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The Best Tandoori Chicken

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings 10 drumsticks


  • 1 cup plain yogurt 3.5% fat, or higher
  • 6 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 ½ tbsp paprika
  • 1 tsp cayenne
  • 1 tbsp minced ginger
  • 1 tbsp garam masala
  • 1 tbsp kosher salt
  • 3 lbs skin-on chicken drumsticks


  • Whisk together all ingredients except for chicken in a large bowl.  Add chicken and rub the marinade all over to coat, gently working it under the skin of each drumstick.  Let stand, covered, 1 hour at room temperature, or for up to 24 hours refrigerated.
  • Preheat oven to 375ºF.   Oil a wire cooling rack and place on top of baking sheet.  Arrange chicken on rack and bake for about 40 minutes, or until juices run clear.  Turn on broiler and broil until charred in spots, watching closely.