Tandoori Whole Chicken



What climate it is out here!!! Really in love with it…. yesterday, we went for a long drive towards the outskirts and the beach side. Β It was fantastic. Even though when we started, the sun was quite hPinarsh and we were worried about the reminder of the day. But from afternoon, the sun mellowed down and there was a beautiful breeze. So much fun eating my umma’s fried rice and my cousin’s wife’s chicken manchurian in open air, enjoying nature’s bounty… The kids enjoyed themselves running around and we enjoyed chatting ourselves to glory. Sometimes, you do need to get out from the hustle-bustle of life, just be yourself and enjoy, isn’t it??? πŸ™‚


While browsing through my recipe index the other day, I was a bit surprised to see that I have never posted whole chicken roasts, when it is something I keep making especially when we have gatherings at home. I have to say, my HD loves my full chicken roasts *blush blush*… hehe… Whenever we have guests coming home, he insists that I roast a full chicken. Actually speaking, when it is among yourselves, it is fine to attack a whole chicken but I am always wary while doing this for a group of people, who may feel shy to attack it when others are around!!! Still, what I get back is just the bones, to be frank! InShaAllah, in the future, I will try to post in some more whole chicken roasts when I get a chance to click them before they are devoured, but today, I will share with you the way I make tandoori chicken. I am not a fan of the readymade tandoori powders as they just don’t give the taste you want. This was a mish-mash of many recipes that I referred to, and I must say that the whole family was really happy with the way it tasted!


I must say that taking this picture was such a pain – I had a little hungry gang of people not being able to hold their hunger pangs, I was not even allowed to pull out my camera and had to be content with taking a snap on my mobile!!! πŸ™‚


Tandoori Whole Chicken

Course Chicken
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 8 hours
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 9 hours
Servings 4 -6
Author Rafeeda


  • 1 kg chicken skin removed and cleaned
  • 4 tbsp thick yogurt
  • 2 tsp Kashmiri chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tbsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala powder
  • 1 tsp ginger paste
  • 1 tsp garlic paste
  • 1 tsp cumin powder*
  • 1 tbsp Kasoori methi
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Butter for basting


  • Clean the chicken well, slit using knife on various parts and pat dry.
  • Mix ingredients from yogurt to salt and pepper in a bowl to a thick paste.
  • Add in the chicken and cover it well in the masala.
  • Cover the bowl with cling film and marinate the chicken for a minimum of one hour. It is better to marinate overnight for the best results.
  • When time for roasting, take out the chicken and leave to reach room temperature.
  • Transfer to your roasting pan and bast with melted butter generously.
  • Bake in preheated oven at 200 degrees for 30-40 minutes on one side, turn over and repeat till the other side is cooked too. Serve hot with anything you like or eat it as it is!!! πŸ˜‰


I added only 1/2 tsp cumin powder as my family is cumin-averse (I really don't know why!!!) so the taste was slightly different. Adding the full cumin quantity would give a more tandoori flavor!
You can grill the chicken as per your normal setting as well. My oven has a specific setting for chicken, which I use for cooking my chicken.
Instead of whole chicken, you can use chicken pieces or boneless chicken as well. Adjust cooking time accordingly.

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  1. Very well prepared. It's a simple blend of spices but all in the right quantities.
    Thanks for sharing.

    1. thank u so much dear…

  2. It really looks divine, Rafee. I am all into roast chicken now, as on no-carb diet :P..this recipe is a must in the menu!

    1. i like dat!!! πŸ˜€ thank u so much jehanne…

  3. looks yummmy dear!! well cooked must be really delicious

    1. thank u so much aara…

  4. it looks so delicious.wish i could make some.u sounded so easy

    1. thank u so much meena…

  5. The roast looks delicious Rafee… I can imagine how yum that chicken would be πŸ™‚

    1. thank u so much rekha… πŸ™‚

  6. Its really tempting and I suppose using a whole chicken works for a big family. My other half does not eat chicken and just for me alone, I use quarter or two or three pieces. Each recipe of tandoori chicken is a stand out on its own and I like your version with the different types of spices.

    1. thank u so much nava… yes, for my family, 1 whole chicken is quite sufficient, sometimes not enough! πŸ™‚

    1. thank u so much babitha…

  7. Delicious roast,tempting too.

    1. thank u so much asiya…

  8. Absolutely drooling πŸ™‚

    1. thank u so much avika… πŸ™‚

  9. really tempting Rafee!!!vallom baaki undo??

    1. thank u so much priya…

    1. thank u so much shama…

  10. hmm….poricha kozhiyude manam …athe evideninne ayirunnu alle πŸ™‚

    1. haha anupa… evidunnayirikkum!!! πŸ˜›

  11. Lovely dish….. I had been to khorfakkan beach many a times, love everything abt it…..

    1. thank u so much razina…

  12. njangal kozhikkottukarude favorite muzhuvan kozhi nirachath, porichath, chuttath angine angine….

    1. athu shariyanu ketto… πŸ˜€

  13. Chicken roast is something I can have any time any day πŸ˜‰ It is not just tasty but also such a healthy way to have chicken.

    1. yes definitely it is… thank u so much… πŸ™‚

  14. Oh Raf, this looks scrumptious…..its been long since i had tandoori chicken…..

    1. thank u so much lubna…

  15. My mouth is just watering here.. Its been a while i have nt prepared whole chicken like this.

    1. thank u so much akka…

  16. iam dying.help me out..eyes r double in size while seeing the pic n u made it awesum dear..

    1. love this comment of urs usha… made me laugh… πŸ˜€

  17. lovely… mouth watering chicken …

    1. thank u so much gloria…

  18. Delicious whole chicken roast love it.

    1. thank u so much swathi…

  19. The click is great!! I'll try it with paneer as am a veggie..

    1. yes it should taste good with paneer too… thank u so much!

  20. this looks so perfect and delicious!

    1. thank u so much amila…


    1. thank u so much suhaina…

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