Tandoori Chicken

Embark on a culinary journey with this exquisite Tandoori Chicken recipe, a treasure of Indian cuisine. Known for its vibrant color and rich flavors, this dish marries aromatic spices with the succulence of chicken. Perfect for a family dinner or a festive gathering, this recipe is both easy to follow and delightful to the palate.

Cooking Time

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes + marinating time
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes (excluding marinating time)

Serving Size

  • This recipe serves 4 people.


  • 4 skinless, bone-in chicken thighs
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp ginger, grated
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • Salt to taste
  • Fresh cilantro for garnish


  1. Marinate the Chicken:
    • In a large bowl, combine yogurt, lemon juice, oil, garlic, ginger, cumin, paprika, coriander, turmeric, cayenne pepper, and salt. Mix well.
    • Add the chicken thighs and ensure they are fully coated with the marinade. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, preferably overnight.
  2. Preheat and Prepare:
    • Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C). Line a baking tray with aluminum foil and place a wire rack over it.
  3. Bake the Chicken:
    • Arrange the marinated chicken thighs on the wire rack. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 165°F (74°C).
    • For a charred exterior, broil the chicken for the last 3-5 minutes.
  4. Garnish and Serve:
    • Let the chicken rest for 5 minutes. Garnish with freshly chopped cilantro.
    • Serve with naan bread, rice, or your choice of side.

Nutritional Info (per serving)

Calories290 kcal
Protein35 g
Carbohydrates5 g
Fat15 g
Cholesterol100 mg
Sodium300 mg

Enjoy your Tandoori Chicken with the richness of spices and the love of home cooking!