BBQ Tandoori-style Chicken

delicious marinated chicken
Delicious marinated chicken
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For the chicken
8 Chicken thighs on the bone, skin removed
2 tbsp Lemon juice plus wedges to serve
1 tsp Salt
To serve
1 large knob Butter
For the marinade
125 g Plain yogurt full-fat
4 cloves Garlic large, minced
thumb-sized piece Ginger peeled and chopped
½ - ¾ tsp Hot chilli pepper powder
1 tsp Cumin powder
1 tsp Garam masala
1 tbsp Vegetable oil

Nutritional information

  • For the chicken

  • To serve

  • For the marinade

BBQ Tandoori-style Chicken


BBQ tandoori-style chicken is a firm favorite in my house. This traditional Indian dish is famous all over the world. Tandoori gets its name from the clay cylindrical oven it cooks in: a tandoor. Tandoori chicken is a dish which requires marinating chicken in yogurt and spices before cooking it in a tandoor or on a barbecue if you don’t have a tandoor handy!

Start by marinating the chicken thighs in lemon juice and salt. Before marinating, slash each thigh three times down to the bone. This will encourage the thighs to cook more quickly and evenly. Make a yogurt marinade by combining yogurt, garlic, ginger, chilli powder, cumin, garam masala and vegetable oil. Marinate the chicken overnight before cooking on the barbecue or grill. Serve with melted butter and lemon wedges.

To make the BBQ tandoori-style chicken, you will need the following ingredients:

Ingridiens for BBQ Tandoori-style Chicken

Steps to make BBQ Tandoori-style Chicken


Marinate chicken with lemon and salt


Use a sharp knife to slash 3 deep slices into the thighs. Cut right down to the bone to allow the marinade to seep right in. Toss the thighs with 2 tablespoons of lemon juice and 1 teaspoon of salt in a bowl and leave to marinate for 1 hour.


Make marinade


In a small bowl, combine 125 grams of yogurt with 4 minced garlic cloves, chopped ginger, ½ - ¾ tsp red chilli powder, a teaspoon each of cumin powder and garam masala, and 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil. Mix until smooth. Pour the marinade over the chicken. Cover and leave to marinate for a minimum of 3-4 hours in the refrigerator (overnight is best).


Heat barbecue or grill


Heat your barbecue to a medium-high heat. If you prefer to cook indoors, heat the grill to its highest setting and line a baking sheet with foil.


Cook the chicken


Cook the marinated chicken on the barbecue, turning often, for 20-25 minutes until the outside is charred and cooked through. If you are using a grill, place the marinated chicken on the foil-lined baking sheet and cook under the grill for 20-25 minutes until charred all over and cooked through.



Top the chicken with butter and leave to melt. Serve with lemon wedges.

In my house, we love this BBQ tandoori-style chicken! This meal is simple to prepare and cook! It tastes absolutely delicious too! If you try this recipe, please come back to leave a comment with your thoughts!

Jeff is a 38-year-old bachelor who prefers not to waste his time on salads and light meals. He’s a true carnivore who knows how to enjoy food to the max! Jeff will tell you how to cook rich and filling meals from scratch, bringing some real meaty decadence to your kitchen. His recipes are sure to satisfy every meat lover!

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