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Tandoori Chicken Thighs

By October 7, 2018Recipes
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Break out the grill for our version of the traditional Indian dish of tandoori chicken. There’s certainly a lot of history that comes with chicken prepared in this manner (just Google it), but we’ll keep it simple. And give a little twist, since most of us don’t have clay pots readily available for authentic tandoori cooking.

Tandoori Chicken Thighs

So, instead, we’ll grill the marinated chicken on medium-high for tenderness inside, while preserving a char on the outside. The spices in the marinade are what really give this tandoori chicken its unique flavor.

Tandoori Chicken Thighs

We like to service this tandoori chicken with black rice and steamed vegetables. If you’re playing the Whole Life Challenge on the Performance level, just skip the rice and double up on your favorite veggies.

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Tandoori Chicken Thighs

Grill the marinated chicken on medium-high for tenderness inside, while preserving a char on the outside. The spices in the marinade are what really give this dish its unique flavor.
Category Chicken, Dinner, Indian
Compliance Level Kickstart, Lifestyle, Performance
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Author Brandon Cress


  • 2 lbs boneless and skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 tbsp coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp garlic minced
  • 1 tbsp ginger minced
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • Salt to taste
  • Cilantro and lime wedges for garnish


  1. Heat a saute pan on medium then add garam masala, paprika, cumin, turmeric, and coriander. Toast while shaking the pan back and forth for 2 minutes or until fragrant.

  2. In a large mixing bowl, add chicken, coconut milk, lime juice, sesame oil, garlic, ginger, and toasted spices.

  3. Toss to coat and marinate for at least 1 hour or up to 8 hours.

  4. Preheat grill to medium high.
  5. Shake excess marinade off of chicken and place grill.
  6. Cook for 4-5 minutes per side forming some char until chicken is cooked through and internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit is achieved.

  7. Garnish with chopped cilantro and lime wedges.
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Brandon Cress
Brandon is a slightly paleo locavore and the production manager at The Good Kitchen. He can skin and dice butternut squash in record time and has prepped thousands of pounds of local produce without blinking an eye.

Brandon has over a decade of experience working in professional kitchens and has been a part of The Good Kitchen team since the beginning. He works with The Good Kitchen marketing staff to produce delicious, healthy recipes the everyday chef can use. He’ll never turn down a pot roast, but has been known to eat up the vegetarian eggplant lasagna.

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