Tandoori Chicken Varieties: Traditional to Modern Twists

May 20, 2023

Living in a foreign land, but also craving the desi dishes from Pakistan. Isn’t it the dilemma of every desi in foreign? We feel you. At Ali Nihari Restaurant, we welcome Chicago’s desi to taste buds for a tantalizing journey through the realm of tandoori chicken. Cooked in a traditional clay oven, this succulent and aromatic delicacy is a true masterpiece. Whether you prefer the classic preparation or a modern twist, Ali Nihari one of the best Pakistani restaurants in Chicago is sure to satisfy your cravings for tandoori chicken. Step into a world where age-old traditions blend harmoniously with innovative culinary techniques, and indulge in the rich flavors that make Pakistani cuisine so beloved.

Types of Tandoori Chicken you must know

If your taste buds are looking for masala, you must know the kinds you can get.

●     Traditional Tandoori Chicken:

Let’s start with the traditional. Chicken from a traditional tandoori is marinated in yogurt, lemon juice, ginger-garlic paste, and a mixture of cumin, coriander, turmeric, and garam masala spices. After being marinated, the chicken is cooked in a tandoor, which gives the meat a deliciously charred skin and smokey flavor. As a result, the chicken is juicy, soft, and red.

●     Afghani Tandoori Chicken:

A variation that incorporates flavors from Afghanistan is called Afghani tandoori chicken. Yogurt, cream, garlic, ginger, and a blend of spices including cinnamon, cardamom, and black pepper are used to marinate the chicken. This marinade gives the chicken a rich, creamy, and somewhat sweet mouthfeel. The traditional accompaniments to Afghani tandoori chicken are naan bread and mint chutney.

●     Hariyali Tandoori Chicken:

Hariyali, which means “green” in Urdu, refers to the vibrant green color of the marinade used in this variation. We at Ali Nihari Restaurant marinate chicken in a mixture of yogurt, cilantro, mint, green chilies, and spices. The green marinade not only adds a fresh and herbaceous flavor to the chicken but also gives it a visually appealing appearance. Hariyali tandoori chicken is a great choice for those who enjoy a touch of spiciness and a burst of freshness in their dishes.

●     Malai Tandoori Chicken:

The texture of Malai tandoori chicken is described as being silky and creamy. A mixture of yogurt, cream, cheese, ginger-and-garlic paste, and spices is used to marinate the chicken. The rich and decadent flavor of the cheese and cream in the marinade is imparted to the chicken. The chicken is wonderfully soft and juicy after being cooked in the tandoor, creating a culinary treat.

●     Tandoori Chicken Tikka:

Tandoori chicken tikka is a popular appetizer or snack made by marinating chicken pieces in a spiced yogurt mixture and grilling them on skewers. The chicken tikka can be made using boneless chicken breast or thigh meat, which is cut into small cubes before marinating. The bite-sized chicken tikka pieces are incredibly flavorful and make a great addition to salads, wraps, or even enjoyed on their own.


We bet you already want to order Tandoori Chicken. We are one of the best Pakistani Restaurants in Chicago and have the variety you are looking for. So, all you need is to din-in or order your favorite cuisine and we will deliver it to you.