Easy Tandoori Chicken made 2 Ways

This easy tandoori chicken made 2 ways is a nice, tasty and easy recipe that you can make on a day when you don’t have energy/time to spend in the kitchen. Needless to say neither of these methods involve using a tandoor.


My husbands alarms (yes he has 2), that literally sit behind his head yet do not wake him up, are driving me bonkers. I can hear them 2 rooms away. I have now moved downstairs, I can still hear them. By the way, I have also woken him up. He has acknowledged my presence and fallen asleep again. So annoying.

I have to go and see someone today who had a baby 6 months ago, oh and my uncle who has returned from holiday. My husbands schedule has become so ridiculously tight though that we just can’t seem to do anything, which is ironic because he cut his hours down to make time to spend more time with the family but now that time is filled with other pick ups and drop offs (Eye Roll). I feel a little bit sorry for him because he is on the go till late evening. Maybe most family men are but i’m just not aware of it.

He still isn’t awake by the way. The husband. Which means, I have to get up and shake him awake. The joys of being a wife. If i don’t wake him up, it somehow becomes partly my fault. He doesn’t say that but I know he is saying it in his head. Haha! I’m a woman, I know these things.

Oh about that baby, yeah basically I completely forgot about said baby and remembered yesterday. I also forgot if its a boy or a girl, (Gosh i’m so bad at social stuff) so I had to get something for the mum which by the way in my opinion is better. So now, I have to style it out and say something nice. Something along the lines of, ‘You momma, deserve a gift. The baby already get’s all the glory/gifts. I am here to change that! You are welcome. Cute baby by the way. Oh, he/she is how old now? 1? Walking? Talking? Oh….’

Easy Tandoori Chicken made 2 ways

Prep Time: 2 hours

Cook Time: 40 hours

Yield: 4-6


  • 8 chicken thighs/drumsticks
  • 100g Pataks Tandoori Paste
  • 6 cloves Garlic crushed
  • 2tsp Ginger crushed
  • 2 heaped tbsp Plain Yoghurt
  • 1.5 tsp Coriander Powder
  • 1.5 tsp Cumin Powder
  • 1 tsp Red Chilli Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1 tsp Smoked Paprika
  • 1 tsp Garam Masala Powder
  • Red food colouring (optional)
  • Few turns Black Pepper
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil Spray
  • OR
  • 8 chicken thighs/drumsticks
  • 370g Plain Yoghurt
  • 2 tbsp Oil
  • ½ Onion
  • 1½ tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 2 tsp Ginger, crushed
  • 5 Garlic Cloves, crushed
  • 1 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 2 tsp Cumin powder
  • 2 tsp Coriander powder
  • 1 tsp Red Chilli Powder
  • 2 tsp Smoked Paprika
  • Salt to taste
  • Black pepper - few grinds of mill
  • Few drops red food colouring


    Method 1
  1. Preheat oven to Gas Mark 6.
  2. Marinate the chicken in all the ingredients apart from the spray for 2 hours or at least 30 minutes.
  3. Place the chicken in a oven tray lined with kitchen foil (Reserve marinade) and bake for 20 minutes. Baste with marinade.
  4. Bake for a further 10 minutes or until cooked through.
  5. Spray with oil spray and cook for further 10 minutes.
  6. Method 2
  7. Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 6.
  8. Combine all the ingredients for the marinade aside from the spray oil and blend together in a food processor.
  9. Marinade for 2 hours or at least half an hour.
  10. lace the chicken in a oven tray lined with kitchen foil (Reserve marinade) and bake for 20 minutes. Baste with marinade.
  11. Bake for a further 10 minutes or until cooked through.
  12. Spray with oil spray and cook for further 10 minutes
  13. Smoke effect
  14. Once the chicken is done if you want to add a smoke effect, heat a piece of coal using tongs over the gas fire. When it is red, place the coal in a steel bowl or make a small bowl out of foil. Put the bowl directly onto the chicken and cover the big bowl containing the chicken with lid for 30 seconds to 1 minute. Remove the lid and the coal bowl and serve.
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