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An extremely popular mughlai delicacy. Chicken marinated in aromatic spices and then baked till it gets crisp. A slight planning ahead of time makes a big Party Hit Menu :D

Preparation time : 30 mts
Cooking time : 1 hour
Serves : 4 people


------For Inner Coating------

  • 2.5 lb Whole Chicken
  • 2 tbsp Degi Mirch powder
  • 1 tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 1 tbsp Oil
  • 1 tsp Ginger Garic paste

------For Tandoori Masala------

  • 1/2 cup Yogurt
  • 2 tbsp Degi Mirch Powder
  • 1 tbsp Kasoori Methi
  • 1 tsp Garam Masala
  • 1 tsp Roasted Cumin powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp Coriander powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tbsp Corn Flour for dusting
Tandoori Chicken


  • Wash off whole chicken inside out and then pat dry using paper towel.
  • Make gashes on all over chicken using knife.
  • Mix red chilli powder, lemon juice, salt, ginger garlic paste,oil, mix and insert masala inside gashes as well as inside cavity.
  • Keep it to rest for 15 mts.
  • Take thick yogurt, to that add red chilli powder, coriander powder, garam masala, kasoori methi, salt, oil, mix well. Add food color if desired.
  • Now apply this tandoori masala paste well on all over chicken.
  • Cover and keep it to marinate in refrigerator overnight.
  • Remove chicken 30 minutes before you want to bake it.
  • Dust corn flour using tea strainer all over chicken.
  • Brush some oil on the top of it.
  • Take Baking tray, place a cooling or grill rack on the top of it. Put chicken on the top of cooling rack.
  • Bake at 400 degree fahrenheit for 25 mts.
  • After 25 mts flip the chicken and again bake for 20 more mts.
  • After 20 mts again flip chicken one more time and bake for final 20 mts.
  • Serve hot with salad and wedges of lemon on the side.


  • If you do not want to make use of whole chicken simply replace it by using Chicken Wings or Drumsticks.
  • Washing and drying of chicken is really important thing, so that it bakes properly.
  • Yogurt need to be really thick so that it sticks to the chicken properly.
  • The red chilli powder I have used in the recipe seems to be a lot, but its a Degi Mirch powder which is absolutely milder version of paprika.

Tandoori Chicken

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