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Chicken Tandoori
with roasted cauliflower / cucumber and tomato salsa

Active: 30 min Total: 50 min
Chicken Tandoori is a traditional Indian dish that produces fragrant and tender chicken. Reviewers loved the depth of flavor that came from the optional step of toasting spices when this dish was last featured in 2018.
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Ingredients

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Servings:
4
Cucumber and Tomato Salsa:
  • Cucumbers - 8 oz, diced
  • Tomatoes, roma - 16 oz, diced
  • Cilantro - 3 Tbsp, chopped
  • Lime juice - 2 Tbsp
Indian-Spiced Roasted Cauliflower:
  • Cauliflower, fresh or frozen - 16 oz, chopped
  • Oil, cooking - 1 1/2 Tbsp
  • Curry powder - 1 tsp
  • Cumin - 1/2 tsp
  • Salt - 1/2 tsp
Chicken Tandoori:
  • Coriander - 1 tsp
  • Cumin - 1 tsp
  • Curry powder - 1 tsp
  • Paprika - 1 tsp
  • Turmeric - 1/2 tsp
  • Cayenne - 1/4 tsp
  • Ginger, fresh - 2 tsp, grated
  • Garlic - 2 cloves, chopped
  • Coconut milk, light - 6 Tbsp
  • Chicken thighs, boneless and skinless - 1 1/2 lbs
  • Limes - 1, wedges
  • Water - 4 Tbsp
  • Tomato paste - 1 Tbsp
  • Honey - 1 tsp

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Prep

  1. Make spice mix - Combine coriander, cumin (portion for chicken), curry powder (portion for chicken), paprika, turmeric, and cayenne. (Can be done ahead at any time)
  2. (Optional step) Toast spices: Heat a frying pan over medium heat and warm up / toast spices until fragrant. Remove from heat.
  3. Ginger / Garlic - Prep as directed and combine. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  4. Make marinade - Mix together spices with ginger, garlic, and coconut milk. Divide in half. (Can be done up to 4 days ahead)
  5. Marinate chicken - Cut slits into the chicken (to increase surface area for marinade). Place chicken in single layer in an oven-safe baking dish. Cover in half of the marinade, sprinkle on some salt, and then tenderize with a fork. Marinate for at least 20 minutes and ideally overnight. (Can be done 1 day ahead)
  6. Cauliflower (if not using frozen) - Chop. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  7. Cucumbers / Tomatoes / Cilantro / Limes - (If prepping right before cooking, get chicken in the oven before returning to prep.) Prep as directed.

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Make

  1. Heat oven to 450F / 232C. Situate racks so that you can fit baking dish with chicken and a sheet pan.
  2. Toss cauliflower with oil, curry powder (portion for cauliflower), cumin (portion for cauliflower), and salt and spread out onto a sheet pan. Bake cauliflower for 25 to 35 minutes, until golden and crispy, shaking and rotating once midway through. Transfer baking dish with chicken to oven and bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until chicken is cooked through to 165F / 74C.
  3. Make salsa by combining cucumbers, tomatoes, cilantro, and lime juice. Season to taste with salt.
  4. Whisk water, tomato paste, and honey into second half of marinade. Heat up over low heat until sauce is warmed up.
  5. Enjoy chicken with sauce. Serve roasted cauliflower, salsa, and lime wedges on the side.

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Reviews

Ratings

Original (39)
Gluten-free (4)
Paleo (3)
Vegetarian (11)

31 reviews

Very good. I was able to use tomatoes from the garden.

By: Kimberly
Posted: Sep 28, 2021
Diet: Paleo
0 Helpful

Not great. The chicken was a bit tasteless even with marinating and I thought the sauce for it was not great. The salsa was what it was. I wasn't expecting a ton from it and it was fine. I had decided to make some Bombay potatoes using curry powder so ended up making a different cauliflower recipe (garlic powder, turmeric & garam masala). The cauliflower and potatoes were fantastic which made the chicken seem especially lackluster.

By: JJ
Posted: Feb 05, 2020
Diet: Paleo
0 Helpful

Good, solid meal. The leftovers were great. Substituted Gardein tenders to make vegetarian.

By: Jenn
Posted: Jan 31, 2020
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

It was fine... not particularly memorable, but good enough. First time cooking chicken under a broiler for me.

By: Teresa
Posted: Jan 28, 2020
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

This was so delicious all of my family members gobbled it up. My spouse who is not an experienced cook had a pretty easy time preparing this for us.

By: Katherine
Posted: Jan 23, 2020
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

A bit bland, somehow not like restaurant tandoori. Salsa was good. The tomato sauce turned out too thin for me (maybe less water would work better).

By: Benjamin
Posted: Jan 02, 2020
Diet: Original
0 Helpful