I’m not sure I should call this “tandoori chicken” because there’s no yoghurt or clay oven involved. I put chicken thighs and tandoori paste into my slow cooker (well, Instant Pot) then finish the chicken under a grill. That’s it. The chicken can be eaten with rice, salad, naan, or wrapped up in chapatis with raita and mango chutney.
This recipe is basically Slow Cooked Hoisin Chicken but with tandoori paste replacing hoisin sauce. You could use any Indian paste. I break up the chicken into chunky pieces rather than shredding it and although the chicken is fully cooked when it comes out of the slow cooker, I always pop it under the grill to deepen the colour and get those delicious charred, crispy bits.
- 500g skinless, boneless chicken thighs
- 60g tandoori spice paste (I use Patak's)
- 150g full fat yoghurt
- ½ clove of garlic
- 25g fresh mint leaves (I use frozen)
- juice from half a small lemon
- ¼ tsp garam masala
- ½ tsp sugar
- salt (to taste)
- mixed salad leaves
- mango chutney
- Tandoori chicken: Put 500g of skinless, boneless chicken thighs and 60g of tandoori paste into a slow cooker on the Low setting. Stir and set the timer for 4-6 hours.
- Optional: Halfway through the cooking time, use a wooden spoon to break each chicken thigh into chunks and prop the lid slightly open if the chicken has released a lot of water.
- Line a large baking tray with greaseproof paper.
- Once the chicken has finished slow cooking, taste it and season if needed. Transfer the chicken to the prepared baking tray and spread it out evenly. Grill for around 10-15 minutes, turning occasionally, until the chicken has charred, with crispy bits here and there.
- Raita: Add 2 tablespoons (from 150g) of full fat yoghurt into a food processor or blender along with ½ a clove of garlic, 25g of fresh mint leaves, the juice from ½ a small lemon, ½ teaspoon of garam masala, ½ teaspoon of sugar and a pinch of salt. Blend until smooth then stir in the remainder of the yoghurt. Taste and adjust the seasoning if needed.
- Assemble: Divide the chicken between chapatis, adding salad, raita and mango chutney. Roll up and eat immediately. Any leftover chicken and raita will keep for up to 48 hours in the fridge.