Easy Tandoori Grilled Chicken

Easy Tandoori Grilled Chicken | This easy, paleo and Whole30-approved marinated chicken is bursting with flavour - and it's a great healthy meal prep recipe too! | My Fresh Perspectve | #whole30 #paleo #chicken #mealprep #eatclean #cleaneating #sugardetox

The magic is in the marinade of this Easy Tandoori Grilled Chicken, loaded with vibrant flavour that will transport your tastebuds to India. It’s a perfect fit for your weekend big-batch meal prep, as leftovers can be used for everything from salad toppers to fillings for wraps and sandwiches. High-protein, paleo and Whole30-approved!

At some point in history, chicken got a bad reputation for being boring and bland. My suspicion is that this was partly thanks to bodybuilders who used boiled chicken as their meal of choice for maximizing protein, minimizing fat, and getting super swole. Today however, is not going to be a boring and bland day. I’m here to prove that chicken, no matter how many times you’ve had it this week, can be absolutely freaking deeeeeelicious.

Easy Tandoori Grilled Chicken | This easy, paleo and Whole30-approved marinated chicken is bursting with flavour - and it's a great healthy meal prep recipe too! | My Fresh Perspectve | #whole30 #paleo #chicken #mealprep #eatclean #cleaneating #sugardetox

One of the things I’ve fully embraced since moving to LA is the shared grills in my apartment building, and while I wouldn’t have even considered mid-winter grilling back when I lived in Ontario and Vancouver, I’m all about it now because the flavour just goes to the next level. Most weekends, I have a ritual of grilling up a bunch of food for the week – often chicken or steak and veggies. This past weekend I made what I’m calling Easy Tandoori Grilled Chicken. As the name implies, it’s dead easy to toss together, and all you need to do is toss some chicken in a quick marinade. That’s when the magic happens.

Tandoori masala is an Indian spice mix that has variations depending on who’s making it. Typically these consist of cumin, curry powder, turmeric, and paprika, plus a few other spices. You should be able to find it in the spice aisle of most grocery stores, and if not, I’ve included an easy DIY version in the notes of the recipe below.

As far as how long to marinate for, 30 minutes will make for some very flavourful grilled chicken. However, if you can leave it to bathe in this gorgeous, vibrant coconutty bath for longer (like 6 hours), you will most definitely be thankful you did when you taste the results. And if grilling is out of the question for you (ie if it’s snowing outside, I don’t blame you!), know that baking the marinated chicken in the oven for 25-30 mins does the trick too. Enjoy!

Easy Tandoori Grilled Chicken | This easy, paleo and Whole30-approved marinated chicken is bursting with flavour - and it's a great healthy meal prep recipe too! | My Fresh Perspectve | #whole30 #paleo #chicken #mealprep #eatclean #cleaneating #sugardetox

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Easy Tandoori Grilled Chicken | This easy, paleo and Whole30-approved marinated chicken is bursting with flavour - and it's a great healthy meal prep recipe too! | My Fresh Perspectve | #whole30 #paleo #chicken #mealprep #eatclean #cleaneating #sugardetox

Easy Tandoori Grilled Chicken


  • Author: Angela Simpson
  • Prep Time: 15 mins (+ marinating)
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 30 mins
  • Yield: 4 servings
  • Category: dinner
  • Method: grill
  • Cuisine: Indian

Description

The magic is in the marinade of this Easy Tandoori Grilled Chicken, loaded with vibrant flavour that will transport your tastebuds to India. It’s a perfect fit for your weekend big-batch meal prep, as leftovers can be used for everything from salad toppers to fillings for wraps and sandwiches. High-protein, paleo and Whole30-approved!


Ingredients

For the chicken:

  • 4 uncooked boneless skinless chicken breasts, about 1.5lbs total
  • 3 tbsp tandoori masala spice mix (*see notes for my picks and a DIY version)
  • 3/4 cup coconut milk
  • juice of 1 lime

For the rest:

  • 4 cups cauliflower rice, tossed with juice of 1 lime + torn cilantro + parsley
  • 3 cups thinly sliced cucumber
  • arugula or your choice of mixed greens
  • turmeric/curried sauerkraut, or your choice of Indian chutney – all optional

Simple herb vinaigrette:

  • 2/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp each finely minced mixed fresh parsley and mint
  • pinches of sea salt and black pepper

Instructions

  1. In a resealable bag, combine all ingredients for the marinade. Seal and shake to combine.
  2. Add the chicken to the bag and seal again. Lay the bag flat in the fridge so that all pieces can sit in the marinade. Allow at least 30 mins but preferably 6 hours for best flavour.
  3. Prep the rest of the ingredients as directed above. Shake the ingredients for the dressing in a glass jar, then drizzle a bit over the cucumbers and arugula and toss to coat. Divide the cauliflower rice, greens and cucumbers between 4 serving bowls.
  4. When ready to cook, light the grill and let it heat up for a few minutes. Cook the chicken for about 6-7 minutes per side, or until no longer pink inside. (Thinner chicken breasts may only take 5 minutes.)
  5. Remove from the grill and place one piece in each serving. Serve with your choice of curried sauerkraut, Indian chutney, fresh herbs and lime wedges – all optional.

Notes

  • Two of my favourite tandoori masalas: Frontier Co-Op Organic Tandoori Masala, Whole Foods Market Organic Tandoori Masala Seasoning
  • You should be able to find tandoori masala in the spice section of most grocery stores. If you prefer to create your own, here’s an easy DIY version: 1 tbsp yellow curry powder, 2 tsp paprika, 1 tsp each garlic powder, chili powder, ground cumin, and turmeric, and a pinch of sea salt. Once mixed, you’ll have 3 tbsp which is exactly the amount you’ll want for this tandoori grilled chicken recipe.

Keywords: Tandoori Grilled Chicken, gluten free, grain free, Indian, dairy free, Whole30, paleo, low sugar, cauliflower rice, grill recipes, high protein

Tell me… what’s your favourite un-boring chicken dinner? 

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