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Tandoori chicken and whole grain salad recipe

Tandoori chicken and whole grain salad recipe

6 ratings

Anjum Anand cooks a light, summery tandoori chicken salad, packed with whole grains, avocado, tomatoes and red onion. Using a homemade tandoori tikka paste to coat the chicken and a refreshing mint dressing, this salad is bursting with wonderful fresh flavours. See method

  • Serves 4
  • 25 mins to prepare and 13 mins to cook
  • 830 calories / serving
  • Gluten-free


  • 6 large or 8 medium boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 5 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • 150g cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2 little gem lettuces, washed well, dried and torn into large pieces
  • ½ cucumber, thinly sliced
  • 3 tbsp pumpkin seeds, lightly roasted
  • 250g cooked whole grains such as barley, spelt or buckwheat

For the marinade

  • 100g full fat yogurt
  • 3 large garlic cloves, peeled and chopped
  • 2.5cm piece ginger, peeled
  • 1½ tsp paprika or chilli powder to taste
  • ½ lemon, juiced
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp garam masala

For the minted yogurt dressing

  • handful fresh mint leaves, washed, with excess water shaken off
  • 20g fresh coriander, leaves and stalks, washed
  • good pinch sugar
  • 5 tsp cider vinegar
  • 130g full fat yogurt

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    49g 70%
  • Saturates

    11g 53%
  • Sugars

    8g 9%
  • Salt

    0.9g 14%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 55g Protein 40.5g Fibre 9.2g


  1. Prick the chicken all over with the tip of a sharp knife. Blend together the ingredients for the marinade including 1 tbsp olive oil and season well. Taste and adjust heat and seasoning to taste. It should be salty and tangy. Add the chicken and coat with the marinade. Set aside to marinate for around 25 mins.
  2. Place the marinated chicken on a foil-lined tray on upper shelf under a grill at 220°C or high heat for 7-8 mins on one side or until charred a little. Turn and cook on the other side for 4-5 mins, until the chicken is cooked through with no pink meat remaining.
  3. Meanwhile, blend together all the ingredients for the dressing, adding the remaining 4 tbsp olive oil. Season well with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  4. Once the chicken is done, take it out of the oven. Coat in the cooking juices, roll up the edges of the foil slightly and leave to rest for a few mins.
  5. Meanwhile toss together the avocado, cherry tomatoes, lettuce, cucumber, pumpkin seeds (leaving some to garnish) and grains. Pour over most of the dressing.
  6. Slice the chicken and serve with the salad. Drizzle over the extra dressing, sprinkle over the remaining pumpkin seeds and serve.

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This delicious recipe was created by chef and author Anjum Anand and is part of our Tesco Dinner Tonight series, which shows you how to make quick and easy midweek meals. You can watch the full recipe video here.

For top tips on protecting you and your family when preparing raw meat and poultry, visit Food Safety in the Home.

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