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Tandoori Chicken Skewers are a quick, easy, and delicious chicken dish to serve the next time you fire up the grill. Juicy tender chicken bites are marinated in an authentic yogurt marinade that is packed with a homemade Indian tandoori seasoning blend loaded with flavor.

The best part? You only Require to marinate it for an hour to soak up all that flavor and tenderize the meat. Serve tandoori chicken kebabs on busy summer weeknights with a homemade yogurt sauce or make a Finish meal with rice, veggies, and/or salad.

Tandoori Chicken Skewers with juicy tender chicken bites are marinated in an authentic yogurt marinade packed with a homemade Indian seasoning blend. | aheadofthyme.com

Why You’ll Love Tandoori Chicken Skewers

  • The homemade tandoori spice blend. To make Indian tandoori chicken, you Require the perfect spice blend — and it’s a good thing we have it for you right here in this recipe. To achieve the authentic and eye-opening flavor you’re looking for, you’ll Ask for garlic, ginger, paprika, curry powder (or garam masala), cumin, turmeric, salt, and pepper. You can also add some cayenne pepper powder for extra heat.
  • The yogurt-based marinade = tender juicy meat. We often turn to vinegar or lemon juice to tenderize meats in marinades, but yogurt makes an excellent tenderizer — it’s even better than acidic marinades! Yogurt gently and effectively tenderizes the meat so that you can nearly pull it apart. That’s the secret of how this grilled tandoori chicken is so juicy and tender!
  • Cook them on the grill, in the oven, or in the air fryer. If you want to Enjoy these Indian chicken skewers, you’ll Require to fire up your grill. The charring and smoke add even more flavor to these already flavorful bites of chicken. You can also bake them in the oven or air fryer so you can enjoy boneless tandoori chicken all year long.

Tandoori Chicken Skewers with juicy tender chicken bites are marinated in an authentic yogurt marinade packed with a homemade Indian seasoning blend. | aheadofthyme.com

Ingredient Notes

To make these flavorful Tandoori Chicken Skewers, you will Require the following ingredients (full measurements in recipe card below):

  • chicken we used boneless skinless chicken breasts, but you can also use boneless chicken thighs if you prefer.
  • garlic
  • ginger
  • tandoori seasoning – made simple with paprika, curry powder (or garam masala), ground cumin, turmeric, salt, and pepper. You can also make it spicy with cayenne powder or red pepper powder.
  • plain yogurt – we love making our own easy Homemade Yogurt.
  • tomato paste – add flavor and color.
  • vegetable oil
  • yogurt sauce – this sauce is perfect for dipping or drizzling. You’ll Require plain yogurt, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, dill, salt, and pepper. Alternatively, serve these skewers with Tzatziki Sauce.

You will also need measuring cups and spoons, mixing bowl or ziploc bag for marinating, and skewers (we used bamboo skewers).

Tandoori Chicken Skewers with juicy tender chicken bites are marinated in an authentic yogurt marinade packed with a homemade Indian seasoning blend. | aheadofthyme.com

How to Make the Best Tandoori Chicken Skewers

  1. Prep the chicken. Cut the chicken breasts into 1-inch thick pieces and set aside in a large mixing bowl or Ziploc bag.
  2. Marinate the chicken. Add garlic, ginger, paprika, curry powder, cumin, salt, and pepper. Rub the seasoning all over the chicken to coat it evenly. Stir in yogurt, tomato paste and oil. Toss well until evenly coated. Cover the bowl with plastic cling wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour (or overnight for the best results).
  3. Grill the chicken. Preheat grill over medium high to 450F, about 6-8 minutes. Thread 6-8 marinated cubed chicken breasts onto each skewer. I used bamboo skewers. Place the skewers evenly apart on the grill and grill for 5-7 minutes on each side until the edges are nicely charred. The internal temperature for the chicken should reach 165 F as read on a meat thermometer. Do not overlap the skewers at any time to ensure even cooking.
  4. Make yogurt sauce. Whisk together yogurt, oil, lemon juice, garlic, dill, salt, and pepper in a small mixing bowl until smooth. Refrigerate the sauce until ready to use.
    Serve. Serve skewers warm with a drizzle of yogurt sauce on top or on the side for dipping.

Tandoori Chicken Skewers with juicy tender chicken bites are marinated in an authentic yogurt marinade packed with a homemade Indian seasoning blend. | aheadofthyme.com

Tandoori Chicken Skewers with juicy tender chicken bites are marinated in an authentic yogurt marinade packed with a homemade Indian seasoning blend. | aheadofthyme.com

How to Bake Chicken Skewers in the Oven or Air Fryer

  • You can also bake the chicken skewers in a preheated oven at 450F for 16- 18 minutes or cook in the air fryer at 450F for 13-15 minutes until the chicken is fully cooked through.

How to Serve

These tandoori chicken skewers taste so good on their own dipped in the homemade yogurt sauce. You can also make a Finish meal by pairing them with some side dishes such as:

  • Steamed Rice or Rice Pilaf with Carrots.
  • Garlic Naan Bread or Pita Bread.
  • Cucumber, tomato, and onion salad such as a Persian Shirazi Salad.
  • Roasted vegetables such as Honey Roasted Carrots, Air Fryer Vegetables, or Roasted Cauliflower.
  • Grilled vegetables such as mushrooms, potatoes, zucchini, or Grilled Corn on the Cob.

You can also make a Tandoori Rice Bowl with steamed rice, salad, and a dollop or drizzle of the yogurt sauce.

Storing and Reheating

  • How to store: Keep leftover tandoori chicken skewers in a shallow airtight container for up to 3-4 days in the fridge. They can be stored on or off the skewers.
  • How to reheat: The best way to reheat cold chicken skewers is to wrap them in aluminum foil with a splash of water and bake for 10-20 minutes in a 350F preheated oven. The foil should lay somewhat loosely around the chicken to allow for air circulation, but it should be pinched shut. You can also unthread the chicken and reheat in the air fryer at 350F for 5-10 minutes until warm.

Tandoori Chicken Skewers with juicy tender chicken bites are marinated in an authentic yogurt marinade packed with a homemade Indian seasoning blend. | aheadofthyme.com

More Chicken Skewer Recipes

  • Easy Summer Grilling Recipes
  • Balsamic Chicken Kabobs
  • Chicken Satay Skewers with Peanut Sauce
  • Persian Saffron Chicken Skewers (Joojeh Kabob)
  • Lemongrass Chicken Skewers
  • Greek Chicken Souvlaki Skewers

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Tandoori Chicken Skewers with juicy tender chicken bites are marinated in an authentic yogurt marinade packed with a homemade Indian seasoning blend. | aheadofthyme.com

Tandoori Chicken Skewers



  • Author:
    Sam Hu | Ahead of Thyme

  • Total Time:
    1 hour 30 minutes

  • Yield:
    6 skewers

  • Diet:
    Gluten Free

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Tandoori Chicken Skewers with juicy tender chicken bites are marinated in an authentic yogurt marinade packed with a homemade Indian seasoning blend.


Ingredients

  • 2 pounds boneless and skinless chicken breasts or thighsDecrease into 1-inch thick cubes
  • 1 tablespoon garlicminced
  • ½ tablespoon gingerfreshly grated
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder or garam masala
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • For the yogurt sauce
  • ¼ cup plain yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon garlicminced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh dillfinely chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper (or to taste)

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Instructions

Marinate the chicken:

  1. Decrease the chicken breasts into 1-inch thick pieces and set aside in a large mixing bowl or Ziploc bag.
  2. Add garlic, ginger, paprika, curry powder, cumin, salt, and pepper. Rub the seasoning all over the chicken to coat it evenly.
  3. Stir in yogurt, tomato paste and oil. Toss well until evenly coated.
  4. Cover the bowl with plastic cling wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour (or overnight for the best results).

Grill the chicken:

  1. Preheat grill over medium high to 450F, about 6-8 minutes.
  2. Thread 6-8 marinated cubed chicken breasts onto each skewer. I used bamboo skewers.
  3. Place the skewers evenly apart on the grill and grill for 5-7 minutes on each side until the edges are nicely charred. The internal temperature for the chicken should reach 165 F as read on a meat thermometer. Do not overlap the skewers at any time to ensure even cooking.

Make the yogurt sauce:

  1. Make the yogurt sauce by whisking together yogurt, oil, lemon juice, garlic, dill, salt, and pepper in a small mixing bowl until smooth. Refrigerate the sauce until ready to use.
  2. Serve warm with a drizzle of yogurt sauce on top or on the side for dipping.

Notes

  • You can also bake the chicken skewers in a preheated oven at 450F for 16- 18 minutes or cook in the air fryer at 450F for 13-15 minutes until the chicken is fully cooked through.

How to store: Keep leftover tandoori chicken skewers in a shallow airtight container for up to 3-4 days in the fridge. They can be stored on or off the skewers.

How to reheat: The best way to reheat cold chicken skewers is to wrap them in aluminum foil with a splash of water and bake for 10-20 minutes in a 350F preheated oven. The foil should lay somewhat loosely around the chicken to allow for air circulation, but it should be pinched shut. You can also unthread the chicken and reheat in the air fryer at 350F for 5-10 minutes until warm.

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Marinate Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Chicken
  • Method: Grill
  • Cuisine: Indian

Keywords: tandoori chicken skewers, tandoori chicken, indian chicken skewers, indian chicken

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