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Tandoori Chicken Skewers

The most delicious tandoori chicken skewers made with a simple homemade marinade. Don't forget to get out our step by step photos and tips above.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Marinading time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Servings 4 - 6 servings
Calories 215kcal


  • 1 cup whole milk Greek yogurt
  • 3 Tbsp. tomato paste
  • 3 garlic cloves grated
  • 2 tsp. grated ginger
  • Zest and juice of 1 lime
  • 1 tsp. honey
  • 2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 2 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. garam masala
  • 1 tsp. smoked paprika
  • ¼ tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 2 lb. chicken tenders
  • Wooden or metal skewers
  • Cilantro leaves and limes to serve


  • In a medium bowl, whisk together yogurt, tomato paste, grated garlic and ginger, lime zest
  • and juice, honey, salt, chili powder, garam masala, paprika, and cayenne pepper.
  • Add chicken; stir until coated. Cover and refrigerate 2 hours.
  • Soak wooden skewers in water for at least 30 minutes
  • Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil.
  • Thread chicken onto soaked skewers, leaving a quarter inch of space in between each piece.
  • Roast until chicken is cooked through, about 20 minutes. Remove from oven.
  • If desired, set oven to broil; return pan to oven, and broil until slightly charred, about 4 minutes.
  • Serve with cilantro and limes.


  • Yogurt is a great marinade for chicken, because its low level of acidity helps tenderize the chicken without affecting the meat’s finished texture. Stick to two hours or less; any more than that and the chicken could start to get rubbery.
  • If you want to cut down on clean-up, combine the chicken and marinade ingredients in a Ziploc bag, then just toss it in the trash when you’re done.
  • If you’re using wooden skewers, don’t forget to soak them in water for at least 30 minutes before threading the chicken. This will reduce burning in the oven.
  • Tandoori chicken is often grilled; if you want that lovely grilled flavor, do like I suggest and broil them for a few minutes (being sure to watch them carefully so they don’t burn).


Calories: 215kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 98mg | Sodium: 911mg | Potassium: 745mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1135IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 57mg | Iron: 1mg