Grilled Tandoori Chicken

Grilled Tandoori Chicken
Grilled Tandoori Chicken. Sabrina S. Baksh/Regarding BBQ, Inc.
  • Total: 80 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 60 mins
  • Yield: Serves 6
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
796 Calories
65g Fat
11g Carbs
44g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: Serves 6
Amount per serving
Calories 796
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 65g 83%
Saturated Fat 30g 148%
Cholesterol 146mg 49%
Sodium 1500mg 65%
Total Carbohydrate 11g 4%
Dietary Fiber 3g 9%
Protein 44g
Calcium 1450mg 112%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This is about as authentic of a Tandoori chicken recipe as you can get without a Tandoor (Indian ceramic oven). If you haven't tried Tandoori Chicken you really owe it to yourself.


  • 2 pounds/900 g chicken legs, skinned and scored
  • 1 cup/240 mL plain yogurt
  • 1/3 cup/80 mL vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons/30 mL lemon juice
  • 1 medium onion, pureed
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons/30 mL minced ginger
  • 1 tablespoon/ 30 mL sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon/30 mL  Garam Masala
  • 2 teaspoons/7.5 mL chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons/7.5 sweet paprika
  • 1 teaspoon/2.5 mL curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon/2.5 mL cayenne pepper, optional
  • 3 tablespoons/45 mL almond slivers
  • 3 tablespoons/45 mL chopped cilantro leaves

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.
  2. Prepare chicken legs by removing skin and scoring meat two times across the meatiest part. 
  3. Place legs into a resealable plastic bag. 
  4. Mix remaining ingredients, except almond slivers and chopped cilantro leaves, until well combined. 
  5. Pour over chicken, making sure each piece is well coated. 
  6. Seal bag and place in refrigerator for four to eight hours. 
  7. Preheat grill for medium heat. 
  8. Remove chicken from bag, reserving marinade, and place legs onto the grill. 
  9. Brush with marinade during the first 20 minutes of cooking and no later. 
  10. Legs are done once the internal temperature reaches 165 F (45 minutes to 1 hour). 
  11. Once legs are cooked through, remove from heat.
  12. Top with slivered almonds and chopped cilantro before serving.