Tandoori Chicken

Tandoori chicken is an Indian classic in which the chicken is coated in a spiced yogurt mixture and traditionally baked at a high temperature in a rounded-top tandoor oven. This recipe, however, calls for using a foil-lined baking pan.

Southern Living JULY 2003

  • Yield: Makes 8 servings


  • 6 tablespoons fresh lime juice (about 3 limes)
  • 3 tablespoons plain yogurt
  • 1 to 2 small jalapeño or serrano chile peppers, seeded and minced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
  • 3 pounds chicken pieces
  • Garnishes: lime wedges, jalapeño or serrano chile peppers


Stir together first 12 ingredients and 1 tablespoon vegetable oil in a large bowl until blended.

Skin chicken breasts. Remove breast bones by inserting a sharp knife tip between bone and meat, cutting gently to remove as much meat as possible. Cut breast halves into thirds. Cut deep slits, 1-inch apart, into remaining chicken pieces. (Do not skin pieces.) Place chicken in a large bowl with spice mixture. Thoroughly rub spice mixture into slits. Cover and chill 8 hours.

Drizzle remaining 1 tablespoon oil in a large aluminum foil-lined roasting pan. Arrange chicken in a single layer in pan.

Bake chicken at 450° for 35 minutes or until done.

Arrange chicken on a serving platter. Garnish, if desired.

Note: For testing purposes only, we used Butterball Best of the Fryer, a cut-up mix of chicken breasts, thighs, legs, and wings.


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