Tandoori Chicken Recipe using Spice Mix

Tandoori Chicken Recipe using Spice Mix

Authentic Traditional Recipe made with pre-measured Indian Spices

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'Tandoor' is a clay pot that is buried into the ground and acts as an oven. Tandoori chicken gets its name because it is made in a Tandoor

Prep time: 20 mins; Cook time: 20-30 mins; Serves 4-6


  • Chicken drumsticks (skinned) - 2 LBs
  • Salt (as per taste) - 1.5 - 2 tsp
  • Lime juice - 1.5 Tbsp
  • Finely chopped onions - 1 cup
  • Peeled and chopped garlic - 2-3 cloves
  • Peeled and chopped ginger - 2"
  • Canned Tomato puree 1/2 cup OR Red food coloring 1 tsp
  • Flavor Temptations Tandoori Chicken Spice Mix (contains 5 flavor blends) - 1
  • Plain whole milk yogurt - 1/3 cup
  • Chopped cilantro (optional) - 6-8 stems 


  1. Preheat oven to 425 deg F
  2. Clean drumsticks and cut 2 or 3 long slits on each one
  3. Mix salt, lime juice, Blend #5 (Marinade mix), and apply all over the chicken (making sure to apply within the slits) and keep aside for 15 -20 minutes
  4. In a bowl, mix together onions, tomato puree (or red coloring), ginger, garlic, yogurt, Blend #2 (Turmeric powder, Coriander powder, Cumin powder), and Blend #4 (Garam Masala). Mix in Blend #3 (Cayenne) adjusting to preferred spice level: (Hot: add all of it; Medium: add half of it; Mild: do not add any)
  5. Apply yogurt mixture on the drumsticks, making sure to apply well inside the slits. Cover and refrigerate for 8-16 hours
  6. Bake drumsticks for 20 to 35 minutes till they are tender and no longer pink on the inside.


Serve hot over bed of long-grained or naan bread


Contains no gluten

Organic Spices

Salt free

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Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

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Can this recipe be made vegetarian?

Sure! Simply replace chicken or meat with tofu or paneer to make a vegetarian version of this recipe

How authentic is this recipe?

All our recipes are authentic and traditional family recipes passed along by my Mom and family members.

Can I use Curry powder instead of individual spice blends?

Technically, you could use Curry powder or a common spice mix. However, this would not provide the authentic taste of traditional spice layering technique that is unique to Indian cooking