This Tandoori grilled chicken is quick, spicy, and incredibly delicious. It is excellent to serve as an appetizer or as a side and easy to make with few ingredients.
Perfect for quick dinners and beginners. Just mix the ingredients and place the chicken on the grill it is as simple as this.
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Few things are necessary to make our lives convenient and straightforward. Like getting individually frozen chicken breasts from the grocery stores. And also investing in a good grill available in the market.
The Grill need not be the fancy one to beautify your deck; it can be simple to fit on your kitchen counter.
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- Indian quinoa salad
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Tandoori spice mix. An authentic Indian spice mix that is spice, flavorsome, and colorful. This spice blend can alone turn simple chicken into a finger-licking taste. Feel free to use store-bought, ready-to-use mix. And making it at home is easy as well.
Red chili powder. To increase the heat, it can very well substituted with cayenne pepper or paprika.
Yogurt. This brings all the ingredients together and acts as a meat tenderizer. I highly recommend adding this, as it helps the spice coat evenly.
What is Tandoori?
The spice mix is made with Indian spices specially meant for grilling. 'Tandoor' refers to the unique hot Indian grill with temperatures above 500 degrees Fahrenheit.
You may make your own Tandoor masala with Indian ingredients. Making at home gives the convenience of customizing.
This Tandoori spice mix is also available as readymade in Indian stores or online stores in the United States.
A pocket would last a year; we could use about 15-20 times this quantity. Many brands are available for this spice mix; each slightly varies in taste.
What does this Tandoori grilled chicken taste like?
From its deep red color, you can guess that the chicken is hot and spicy with all the refreshing Indian flavors. The chicken is soft and moist, and the spices are rightly coated with the correct balance of taste.
We are adding yogurt to the tandoori marinade, which acts as a tenderizer and gives a mild kick to the chicken; now you know why this Indian chicken is so famous.
Adjust it to your choice since you are making and have complete control over the spices.
How to make this Indian grilled chicken in under 30 minutes?
Invest in a good countertop portable grill; I use cuisine art. And I'm happy with my decision. It's very convenient and easy to grill even in winter months.
Frozen chicken breast is more comfortable for a recipe like this. It also gives us the liberty of making as soon we crave this spicy tandoori chicken.
Use a readymade tandoori masala or make your own. Store them in the pantry and use them whenever needed. Making a homemade tandoori masala is easy, and let's see them here.
Other Variations to this recipe
This grilled tandoori chicken is about enjoying a popular Indian dish at home. Plus you may also try making this over a stovetop as well.
Replace chicken with paneer(Indian cottage cheese), tofu, cauliflower, and potato.
Serve with mint yogurt sauce or Greek yogurt-cucumber sauce. Each side dish makes a new makeover; try enjoying it with different condiments.
How to make Tandoori grilled chicken
You may use the storebought or a homemade version. If you use the storebought masala, skip the following and proceed to the marination step.
To make the tandoori chicken masala mix
Place the following ingredients in a microwave plate-2-inch cinnamon stick, 2 teaspoons of clove, 2 teaspoons of mace, 2 teaspoons of black peppercorn, 2 tablespoons of cumin seeds, 3 tablespoons of coriander seeds, 2 teaspoons of green cardamom, 2 teaspoons of black cardamom, 2 teaspoons of dry fenugreek leaves.
Microwave for one minute.
Allow it to cool and grind to a fine powder.
To the small mixing jar, add 2 tablespoons of ginger powder and garlic powder to the above. And store in airtight containers.
To make the marinade
Add chicken, yogurt, salt, red chili powder, and tandoori chicken masala mix in a mixing bowl. Mix gently until all the ingredients coat the chicken well.
Leave it for 20-30 minutes. The yogurt acts as a tenderizer and makes the chicken soft and moist.
Heat the grill and drizzle vegetable oil. Place the marinated chicken.
Grill until both sides are cooked well.
Serve with Indian cucumber raita or salad.
Printable recipe card
Tandoori grilled chicken
Tandoori masala powder
- 5 chicken breast
- 1 tablespoon tandoori masala powder
- 1 teaspoon red chili powder
- 3 tablespoon yogurt / curd
- ½ teaspoon salt
Making Tandoori chicken masala spice mix
- If you are using a readymade spice mix, proceed to the marinade step.
- In a microwave safe plate, place all the ingredients listed for making the spice mix except, garlic powder and ginger powder.
- And microwave for 1 minute until the spices turns warm.
- Allow it to cool to the room temperature and grind to a fine powder.
- Now mix well with garlic powder and ginger powder.
- Store in an airtight container for later uses.
Make the marinade
- In a mixing bowl, add chicken, tandoori powder, red chili powder, yogurt, and salt.
- Mix thoroughly, so that the chicken breasts evenly coated with the masala we made.
- Allow it to marinate minimum of 20 minutes.
- Place the chicken in the preheated grill, cook both the sides, until the grill makes seen on both the sides.
- Serve it with some raw salad, chopped vegetables.