Tandoori Chicken Buns

Coming back to the office after having spent almost three weeks at home is not easy. If I would have travelled, I wouldn’t have felt much. But the time spent with the kids is making me really emotional. As I called home to check regarding the kids, I could hear Azza crying out loud. Yes, she is a cranky bit, who needs a lot maneuvering to be handled. And I was surprised that I could handle her much easier than my umma, who takes care of her on a daily basis yet finds it difficult! Is it because I am her mother? Can be… I have had 17 fabulous days in the company of my daughters, who wrestled for my attention! Azza managed to win each time from Rasha as she did not give any loopholes for Rasha to come back in, which made her boil with jealousy! But I guess, that’s with all elder ones, and I used to just console her to be in peace with the truth of life! In short, those days are finish and now I am back to the routine of waking up early, being stuck in traffic, reaching office, finishing off work, going back home, breaking my head over dinner, rushing up the kids to sleep so that I could go back to the beginning of the circle again…


Off to the recipe for today, a simple treat that I tried while browsing through many many recipes. I just mixed and matched, and made this yummy chicken bun, which was so highly taken up by the crowd at home for their cup of tea! What’s more, it uses wholewheat flour, olive oil and has no eggs!!! So you can give it a little label called “healthy”. It only went on to reinforce my love for yeast again… πŸ™‚




Updated with new pictures and improved recipe on May 23, 2018: This is one of the oldest recipes on the blog. During those times, all my successes would just appear. πŸ˜€ I still do the same, but I am just being very thoughtful of whatever I am putting in. If I am not satisfied, I just scrap it off. I guess as we mature as bloggers, we get a bit more concerned about what all we post on the blog. Last weekend, I was invited to my cousin’s house for Iftar. Usually, I carry something from my side, just to make myself feel good. I remembered these buns and baked them.


If initially I baked them big for dinner, this time, I baked them small – in fact I should have made them smaller but it really doesn’t matter. I adapted the filling to be similar to my Tandoori Chicken recipe and made it as simple as possible. I did an egg wash and that’s why you can see a beautiful golden glaze to the buns. They peeled off beautifully and all my cousins who had them totally loved how soft the buns were and how delicious the filling tasted. Alhamdulillah… πŸ™‚ I have kept the recipe with the same measurements, though I made it with 1 1/2 quantity in the new clicks. Hope you will try it for your Iftar snack and will love it too.




It had been so long since I had done yeasted bakes so my shaping was slightly off. πŸ˜€ I couldn’t take a picture of the inside since I carried it to my cousin’s house just covered with aluminium foil and I totally forgot to click a picture in the frenzy. Just that the color was deeper than what you can see in my old pictures.


Keeping the old pictures in the post as a reminder… πŸ™‚





4 from 1 vote

Tandoori Chicken Buns

Course Snacks
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 2 hours
Servings 4 -6
Author Rafeeda


  • 1 cup wholewheat flour
  • 1 cup all purpose flour + more if needed
  • 1 tbsp instant yeast
  • 1/3 cup lukewarm milk
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2/3 cup warm water approx.
  • 200 gm chicken breast cut into bite sized pcs
  • 1 tsp Kashmiri chilli powder
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/4 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/4 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 tsp Kasuri methi crushed
  • 1 tsp ginger garlic paste
  • 1 tbsp yogurt
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 onion minced
  • 2 green chillies chopped
  • 2 tbsp chopped coriander leaves


  • To prepare the dough, add the flours into a large bowl and whisk well.
  • Add in all the ingredients except the water and mix well with your hands till it represents crumbs.
  • Slowly add water and start to bring the dough together.
  • Knead till you have a sticky pliable dough. Add more flour if necessary.
  • Grease the bowl, keep the dough in and set aside covered for an hour or till doubled in size.
  • To prepare the filling, add the ingredients from chicken to salt in a pressure cooker. Cook for one whistle and allow the pressure to go by itself.
  • Open the lid, add in the onions and chillies and cook on high flame till the stock has coated the chicken. Add the coriander leaves, adjust seasoning. Set aside to cool.
  • Spread parchment paper on your roaster pan. Set aside.
  • Punch down the dough and divide the dough and the filling into 8-10 portions.
  • Take a dough portion, spread it out in your hand, fill the masala into the center and slowly close the dough.
  • Seal all the side with your hands and shape it as required.
  • Place it on the roaster pan. Repeat till all buns are made.
  • Cover and leave for 30 minutes for the second proofing.
  • Brush the top generously with milk or with egg (I have used egg in the new one).
  • Preheat your oven to 180 degrees. Bake for 25 minutes till the top appears golden brown.
  • Serve warm with ketchup, soup and salad!!!


Due to the use of partial wholewheat flour, the buns may be little dense. You can use all APF as per your liking.
For the filling, you can just substitute the masala powders with tandoori masala powder if available. That was how it was in my initial post.
Skip the chopped chillies if giving to kids, to avoid any bites.


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    1. thank u so much babitha…

  1. Yeah the buns look dense…but delicious!! Sometimes we do need to adjust our palate a little for the sake of good health!!

    1. that's true sweta… thank u so much…

    1. thank u so much razina…

    1. thank u so much femi…

  2. Chicken buns look yummy.Seems like u cracked the code of solving lighting issues for pics they look good πŸ™‚

    1. thank u so much meena… it's more that i'm learning to use photoscape!!! hehe…

  3. Delicious chicken buns, looks soft and yummy…

    1. thank u so much priya…

  4. Novice idea of adding tandoori chicken inside the buns.cool.

    1. thank u so much savitha…

  5. looks droolworthy..i am loving it.

    1. thank u so much divya…

  6. ethe kanditte kothiyavunnu Rafee

    1. thank u so much anupa…

  7. delicious stuffed buns, love it…

    1. thank u so much sangeetha…

  8. I was waiting for this buns, when I first saw them, when you uploaded on facebook..:)

    1. thank u so much suja… πŸ™‚

  9. I so know the elder sis-younger sis thing Rafee. I am the elder of two sisters πŸ˜€

    And the buns look good. Loved the filling too!

    1. me 2… πŸ˜€ thank u so much dear…

    1. thank u so much gayathri…

  10. Oops..Torturing girl..! I love to have a few right now..!

    1. thank u so much dhyuthi…

  11. Omg, can i get that plate of buns,who can resist to that tandoori chicken stuffing.

    1. thank u so much akka…

  12. well..indeed once my eldest one asked me."mamma, is Stefan (my youngest) ur boyfriend ? he is always hugging u..n u are always kissing him !!!!..lol..its soo true how the littel ones can so tactically push in their ways ahead of the others ..yeah ? and yes..we are now back to routine life…:( ..hummm…..and that u do find to keep posting recipes on such a regualr basis is soo applaudable, Rafs ! lovely filling…keep in touch..hugs…

    1. haha sona… that's a good one!!! my Rasha goes all red with jealousy all the time! can't help it! thank u so much dear…

  13. I was just thinking of making some savoury buns, then I saw this! Like kismet :P..i like that u used wholemeal, i bet the flavour is much better than plain flour:-)

    1. hehe… πŸ˜› thanks a lot dear… πŸ™‚

  14. delicious stuffed buns. Looking very soft

    ongoing event: healthy breakfast

    1. thank u so much nandoos…

  15. Wau! wonderful idea Rafee….My hubby love chicken n bread. So this is a good idea πŸ™‚

    1. thank u so much remya…

  16. Wonderful idea,looks super delicious.

    1. thank u so much suja…

  17. looks superb dear ! i understand how much you wud've missed ur kids πŸ™ Nice clicks too πŸ™‚

    1. Thank u so much reni… πŸ™‚

  18. The buns look totally yum. Always wanted to try out stuffed buns. Wonderful that you have time for cooking and blogging along with taking care of two small kids!


    1. Thank u so much indu…

  19. Delicious buns with tandoori filling, no one can resist them.

    1. Thank u so much ambreen…

    1. thank u so much asiyaji…

  20. lazy girl Iam to bake yeast related buns..urs luks very yummy..lucky daughters:)

    1. u shud try usha… once u get hang of yeast, u'l definitely enjoy… πŸ™‚

    1. Thank u so much ruxana…

  21. They look so soft and yumm..

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Pankti…

  22. Looks so yummy,bookmarked.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Suja…

  23. 4 stars
    Tried and love the recipe delicious……

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot for trying and sharing your feedback!

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