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
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Tandoori Chicken Recipe

An easy Instant Pot & Oven recipe for Tandoori Chicken, a popular Indian spiced roast chicken. Chicken is marinated in yogurt and toasted Indian spices, and grilled till it's tender and juicy on the inside, and golden and crisp on the outside.  
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Tandoori
Servings: 6 Drumsticks
Calories: 241kcal
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

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

Oven-Grilled/Baked

    For Bone-in Chicken and Drumsticks:

    • Preheat oven to 350F. Line a baking tray with foil.
    • 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.
    • Remove from oven. Drizzle some fresh lime juice, and, for an extra zing, sprinkle some Chaat Masala over it.

    For Boneless Thighs or Breast:

    • I slice the chicken breast in half, horizontally. That reduces the cook time and chicken cooks evenly. Line a baking tray with foil.
    • 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.
    • Remove from oven. Drizzle some fresh lime juice, and, for an extra zing, sprinkle some Chaat Masala over it.

    Outdoor Grill:

    • Grease the grill plates with some light oil.   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.
    • Cook the chicken 5-6 minutes on the first side, flip it and another 5 minutes, or till it is cooked through.
    • 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.

    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

    Calories: 241kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 105mg | Sodium: 514mg | Potassium: 314mg | Vitamin A: 8.7% | Vitamin C: 3.5% | Calcium: 3.4% | Iron: 6.3%