Tandoori Style Whole Barbecued Chicken

For this recipe you will start by removing the skin from the chicken before marinating so it absorbs all of the flavors from the spiced yogurt and gets crispy on the grill. Generally, removing the skin before grilling would produce tough, stringy chicken. But in this case the yogurt keeps the meat from drying out and it gives it great flavor.

Have your butcher butterfly the chicken by removing the back bone or you can do it yourself with kitchen scissors.

Tandoori Style Whole Barbecued Chicken

Prep time: 25 minutes + 8 hours for marinating Cooking time: 30-40 minutes Serves: 4

  • 1 five pound chicken, butterflied with the back bone and skin removed
  • 2 cups full fat Greek yogurt
  • 2 Tbsp. garam masala
  • 1 Tbsp. turmeric
  • 2 tsp. cumin
  • 2 tsp. coriander
  • 1 tsp cayenne
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 inch fresh, pealed ginger
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro
  • 1 jalapeno
  • salt & pepper

Combine all ingredients except olive oil in a food processor. Mix the ingredients well before slowly adding the oil.  Pour marinade over chicken making sure to rub it in. Cover and chill for 8-12 hours.

Let the chicken sit out for about 30-45 minutes before grilling. Get your grill nice and hot. Just before you start to cook the chicken, brush the grill with oil. Put the chicken flesh side down and cook for 7-10 minutes with the top on.

When the chicken has a nice char, turn it over and cook the other side for another 7-10 minutes with the top on. Move the chicken to the cooler side of the grill and repeat this process until the breast registers 145 on an instant read thermometer and the leg reads 165.

Let the chicken rest for about 15 minutes before carving. Serve with pita, cucumber salad and Coriander-Mint Yogurt.

Coriander Mint Yogurt:

  • 1 bunch fresh mint
  • 1 bunch corriander
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1 Serrano chili
  • 1 clove garlic
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 cups Greek yogurt
  • olive oil

Blend all ingredients in a food processor. Thin out with olive oil if necessary for desired thickness. Serve with chicken and pita.