Its wintertime plus holiday season and people eat a lot of chicken and meat in this time of year to keep themselves warm and their tummy happy. Sometimes, they might get bored of eating chicken fries and nuggets on Christmas and New Year and that’s why I would like to share with all of you how to make juicy tandoori chicken recipe in Indian style. We all know for sure that there are a lot of recipes that can make chicken dishes fabulous but chicken tandori is the favorite dish of not only Indians but of non-vegetarian food lovers around the world.
Before we go ahead with this juicy tandoori chicken recipe, some people must be wondering that what is the meaning of tandori chicken, so for your information, I have mentioned below a brief definition and history of chicken tandoori.
Tandori Chicken is a chicken dish dating back from time of Mughal Empire in Southeast Asia and East Asia. Since that time, this dish remained very popular in that area for many centuries, especially in India. It was around the time of British rule in India, when Britishers tried this dish including several other Indian dishes and shared and spread the aroma of chicken tandoori to people of different countries of the world who then developed a strong instinct for this dish. Chicken tandoori has know become one of the best and easy nonvegetarian snack or side dish around the world. This special marine chicken mixture with yogurt and spices like garam masala - garlic, ginger, cumin, and other spices has aroused the senses of many Kings in the past and is doing the same for food lovers till now. It is traditionally served hot with spices and lemon. Cayenne pepper gives it a distinctive red color. Adding turmeric gives chicken tandoori an orange color. A dish known as “Afghani Chicken” is also prepared by the same method but due to addition of extra cream, it becomes much more juicy and color turns white. Afghani chicken is liked by people who want an extremely juicy chicken recipe and tandoori chicken is liked by people who want juice and crisp flavor at the same time. Tandori chicken is cooked at high temperatures in Indian furnaces, i.e., tandoors but also can be prepared on a grill.
Tandoori Paste makes cooking your tandoori chicken very easy.
Style #1 - How to make tandori chicken legs in an oven?
Ingredients to make tandori chicken legs:
- Chicken Legs –8 in numbers.
- Kashmiri red chili powder - 1/2 tablespoon.
- Lemon - Juice of one.
- Yogurt – 1 cup.
- Salt according to the taste.
- Ginger-garlic paste - 2 tablespoons.
- Garam masala powder (Tandoori masala)-1/2 tablespoon.
- Chat Masala – 1 tablespoon.
- Oil - 4 tablespoons.
Preparation to make tandori chicken legs:
- Make gashes on the chicken legs.
- Marinate these chicken legs with all ingredients, except oil.
- Now refrigerate for around 3 to 4 hours.
- Pre-heat your oven to 180C/350F.
- Now line a baking tray with foil and pour some cooking oil.
- After baking for approximately 15 minutes, turn the pieces and then bake them for another 15 minutes.
Now what, just place the chicken legs in a plate and sprinkle over them some chat masala and lemon and your yummy chicken tandoori is ready.
Style #2 - How to make full tandori chicken in an electric tandoor?
Since buying a traditional Indian tandoor and maintaining it with coals is really difficult and expensive, I would suggest you to buy an electric tandoor oven and prepare this recipe.
Ingredients to make full tandori chicken in an electric tandoor:
- Take six pieces of thawed and skinned chicken, what ever portions you like.
- Two teaspoons of ground coriander.
- Two teaspoons of tandoori paste masala available in local grocery stores.
- Red pepper powder according to the taste.
- Garlic powder.
- Salt according to taste.
- One teaspoon of ground jeera.
- Soy sauce or yogurt, as you like.
- Electric tandoor.
Cooking Instructions and preparation to make full chicken tandoori:
- If you have readymade chicken tandoori paste, then it is really easier.
- Now replace all occurrences of masala listed above and soy sauce or yogurt with the readymade chicken tandoori paste.
- Place the chicken on a plate and make gashes or deep cuts in it so that masala seeps inside the chicken quickly.
- Some people use soy sauce as the base and if it is your case, then put some soy sauce on gashed chicken pieces and let the soy sauce seep through the cuts.
- Now rub all the masalas as a mixture so that all the masala seeps through the cuts with soy sauce. You can also leave it for a little while to seep in the chicken pieces.
- Some people use yoghurt as the base and if it is your case, then you will definitely get a more authentic taste because the original tandoori chicken is after all marinated in it. In this case, mix all the masala or spices in yogurt first and then rub on the stuff into chicken gashes as before. Yoghurt leaves a considerable amount of water behind making your tandoori chicken dish juicy. Don't throw away this extra juice and let it evaporate in the electric tandoor with the chicken. In this way, you will be able to keep the chicken pieces from getting dry if they are overcooked. Now cook the chicken until it starts turning orange or brown.
Serve it hot in the plate with laccha onions and pudina chutney to your guests, friends, family, and relatives and get appreciation.
Best of luck
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Rajinder Soni (author) from New Delhi, India on January 15, 2013:
Thanks a lot Vacation Trip.
Susan from India on January 14, 2013:
Wow.. This recipe is good. Will try it soon.
Rajinder Soni (author) from New Delhi, India on July 12, 2012:
Yes definitely a whole chicken can also be done. Best of luck and enjoy the flavor. Enjoy.
Sid Kemp from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach) on July 11, 2012:
Wow! I've done a fair amount of basic Indian cooking - mostly vegetarian - and a lot of chicken cooking. Now I'm ready to try Tandoori Chicken!
Will it work with a whole chicken, in 4 or 6 parts, instead of just legs?
Rajinder Soni (author) from New Delhi, India on June 06, 2012:
Yes Silver Fish it's pure chilli powder from Kashmir India.
Silver Fish from Edinburgh Scotland on March 11, 2012:
Lovely- what is Kashmiri chilli powder? Is it pure chilli?
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pawan on November 04, 2011:
it looking delisious. i must try this.
Caroline on March 20, 2011:
A traditional recipe, i always wanted to try it but ur suggestion of electric tandoor helps me. And for the availability of tandoor, nook and corner of india is flood with tandoors these days specially the cities all over India. And there is a slight difference in taste too. But I am still searching for a tandoor to taste as a one I tasted in childhood. May be it was the chef because we dont get the exact taste with the same hotel anymore. I was impressed with the stuffings inside it. It was onion, garlic, chilli, pudin, coriander, tomato prepared some other way that enhanced the tandoor taste. Do u have any suggestion. It was not chutney may be a stuffing.
Palak Verma from Sunnyvale on January 29, 2011:
Wow...Good one..Will try it out!
Rajinder Soni (author) from New Delhi, India on April 25, 2010:
It's my pleasure Lamme. Go ahead and try this. It will be really delicious, believe me. I just had my juicy tandoori chicken yesterday with my family.
Lamme on April 25, 2010:
This looks delicious! I'm definitely going to have to try your recipe. Thanks for sharing.
Rajinder Soni (author) from New Delhi, India on December 23, 2009:
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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Drive less, eat chicken more, and be healthy. Take care and sweet dreams.
myownworld from uk on December 23, 2009:
great recipe! am impressed too... (u really are one talented guy!) ok...time to get cooking! hopefully should end up with something that looks as delicious as those pics!
Rajinder Soni (author) from New Delhi, India on December 22, 2009:
Thanks a lot garmsmith for your love and support. Now, go ahead and make some tandoori chicken on Christmas for your family and give them a surprise. Celebrate your Christmas and New Year with joy and happiness. God bless you.
gramsmith on December 21, 2009:
You have done a great work here.I love to take Tandoori-Chicken always and your giving tip really helpful for me to make delicious and yummy Tandoori-Chicken.Thanks buddy...........
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Rajinder Soni (author) from New Delhi, India on December 21, 2009:
Thanks a lot tantrum. In UK, people love nonveg Indian tandoori snacks and side dishes.
tantrum from Tropic of Capricorn on December 21, 2009:
Thanks for the recipe !! I love Indian Cuisine !! I always have it in London. Cheers !! :)
Rajinder Soni (author) from New Delhi, India on December 20, 2009:
Thank you so much friends for your positive response. I bet that you will really like this yummy and delicious dish from India, especially North India. Tandoori chicken is a really favorite dish in mostly all states of India but it is much more popular in Punjab, Delhi, and much of Northern India. People from other countries like USA, UK, especially London, and Canada are very fond of eating chicken tandori. Nonvegetarian dishes like chicken tandori are so popular in the world that many people visiting Asian countries like India try these here. If you have a chance to visit India, definitely go ahead with eating this favorite dish which is served in almost all five star hotels in India. Raddison Hotel in New Delhi near Indira Gandhi International Airport also serves this dish.
@MercuryNewsOnline, thanks a lot for your comment dear and thanks for trying this really popular Indian dish.
@Mr. Paul Edmondson, thanks a lot sir for trying this dish. I will definitely write out more hubs on recipes, especially nonvegetarian because I am on my own very fond of nonveg dishes, especially snacks. I think the next recipe I will be writing will butter chicken or murg makhani what it is traditionally called in India.
@ Veronica Allen, Thanks a lot dear for your encouragement and motivation. Also thanks a lot for dropping by.
Veronica Allen from Georgia on December 20, 2009:
This looks so yummy, thanks for giving us the background information as well. I'll have to try this.
Paul Edmondson from Burlingame, CA on December 20, 2009:
I'll definitely be making this dish. Thanks for sharing and I'm looking forward to reading about more indian recipes from you!
MercuryNewsOnline from Toronto, Canada on December 20, 2009:
Hmmm...Yummy ! I'll try your recipe. Thanks.