BBQ Chicken, Tandoori Style

BBQ Chicken is one of a kind; it is juicy, smoky, tender and super flavorful. I love how it transforms ordinary chicken to something else. This recipe is super easy and is a lot cheaper than buying the store marinated chicken leg quarters. Your wallet and taste buds will thank you for making this recipe 🙂


-3 pounds of chicken leg quarters

-1 tsp of lemon juice

-2 Serrano/ Jalepeno Peppers

-2 tsp of minced garlic

-1 tsp of ginger paste/ minced ginger

-1 tsp of yogurt

-3 tsp of red chili powder

-2 tsp of salt

-1 tsp of black pepper

-2 tsp of garam marsala

-1 tsp of cumin

-1 tsp of coriander

-2 tsp of smoked paprica


-Prep your chicken: take off the skin, extra fat and place about 6 cuts all along the chicken. I like to do two on each side of the thigh and two on each side of the drum stick. This will ensure that your marsala paste will soak deep into your chicken and provide more flavor.

-Combine all of the ingredients (except the chicken) into a separate bowl. It will be a thick consistency.

-Massage this paste into your chicken. I want you to really get in there and make sure that the cuts you created have the paste in them.

-Let this marinate for at least 3 hours, overnight is preferred.

-After marinading, grill these bad boys for about 30 minutes, flipping them every 10 minutes. Keep the grill lid closed to allow the smoke to penetrate your chicken and cook it from the inside. You’ll know they are cooked when the meat starts puling from the bone. Pair these with a bomb chutney to take these chicken legs to the next level.


-If you do not have access to a grill, you can use a grill pan or bake these in the oven. To bake in the oven, you’ll want to set your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Once your oven is preheated, place your chicken legs and the marinade into an oven safe dish. Cover your chicken with foil paper and bake for 40 minutes. After 40 minutes, take off the foil and put your oven broiler on high and bake these uncovered for 10 minutes, flipping the chicken at the halfway mark.

-You’ll notice that after letting your chicken marinate overnight, your chicken marinade will have watered down quite bit. You’ll want to place your chicken on the grill and dispose of the watery marinade.

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