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Tandoori Chicken

This Baked Tandoori Chicken features healthy and delicious Indian flavors you can enjoy right in your home. Made from scratch, baked in your oven and perfect for a weeknight meal!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr 5 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: baked tandoori chicken, indian recipes, tandoori chicken
Servings: 6
Calories: 427kcal


  • 3 pound chicken such as breasts, thighs or drumsticks
  • 3 tablespoon butter unsalted, melted, for brushing

Wet Rub

  • 1 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 teaspoon lemon juice freshly squeezed
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  • 1/2 cup yogurt plain, such as Greek yogurt
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon ginger minced
  • 2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper freshly ground
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 3 tablespoon lemon juice freshly squeezed
  • 4 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 drops red gel food coloring optional


  • Prepare the chicken: Clean the chicken and pat it dry. If using chicken breasts cut them in half. Using a knife, cut deep slits into the chicken.
  • Apply wet rub: In a small bowl, mix all the wet rub ingredients together to form a paste. Smear the rub in between the slits and if there is any left over, rub it over the entire chicken breasts.
  • Prepare marinade: In a medium size bowl, whisk together all the marinade ingredients. Place the chicken in the bowl with marinade and mix well, making sure each chicken breasts is fully coated.
  • Marinate chicken: Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for a couple hours.
  • Preheat oven and baking sheet: Preheat your oven to 400 F degrees. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and over it, place a grill rack.
  • Place the chicken breasts over the grill rack leaving a bit of space in between each piece.
  • Bake: Bake the chicken for 30 minutes. 15 minutes in, brush some butter over each piece. After the first 30 minutes, turn the chicken pieces over, brush with more butter and bake for another 15 minutes.
  • Garnish with lemon slices, parsley and serve.



  1. As with most dishes, this tandoori chicken should be enjoyed as soon as it’s cooked. However if you have leftover chicken, store it in airtight containers in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days.
  2. You can also freeze the chicken also stored in airtight containers and it could last up to 4 months in the freezer.
  3. Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on products used.


Calories: 427kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 44g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 233mg | Sodium: 721mg | Potassium: 632mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 875IU | Vitamin C: 4.5mg | Calcium: 53mg | Iron: 2.4mg