grilled tandoori-style chicken thighs

This takes inexpensive chicken thighs and turns them into an easy feast!

tandoori chicken thighs

Grilled Tandoori-Style Chicken Thighs

1½ tbs ground cumin
1½ tsp curry powder1½ tsp kosher salt
1 tsp garlic powder
½ tsp ground ginger
¼ tsp cayenne pepper
2 tbs vegetable or canola oil
3 tbs red wine vinegar
½ cup plain yogurt (regular or non-fat, whichever you prefer)
2½ lbs boneless, skinless chicken thighs, trimmed of excess fat
3 tbs chopped fresh cilantro (optional)

Heat oil in a skillet on low heat. Mix the cumin, curry, salt, garlic powder, ginger and cayenne in a small bowl and stir the spices into the oil. Heat until they bubble and become fragrant (about 1 minute).

tandoori chicken

Return spices to a bowl, add vinegar and yogurt and mix well. Add the chicken thighs and marinate for several hours in the fridge. Grill over medium-high heat until cooked through. Garnish with chopped cilantro if desired. I serve with basmati rice.

tandoori chicken recipe



About Melissa

Melissa is founder of Girlymama and co-founder of the mom fashion blog, All Things Chic. You can also find her designing blogs at Eliza Grace Design and on Twitter as Melissa Angert.


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    Gail Gardner says:

    Hi Melissa,

    The curry, garlic, ginger, cayenne pepper and cilantro in this dish would detoxify people who aren’t used to those spices. Those are all spices that have healing properties. Eating them regularly will keep you healthier, but if you’ve never eaten them you might go easy on them at first. Is it very hot?

    Have you tried coconut oil in your recipes yet? I avoid anything GMO so that means soybean oil is out and I never use Canola as I consider it the least healthy oil of all. I’ve been using coconut oil and it adds some interesting flavor and is much healthier.