Tandoori Style Chicken Skewers

A perfect starter to an Indian meal which is easy to make and looks amazing.

Marinading the chicken in the lime juice makes the chicken nice and tender.

To serve 4 as a starter:
6 or 8 chicken thighs, boneless and skinless - cut into say 1 and a half inch pieces

1st stage Tandoori marinade:
a pinch of salt
½ tsp garlic puree
½ tsp ginger puree
a good squeeze of lime juice

2nd stage Tandoori marinade:
3 tbsp Greek natural yogurt
2 green chillies - finely chopped
1" cube of ginger- peeled and finely chopped
1 handful chopped coriander
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoon ground cumin
2 teaspoons garam masala
2 tablespoons tandoori masala spice
½ teaspoon ground fennel seeds - crushed in a pestle and mortar
a pinch white pepper
25ml mustard oil

How to do it:
Start by mixing the 1st stage marinade stuff together in a bowl.  Now put in the chicken pieces and rub in the marinade. Leave covered with cling film and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Now in larger bowl, add the yogurt add all of the 2nd stage tandoori spice ingredients. Remove the chicken from the 1st stage marinade mixture and add to the 2nd stage bowl.  
Cover the bowl with cling film and leave to marinade overnight or at least
for 6 hours in the fridge.

Now, before you're ready to cook, be sure to remove the chicken from the fridge for at least 20 minutes - or it will be so cold and won't cook as quickly.
You can cook this however you fancy, on skewers on the BBQ (skewers soaked over night if using wooden ones) or you can do as I did - pan fry them in a little hot vegetable oil and then put onto skewers to serve.
Serve immediately with cucumber raita.


  1. Jan-Jab, I made tandoori chicken earlier this year and it was one of most satisying dishes...really!

  2. Perfection as always Jan! Oh, I could just dig in now!

  3. This is the real deal Jan. I see an East Indian inspired dish in my future!!

  4. I've wanted to tempt fate by making my own Tandoori Style Chicken. I just haven't been able to muster up the courage. Yours looks simply perfect Jan.

    I may just need to conger up the nerve. Thanks for the inspiration!

  5. Gotta go, gotta get to the shops for some chicken....We have having tandoori tonight, woohoo!!!

  6. The marinade looks really tasty, will have to add some tandoori masala to my shopping list!

  7. I'm mad about tandoori chicken and would eat it for breakfast every day, if I could. Thanks for this recipe.

  8. This sounds delicious! I love tandoori chicken! Yum!

  9. That looks really delicious Jan.

  10. This looks perfect, Jan. This is my first visit to your blog. I found you by chance and had planned only to say hello. I, instead, began reading your earlier posts and stayed far longer than intended. I really like your recipes and your photos are gorgeous. I'll be back as often as I can. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

  11. That tandoori chicken looks really good!

  12. I have all the ingredients to make this, I'm going to start it now and marinate it overnight. I'll post my photos on my blog tomorrow and let you know how I get on. Nom nom nom... so looking forward to this, I absolutely love tandoori chicken. Thanks Jan x


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