Tandoori Chicken Recipe

Tandoori Chicken Recipe, with chicken marinated in yogurt, lemon juice, aromatics and bold Indian spices. By Spice Cravings. #cooking #food #recipe #recipes #foodphotography #foodblogger #yummy #delicious #foodie

Tandoori Chicken recipe is probably one of the most flavorful and popular recipes from the Indian subcontinent. In this recipe, I marinate the chicken in yogurt, lemon juice, aromatics and bold Indian spices. Then, I grill it to a perfect crispy golden brown. The result is tender, juicy and a to-die-for flavor! If you’ve never tried it before, just trust me on this and go for it!Try this easy Tandoori Chicken Recipe. Chicken marinated in yogurt, lemon juice, aromatics and bold Indian spices and cooked to perfection in the Oven or Instant Pot. By Spice Cravings. #cooking #food #recipe #recipes #easyrecipe #foodphotography #foodblogger #yummy #delicious #foodie #tasty #chicken #chickenrecipes #instantpot #bbq #indian

Tandoori Chicken Recipe:

Skinless chicken is the traditional choice in this recipe. Start by making a marinade including yogurt, fresh ground ginger, garlic, garam masala, red chili powder and fresh lemon juice. Marinate the chicken anywhere from 30 minutes to overnight. Thread it on to skewers and grill it. Most restaurants grill it in a high-heat clay-oven called Tandoor (tun-dur). Tandoor is typically heated with charcoals. That is what gives the chicken a slightly smoky flavor. But, since most of us don’t have a clay oven in our backyards, an oven broiler, or an outdoor grill can achieve a similar flavor!

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Tandoori Chicken in Instant Pot (pressure cooker):

Recently, a friend asked me to adapt my recipe for tandoori chicken for Instant Pot, the programmable pressure cooker. Pressure cooking the meat made it exceptionally moist and helped the chicken absorb the marinade flavors really well. I loved how juicy and tender the chicken became after pressure cooking.  It was ready in under 30 minutes too. My only challenge was the end texture. The grilled, or char-broiled finish is what enhances the taste of Tandoori Chicken, so I definitely didn’t want to let go of that. So, during round#2 of this recipe, I pressure cooked it, and then popped it under the oven broiler for 2 minutes. BAM! Grilled finish accomplished! But, if you don’t care so much about that grilled flavor, you can eat it right after the pressure cooking process. I promise you, you will still think this was the Best Tandoori Chicken Ever!

Tandoori Chicken Recipe

Marinate Chicken

Tandoori Chicken Recipe

Mix it well

Tandoori Chicken Recipe

Refrigerate from 30 mins-overnight

Tandoori Chicken Recipe

Pour water in pot, place chicken on trivet, and pressure cook it

Tandoori Chicken Recipe, with chicken marinated in yogurt, lemon juice, aromatics and bold Indian spices. By Spice Cravings. #cooking #food #recipe #recipes #foodphotography #foodblogger #yummy #delicious #foodie

Optional- broil cooked chicken for 2-3 mins

Tandoori Chicken Recipe, with chicken marinated in yogurt, lemon juice, aromatics and bold Indian spices. By Spice Cravings. #cooking #food #recipe #recipes #foodphotography #foodblogger #yummy #delicious #foodie

Enjoy with Cilantro Chutney 

Oven-Grilled/Baked:

Grilling the chicken gives it a slight smoky flavor, which I just love. Most of the time, I bake it in the oven, or, if I’m using boneless thighs or breast, I grill it under the broiler. Here’s how:

For Bone-in Chicken and Drumsticks:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line a baking tray with foil.
  2. Remove chicken from the marinade, shaking off excess and place it on the tray. Bake for 20 minutes, then turn the chicken and bake for another 15-20 minutes on the other side, or till chicken is cooked through.
  3. Remove from oven. Drizzle some fresh lime juice, and, for an extra zing, sprinkle some Chaat Masala over it.

For Boneless Thighs or Breast:

  1. I slice the chicken breast in half, horizontally. That reduces the cook time and chicken cooks evenly. Line a baking tray with foil.
  2. Remove chicken from the marinade, shaking off excess and place it on the tray. Broil for 7 minutes on the first side (presentation side), then flip the chicken and broil for another 6-7 minutes on the other side, or till chicken is cooked through.
  3. Remove from oven. Drizzle some fresh lime juice, and, for an extra zing, sprinkle some Chaat Masala over it.

Outdoor Grill:

Tandoori Chicken is a real crowdpleaser for BBQ parties and summer picnics! When doing it for a crowd, I prefer using boneless skinless chicken thighs for this recipe. The reason is that they cook faster and can stand the high-heat of the grill. I follow this process:

  1. Grease the grill plates with some light oil.
  2. Remove chicken from the marinade, shake off excess and place it on the medium-high part of the grill. Avoid the direct heat area as the chicken will burn before it cooks.
  3. Cook the chicken 5-6 minutes on the first side, flip it and another 5 minutes, or till it is cooked through.
  4. Drizzle some fresh lime juice, and, for an extra zing, sprinkle some Chaat Masala over it. Serve with cilantro chutney, pickled onions and store-bought Naan.

Awesome Combinations with Tandoori Chicken:

Spinach rice, palak pulao, instant pot spinach pilaf

Spinach Rice

Saffron-rIce-Pilaf

Saffron Rice

 Instant pot Lemon-Rice Pressure cooker

Lemon Rice

Cucumber Yoghurt Dip / Cucumber Raita

Cucumber Raita

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Tandoori Chicken Recipe, with chicken marinated in yogurt, lemon juice, aromatics and bold Indian spices. By Spice Cravings. #cooking #food #recipe #recipes #foodphotography #foodblogger #yummy #delicious #foodie
Tandoori Chicken Recipe
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
1 hr
 

Tandoori Chicken recipe is probably one of the most flavorful and popular recipes from the Indian subcontinent.  I marinate the chicken in yogurt, lemon juice, aromatics and bold Indian spices. Then, I grill to a perfect crispy golden brown. The result is tender, juicy and a to-die-for flavor!

Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Tandoori
Servings: 6 Drumsticks
Calories: 241 kcal
Author: Spice Cravings
Ingredients
  • 1.5 lbs. chicken drumsticks skinned (or boneless chicken thighs, breast or tenders)
Ingredients for Marinade:
Garnish
  • 1 teaspoons fresh lime juice drizzled on top
  • 1/2 teaspoon Chaat Masala - sprinkle all over the chicken (optional)
Instructions
  1. Marinate the chicken: In a large ziplock bag, or a mixing bowl, mix together all ingredients listed under "Marinade". Add skinless drumsticks, close the bag tight and toss it well to coat the chicken with the marinade. Refrigerate the chicken anywhere from 30 minutes to overnight.

    Tandoori Chicken Recipe
  2. Cooking using Instant Pot: Turn Instant Pot On. Pour 1 cup water in the inner pot (adjust for your pot size). Place the trivet, or a steamer basket in the pot. Remove chicken, shake off the excess marinade and place on top. Stack the drumsticks on top of each other. Close the lid. Vent set to Sealing position. Pressure cook on Manual/Pressure Cook for 12 minutes. If using boneless thighs, reduce time to 6 minutes, Boneless chicken breast- 8 mins; Chicken tenders- 5 mins, bone-in skinless chicken breast- 12 minutes.

    Tandoori Chicken Recipe
  3. Open after NPR 10: Wait for 10 minutes before releasing the pressure naturally. To do that, turn the pressure knob from Sealing to Venting position. Remove the chicken and place it on a lined baking sheet. Place it under the broiler for 2-3 minutes to crisp up the chicken. This step is optional and can be skipped. Drizzle some fresh lime juice, and, for an extra zing, sprinkle some Chaat Masala over it.

    Tandoori Chicken Recipe, with chicken marinated in yogurt, lemon juice, aromatics and bold Indian spices. By Spice Cravings. #cooking #food #recipe #recipes #foodphotography #foodblogger #yummy #delicious #foodie
Recipe Notes

If you are new to the Instant Pot, please read my FAQ on Instant Pot Terminology and Accessories to learn more.

 

Note: The nutrition facts below are my estimates.  If you are following any diet plan, I recommend cross-checking with your preferred nutrition calculator.

Nutrition Facts
Tandoori Chicken Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 241 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15g 23%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 105mg 35%
Sodium 514mg 21%
Potassium 314mg 9%
Total Carbohydrates 2g 1%
Protein 22g 44%
Vitamin A 8.7%
Vitamin C 3.5%
Calcium 3.4%
Iron 6.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Try this easy Tandoori Chicken Recipe. Chicken marinated in yogurt, lemon juice, aromatics and bold Indian spices and cooked to perfection in the Oven or Instant Pot. By Spice Cravings. #cooking #food #recipe #recipes #easyrecipe #foodphotography #foodblogger #yummy #delicious #foodie #tasty #chicken #chickenrecipes #instantpot #bbq #indian

 

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