Authentic Tandoori Chicken in Oven

authentic TANDOORI CHICKEN in oven

Authentic tandoori chicken in oven is easy, super flavorful and is fabulous made into different meals. Moist, tender cooked chicken with the MOST delicious  tandoori chicken marinade made with yogurt, lime juice, spices, ginger, garlic, kasoori methi and a dash of food color for that iconic look. THE BEST TANDOORI CHICKEN RECIPE EVER!!! 

 

authentic TANDOORI CHICKEN in oven

Today, we are going back to basics. 

The basic yet classic tandoori chicken without a tandoor. 

I dream of owning my own tandoor oven built in the backyard where I can cook naans, kulchas, tandoori chicken, paneer tikka to my heart’s content. A girl can dream, right? 

As of now, it is the outdoor grill or oven to the rescue!! 

This recipe has been my go to tandoori chicken recipe for as long as I can remember. It is a HUGE HIT every single time.

Why is this the best authentic tandoori chicken in oven? 

  • Easy 
  • Authentic
  • Spicy
  • Healthy
  • Moist 
  • Flavorful 
  • D-E-L-I-S-H

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What ingredients are in tandoori chicken?

Chicken – My choice of chicken is boneless skinless chicken thighs. They cook so juicy, moist and tender when compared to chicken breast. 

Yogurt – I use greek yogurt, since it so thick and delicious. But, any plain thick yogurt will work. ‘

Lime juice – Or lemon juice. The acidity is one of the main ingredients in making a tender chicken 

Spices – Coriander and cayenne pepper powder

Ginger, Garlic – The “mirepoix” of Indian cooking

Kasoori methi – Dried fenugreek leaves which contributes a unique buttery flavor and is a MUST in making an authentic tandoori chicken recipe. It can be found in all Indian grocery store and Amazon. However, if you cannot get hold of kasoori methi then here is a good substitute – 2 tablespoons of finely minced fresh cilantro and 2 tablespoons of finely minced fresh mint. 

Orange food color – It is used to give the tandoori chicken the iconic deep orangish – red  color. This is purely optional. 

How to make authentic tandoori chicken in oven?

Step-1: Make marinade – Mix all marinade ingredients together, until thoroughly combined

Step-2: Toss boneless skinless chicken thighs along with the marinade and refrigerate overnight.

Step-3: Broil in oven or cook on a outdoor grill

Done and DONE. 

How easy was that? 

Tips and tricks in making a best tandoori chicken recipe:

Use boneless, skinless chicken thighs for moist, tender cooked tandoori chicken. 

Greek yogurt makes a thick marinade. If you are using regular yogurt, then try using thick variety. 

I will highly recommend using kasoori methi to make an authentic tandoori chicken in oven. However, look for substitute in the recipe notes. 

Tandoori  chicken REQUIRES the overnight marination for all the flavors to infuse into the chicken. Do not try to cut short the marination time. 

How to make grilled tandoori chicken recipe ?

  1. Make authentic tandoori chicken marinade. Marinade chicken (follow the recipe)
  2. Preheat grill to medium-high heat (about 400°F to 425°F)
  3. Brush grill grates with oil.
  4. Place the chicken on the grill over direct heat and cook undisturbed for about 5 minutes. Flip the chicken and grill until the second side is browned, 5 minutes more, or until cooked through and internal temperature is at least 165F.
  5. Remove from grill and set aside, covered, for 5 minutes.

Can authentic tandoori chicken be made ahead? 

Absolutely!! Leftover cooked and cooled tandoori chicken can be refrigerated for up to 4 days or frozen in a zip lock bag.

How can we serve Authentic Tandoori chicken in oven? 

authentic TANDOORI CHICKEN in oven

More authentic Indian recipes like this best authentic tandoori chicken:

Chicken koftas in palak gravy – Everyone’s favorite palak paneer but with chicken koftas instead of paneer. Tender chicken meatballs cooked in a spicy cashew spinach gravy, served with soft buttery naans to mop up all that sauce. This chicken koftas in palak gravy is well worth the effort!

Chicken and Kale curry in instant pot – Everyones favorite chicken curry, but made even easier in an Instant Pot and healthier with kale. This Instant Pot chicken and kale curry is an ultimate bowl of comfort food with rice or any type of flatbread.

Mango Kulfi – Creamiest mango kulfi ever!!! Made with fresh mangoes, saffron and cardamom, this mango kulfi recipe is better than any store bought mango ice cream and you do not need an ice cream maker.

Zucchini Medhu Pakoda – Authentic South Indian style pakodas but with a twist!!

Easy Kulfi Recipe – Easy kulfi recipe that is sure going impress your family and friends! We are talking super creamy no-churn kulfi ice cream. 

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Authentic Tandoori Chicken in Oven

Authentic tandoori chicken recipe is easy, super flavorful and is fabulous made into different meals. Tender cooked chicken with the MOST delicious tandoori chicken marinade made with yogurt, lemon juice, spices, ginger, garlic, kasoori methi and a dash of food color for that iconic look. THE BEST TANDOORI CHICKEN RECIPE EVER!!! 
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Maria Doss

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup greek yogurt ( or thick plain yogurt)
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon dry fenugreek leaves (kasoori methi), optional refer notes
  • 2 cloves garlic, grated
  • 1/4 inch piece ginger, grated
  • 2 teaspoons coriander powder
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon orange food color, optional
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken thighs (about 1 and 1/4 pounds)

Instructions

  • Add all tandoori chicken ingredients (except chicken) in a medium bowl and mix well.
    Add chicken and toss around, to coat well with the marinade. Cover bowl with a plastic wrap and let marinade in refrigerator for at least 6 hours or overnight.
  • Position an oven rack about 6 inches from heat element and turn on broil.
  • Place a oven-safe wire rack on a baking sheet ( this will allow all excess moisture drip down) and place chicken thighs on the wire rack.
    Place baking sheet in the oven (6-inches from heat element) and broil for about 20 minutes, until slightly charred and cooked. (Alternatively, you can cook chicken on an outdoor grill - refer notes)
  • Remove baking sheet from oven and place on a wire rack to cool completely. 

Notes

To grill tandoori chicken: 
  1. Make authentic tandoori chicken marinade. Marinade chicken (follow the recipe)
  2. Preheat grill to medium-high heat (about 400°F to 425°F)
  3. Brush grill grates with oil.
  4. Place the chicken on the grill over direct heat and cook undisturbed for about 5 minutes. Flip the chicken and grill until the second side is browned, 5 minutes more, or until cooked through and internal temperature is at least 165F.
  5. Remove from grill and set aside, covered, for 5 minutes.
Use boneless, skinless chicken thighs for moist, tender cooked tandoori chicken. 
Greek yogurt makes a thick marinade. If you are using regular yogurt, then try using thick variety. 
I will highly recommend using kasoori methi to make an authentic tandoori chicken in oven. However, look for substitute in the recipe notes.
Orange food color is used to give the tandoori chicken the iconic deep orangish – red  color. This is purely optional.  
Tandoori chicken REQUIRES the overnight marination for all the flavors to infuse into the chicken. Do not try to cut short the marination time. 

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