This baked tandoori chicken will have you looking like a pro in the kitchen!
I absolutely love cooking. However, I usually tend to stick to Mexican or Southern foods because that’s what I grew up eating a lot. So, when the idea came up for this baked tandoori chicken, I felt a little out of my comfort zone. I put it off for a little while because I was avoiding, what I felt, was going to be a hard recipe to conquer.
After it was finished baking, I felt really silly. This was one of the easiest recipes I had ever made and it allowed my family to try a new ethnic recipe. This baked tandoori chicken actually got its name from the mostly clay ovens it is commonly cooked in. It originated in the Punjab before India became independent and has been around for quite some time.
I had never heard of this recipe before until I had a friend mention it. I asked her to repeat what she said and then gave her a confused look. She explained to me what it was and apparently it’s quite a popular recipe in the states. Who knew? Not me, apparently.
The hardest part about the recipe was finding the garam marsala powder. That’s only because I live in a pretty small area so finding anything outside of the basics feels impossible. I had to order it online but have been told it’s pretty easy to find at most major grocery stores. So, unless you live in the middle of nowhere like me, you should be just fine finding your spices.
Anyways, as I was saying, you’re going to be thrilled at how easy this recipe is. Especially because it appears to be something that took a lot of work. A meal that’s easy to impress with. Plus, the fact that it saves and freezes so well is only a plus.
This freezer friendly baked tandoori chicken is a lot easier than it looks!
4 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
½ Cup Plain Greek Yogurt
3 Teaspoons Chili Powder
2 Tablespoons + 2 Teaspoons Lemon Juice
½ Tablespoon Ground Ginger
½ Tablespoon Garlic Powder
1 Teaspoon Paprika
1 ½ Teaspoons Garam Marsala Powder
1 Teaspoon Coriander
½ Teaspoon Cumin
3 Tablespoons Olive Oil
Salt and Pepper
3 Drops Red Food Coloring (optional)
Lay out your chicken breasts and make sure they are dry and not overly wet. Cut slits in each chicken breast and set aside.
In a small bowl, combine 1 tsp chili powder, 2 tsp lemon juice, your paprika, and a dash of salt.
Mix well and rub mixture into the slits on your chicken.
Use the excess to rub the rest of the chicken down. The slits are a priority.
Combine all remaining ingredients in a bowl. Mix well. This is when you will add your red food coloring if desired. Traditional tandoori chicken is usually red but our spices tend to not make the recipe red. So, if you want this bright pretty color, the food coloring is for you.
Place your chicken breasts in the bowl with your mixture and make sure they’re thoroughly covered. Cover bowl and place in the fridge for a couple of hours. Overnight would be best for optimal marinating time but isn’t necessary.
Remove from fridge, place on a tin foil covered cookie sheet and bake at 400 degrees for about 25 minutes or longer, depending on the thickness of your chicken breast.
Baked Tandoori Chicken
- 4 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
- 1/2 Cup Plain Greek Yogurt
- 3 tsp Chili Powder
- 2 TBSP plus 2 tsp Lemon Juice
- 1/2 TBSP Ground Ginger
- 1/2 TBSP Garlic Powder
- 1 tsp Paprika
- 1 1/2 tsp Garam Marsala Powder
- 1 tsp tsp Coriander
- 1/2 tsp Cumin
- 3 TBSP Olive Oil
- Salt & Pepper
- 3 Drops Red Food Coloring (optional)
- Lay out your chicken breasts and make sure they are dry and not overly wet. Cut slits in each chicken breast and set aside.
- In a small bowl, combine 1 tsp chili powder, 2 tsp lemon juice, your paprika, and a dash of salt. Mix well and rub mixture into the slits on your chicken. Use the excess to rub the rest of the chicken down. The slits are priority.
- Combine all remaining ingredients in a bowl. Mix well. This is when you will add your red food coloring if desired. Traditional tandoori chicken is usually red but our spices tend to not make the recipe red. So, if you want this bright pretty color, the food coloring is for you
- Place your chicken breasts in the bowl with your mixture and make sure they’re thoroughly covered. Cover bowl and place in the fridge for a couple of hours. Overnight would be best for optimal marinating time but isn’t necessary.
- Remove from fridge, place on a tin foil covered cookie sheet and bake at 400 degrees for about 25 minutes or longer, depending on the thickness of your chicken breast.
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FREEZE FOR LATER:
If you want to freeze this amazing recipe for later, put the first rub on the chicken, place your chicken breasts in a freezer baggie. Make your marinade and add it to the bag. Mix the bag around to ensure each chicken breast is thoroughly coated and then adjust the chicken breasts so that they all lay flat and not on top of each other. Lay flat in freezer.
To bake from frozen: Place in fridge to thaw overnight.
Place on a tin foiled covered cookie sheet at 400 degrees for 25 minutes (may need to be longer depending on the thickness of your chicken breasts).
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Comments & Reviews
Amanda Love says
I’m not sure if I’ve ever made these at home. I think it’s awesome to be able to make this for the family! My boys will love this for sure!
If it’ll have me cooking like a pro, I’m willing to try it. 😉 Pretty sure the family would love it!
Sheena Tatum says
I love how bright the chicken looks. It looks and sounds like it’s packed full of flavor. I’m all for a recipe like this one!
Shannon Graham says
I have to say, we’re not much for branching out either on recipes mainly because they look complicated. That means that this recipe is a great one for us to try it truly DOES sound easy!
I love Indian food and .my husband would eat chicken so I will keep this recipe in mind. It looks very good and I just hope I can find the ingredients
Joyce Brewer says
I’ve never heard of tandoori chicken. But what you made looks yummy!
Toni | Boulder Locavore says
This looks like a perfect dinner for tonight! Looks and sounds amazing!
This looks delicious. Can’t say I’ve ever had tandoori chicken before but it looks like it would be incredible. I will have to try this out!
I am planning to do your recipe however I don’t like yogurt on my food. Can you suggest an alternative for it? Please let me know if it is okay not to put yogurt.
Anyway, I am excited to taste this Tandoori Chicken!
Maybe substitute heavy cream. Hope you love it!
Seattle Travel Blogger says
I agree with you that cooking can be fun. My husband has recently gotten involved with helping me cook and we have fun together.
We just made a decent chicken piccata the other night.
This recipe looks awesome – I think I will add it to our list, thank you.
Rachel Ferrucci says
This looks and sounds so delicious! I love new recipes for chicken and I’m totally going to try this!
This looks so mouthwatering good! The flavor combination sounds like a taste bud explosion! Nom!
Liz Mays says
I can already tell I’d love those flavors! I think this would be an awesome recipe to make the next time we want some extra kick in our chicken.
Bill Sweeney says
That looks good. I’ve never had chicken tandoori, but I think it sounds pretty awesome. I’ll have to give this a try with the wife.
Vera Sweeney says
This sounds delicious! I’m a huge fan of freezer friendly meals. I have nothing but work and stress at all times. This makes life so much easier.
Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle says
That looks amazing! Tandoori chicken is a delicious dish, but I’ve never made it at home.
I have always wanted to try to make tandoori chicken. This recipe looks pretty simple and the end result looks tasty.
robin Rue says
Yum! I love me some Indian food. This sounds sooo good.
I really like Indian food too. I haven’t cooked it at home much though!
This looks really good. I am a big fan of tandoori chicken but I have never made it at home before.
Your food always looks so good 🙂 I grew up in a pretty big city and we had a lot of Indian food restaurants. Tandoori was very popular, but in the restaurants, they made it so spicy! Your recipe doesn’t look to spicy, maybe my tummy is ready to try it again. PS: You have me interested in freezer meals. I’ve conquered once a month shopping and meal planning, the freezer meals are my next challenge. I’ve read lots of your posts and I’m excited to start!