Tandoori Chicken Salad: Indian Flair in Every Bite

Transport your taste buds to the vibrant streets of India with our Tandoori Chicken Salad, where traditional flavors meet the freshness of a crisp salad.

This recipe combines the bold and aromatic spices of tandoori seasoning with the crunch of fresh vegetables, creating a culinary experience that’s both exotic and satisfying. Get ready to infuse your salad routine with the rich, smoky essence of Indian cuisine.

Tandoori Chicken Salad
Tandoori Chicken Salad

Ingredients:

For the Tandoori Chicken:

  • 1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons tandoori spice blend
  • 1 tablespoon ginger-garlic paste
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For the Salad:

  • 4 cups mixed salad greens (lettuce, spinach, and arugula)
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cucumber, diced
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped

For the Mint Yogurt Dressing:

  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons fresh mint, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Tandoori Chicken Salad
Tandoori Chicken Salad

Instructions:

  1. Marinate the Tandoori Chicken:
    • In a bowl, combine yogurt, tandoori spice blend, ginger-garlic paste, lemon juice, ground cumin, ground coriander, turmeric, salt, and pepper.
    • Add the chicken pieces to the marinade, ensuring each piece is well coated. Marinate for at least 30 minutes, or for a more intense flavor, refrigerate for up to 4 hours.
  2. Grill or Bake the Tandoori Chicken:
    • Preheat the grill or oven to medium-high heat.
    • Thread the marinated chicken pieces onto skewers or place them directly on the grill. Grill for 15-20 minutes, turning occasionally, until the chicken is cooked through and has a delicious char.
    • Alternatively, bake in the oven at 400°F (200°C) for 20-25 minutes until the chicken is fully cooked.
  3. Prepare the Salad Base:
    • In a large bowl, combine the mixed salad greens, cherry tomatoes, red onion, cucumber, and fresh cilantro.
  4. Make the Mint Yogurt Dressing:
    • In a small bowl, whisk together plain yogurt, fresh mint, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Adjust the seasoning to your liking.
  5. Assemble and Serve:
  6. Garnish and Enjoy:
  7. Pairing Suggestions:
  8. Variation:
    • For a vegetarian option, replace the chicken with grilled paneer or tofu marinated in tandoori spices.
  9. Final Thoughts:
    • Elevate your salad game with the Tandoori Chicken Salad, a perfect blend of aromatic spices and fresh, crisp ingredients. This dish not only adds an Indian flair to your table but also introduces a delightful fusion of textures and tastes. Embrace the culinary journey as you savor every bite of this exotic creation!