Oven-baked tandoori chicken with mint & coriander relish

If the weather is nice enough to venture outside, the tandoori chicken is great when grilled on a super-hot barbecue. You can use any part of the chicken - breast, thigh or drumstick, but I think the thighs have the best flavour. For best results, marinate overnight before cooking.


  • 1kg (about 6) skinless chicken thighs, bone in

  • For the marinade
  • 1 tbsp finely grated ginger
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped garlic
  • 1 tbsp tandoori paste
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1/2 tsp chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground turmeric
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 200g natural yoghurt

  • For the relish
  • 1 cup coriander leaves
  • ¼ cup fresh mint leaves
  • 1/2 small brown onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp finely grated fresh ginger
  • 1 deseeded green chilli, sliced
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • ¼ tsp cumin seeds
  • Sea salt, to taste


Make a few incisions in the chicken, but not too deep. This will help the marinade to get into the meat.

In a large bowl, combine marinade ingredients and mix well. Add chicken, rubbing mixture in to coat well. Cover and marinate for at least 4-6 hours.

Take the chicken out of the refrigerator and preheat oven to 220°C.

Line a large roasting pan with foil and lay a rack on top. Place the chicken pieces on the rack so they are not touching each other.

Once oven is at correct temperature, place chicken in. Turn the chicken pieces once after 20-25 minutes; they should have slightly charred edges. Roast for another 10-15 minutes, until slightly charred on the second side. Turn oven off and let the chicken rest in the oven for 20-30 minutes, propping the door open slightly with a wooden spoon.

To make the relish, place ingredients in a small blender and process until smooth. Slowly add water, about 1-2 tbsp, until mix reaches a saucy consistency. Check seasoning.

Remove the chicken to a warm platter and serve with the relish.

NOTES: Want something to drink?
The 2010 Egon Müller Scharzhof Riesling Mosel is from one of the great German estates. The wine is delicately off-dry with just a hint of sweetness combined with delicate citrus blossom and finishing with a racy fresh crunch of acidity. This makes a mouth-watering match with tandoori chicken.

First published in the Good Weekend. Photography by William Meppem and Jennifer Soo. Styling by Hannah Meppem. Food preparation by Nick Banbury.