Sunday, August 7, 2011

Tandoori Chicken

This recipe is for all the tandoori chicken lovers who do not have tandoor or barbecue grill at home. Do not get upset because now you can make tandoori chicken easily in your normal microwave. And the texture and taste of the chicken is just awesome. I always wanted to make some tandoori item but was afraid that it won't come out as good as a tandoor or barbecued one. But this time I proved myself wrong !! Have a look at the tandoori chicken below. For my convenience and being the first attempt , I have used boneless chicken for this recipe.

Ingredients :

1. Boneless chicken- 10 pieces
2. Salt to taste
3. Curd- 2 large tbs (hung for 15 minutes)
4. Oil- 2 large tbs
5. Food color- a pinch
6. Red chilly powder- 1 tbs
7. Garlic paste- 1 tbs
8. Ginger paste- 1/2 tbs
9. Lemon juice- 1 tbs
10. Nawabi mutton masala- 1 tsp
12. Ajwain- 1 tsp

Procedure :

Wash and pat dry the chicken pieces and keep them aside. Now in a large bowl add oil , ginger , garlic , curd , chilly , lemon juice , mutton masala , garam masala , salt , ajwain and the chicken pieces. Mix it well. Make some small cuts in the chicken pieces so that it absorbs more flavor. Add the food color and mix again. Now cover the bowl and keep it in the refrigerator for 24 hours. Do not keep it in the freezer.

Now grease the grill rack of the microwave and place the chicken pieces on it. Grill each side for 8 minutes or till the chicken is done. After every grilling , give it some 3 to 4 minutes standing time. Now to give that smoky burnt look of tandoori chicken , just turn on the gas and hold the grilled chicken pieces on it for a minute and they are ready!!

Serve it with onion , lemon and some green chutney.


  1. Nice idea for those without tandoor.. Thanks for sharing.. going to try this soon.

  2. I make it microwave too... But i skip showing it in flame. Looks like a great idea to get the charred look. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Dear Khushi
    Thats a great idea to get that smokey smell. I dont have to wait till November when my charcoal grill comes down from the rack. I normally dont eat will try this Gas method on mutton soon.
    Have a nice weekend

  4. Ushnish uncle I am feeling jealous now because of the charcoal grill that you have..hehe...anyways do enjoy the grilled mutton :)

  5. Looks fabulous & it sounds so easy to make in MW!

  6. thank you for linking this looks delicious I haven't kept the chicken over the cooker like that before lovely way of having the tandoori grilled look

  7. Wonderful Idea. Looks perfect as we do in grilling. Amazing. Keep rocking.


  8. nice tip for smoking
    chicken is tempting

  9. This is a great idea....Actually My next recipe on my blog is also Tanduri Chicken but I was just wondering what do I think for those who don't have a grill...I am surely giving your link to them!! ;)

  10. thanks a lot everyone for liking the idea of tandoori chicken :)

  11. Hey...I like the idea of holding the pieces on gas for the smoky taste....Lovely looking chicken...

  12. I love this idea of holding it on the flame, nice tip. Thank you for linking this delicious recipe with Any One Can Cook :)

  13. Hey Khushi,

    I'm drooling big time looking at the pics. I too have tried grilling in my oven but never got that charred effect. This is a great idea. Will certainly try this.


  14. Its a great Idea Girl.. Looks perfect like hotel made..

    Thanks For Linking it with Iftar Nights..

    Jabeen's Corner

    Food Court

    Ongoing Event-Iftar nights

  15. I really liked the idea of making tandorri in microwave and then getting the smoked flavour on gas. Really a good one.

    I will try this soon.

  16. if you want the charcoal smell too then
    1. Burn some charcoal on the flame.
    2. Put those charcoal pieces on chicken
    3. Close with a bowl putting it upside down.
    3. Remove the bowl after a little while.
    4. Now you even can taste the pieces as the original tandoori does.

    All the best :-)


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