Indian Spice Rubbed Chicken and GIVEAWAY

Indian Spice Rubbed Chicken

Happy Memories + Cravings = Indian Spice Rubbed Chicken

Why are we so taken by food? Why do we think about certain dishes and immediately salivate? How is it that the smell of popcorn or sugar cookies instantly flood our minds with memories and out hearts with emotion?

It’s because humans are extremely sensuous. …No, I’m not calling you sexy. Although, I don’t want to offend anyone–You might be extremely sexy. *wink*

Sensuous meaning “of the senses” or “gratified through the senses”. We drink in every experience, every sensation, through our five senses. They effect how we respond and what we remember. So it’s no wonder that certain foods are associated with our memories.

If food is involved in a moment that is memorable, it actually elevates our capacity and emotional tie to that memory.

Chicken Tandoori Recipe

When I smell smoked meat, my mind drifts to happy memories of my dad, who often smelled of smokey hickory chips. The taste of butter cookies instantly transports me to childhood days of baking cookies with my mom and sister. Seared duck breast, hot fudge sundaes with peanuts, and bread pudding all bring back sweet memories of my husband.

On the flip side, the stench of canned tuna brings back a memory that I’d rather not remember.

One smell and flavor that always brings happy memories and tears to my eyes is  Indian spices. One whiff of cardamom or fenugreek and a flood of color, movement, lights, and sweltering heat wave over me.

Admittedly, this grilled chicken recipe is not a replica of a dish I ate during the summers I spent in India. It is more of a  nod of respect and admiration to old friends, rickshaws, and cooking over open flames.

I developed this India chicken recipe for ease and bold flavor. It falls somewhere between a tandoori chicken recipe and a chicken tikka recipe, yet is dairy-free and has less ingredients to deal with.  You don’t have to marinate the chicken in the spices before grilling, making this Indian chicken recipe a great mid-week meal.

Indian Chicken Recipe

Indian Spice Rubbed Chicken is an exciting alternative to plain-jane bbq chicken during grilling season. Serve it with standard picnic fare, or go all out with saffron rice and buttered naan. Either way, you won’t be sorry you strayed off the beaten path. This sensuous Indian chicken might cause some memory making of your own!

To Prepare Indian Spice Rubbed Chicken:

Preheat the grill to medium heat. Place the chicken in a large baking dish. In a separate bowl, combine all the remaining ingredients and mix well.

Indian Spice Rub

Rub the mixture over the chicken, coating completely.

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Grill the chicken for approximately 40 minutes, turning once. You could use boneless, skinless chicken breasts. Grill over medium heat for approximately 12 minutes.

How To Make Tandoori Chicken


Yield: 8 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Indian Spice Rubbed Chicken


3 ½ lbs. bone-in chicken
2 Tb. Garam Masala
1 lemon, zested and juice of half
2 Tb. chopped cilantro
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 Tb. freshly grated ginger
½ tsp. cayenne pepper
1 tsp. cumin
2 tsp. salt
½ tsp. black pepper
¼ cup oil


Preheat the grill to medium heat. Place the chicken in a large baking dish.

In a separate bowl, combine all the remaining ingredients and mix well.

Rub the mixture over the chicken, coating completely.

Grill the chicken for approximately 30-40 minutes, turning once. At 30 minutes, probe one piece with a knife.

If the juices run clean, remove from heat. *You could use boneless, skinless chicken breasts. Grill over medium heat for approximately 12 minutes.

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140 Responses to “Indian Spice Rubbed Chicken and GIVEAWAY”

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    chakrateeze — June 15, 2011 @ 5:27 pm

    I’d love: Cast Iron 20″ Reversible Camping Grill Griddle!!!

    Thanks for the recipe, Sommer. Sounds like a way simpler version of my Bengali m-i-l’s delicious chicken curry I fell in love with. Will definitely try it soon.



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    Michele — June 15, 2011 @ 6:04 pm

    I made this tonight and it was delicious!! So easy and so good! This will be a summer staple!


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    Sabrina@loulousucre — June 15, 2011 @ 7:49 pm

    I would love the grill platter.


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    Sabrina@loulousucre — June 15, 2011 @ 7:50 pm

    I posted to twitter and facebook.


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    Shirley — June 15, 2011 @ 9:00 pm

    YUM! Chicken tikka masala is my favorite Indian dish (even if it’s not a real Indian dish). This looks both simple and mouthwatering.


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    kankana — June 15, 2011 @ 9:17 pm

    Top 9!! Awsm :) It looked so yum, how could people have ignored that!


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    Brittany Pedersen — June 16, 2011 @ 1:57 am

    I like the grill wok. I could really cook up some nice pad thai!


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    Cathy W — June 16, 2011 @ 1:01 pm

    I like the Atlas Marcato Black Pasta Machine 150 Wellness Designer Deluxe:


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    Cathy W — June 16, 2011 @ 1:02 pm

    Like you on Facebook (Cathy Wallace)


  10. #
    Liz — June 16, 2011 @ 1:03 pm

    Grilled to perfection!!! Just lovely~


  11. #
    Cathy W — June 16, 2011 @ 1:15 pm
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    Cathy W — June 16, 2011 @ 1:21 pm

    Subscribe by email
    cjwallace43 at gmail dot com


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    Sawsan@chef in disguise — June 17, 2011 @ 1:18 am

    YUM! I am always on the lookout for chicken recipes and now I have 3 to explore this amazing indian chicken and the tekka and tendori ones..
    Thank you for sharing


  14. #
    Regina W — June 17, 2011 @ 7:16 am

    I am in the market for a drink dispenser for when I entertain guests. I love the handmade drink dispenser with wrought iron stand. It would be perfect for all occasions. This chicken looks delicious, i must try this and soon.


  15. #
    Regina W — June 17, 2011 @ 7:21 am

    I shared through Stumble, so yummy.


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    Regina W — June 17, 2011 @ 7:22 am
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    Carolyn — June 17, 2011 @ 8:50 am

    I think one simply must have grilled veggies when grilling out so my favoirte accessory is the Outset Non-Stick Grilling Grid with Handles!


  18. #
    Mark@SeasonWithSpice — June 17, 2011 @ 10:01 am

    It’s amazing how much flavor is in Indian food. All those spices are a great way to cut down on the salt in our food too.


  19. #
    El Rose — June 17, 2011 @ 10:19 am

    Love your recipe and any gadget that goes on the grill!


  20. #
    Kristen M. — June 17, 2011 @ 10:02 pm

    I would love a meat thermometer. There are so many good looking choices. The BonJour Combo Laser & Probe Gourmet Thermometer looks cool.


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    Terese — June 18, 2011 @ 7:08 pm



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    Terese — June 18, 2011 @ 7:09 pm



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    Terese — June 18, 2011 @ 7:09 pm



  24. #
    PolaM — June 19, 2011 @ 10:06 am

    That chicken rub looks amazing. Great way to bring chicken to the next level!


  25. #
    Kita — June 19, 2011 @ 11:00 am

    Finally working my way through my foodbuzz inbox all late and wrong but I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to say this chicken looks amazing!


  26. #
    Bethany — June 19, 2011 @ 9:22 pm

    Posting on my fb page b/c we don’t have a grill yet and I want that pan since u have all the ingredients listed for this deeeeelish looking recipe! :).


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    Michelle Benoit (ChocolateCentral) — June 24, 2011 @ 9:30 pm

    I love Indian food. I make an indian potato salad recipe from one of the Moosewood cookbooks. I’ll try your chicken recipe with my potato salad this weekend.


  28. #
    marla — June 25, 2011 @ 6:36 am

    Hi Sommer, this chicken looks like it is packed with amazing flavor!
    Not sure if you had a chance to add up to 3 recipes to our entree week of Get Grillin’. Please do if you wish, we would love to have you :)


  29. #
    merly — July 22, 2011 @ 1:07 pm

    WOW! This looks very delicious. I definitely want to try family would love this.


  30. #
    RisaG — September 27, 2011 @ 7:47 pm

    Does this ever look good! Wow. Wish I had seen this during the summer, it would’ve been on my grill. Oh well. There is always next summer. Once I bring the grill in (had to do it early because of Hurricane Irene) that is it – end of grilling outdoors for me. Too much of a pain to bring it outdoors again.

    I adore Indian food so much. What flavors!


  31. #
    Carolyn — January 20, 2014 @ 10:13 am

    Oh my gosh, I love everything about this recipe!


  32. #
    stacy — January 20, 2014 @ 12:23 pm

    I would love this grill pan! We love to use our grill.



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