Tandoori-Spiced Grilled Chicken Thighs with Cucumber-Yogurt Sauce

Tandoori refers to proteins marinated in a spiced yogurt mixture then roasted in a clay oven called a tandoor. If you can't find a tandoor spice blend, curry powder would also be delicious. Serve these spicy, juicy grilled chicken thighs with a simple salad and naan or rice.

tandoori spiced grilled chicken thighs
Photo: Carson Downing
Active Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
35 mins


  • 1 ¼ cups whole-milk plain Greek yogurt, divided

  • 1 ½ tablespoons tandoori spice blend

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice plus 2 teaspoons, divided

  • 1 tablespoon grapeseed or sunflower oil

  • 2 cloves garlic, grated

  • 2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger

  • ½ teaspoon salt plus a pinch, divided

  • 4 large bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs (about 1 1/2 pounds), trimmed

  • ¼ cup finely diced cucumber


  1. Preheat grill to high.

  2. Whisk 1 cup yogurt, spice blend, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, oil, garlic, ginger and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a large bowl. Add chicken to the large bowl and stir to coat.

  3. Reduce heat to medium. Oil the grill rack. Remove the chicken from the marinade, letting excess drip off (discard the marinade). Grill the chicken, turning frequently, until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part registers 165°F, about 25 minutes. Sprinkle with the remaining pinch of salt.

  4. Meanwhile, mix cucumber with the remaining 1/4 cup yogurt and 2 teaspoons lemon juice in a small bowl. Serve with the chicken.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

250 Calories
14g Fat
4g Carbs
27g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 250
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 4g 1%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 27g 54%
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 116mg 39%
Vitamin A 40IU 1%
Vitamin C 3mg 3%
Vitamin D 6IU 2%
Vitamin E 1mg 9%
Folate 10mcg 3%
Vitamin K 4mcg 3%
Sodium 484mg 21%
Calcium 88mg 7%
Iron 1mg 6%
Magnesium 30mg 7%
Potassium 349mg 7%
Zinc 2mg 18%
Vitamin B12 1mcg 42%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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