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Tandoori-Inspired Chicken Kebabs

4 to 6 Servings
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Tandoori chicken traditionally is marinated for hours in yogurt and fragrant spices before it is cooked in a tandoor oven. Our weeknight-friendly, tandoori-inspired kebabs feature an easy marinade of yogurt, paprika, garam masala, cayenne and a few other aromatics. Just whirl everything in a blender, then combine with chunks of chicken. If you have time, marinate the chicken overnight, though even 30 minutes will go a long way to boost flavor and tenderize the meat. The marinade also helps the kebabs brown beautifully under the broiler. Serve with warm naan or basmati rice.


  • 1

    cup plain whole-milk yogurt OR ¾ cup plain whole-milk Greek yogurt thinned with 3 tablespoons water

  • 4

    medium garlic cloves, smashed and peeled


Catherine S.
January 18, 2023
Good one to prep ahead then on the table in minutes
My onion was too strong and I diluted the marinade using low fat buttermilk by 1:1. It worked and the chicken was great, loved the broiler method for that crispy but still moist cook. Used a tzaki sauce with the chicken and pita. Next time I'll try shallots.
Diana L.
December 15, 2022
Pretty good
I had chicken legs instead of thighs. I marinated them for 4 hours then baked it in the oven at 425 for 50 min and it came out really good.