Kid-Friendly Tandoori Chicken Bites

Tandoori Chicken Bites

This was another Sunday Funday recipe for the kiddies. Upon their arrival from Sunday school, I had waiting for them, a warm plate of these tandoori chicken bites, with a tasty raita (yogurt sauce). It’s a great snack and can be eaten just as bites, dipped in yogurt, or as a meal, stuffed into a sliced pita bread, or rolled in a paratha. The recipe below is kid friendly (minimal spices), but can certainly be adjusted for spice-craving adults. Just increase the garam masala quantity, and add some chili powder.



  • 7-8 Boneless Chicken Thighs, cut into small chunks
  • 3 tablespoons plain yogurt
  • 1 tsp salt (or to taste)
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 onion finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves finely chopped or crushed
  • 1.5 tsp garam masala
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/8 tsp red food color

COOK TIME: 35-45 minutes (oven times vary)


  1. Cut the chicken into small bite sized pieces and place them into a bowl with the salt and lemon juice.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine the yogurt, garam masala, onion, garlic, turmeric, food color. Mix well.
  3. Pour the yogurt mixture over the chicken and mix well so that all of the chicken is evenly coated. Cover and place in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes, ideally a couple of hours to marinate.
  4. If possible, place the chicken on skewers. This allows for easier cooking in the oven. This way turning the chicken in the oven can be done easier than turning each piece individually.
  5. Pre heat oven to 350º F. Place skewered, or non-skewered chicken on a foil-lined baking sheet and place on the top rack of the oven.
  6. Bake the chicken for 35-45 minutes, turning the chicken over after about 25 minutes so that both sides are done. When the chicken looks just about done, switch the oven to a high broil and crisp the edges for a grilled look (about 3 minutes).
  7. Remove from oven and serve with a raita or 1 cup  of plain yogurt mixed with 1 tsp lemon juice, 1 tsp cumin seed, and a dash of salt!

This will be a hit with most kids, and even adults who don’t require a lot of spice. For added kick, increase the garam masala content and add a dash of chili powder to the yogurt marinade. This dish is best with chicken thigh meat, or any dark meat (bone or boneless).  Chicken breast will turn out too dry when cooked in the oven. For a more authentic flavor you can also cook this on a charcoal grill.

Give it a try and leave your comments below! Enjoy!