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Chicken Tandoori
with cucumber and tomato salsa / naan

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Chicken Tandoori is a traditional Indian dish that produces fragrant and tender chicken thanks to a marinade of spices and yogurt. Reviewers loved the depth of flavor that came from the optional step of toasting spices when this dish was last featured in 2019.

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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
Chicken Tandoori:
  • Coriander, ground - 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
  • Yogurt, plain or Greek - 6 Tbsp
  • Oil, cooking - 2 Tbsp
  • Chicken thighs, boneless and skinless - 1 1/2 lbs
  • Limes - 1, wedges
  • Foil - for broiling
  • Water - 4 Tbsp
  • Tomato paste - 1 Tbsp
  • Honey - 1 tsp
  • Naan - 4 rounds (sub any flatbread)

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Prep

  1. Make spice mix - Combine coriander, cumin, curry powder, 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 yogurt marinade - Mix together spices with ginger, garlic, yogurt, and oil. 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). 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. 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. Turn on broiler and situate top oven rack so that it’s about 5” to 6” / 13 to 15 cm from the heat source. Line a sheet pan with foil. Brush off excess marinade from chicken (you want to leave some on but not too much) and arrange chicken on sheet pan. Broil for 5 to 8 minutes on each side, until chicken is cooked through to 165F / 74C.

  2. Make salsa by combining cucumbers, tomatoes, cilantro, and lime juice. Season to taste with some salt.

  3. Whisk water, tomato paste, and honey into second half of marinade. Heat up over low heat until sauce is warmed up.

  4. Toast naan.

  5. Enjoy chicken with sauce. Serve lime wedges, naan, and salsa on the side.

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Reviews

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Most Helpful

Sauce was to die for, and the chicken was super moist. I used heavy whipping cream instead of yogurt in the sauce. Next time #DoubleTheSauce

By: Linda
Posted: Jul 07, 2022
Diet: Original
1 Helpful

21 reviews

Slightly overcooked the chicken. Should have used my airfrier instead because it ALWAYS turns out well when I do that. The salsa was a little bland - probably should have gone a little heavier on the salt/spice. Had potential for sure. Might make it again with those adjustments.

By: Jennifer
Posted: Aug 06, 2022
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

We enjoyed this. I made the original recipe and added roasted califlower with cumin seeds. Marinated chicken in advance. Came together quickly at dinner time. Everyone loved it.

By: Kyler
Posted: Aug 03, 2022
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Eggs always take 3x longer for me. But I know that about shashuka now!

By: Caitlin
Posted: Aug 02, 2022
Diet: Vegetarian
0 Helpful

OMG. The sauce! So delicious. Naan dipped in the sauce= YUM!!

By: Alana
Posted: Jul 18, 2022
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Delicious, super easy once the marinade was on. Keep naan in the freezer for an easy pantry meal.

By: Kayla
Posted: Jul 17, 2022
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

I loved the chicken but the salsa was weirdly bitter.

By: Chelsea
Posted: Jul 13, 2022
Diet: Original
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