Grilled Tandoori Chicken: Latest Recipe from SouthAsian Tasting Table Co-Host, Karen Johnson

Wishing summer was back? Well, you can still serve up some authentic meat on the tandoor, just use an indoor grill or oven! On-air personality and mother of two Karen Johnson shares with us her recipe for Grilled Tandoori Chicken.

Here’s her take:

This recipe has become a staple on our weekly menu. 

 All you have to do is prep the chicken the night before to marinate.  Next day ready to grill on BBQ, or grill.

12 Skinless and Boneless chicken thighs ( they are more tender but you can use legs and breasts too)
Seasoning Mix
1 Teaspoon of the following ingredients  Pepper, Garlic, Ginger
½ cup of Olive oil
Salt to taste
Cilantro finely chopped
Tandoori Mix
100 grams of yogurt Plain Yogurt
2 Heaping Tablespoons of Kissan Tandoori Masala Mix (We love this brand)
1 Table spoon of Cream Cheese (1st secret ingredient to keep chicken moist)
1 Table spoon of Lemon Juice (2nd secret ingredient to keep chicken moist)




1) Wash chicken
2) In a bowl combine all the SEASONING  INGREDIENTS together. Pepper, garlic, ginger, olive oil, salt to taste and cilantro.

3) Dip chicken thighs into seasoning mix then put aside in dish

4) In a separate bowl  combine Tandoori Mix,  Plain Yogurt, Cream Cheese and Lemon juice

5) Mix well until mixture is smooth and no lumps

6) Then dip each piece of chicken into Tandoori Mix and place in pan.
Make sure all pieces of chicken are covered.

7) Once all the chicken thighs are covered with the Tandoori Mix place in dish and cover it.

8) Put the dish into the fridge over night to marinate.

The next day it is ready for the GRILL!

About Karen Johnson

A Toronto native, Karen has extensive experience in the television world as a Producer, Host, Writer, Reporter and Weather Anchor. Currently, she is currently a weather presenter and anchor at the Weather Network.  Happily married and the mother of two boys, home cooking is now a top priority. A self-made chef, Karen cooks up dishes and hosts dinner parties and major events like a pro!

About the South Asian Tasting Table:

A half-hour TV showcase of Indian/South Asian cooking made easy. Whether you’re a seasoned chef or a domestically-challenged kitchen newbie, The South Asian Tasting Table takes viewers on a spicy journey around the world and around the corner. Mixing a dash of humour with a sprinkling of common sense, our hosts show how to prepare and serve delicious and nutritious dishes as well as how to shop for the freshest, most authentic South Asian ingredients.

Join hosts Karen Johnson and Ronica Sajnani as they tackle traditional Indian recipes made simple for busy modern lifestyles. They visit Toronto’s Little India neighbourhood to buy herbs and spices for each show’s feast, introducing viewers to the vast array of flavours and aromas that are the signature of South Asian food.

With the previous success of their South Asian Veggie Table television show, syndicated internationally for the past 13 years, our hosts have established a worldwide following of loyal viewers and the new South Asian Tasting Table promises more delicious opportunities to engage an even bigger audience via web-based interactive elements.

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