Authentic Tandoori Chicken Recipe

The most flavorful, juicy, and smokey authentic tandoori chicken marinated in yogurt and aromatic spices without a clay oven. Try it today!


chicken leg quarters plain yogurt mustard seed oil garam masala coriander powder kashmiri chili powder garlic paste ginger paste turmeric cumin red food coloring garlic powder onion powder black pepper fenugreek powder salt lemon juice

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Add the yogurt, lemon juice, and oil to a bowl. Then, add the garlic paste and ginger paste.

Now, add all the spices and mix well until you achieve a smooth paste. If you're using food coloring, add it now.



Cut some slits into the flesh of the chicken, about 3-4 per whole leg.

Add the marinade on top and rub it in well, making sure it gets into the cuts.



Cover and refrigerate for a minimum of 1 hour, up to 36 hours.

Remove from the fridge 30 minutes before cooking to allow it to come to room temperature.



Spray or oil your skillet with 1 tablespoon of oil. Add the chicken and sear on high heat for 3-4 minutes per side or until charred. Make sure to not add in any extra marinade.


Once charred, transfer to your air fryer and bake at 400°F for 15 minutes.

If you're using Kashmiri pepper for color, mix it with the oil and brush it onto the chicken.



To get the traditional smoky flavor, light two small charcoal pieces until they get a grey color. Transfer them to a metal bowl.

Transfer the completely cooked chicken into a serving dish, and add the charcoal bowl next to it.



Add 1 tablespoon of oil or ghee to the charcoal, and immediately cover the entire platter with foil so it traps in the smoke. Let it sit for 8-10 minutes before enjoying.


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