Tandoori chicken

Tandoori chicken

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(87 ratings)

Prep: 30 mins Cook: 15 mins


Serves 8

This low-fat curried chicken is packed full of flavour. It's quick to cook and the marinade does all the work - who needs takeaways?

Nutrition and extra info

  • Healthy

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal171
  • fat7g
  • saturates3g
  • carbs4g
  • sugars2g
  • fibre0g
  • protein24g
  • salt0.29g
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  • juice 2 lemons



    Oval in shape with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile…

  • 4 tsp paprika



    A spice that's central to Hungarian cuisine, paprika is made by drying a particular type of…

  • 2 red onions, finely chopped
  • 16 skinless chicken thighs
  • vegetable oil, for brushing

For the marinade

  • 300ml Greek yogurt
  • large piece ginger, grated



    Mainly grown in Jamaica, Africa, India, China and Australia, ginger is the root of the plant. It…

  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed
  • ¾ tsp garam masala
    Garam masala

    Garam masala

    gar-am mah-sarl-ah

    Meaning 'warming spice mix', garam masala is the main spice blend used in North Indian…

  • ¾ tsp ground cumin



    An aromatic spice native to eastern Mediteranean countries and Upper Egypt. This warm,…

  • ½ tsp chilli powder
  • ¼ tsp turmeric



    Turmeric is a fragrant, bright golden-yellow root that is most commonly seen and used dried and…


  1. Mix the lemon juice with the paprika and red onions in a large shallow dish. Slash each chicken thigh three times, then turn them in the juice and set aside for 10 mins.

  2. Mix all of the marinade ingredients together and pour over the chicken. Give everything a good mix, then cover and chill for at least 1 hr. This can be done up to a day in advance.

  3. Heat the grill. Lift the chicken pieces onto a rack over a baking tray. Brush over a little oil and grill for 8 mins on each side or until lightly charred and completely cooked through.

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Sarah Delaney
5th Nov, 2019
Used this and found the lemon too much, it overpowered everything. Next time I will only add a couple tablespoons like other recipes recommend. Not a rich enough colour so will put more spices in. No mention of coriander and most of the Indian youtubers add it. Was a flop with the family
25th Aug, 2019
I'm giving this five stars, it deserves it! really tasty!! You'll only get what you want if you leave it in the fridge for at least 6 hours, then the marinade will return the investment, it will be bland if you only give it an hour. Only had 8 drumsticks so halved the lemon and yogurt, kept the same amount of spices, I also added some salt before I put the chicken in the oven, marinade and all, at 200C for 35 minutes or so, I didn't bother to grill.
29th Apr, 2019
Really disappointed. Near doubled the spices but still found it bland. Wouldn't make again.
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Jane Buckley-robbins
29th Apr, 2019
Oh dear I was going to make this tomorrow night changed my mind now
26th Sep, 2018
This was lovely. I took note of everyone's comments and adapted the recipe a bit. I halved the quantity of lemon juice and doubled the amount of spice. I used boneless, skinless chicken thighs and marinated for a good six hours. Delicious and I will make it again for sure.
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Luke Wolfenden
9th Mar, 2018
I really wish these recipes would give true timings. It says to marinate for an hour minimum, so why is a prep+cook time of 45 minutes listed? I've wasted a night attempting to cook this
23rd Apr, 2017
Way too much lemon, overpowered the flavour of everything else. Won't be making again
16th Aug, 2016
Tasty but not fabulous. Would try again and make it a bit spicier.
9th Jun, 2016
I would highly recommend this recipe, just made it and my 5 year old absolutely loved it. I also used only 1 lemon after reading previous comments.
31st May, 2016
Loved this. Think the recipe is for boned skinless chicken thighs so nicely cooked through in the time suggested. Half the red onion though.


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Jade Lambert
10th Apr, 2019
can everyone please comment that they’re going to add untraditional ingredients please I like reading Jandavenports angry replies
14th Oct, 2015
I made this last night. However, I'm not sure what the point of the red onions/lemon/paprika were. I turned the chicken in them but the onions simply fell off.
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