour. Roast for few mins till it smells good and add into the marinated mixture. 

  • Make a nice saucy marinade, give a nice mix and apply properly on individual leg pieces. Make sure to marinate inside the slits also .Keep aside again for atleast an hour
  • Preheat the oven to 400 degree F for 15 mins
  • Place the leg pieces on a baking oven and place it in the oven for 30-45 mins. Check occasionally
  • Gently flip the sides with a fork and bake for further 10-15 mins
  • Hot, spicy, delicious tandoori chicken is ready to serve. 

  • I made a variation by roasting some vegetables also along with chicken


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