Tandoori Chicken | How To Make Tandoori Chicken

Tandoori Chicken – an iconic restaurant style smoky grilled chicken appetizer dish. It’s authentic, easy and the best. This is definitely going to become your one of the favourite chicken recipes this winter season. Oh yes! Make it in an oven or gas stoveairfryer or instant pot, you are going to love it in every way.

Authentic Tandoori chicken masala on round black tray, saffron rice, onion rings, lemon and chutney on side.

How To Make Tandoori Chicken Recipe At Home – Step By Step Photos

For the recipe of tandoori chicken, we need to do the double marination as mentioned above in the post. The method involves the series of steps that I shall be mentioning in detail below.

So lets’ get started.

Preparation Of Marinade

To start off, First, clean, wash and make cuts on the chicken using a sharp knife. (photo 1)

For the 1st marination process, we need – Ginger garlic paste, Kashmiri red chili powder, lemon juice and salt. In a large bowl, whisk all these 5 ingredients  and mix well. (photo 2 and 3)

Add chicken and mix it very well in the marinade, then, cover the bowl with a plastic cover and leave it for 45-1 hour under refrigeration. (photo 4)

Step by step picture collage of the process for the preparation and first marination of chicken.

Coming to the second marination of chicken, we need –  Roasted cumin powder, ginger paste and garlic paste, Kashmiri red chili powder, Coriander Powder, Garam masala powder, thick or hung yogurt (curd), black salt and pepper powder, Mustard oil.

In another bowl, add all the ingredients of a second marination and mix it very well. (photo 5 and 6)

Once the first marination is done, transfer the chicken in this second marinade. (photo 7)

Cover the second bowl also with a plastic cover and refrigerate for 7-8 hours or overnight. (photo 8)
Note:  Remove the marinated meat from the refrigerator 45 minutes before you plan to cook it.

Step by step collage for the process of second marination of chicken.Smoking The Marinated Chicken

Now comes the interesting part, if you wish to give smoky flavor to the dish, then simply give the charcoal smoke to the marinated chicken just before cooking it.

Place a small steel bowl oven the chicken and put 1 teaspoon of ghee over the live charcoal. Immediately cover the bowl with lid and allow it to rest for 8-10 minutes. (photo 1 and 2).

However, you can choose to do this charcoal smoking step after the meat is cooked.

But, personally I prefer doing this process before cooking it in the oven or pan or instant pot or air fryer.

step by step collage of the process to smoke the marinated chicken.

To Bake It In The Oven

If you do not have Tandoor or Angethi (Coal Barbecue), it is totally okay. But if you have an oven, you have the right alternative to make this tandoori chicken recipe.

Pre-heat the oven at 220 degrees centigrade.

Remove the chicken from the marinade and arrange it on a baking tray or a wire rack. (photo 1 and 2)

Note : If you are placing it on a wire rack, then place the dripping tray under the rack to collect the dripping over it. You can even line a baking sheet and use it.

Grill the chicken in the oven for 25-30 minutes and then broil it for 5-7 minutes.

Note: Turn the chicken once in a half way of grilling (after 15 minutes).

Tandoori Chicken is ready to serve. (photo 3)

Step by Step picture collage of the process to make grilling the chicken in oven. Making Tandoori Chicken Without The Oven

1. On Gas Stove In A Grilling Pan Or In A Regular Pan

If you can’t resist roast chicken and you don’t have an oven either, do not worry at all. You must be having a gas stove at home.

You may a roasting grill. This roast grill is easily available in the supermarkets. So, fetch one and place it over your burner.

Having said that, if you do not have roast grill, thats fine, simply cook it in pan and give charcoal smoke in the end.

Furthermore, make a note to place a foil beneath the stove to avoid the platform getting oily and greasy.

Firstly, heat the pan, and place the chicken on it. (photo 1)

Then cover and cook until done, do flip it once in between. (photo 2)

Grease the grill with oil so that the cooked chicken pieces does not stick over the grill. Place the cooked meat upon the grill and turn the flame to medium high. Then grill from both the sides until it is slight charred and release smoky aroma. (photo 3 and 4)

Step by Step picture collage to make tandoori chicken at home on gas stove.

2. In The Airfryer

You can also place the marinated chicken pieces in an air fryer if you possess one.

First, pre-heat the airfryer at 200 degrees. Then, brush the airfryer basket with little oil or butter.

Arrange the marinated chicken in the basket and air fry it 20 minutes or until charred. (you can flip it once in between).

Step by Step collage of the process of cooking tandoori chicken in airfryer.

Tandoori Chicken In Instant Pot Or Mealthy Multipot

First, follow the marination step as mentioned above.

If you see the photo 1 and 2 below, I have placed the trivet in one and in 2, I have placed basket over the trivet. So, basically, you can either cook the chicken by placing it on trivet directly or in the basket. Either of the two works well. (photo 1 and 2)

Now, add 1 cup of water in the inner pot of the IP. Then, place the trivet in the pot. Place the marinated chicken on the trivet, I have used fryer basket. (photo 3)

It is absolutely fine if stack on each other, if you are making it in a little larger batch.

Close the IP with lid, put the valve to sealing position and then pressure cook on high for 12 minutes. (photo 4)

Once the IP beeps, turn the valve to vent, quickly release the pressure and open the pot. (photo 5).
Note: Now, if you wish to serve it as it is, then carefully dish out the chicken using tongs, sprinkle some chaat masala and serve.

For crispier chicken, you can follow the either way.

a) arrange them on the tray and pop it in pre-heated oven and broil for fo 7-8 minutes, until charred.

b) Use Mealthy crisp lid to make them more crisp and delicious.

Unplug the IP and plug the mealthy crisp lid, place it on the inner pot of IP.  You need to lower the handle of the crisp lid. Now, set the temperature to 200 degrees. (photo 6)

Step by Step picture collage to make tandoori chicken in instant pot.Cook the chicken for 12 minutes. (As I love the crispier chicken, I cooked it for couple of more minutes extra)

You can flip it once in between – first cook for 5-6 minutes on one side. Then, flip and cook for another 5-6 minutes on the other side. Crisp outer, so juicy within makes it outrageously delicious!

Dish out, sprinkle some chaat masala over it and serve along with chutney, onion rings and rice or naan.


step by step picture collage of making tandoori chicken in instant pot.Cre: cubesnjuliennes

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