I truly love Indian food…. And every time my husband and I go out/order in Indian food I ALWAYS get the Chicken Tandoori. I have tried many times to recreate the flavor that a Tandoori Oven gives you, but have usually failed miserably, and longed for the days that we own a house so that I can install a Tandoori Oven in my backyard (I am not kidding).
However, over the past week I have been experimenting with various flavor combos and I have not only come up with a perfect Tandoori taste, but I have to say, this might be one of the best dishes I’ve ever cooked in general.
The Tandoori flavor I was able to get from this dish was due to two components:
- My newest discovery is Tandoori Paste (pictured below) – this paste is clearly magical, and by combining it with a variety of spices, garlic, and some lemon juice, it created a superb flavor profile.
- Grilling the chicken is about as close to a Tandoori oven as you can get. I have tried many MANY times to recreate Chicken Tandoori in a conventional oven and it just never gets that char or grill flavor – so the grill is imperative to the Tandoori at home process.
In addition to grilling the chicken, I had gotten some store bought Naan (Indian Flatbread) which usually you just heat up in the oven, but since I was at the grill, I grilled the Naan as well. AMAZING. 100% upped the flavor game of the Naan and was a great pairing with the chicken (especially since the chicken has a moderate amount of spice). I also whipped up a quick Raita (Greek Yogurt flavored with dill, lemon juice, red onion, and cucumber).
Grilled Chicken Tandoori
With this amazing marinade, you can make Chicken Tandoori at home!