Charred Tandoori Chicken Stuffed Pita Breads

After making some pita breads from my recipe here, i needed something good to fill them with.
I'm a big fan of tandoori chicken so i decided to give it a blast.
Homemade tandoori chicken in homemade pita bread
Charred Tandoori Chicken Stuffed in Pita Breads

This isn't a hard recipe at all, the hardest part is waiting for the chicken to marinate and take on that awesome tandoori flavour.
I started of by getting all the ingredients together.
Ingredients for the tandoori chicken marinade
The ingredients

Then i measured them all out and put them into a bowl and mixed well to make sure it was all combined and looked like this:
Tandoori Marinade ingredients mixed together
The Marinade
Next i chopped up the chicken and added it to the marinade and stirred well to make sure that it was all coated.
Then i did what i wished id done to start with (if only to save some of the washing up) and put it all into a container with a lid to put into the refrigerator to marinate overnight.
marinade and chicken in a container with a lid
All in a container with a lid!
I left the chicken to marinade for about 24 hours, it would work with a much shorter time but i wouldn't do it for less than 3-4 hours personally.
Once i was ready to cook the chicken i put some wooden skewers in water to soak and set up the grill to cook direct at around 260c (approx 500f).
Once the skewers had soaked for a good 20 minutes i chopped up the onion and put on the skewers alternating the chunks with the chicken leaving some wood at both ends to make it a little easier to turn them over whilst cooking.
While i was making the skewers up i made a few plain ones too for the kids they love chicken but just don't like spices.
some tandoori chicken and plain skewers
Tandoori chicken skewers ready to cook with some plain ones for the kids

With the skewers all made up and the grill up to temp it was time to cook!
I oiled the grill then put the chicken on turning to make sure it was cooked evenly on all sides.
Tandoori skewers on the grill cooking
On the grill cooking

 These took about 12 minutes to cook but will vary depending on your grill, i checked they were cooked using my trusty Thermapen instant read thermometer just to make sure.
when they are done the marinade should have firmed up and be a little charred like below
The cooked chicken nicely charred
Charred Tandoori chicken
Now there done its time to eat!
Sliced some of my homemade pita breads and stuffed them with the chicken onions and some salad with a little mayo.
It was an awesome taste and just as good as the ones i buy from the indian takeout, but the thing that made it a stand out meal was the satisfaction that id made it all myself at home, from scratch for less than the takeout would have cost me!
tandoori chicken stuffed into homemade pita breads
Tandoori stuffed pita bread

Charred Tandoori Chicken

Charred Tandoori Chicken
Published 09/10/2016
This is my recipe for charred tandoori chicken which i used to stuff some pita breads i made from a previous recipe


  • 2 large chicken breasts cubed
  • 2 large onions cut into chunks
  • 6 garlic cloves
  • 2 tsp grated ginger
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 2 tsp turmeric
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 500g greek yogurt


  1. In a large container with a lid, add all the ingredients except for the chicken and onion and mix well.
  2. Add the chicken breast chunks and mix well to ensure its coated well.
  3. Put the lid on and place in the refrigerator for 4 hours (preferably overnight) .
  4. When ready to cook soak wooden skewers in water and preheat grill.
  5. Add chicken and onions to the skewers alternating untill there is about an inch of wood remaining at each end
  6. brush with remaining marinade and place on grill, cook for 10-12 minutes turning occasionally.
  7. Rest for 5 minutes before serving
Prep Time: 04 hrs. 15 mins.
Cook time: 00 hrs. 12 mins.
Total time: 4 hrs. 27 mins.

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