Hands down the BEST grilled tandoori chicken skewers you will ever throw on the grill this summer. The secret is in the SUPER flavorful long marinade and homemade tzatziki sauce.
I do, in fact, mean the freaking BEST, you guys. I don’t say the B word that often unless I really truly mean it.
And these grilled tandoori chicken skewers are worthy of that.
Worthy of a permanent spot on your grill 24/7 aaaaaall summer long.
Or whatever’s left of it. (I know, depressing)
My point is the time is NOW for soaking up every bit of summer because there’s still a decent chunk of it left.
Which means you should be doing nothing other than dipping the best ever tandoori chicken skewers in tzatziki sauce. Rinse and repeat.
Maybe throw this flat iron steak and this lemon ginger soy marinated grilled chicken on the grill too if ya have room?
P.S. Tzatziki is hands down the hardest word ever to spell. I’ve pretty much given up which way is THE way to spell it correctly, sorry.
Let’s make tandoori chicken skewers!
The not-so-secret trick behind what makes this tandoori chicken SO incredibly flavorful and tasting like it just got air-dropped from India is in…….the marinade.
Yes, that involves a little bit of extra wait time, yes it is worth every millisecond.
Why you should make this chicken the night before
- It eliminates all prep the next day.
- Gives the chicken time to soak up ALL DA GOODS. The marinade is just a simple spiced yogurt, but pair that with juicy chicken thighs and that’s really all you need to make the best ever tandoori chicken. It’s juicy, slightly spicy, and massively flavorful.
Obviously you need THAT sauce that I can’t spell to save my life on hand to dip these skewers in.
Honestly, I would not recommend serving these tandoori chicken skewers without the tzat.
It brings all the flavors in for a home run.
Hello, if you’re not filling your grill with these skewers right this second what are you even doing with your life??
Best-ever, guys. Try and convince me otherwise.
Watch this tandoori chicken made step-by-step on Google web stories!
The Best Grilled Tandoori Chicken Skewers
- 1 cup plain yogurt
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1 teaspoon ground coriander
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 2 lbs boneless skinless chicken thighs, cut into 2-in pieces
- 1-1/2 cups plain yogurt
- 1/2 cup minced fresh cucumber
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 clove minced garlic
- 2 tablespoons fresh minced parsley
- 2 tablespoons fresh minced mint
- Salt and pepper to taste
- In a large bowl, whisk yogurt garlic, ginger, all the spices and season with salt and pepper to taste. Place chicken cubes in marinade toss until they're evenly submerged in the marinade. Cover with plastic wrap and marinade chicken in fridge at least 2 hours or overnight.
- Once chicken is done marinating, remove from marinade and pat dry. Discard marinade. Thread chicken onto wooden skewers. (for best results, soak skewers in water 10-15 minutes to prevent them from breaking while grilling)
- Grill tandoori chicken over medium-high heat 4-5 minutes on each side, turning occasionally until chicken registers 165F, about 8-10 minutes of cook time total. Keep chicken warm.Alternatively if you don't have access to a grill: in a large skillet, pan sear the skewers in 1-2 tablespoons vegetable oil, turning occasionally until chicken is browned and registers 165F.
- In a small bowl, whisk all sauce ingredients until smooth. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Refrigerate until ready to use.
- Serve tandoori chicken skewers hot with tzatziki sauce. Enjoy!
Alicia Storms says
Tried these last night and they were amazing, everyone said how good they was, will definitely be making these again.
Thank you for the recipe it’s a keeper.
Made this tonight, but I had chicken leg quarters. I baked it at 350 for one hour instead of grilling. Tasted great! It’s a keeper!
Samaira Reddy says
Tandoori Chicken skewers are very popular in most of the non-vegetarian snack bars. They are tasty and ideal to go with drinks too. I was hoping to prepare these at home and now you have shared the recipe too. I hope it turns out as good as the images shared. I am going to try this recipe during the weekend.
Brian Hebert says
I love that your recipe does not use food coloring. I’ve made this a few times and it’s the closest I’ve had to the real thing. I love your updated pics ?
Varun Sharma says
I tried this recipe for my family yesterday. And all of them enjoyed eating it. Thanks for sharing the delicious recipe.
Thanks for letting me know! Glad you and your family enjoyed. 🙂
Monique Lafarte says
Best thing to eat in the afternoon. Though it take some time to prepare but the taste was priceless. We want more Indian recipe like this.
SO glad to hear that, Monique! We love Indian recipes so definitely keep an eye out for more recipes like this!
eric levine says
Taught my g-daughter this recipe to teach her how to read a recipe and cook it. Came out delicious.
Thank you, Sarah!
Wow, this recipe reminded me of my travel to Malaysia, days when its so easey to travel to another country.
Your Tzatziki sauce looks so delicious, I will definitely try it with my chicken wings dishes this weekend.
Great recipe! I just finished it last night and the result was unexpected, my wife and daughter both liked it, which made me happy. Thanks for your recipe
Gordon Ramsay says
These look so the great and it looks soo yummy & sound so delicious…i will trying to make it …Thanks for sharing….
Kev Redman says
I maybe knackered the job. Thought I’d followed the recipe implicitly but it was no near to what I expected. I’ll try again at some point though. 👍
Laila L says
Awesome recipe, doubled it for a small party and it was a hit! super easy to make. May have added a little more of some things but the general guidelines are perfect!
So thrilled to hear, Laila! Hope you enjoyed. 🙂
Aditi kadur says
Can you make this in an air fryer? If yes, what temperature for how long?
Hi Aditi – we have not tested this chicken in the air fryer, but I would recommend trying 375F for 8-10 minutes. Feel free to report back how it goes!