Restaurant-Style Grilled Tandoori Chicken


Tandoori chicken is a classic and one of our most favourite Indian appetisers to enjoy. People generally like to order this item, assuming that the tandoori’s flavour can’t be created at home. Well, we have a solution for this! Here’s a recipe that uses a cast iron grill pan to recreate the authentic and amazing flavour of a restaurant-style grilled tandoori chicken. 


What is Tandoori Chicken?

The recipe of tandoori chicken was created in Punjab way before the 1947’s partition. The tandoori chicken dish was made well-known in the late 1940s at the Moti Mahal restaurant in Daryaganj district of New Delhi by Kundan Lal Jaggi and Kundan Lal Gujral, two Punjabi Hindu immigrants from Peshawar who also served as the establishment's founders.


Tandoori chicken is prepared by marinating boneless and skinless chicken breast in curd and a tandoori spice blend, with its colour coming from red chilli, degi mirch or Kashmiri red chilli. The chicken is usually prepared in a tandoor which is a clay oven but at homes people also make it in grill pans.


Quick and Easy Grilled Tandoori Chicken

Having the restaurant style tandoori chicken is not going to be a problem anymore, with the perfect tandoori flavour and the ease of cooking at home in a simple grill pan. Prepare this tandoori chicken anytime you want, it is tasty as well as healthy.

 


How to make Grilled Tandoori Chicken 

  1. In a large bowl prepare the tandoori marination by adding mustard oil, ginger garlic paste, red chilli powder, salt, meat masala, curd and some lemon juice, black pepper, and kasoori methi. Mix it all together.
    Grilled tandoori Chicken Recipe
  2. Add four boneless chicken breasts into the marinade, coat them evenly and let them sit for 45 minutes.
    Grilled Tandoori Chicken recipe
  3. To cook the chicken, heat a cast iron grill well, brush it generously with oil and place the breasts flat into the pan. Let them sear for 5-6 minutes on one side without moving them. After they are seared properly, turn them over and repeat the same.
    Grilled Tandoori Chicken recipe
  4. Once cooked, serve the breast hot, brush it with some leftover oil and marination in the pan. Serve it with a thinly chopped side salad and lemon wedges.
    Grilled Tandoori Chicken recipe


Expert Tips

  1. Marination will have a better effect if chicken is left in it overnight.
  2. Make sure to not crowd the pan or the chicken will not sear properly.
  3. Do not touch the chicken before it is properly seared on one side or it will stick to the pan.

 

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