Baked Tandoori Chicken

Tandoori chicken is probably a favorite of everyone but we end up ordering them at restaurants more often than trying it out at home. You don’t need a Tandoor to make this dish and can be easily prepared in an oven. The preparation itself doesn’t take too long except for the marination time and you just have to let the oven do it’s job. The best part of this recipe is the homemade Tandoori masala which just adds it’s own flair to this dish, plus it does not call for the bright orange/red food color that I am totally not a fan of. Try this and you will never think about ordering it from any restarurant or joint. Goes well with any type of biryani. Check out the recipe for egg biryani.

Baked Tandoori Chicken


Chicken drumsticks – 6
Yogurt – 2 tbsp
Turmeric – 1/2 tsp
Kashmiri chilly powder – 3/4 tsp
Lemon juice – 1 tsp
Ginger-garlic paste – 2 tsp
Oil – 4 tsp

Salt – to taste

For the Tandoori masala powder:
Cinnamon – 1/2 inch piece
Cloves – 3
Cumin seeds- 1/2 tsp
Black peppercorns – 8
Coriander seeds – 1/2 tsp
Green cardamom – 2
Fennel seeds/ saunf – 1/2 tsp


  • Dry roast the Tandoori masala ingredients and grind them into a fine powder
  • Make 2-3 small slits on the chicken so that they will soak up the marinade well
  • In a bowl, mix together yogurt, ginger-garlic paste, turmeric, chilly powder, tandoori masala powder, lemon juice and salt
  • Place the chicken in the bowl and coat them well with the marinade
  • Cover and refrigerate overnight or for at least 4-6 hours
  • Pre-heat the oven to 450°F
  • Line a baking sheet with aluminium foil and grease the foil with oil
  • Place the chicken in the pan making sure there is some space between each of them as shown belowBaked Tandoori Chicken 2
  • Drizzle oil over the chicken
  • Cook for about 40 minutes turning the chicken half way through the baking process. Add more oil if necessary
  • Then, turn on the broiler and cook for another 5 minutes. This will give the chicken a nice crispy and lightly charred skin
  • Serve with your favorite biryani


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