Healthy Tandoori Chicken Recipe at Home

tandoori chicken recipe

The tandoori chicken recipe is most popular among the foodie. The famous tandoori chicken got its name from the tandoor oven made with clay. For this recipe you don’t need a tandoor oven to make tandoori chicken at home, you can cook it on a grill. Let’s learn how to make this restaurant-style healthy tandoori chicken recipe at home.




Prep time

20 minutes

Cooking time

40 minutes


182 kcal

For this preparation, we need to properly marinate the chicken. If you don’t have a tandoor oven that’s completely ok, you can use a girl to fry.
Let’s see what ingredients we’ll need to make tandoori chicken at home.

Ingredients for Tandoori Chicken:

  • 4 Chicken Whole legs (approx 750 grams)

1st Marinade

  • 1.5 tablespoon salt
  • 3 tablespoon Lemon Juice
  • 1.5 tablespoon Ginger Garlic Paste

2nd Marinade:

  • 6 tablespoon Hung Curd
  • 5 tablespoon Kashmiri Chilli Powder
  • 1/4 tablespoon Turmeric Powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon Garam Masala Powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon Cumin Powder
  • 1/4 tablespoon Mace (Javitri) powder (Optional)
  • 1/2 tablespoon Cardamom Powder
  • 1 tablespoon Roasted & powdered Kasuri Methi (dried Fenugreek leaves)
  • Salt- pinch
  • Red Food Colour (optional)- pinch
  • 3 tablespoon Oil

Other Ingredients:

  • 4-5 tablespoons Butter or Oil for basting

Directions to Make Tandoori Chicken:

  • Clean and dry the whole Chicken Legs.
  • Next, cut deep slashes on the chicken legs, 3 on the thigh portion, and 2 on the legs.
cut deep slashes
  • Add around 300 gm of curd or plain yogurt in a strainer placed in a bowl, let the water drain completely. This hung curd-making process should take around 1 hr.
curd-making process

1st Marination:

  • Take the whole legs in a bowl and add all the ingredients for the marination, mix it well.
  • Make sure that the marinade is rubbed inside the slashes made earlier.
chicken marination
  • Cover the bowl and keep it in the freezer for an hour.

2nd Marination:

  • Take a different bowl and add all the ingredients as shown.
  • Whisk it well to make a uniform and even marinade.
  • Add both marinated chicken legs in a single bowl and marinade mix it well.
  • Make sure the marinade covers the chicken evenly inside the slashes made earlier.
  • Now cover the bowl and keep it in the freezer for a minimum of 3 hours.


  • Preheat the oven/OTG to 250°c.
  • Add the marinated chicken legs on a metal rack.
chicken on a metal rack
  • Next, Slide in the rack/tray in the top slot of the oven.
  • Roast for 10 mins at 250°c.
  • After 10 mins flip the chicken.
  • Roast for another 10 mins at 250°c on the other side.
  • Flip the chicken legs and grease with melted butter.
  • Decrease the oven temperature to 200°c.
  • Roast for added 20 mins at 200°c.
  • Flip the chicken legs every 10 mins and continue cooking with melted butter.
  • Turn off the oven and remove the tray when the sides of the chicken legs are slightly burnt.
tandoori chicken

Keep aside for at least 5 minutes at room temperature before serving. Serve with naan roti or raita as an appetizer.

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