Grilled Tandoori Chicken Recipe

May 6, 2014 4:00 pm

Learn the secret to juicy, spiced grilled chicken

grilled tandoori chicken recipe
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Pair spicy tandoori grilled chicken with a cool, mint-spiked cucumber raita.

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Reprinted with permission from Cooking Light Global Kitchen

Servings: 4


3/4 cup fat-free Greek yogurt
2 tablespoons fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
1 tablespoon paprika
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1 teaspoon chili powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
3 cloves garlic, chopped
4 12-ounce bone-in chicken leg-thigh quarters, skinned
3/4 cup fat-free Greek yogurt
3/4 cup cucumber, chopped and seeded
2 tablespoons fresh mint, chopped
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon salt
Cooking spray

For the marinade:

  1. Place first 10 ingredients in a blender; process until smooth.

  2. Pour into a large zip-top plastic bag.

  3. Add chicken; turn to coat.

  4. Marinate chicken in refrigerator at least 4 hours or overnight.

For the raita:

  1. Combine 3/4 cup yogurt and next 4 ingredients (through 1/4 teaspoon salt) in a small bowl.

  2. Cover and refrigerate.

For tandoori chicken:

  1. Remove chicken from refrigerator, and let stand at room temperature 45 minutes.

  2. Prepare grill for indirect grilling. If using a gas grill, heat one side to medium-high and leave one side with no heat. If using a charcoal grill, arrange hot coals on either side of charcoal grate, leaving an empty space in the middle.

  3. Remove chicken from marinade, and discard remaining marinade.

  4. Place chicken on unheated part of grill rack coated with cooking spray.

  5. Close lid and grill 90 minutes or until a thermometer inserted into meaty part of thigh registers 165°F, turning chicken every 20 minutes.

  6. Serve 1 chicken quarter each with about 1/3 cup of raita. 

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Level of Difficulty: 
Prep Time: 
30 minutes plus marinating time
Cooking Time: 
1 hour 30 minutes
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