Tandoori Chicken Masala


  • Cuisine: North Indian (Punjabi)
  • Serves: 4
  • Preparation time: 10 minutes
  • Cooking time: 1 hour 20 minutes



  • Chicken legs, without the skin- 4 pieces
  • Yogurt 10 tablespoons
  • Garlic paste ½ tablespoon
  • Ginger paste ½ tablespoon
  • Turmeric 1 teaspoon
  • Cumin powder 1 teaspoon
  • Coriander powder 1 teaspoon
  • Garam masala powder 1 teaspoon
  • Red chilli powder 1 teaspoon
  • Lemon juice 1 teaspoon
  • Olive oil 1 teaspoon

For the masala (gravy)

  • Onion, sliced 2 medium
  • Tomatoes, chopped 3 medium
  • Garlic paste ½ tablespoon
  • Ginger paste ½ tablespoon
  • Turmeric 1 teaspoon
  • Red chillies, whole (deseeded) 2-3
  • Cinnamon stick 1 inch 1
  • Cardamoms 3-4
  • Cloves 3-4
  • Sunflower Oil 4 tablespoons
  • Water 2 cups


Chicken tandoori

  1. Make gashes on the chicken legs and thighs.
  2. Mix all the ingredients for the marinade and add the chicken pieces to it. Make sure the marinade is spread evenly on all the surfaces.
  3. Keep it aside for a couple of hours or marinate it overnight.
  4. Pre-heat the oven at 180 C for 5 minutes, when ready to cook the chicken.
  5. Put the marinated chicken on an oven tray lined with foil and cover the tray with another sheet of foil.
  6. Put it in the oven for 25 minutes.

Masala (gravy)

  1. Heat 4 tablespoons of oil in a pan, add cinnamon, cardamoms and cinnamon and cook for 1 minute.
  2. Saute’ the onion until golden brown. Add the garlic paste and cook for another minute.
  3. In the meantime, grind the chopped tomatoes and red chillies to a smooth paste.
  4. Add the paste and turmeric to the onion and cook until the oil starts to separate.
  5. Add 2 cups of water and bring it to a boil. Add the tandoori chicken pieces in the gravy and reduce it to medium flame. Cook for 25 minutes.

12. Increase the flame and cook for another 5 minutes.

13. The special chicken dish ‘tandoori chicken masala’ is ready to be served with rice and some salad.

14. I personally feel that sautéed mushrooms with salt and pepper goes very well with this dish. You might feel that it is a weird combination but trust me, it goes really well when served on a bed of rice with tandoori chicken masala. You can also make some dal tadka (one of my recipes on the blog) for a complete main course.

15. Please try this recipe and leave a comment on my blog if you like it.