Whole Tandoori Chicken

READY IN: 1hr 40mins




  • Clean and dry the chicken, leave the skin on.
  • In a blender or liquidizer, add in the chopped onion, ginger and garlic and grind to a fine paste.
  • Pour the onion mixture into a bowl, and add in the rest of the ingredients - ground spices and salt, lemon juice, yoghurt, tomato puree and oil and give it all a thorough mix.
  • I use the roasting tin that I cook the chicken in, to marinade the chicken as well!
  • So, line a roasting tin with foil (makes washing up easier!), place the chicken in the roasting tin and pour the marinade onto the chicken and rub it in all over on the outside and the inside as well and cover the tin with another piece of foil.
  • Refrigerate for at least 8 hours but preferably over-night.
  • Preheat the oven to gas mark 4/350F/180°C.
  • Remove the chicken from the fridge and let it stand at room temperature for at least 30-45 mins before cooking (on a warmer day, 30 mins will do).
  • Place the chicken in the centre shelf of the oven for 1 hour, basting with the juices from the tin half way through.
  • After 1 hour, take the foil off and return the chicken back to the oven for another 20 minutes basting every 10 minutes to nicely brown and crisp up the skin.
  • Remove the chicken from the oven and cover with foil and leave it to rest for 20 minutes before serving.