Chicken Tandoori Recipe (Dairy-Free & Paleo)

This dairy-free chicken tandoori recipe is amazingly succulent and filled with earthy and aromatic spices. Although that flavors are complex, the recipe is actually quite easy!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian, Paleo
Keyword paleo chicken dinner, tandoori chicken
Prep Time 3 hours
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 50 minutes
Servings 4 Servings
Calories 520 kcal
Author Danielle Cushing @ The Every Kitchen


  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
  • 2 teaspoons coriander powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 tablespoon garam masala
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 15-ounce can coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 5 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger minced
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • black pepper to taste
  • 6-8 chicken drumsticks or a combination of drumsticks and thighs, bone-in
  • 1-2 large onions sliced into rounds

For Serving:

  • lemon wedges
  • cilantro


  1. Optional: Heat oil in a small skillet over medium heat. Add all the spices (through turmeric) and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 2-3 minutes. Let cool completely.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together coconut milk with spices. Stir in garlic, ginger, lemon, salt, and pepper.
  3. Using a sharp knife, cut deep slashes to the bone in 2-3 places on each piece of chicken. Coat in marinade. Cover and chill at least 3 hours or overnight.
  4. When ready to cook, preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line a baking sheet with foil. Transfer chicken to baking sheet, reserving excess marinade. Bake for 20 minutes then generously brush on extra marinade. Bake another 10 minutes, remove, and generously brush on more marinade. Bake a final 10-15 minutes or until chicken is cooked all the way through.
  5. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat the final tablespoon of olive oil over medium-high heat. Add onion rounds. Cover and cook 3 minutes. Flip, cover, and cook 3 minutes more.
  6. Serve chicken with cooked onions, lemon wedges, and cilantro.
Nutrition Facts
Chicken Tandoori Recipe (Dairy-Free & Paleo)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 520 Calories from Fat 396
% Daily Value*
Fat 44g68%
Saturated Fat 24g150%
Cholesterol 104mg35%
Sodium 718mg31%
Potassium 611mg17%
Carbohydrates 10g3%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 23g46%
Vitamin A 770IU15%
Vitamin C 8.2mg10%
Calcium 56mg6%
Iron 5.4mg30%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.