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Tandoori Spiced Baked Chicken In Yogurt Masala Recipe

This Tandoori Spiced Baked Chicken is very popular in Pakistani restaurants and is usually served with naan bread and chutney. This dish is a great recipes to cook for your house parties and is loved by one and all.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 6
Author Bushrah | Recipestable


  • 2 pounds chicken pieces

For marination

  • 1-1/2 cups plain yogurt
  • 2 tablespoon butter
  • 2 tablespoon ginger garlic paste
  • 2 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 2 tablespoons smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon coriander powder
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • salt to taste

For Garnishing

  • 4 limes quartered
  • onion rings



  • Make two deep slits crossways on the meaty parts of chicken piece.
  • Sprinkle the salt over the chicken and squeeze over some of the lemon juice.
  • In a large bowl, add the yogurt, lemon juice, ginger and garlic, plus all of the spices. Mix well and remove any lumps in the yogurt.
  • Put the chicken into the yogurt mixture and toss to coat evenly.
  • Cover and place in the refrigerator to marinate for about 4 hours to overnight, which is ideal.
  • Preheat an oven to 200 degree C.
  • Put the marinated chicken into a deep heat-proof dish. Cover with a lid or foil with holes poked in the top.
  • Bake for 30 minutes then move the meat around with a spoon.
  • Bake for an additional 30 minutes, uncovering the dish for the last 15 minutes of baking only.
  • Use tongs to remove the meat from the dish and the yogurt sauce and place on a separate tray to broil or use the broil setting on your oven to sear the meat, about 5 minutes each side.Tandoori Spiced Baked Chicken is ready to serve. Enjoy!!


If you prefer the chicken to be a bright red colour, and a few drops of red coloring into the marinade.
Serving Suggestions:
Serve with fresh naan bread, onion rings, lemon wedges and a yogurt sauce on the side for dipping.