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Tandoori Chicken Skewers Recipe

These Tandoori Chicken Skewers are well-spiced, tender and truly delicious. A perfect starter to any Indian meal.

Easy to make and you can cook either on a BBQ, pan-fry or under a hot grill; whichever suits you best.

Tandoori Chicken Skewers

I pan-fried mine but you can cook them under a hot grill, turning so they don't burn. Marinating the chicken in beforehand makes the chicken nice and tender.

A tandoor is also known as tannour is a cylindrical clay or metal oven used in cooking and baking.

A tandoor heats up to a really high temperature and would certainly produce better looking tandoori skewers than mine, but obviously, they are not an option for the home cook!

Tandoori Chicken Skewers on lettuce
If you're planning on serving these as a starter course, a simple lettuce leaf with a few sliced spring onions and red chilli looks good.

Top Tips!

Do not leave the chicken in the 1st stage marinade for longer than 30 minutes because the lime juice will start to break down the chicken and it will be horrid.

If you can't get mustard oil, use chilli oil.

Tandoori spice mix is available in most good supermarkets or over on Amazon.

The specific spices of tandoori spice mix vary from one region to another but typically include garam masala, garlic, ginger, onion, cayenne pepper, and sometimes other spices. The spices are often ground together with a pestle and mortar.

Yield: 4
Tandoori Chicken Skewers

Tandoori Chicken Skewers

Recipe serves 4 as a starter course.
BBQ, grill or pan-fry, whichever suits you best. I'm thinking you could even cook these in an oven say 200c /400f or Gas 6 don't forget to preheat the oven first though.


  • 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 yoghurt
  • 2 green chillies - finely chopped
  • 1-inch cube of fresh 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 mix
  • ½ teaspoon ground fennel seeds - crushed in a pestle and mortar
  • a pinch white pepper
  • 25ml mustard oil (you can use chilli oil)


How to cook Tandoori Chicken Skewers

  1. Start by mixing the 1st stage marinade stuff together in a bowl. Now put in the chicken pieces and rub in the marinade.
  2. Leave covered with cling film and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  3. Now in a larger bowl, add the yoghurt 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. 
  4. Cover the bowl with cling film and leave to marinate overnight or at least
  5. for 6 hours in the fridge.
  1. 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.
  2. You can cook these however you fancy, on skewers on the BBQ (skewers soaked in water overnight if you are using wooden ones).
  3. If you prefer, cook them under a hot grill, turning so they don't burn.
  4. Or you can do as I did and pan-fry the chicken in a little hot vegetable oil. Once cooked through, put onto skewers to serve.
  5. Serve immediately with cucumber raita.
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  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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