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Grilled Tandoori-Style Chicken Thighs

Tandoori chicken is a popular dish in India, normally cooked in a cylindrical clay oven called a tandoor. Since a tandoor oven can be a little hard to find in the U.S., we adapted the recipe for the grill to give it the traditional charred barbecue flavor.

The best things about grilling chicken thighs are the crispy skin, the slight char and the super moist and juicy meat. Tandoori chicken brings out all these tasty benefits, plus a flavorful yogurt marinade and curried spice blend that goes great with vegetable biryani, raita, cucumber salad and naan.

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Grilled Tandoori-Style Chicken Thighs

Yield: Serves 6
Author: Hamilton Beach Test Kitchen


  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/4 cup fresh ginger, peeled, cut into pieces
  • 6 to 8 garlic cloves
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 12 (about 3 pounds) chicken thighs, bone-in


  1. Place yogurt, ginger, garlic, vinegar, cumin, chili, turmeric and salt in food processor bowl. Process at HIGH speed until well blended.
  2. Place chicken and yogurt mixture in a large zipper-lock plastic bag; seal and shake bag. Refrigerate 1 hour.
  3. Preheat grill to MEDIUM heat or GRILL ZONE (ORANGE).
  4. Drain chicken and grill chicken covered 15 to 20 minutes; turn and continue cooking 20 to 25 minutes until juices run clear and meat is no longer pink or until meat thermometer registers 165°F.

The GrillStation™ 5 Burner Gas Grill will enhance your grilling experience with its SmokeStation™ wood-chip drawer, perfect for giving steaks, chicken, ribs, and fish that authentic smokey flavor.

The high temperature of the Searing Grill makes it possible to get outdoor flavor indoors. Plus, the hood, grille plate and tray are removable, making cleanup a breeze.

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