It’s Tandoori-is Chicken from Dinner Uncomplicated by Claire Tansey

A Big Thanks to Claire Tansey for sharing her new cookbook Dinner Uncomplicated on this week’s podcast. We got a sneak peek of this great addition to your collection and made a few of the recipes. Liz tried the Tandoori-ish Chicken and raved. The secret? The Smokey Paprika! Don’t skip.



Tandoori-ish Chicken

Prep time 10 minutes | Ready in 6 ½  hours | Serves 4


Use high-fat yogurt (not Greek) for this recipe—it makes the chicken juicier and more flavorful, and it’s less likely to scorch in the oven.

I like to serve this chicken with basmati rice or naan and a salad of chopped cucumbers, tomatoes and red onions; I also add store-bought hot lime pickle or sweet mango chutney to the table.


4 small boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 1 kg total)

1 cup plain yogurt

2 tablespoons canola oil

2 teaspoons coriander

1 teaspoon cumin

1 teaspoon smoked paprika

1 teaspoon turmeric

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

1/4 teaspoon cayenne (optional)

1/8 teaspoon cinnamon

Lime wedges and fresh mint (optional)



1 Place the chicken in a baking dish or freezer bag. Combine the yogurt, oil, coriander, cumin, smoked paprika, turmeric, salt, ginger, cayenne and cinnamon in a small bowl. Pour over the chicken and roll the chicken around so it gets completely coated. Refrigerate for at least 6 hours, and for as long as 24 hours.

2 Preheat the oven to 450°F, placing a rack in the middle of the oven. Line a large rimmed baking pan with foil and lightly spray the foil with oil. Place the chicken on the pan, trying to keep as much marinade on it as possible.

3 Roast 15 minutes, then turn the broiler to high, leaving the pan in the middle of the oven. Broil, checking the chicken often, for 3 to 6 minutes, or until the marinade looks a little golden here and there and the chicken is cooked through. Let stand 5 minutes before serving. Garnish with lime wedges and mint.



To find Claire’s recipe for Herbed Juicy Turkey Burgers, check out this week’s newsletter Pep Talk.

To listen to Podcast where we talk to Claire Tansey, click here.

To find Claire Tansey’s website, more recipes and information on here What’s for Dinner virtual cooking class, click here.