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 Best Tandoori Chicken Recipe – How to Make Tandoori Chicken

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tandoori chicken with lemons and red onions

Mike Garten

Searching for a better-than-takeout Indian-inspired dish? Enter: Tandoori Chicken. This flavorful meal consists of juicy, tender chicken loaded with warming, savory spices sure to satisfy any weeknight craving. 

The classic Indian dish is traditionally cooked in a cylindrical clay oven called a tandoor, which gives the chicken a delicious smoky flavor. No tandoor? No problem! This delicious dish can be made at home in an instant pot, a broiler or in our favorite: the air fryer. The fryer keeps the chicken juicy and tender while giving a crisp, golden-brown exterior, all in under 30 minutes! 

There are a few secrets to giving the chicken its signature texture and flavor: the type of chicken used and the marinade. Bone-in dark meat chicken, like legs or thighs, stay juicy during cooking while chicken breasts will dry out more quickly. Tip: The chicken can be marinated for a minimum of 20 minutes, but letting it marinate longer really lets that spicy and irresistible flavor sink in. Plus, with a creamy yogurt marinade filled with garlic and cayenne, you won’t want a drop of it to go to waste! 

If you’re looking for an easy appetizer to please a crowd, a summer chicken recipe, or a new air fryer recipe, look no further than Tandoori Chicken. Serve the flavor-packed dish up with some naan, rice pilaf or a refreshing cucumber salad for some cooling contrast. Trust us, this is a weeknight winner that you’ll be coming back to again and again.

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Cal/Serv:
440

Yields:

4


servings

Total Time:

0

hours

55

mins

1/2
tbsp.

grated fresh ginger

1/2
tsp.

ground coriander 

4


small chicken legs, split

1
tbsp.

olive oil, plus more for air fryer basket

2


small red onions, cut into 1/2-inch-thick wedges

Lemon wedges and fresh cilantro, for serving 

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  1. In medium bowl, whisk together yogurt, garlic, ginger, paprika, garam masala, turmeric, coriander, cayenne, and lemon juice. Add chicken, turn to coat and let sit 20 minutes (and up to 4 hours).
  2. Coat air fryer basket with oil. Remove chicken from marinade, season with 1/2 teaspoon salt, and arrange, skin side up, in basket. Air-fry at 400°F for 12 minutes. 
  3. Toss onions with oil and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper and scatter around chicken pieces. Air-fry until chicken is cooked through and onions are golden brown and tender, 8 to 12 minutes more. 
  4. Transfer to platter along with lemon wedges and sprinkle with cilantro if desired. 

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION (per serving): About 440 calories, 23.5 g fat (6 g saturated), 48 g protein, 565 mg sodium, 7 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber

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