Easy Recipe Alert! How To Cook Tandoori Chicken Without Tandoor

Spicy, succulent and flavourful chicken never fails to impress. And if there’s one chicken dish that checks all these boxes it has to be tandoori chicken. Made in the tandoor, over charcoal embers, tandoori chicken’s smoked flavour is guaranteed to make you drool. No wonder it is one of the star dishes at every get-together or party. Tandoor is a cylindrical clay or metal oven and 'Tandoori' is anything that has been cooked in it and the cooking method is ages old. It is used to make a number of mouth-watering delicacies such as tandoori gobhi, tandoori paneer mushrooms and so on. Tandoori chicken however, steals the show. As per many food historians, tandoori chicken was popularised by Kundan Lal, who is also known for inventing butter chicken.

One of the most ordered delicacies across north Indian restaurants, did you know cooking tandoori chicken at home too isn’t a tough task? Yes, you read that right. That same succulent texture, smoky flavour fresh from the tandoor with fiery spices, all of that can be obtained without the big, traditional tandoor at home. We have the perfect tandoori chicken recipe that you can prepare in a microwave in no time.

Tandoori Chicken Recipe

In the recipe chicken is marinated in a pool of spices including ginger-garlic paste, garam masala, coriander powder, black pepper and cream along with yogurt for about 2-3 hours. You simply need to arrange the marinated chicken pieces in a saucer, cover and cook at high-mode! Serve with a side of lemon wedges and onion rings.

Here’s the full recipe of tandoori chicken:


1/2 kg chicken (cut into pieces and pierced)

1 tsp garlic paste

1 tsp ginger paste

1/2 cup curd

1 tsp garam masala

1/2 tbsp salt

1/4 tsp black pepper powder

1 ½ tsp coriander powder


Oil (to brush the chicken)


1. Marinate the chicken in a mix of garlic, ginger, yogurt, salt, garam masala, black pepper, coriander powder and cream for about 2-3 hour.

2. Arrange the chicken over a sauce and place it in a dish.

3. Cover and cook in a microwave at HI for 5 minutes, turn once.

4. Cover and cook on HI for another 3 minutes. Uncover and cook for 2 minutes more.

5. Let it stand for 5 minutes before serving with onion rings and lemon wedges on the side.