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Grilled Tandoori Chicken

Grilled Tandoori Chicken

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour plus time to marinate overnight
  • Yield: 4 servings


  • 1 (4 to 4 1/2 pound) chicken, cut into 8 pieces, skin removed
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped white onion
  • 2 tablespoons chopped garlic
  • 2 tablespoons chopped ginger
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped serrano or jalapeno pepper, stem and seeds removed
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice


  • With a fork, prick holes in the chicken pieces. Using a knife, cut diagonal slices 1-inch apart and 1/2-inch deep into the larger pieces. Place the chicken in a baking dish.

  • In a blender, combine the oil, onion, garlic, ginger, pepper, and process on high speed to a paste. Add the paprika, salt, cumin, turmeric, coriander, garam masala, and cayenne, and process until well blended. Add the yogurt and lemon juice, and process to a smooth sauce, scraping down the sides to combine all the ingredients. Pour the marinade over the chicken. Turn to coat evenly, rubbing the marinade into the holes and slits. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 and up to 24 hours, turning occasionally.

  • Preheat a grill.

  • Remove the chicken from the marinade. Place on the grill and cook for 8 to 10 minutes on the first side. Turn, baste as needed, and cook on the second side for 8 to 10 minutes. Turn and continue cooking as necessary until the chicken is cooked through but still tender, about 25 to 30 minutes total. (Alternately, bake in a preheated 425 degrees F oven on a baking sheet for 35 minutes.)