Tandoori Chicken Recipe, sauce, and accompaniment

Tandoori chicken
Tandoori chicken

Tandoori chicken is one of the sweetest chickens out there in Kenya. The tandoori chicken is the meal that no one can turn down.


Ingredient4 portions10 portions
Chicken1.25 – 1.5 kg3 – 4 kg
Salt1 tsp2, 1/2 tsp
Lemon juice12, 1/2
Natural yogurt300ml850ml
Onion, chopped12, 1/2
Clove of garlic12, 1/2
Ginger, piece5cm12cm
Got green chili1/21
Garam masala2tsp5tsp
Ground cumin1tsp2, 1/2tsp
Red and yellow food color3 drops5 drops


  1. Cut slits bone – deep in the chicken pieces.
  2. Sprinkle the salt and lemon juice on both sides of the pieces, lightly rubbing into the slits; leave for 20 minutes.
  3. Combine the remaining ingredients in a blender or food processor.
  4. Brush the chicken pieces on both sides, ensuring the marinade goes into the slits. Cover and refrigerate for 6 – 24 hours.
  5. Preheat the oven to the maximum temperature.
  6. Shake off as much of the marinade as possible from the chicken pieces.
  7. Place on skewers and bake for 15 – 20 minutes or until cooked.


Since the chicken is dry, a sauce is a need to accompany the chicken.

Ingredient1 liter
Chicken stock1,200ml
Chicken wings, chopped small 300g
Vegetable oil60ml
Shallots, sliced100g
Tomatoes, chopped200g
White wine vinegar40ml
Roast chicken jus


  1. Put the stock in a pan and reduce it to 1 liter.
  2. Roast the wings in oil until slightly golden.
  3. Add the shallots and butter, and cook until lightly brown.
  4. Strain off the butter and return the bones to the pan; deglaze with the vinegar and add tomatoes.
  5. Ensure the bottom of the pan is clean. Add the reduced stock and simmer for 15 minutes.
  6. Pass through a sieve, then reduce to sauce consistency.
  7. Remove from the heat and mix with the aromats for 5 minutes.
  8. Pass through a chinois and then muslin cloth.


The best accompaniment for the tandoori chicken is ugali.

Serve the ugali while still hot add the chicken and the sauce. Garnish with spring onions or a slice of a lemon wedge.

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