40 Days of Clean Eating: Tandoori Chicken

Kari Lund


Recipes, Nutrition

Day 3 of 40

tandoori chicken

Originally posted on Cooking Up Clean [Photo credit: Kari Lund]


Prep time: 10 min

Cook time: 40 min

Serves: 4-6




  • 4-6 chicken breasts, thighs, or drumsticks
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh ginger
  • 4 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 5 whole cloves (or ¼ teaspoon ground)
  • 5 cardamom pods, use just the seeds inside the pod (or ¼ teaspoon ground)
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric
  • 12 ounces plain coconut yogurt or plain Greek yogurt



  1. Crush cloves and cardamom seeds with a mortar and pestle until fairly finely ground.
  2. Combine all ingredients except chicken in a large bowl and mix well.
  3. Lightly score chicken pieces with a knife and place in marinade.
  4. Marinate for 24 hours.
  5. When ready to cook, grill on medium-low heat for about 40 minutes turning pieces every 10 minutes until chicken reaches 165 degrees.
  6. To bake instead, preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place chicken pieces on a wire rack inside a baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes. Broil for an additional 5 minutes and check to be sure chicken is 165 degrees.


Another clean eating chicken dinner:

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