Tandoori Style Chicken on the BBQ

Here’s a regular feature on our BBQ menu, easy, tasty and definitely a crowd pleaser. Try and marinade for at least a few hours or even overnight if possible.


This makes enough marinade for about 10 drumsticks – so adjust accordingly.

  • 10 free range chicken drumsticks – skin on


  • 2 tsp of fresh masala
  • 3 heaped tsp of ground coriander and cumin
  • 2 heaped tsp of gram masala
  • 1 tbsp of tandoori powder
  • 1 tsp of salt (or to taste)
  • 2 tbsp of lime or lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp oil.


  1. Prepare the chicken drumsticks by slashing them using a sharp knife to allow the marinade to penetrate – keep the skin on
  2. Place the drumsticks in a large bowl
  3. In a small bowl mix all the marinade ingredients – taste the marinade and adjust flavour if you need to by adding more ingredients
  4. Pour the marinade over the chicken and using your hand rub the marinade into the drumsticks
  5. If possible place the drumsticks into the fridge and allow to marinade as long as possible
  6. Cook drumsticks on your BBQ – try and keep a medium heat to prevent the marinade burning off
  7. Cook for around 45 minutes depending on the size of the drumsticks
  8. Check the meat is cooked before serving
  9. Always try and rest the drumsticks for a 5-10 minutes before eating.

figure 1. marinade


figure 2. marinaded chicken


One Response to “Tandoori Style Chicken on the BBQ”

  1. Jennie Waldron Says:

    Hi Nina, I know its winter here in the UK and definitely not BBQ weather (!), but my chicken is marinating ready for chicken kebabs tonight. On a naan bread pita – Black Country Style!

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