Tandoori Chicken Satay Appetizers (Made Easy)

Total Time
27mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 7 mins

My recipe for skewer-style Tandoori chicken.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • CHICKEN

  • 2 -3 lbs boneless chicken tenderloins
  • MARINADE

  • 34 cup tandoori paste (Deep brand)
  • BASTE

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil or 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • SUGGESTED PLATTER GARNISH

  • fresh kale leaf
  • OPTIONAL DIPPING SAUCE

  • raita (traditional mint-yogurt sauce)

Directions

  1. PLACE chicken tenderloins using tongs into a large Ziploc bag or a wide shallow dish for marinating. (NOTES: If thawing, thaw naturally and NOT by microwave oven. You may use whole boneless chicken breasts cut into chunks if kebab-style skewers are desired).
  2. PLACE chicken pieces into a large Ziploc freezer bag for marinating.
  3. SQUEEZE the bag to roll and coat chicken thoroughly in marinade; PLACE bag into refrigerator to marinate 3-5 hours to overnight if desired for fuller flavor and more tender chicken (recommended but not absolutely necessary); SOAK required wooden skewers in water until needed.
  4. SHAKE away excess marinade from chicken; BRUSH chicken on all sides with vegetable oil or light olive oil.
  5. PLACE oven rack within 6 inches of heat element; SET heat to HIGH setting.
  6. SKEWER chicken lengthwise with water-soaked skewers up to 3/4 of the skewer, leaving the lower half empty so it has a "handle"; BRUSH chicken across tops with vegetable or olive oil BASTE; TURN chicken skewers over; BASTE the other side.
  7. SPRAY the grill of a broiler pan with grill with non-stick cooking spray; PLACE chicken with skewer handles extending over broiler pan for easy handling when broiling, SLIDE broiler pan onto oven rack.
  8. BROIL chicken until the edges begin to char slightly (keep a close eye on chicken since it cooks very quickly) TURN chicken within five minutes until lightly charred on edges but not overcooked; REMOVE from oven immediately, wearing oven mitts.
  9. ARRANGE satays in a splay, with skewer handles facing outward, on a serving platter lined with fresh kale leaves; ACCOMPANY chicken satays with a sauce of plain yogurt blended with coriander-mint chutney (or yogurt with tempered creamy peanut butter and chili-garlic sauce) and/or lime wedges if desired.
  10. SERVE and ENJOY!