Grilled Tandoori Style Chicken

Our version of an Indian favorite!



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Recipe CategoriesAsian Chicken


2Cupplain whole-milk yogurt
3Tablespoonfresh lemon juice
3Tablespoonfresh ginger, peeled, minced
4eachgarlic cloves, minced
1 1⁄2Teaspoonground coriander
1 1⁄2Teaspoonground turmeric
1Teaspoonground cumin
1⁄2Teaspoonground black pepper
1⁄2Teaspooncayenne pepper
8eachskinless chicken leg-thigh pieces
3Tablespoonbutter, melted
1eachsmall red onion, thinly sliced crosswise, separated into rings
1⁄4Cupfresh cilantro, chopped


  1. Blend 1 cup yogurt and the next 9 ingredients listed above in a processor until smooth.
  2. Transfer to a large bowl.
  3. Mix in remaining 1 cup of yogurt.
  4. Add chicken and mix to thoroughly coat chicken with marinade.
  5. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  6. Prepare barbecue (medium-high heat).
  7. clean the grates well and oil them.
  8. Mix chicken to ensure it is coated well with marinade.
  9. Place marinated chicken on barbecue.
  10. Grill chicken until just cooked though, about 12 minutes per side.
  11. During the last 2 minutes of cooking, occasionally baste chicken with butter.
  12. Transfer chicken to platter.
  13. Top with onion and cilantro and serve.


This recipe adapts traditional cooking for a barbecue. The chicken needs to marinate overnight, so start this one day ahead.


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