Tandoori Chicken (Oven baked)

Tandoori chicken is one of the most popular dishes at many Indian restaurants and  a favorite among most people , young and old . This was one dish I always wanted to learn to make  at home .Although the traditional restaurant style uses the clay oven called ‘tandoor’ for making this dish, the regular oven  can also be used  and it is in fact quite simple . After a couple of trial and errors ,  I came up with this recipe that worked out for me and am pretty sure will workout for anyone .I used Shaan’s tandoori masala (available at any Indian groceries ) for this recipe and added a little spices of my own .The trick to getting this recipe right is to marinate the chicken for about 8 to 10 hours .The longer it sits in the marinade,  the tastier it will turn out! You can reduce the quantity of Tandoori masala used for a mild and less spicier version. Salt is optional as the masala itself has  strong spices and salt in it already! However you can add a hint of salt if you like . Read on for the ingredients used and the method of preparation in detail .

Tandoori Chicken

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: medium
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A delicious appetizer or main course based on Indian cuisine and perfect with rice or naan bread.


For Paste

  • 12 chicken drumsticks
  • 1  packet Tandoori  Masala (Shaan brand)
  • 2 tbsp ginger garlic paste
  • 5 tbsp plain low fat yogurt
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp kashmiri chilly powder
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1 big lemon (juice squeezed)
  • 1/4 tsp salt ( optional)

For garnish

  • 1 tsp chaat masala
  • raw onions and lemon for garnish


  1. Make a paste of all ingredients mentioned in the ‘for paste’ section.
  2. Wash the chicken and make few slits  half way.
  3. Apply marinade all over the chicken and arrange it in a baking tray.
  4. Cover baking tray with a aluminum foil and refrigerate for about 8 to 10 hours.
  5. Preheat the oven to 470 deg F.
  6. Spray oil on the chicken.
  7. Cover the baking tray with foil on and with tiny holes pricked on the sheet with a fork.
  8. Bake for about 20 minutes  on the top rack.
  9. Turn over the chicken and drain any excess water that is released while baking.
  10. Now remove the foil and bake open  for another 20 minutes
  11. Drain any excess water  if any , while baking.
  12. Sprinkle chaat masala on the chicken and spray oil .
  13. Return chicken with the baking tray into the oven.
  14. Set on  broil for 5 to 7 minutes or until the chicken is browned.
  15. Garnish with raw onions and lemon.
  16. Tandoori chicken is ready , serve with chutney , yogurt  , bread  (naan) or  rice,  Enjoy!

Chicken with marination

Ready to be baked after marination


Tandoori chicken ready!!

Tandoori chicken

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  • Reply
    November 29, 2017 at 9:39 am

    Wow. Mouth watering. Yummy

    • Reply
      November 29, 2017 at 9:23 pm

      Thank you so much Deepa!

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    Lavs Raj
    November 30, 2017 at 12:05 am

    Oh wow. What a coincidence Nisha.. This was our dinner today.. 😀 looks really yummy! 👌

    • Reply
      November 30, 2017 at 11:41 am

      Hey Lavs, that’s nice ..it makes an awesome dinner .Thank you for stopping by!

  • Reply
    Vidya Narayan
    November 30, 2017 at 3:20 am

    Oh they look nicely charred and perfectly grilled!

    • Reply
      November 30, 2017 at 11:40 am

      Thanks Vidya! broiling gave that nice charred look.

  • Reply
    Ankita Dash
    December 1, 2017 at 5:13 pm

    Mouthwatering..super yummy

    • Reply
      January 21, 2018 at 10:43 am

      Thank you so much Ankita! appreciate it!

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    Jyoti Rao :)
    December 2, 2017 at 2:52 pm

    Mouthwatering tandoori chicken. 🙂

    • Reply
      December 2, 2017 at 8:13 pm

      Thank you so much Jyoti!

  • Reply
    January 19, 2018 at 1:40 pm

    So yummy and perfect!!

    • Reply
      January 20, 2018 at 10:08 am

      Thank you dear!

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