Tandoori Murgh Salad


How to Cook Indian

Published by Stewart, Tabori and Chang

This image courtesy of Joseph DeLeo

This dish (also considered a chaat) is a tangy mixture of grilled marinated chicken with colorful peppers. This is a great way to use leftover tandoori chicken, and makes a delightful light lunch.

NotesTo get ½ cup (135 grams) drained yogurt, pour ¾ cup (200 grams) plain yogurt into a square of muslin or several layers of cheesecloth, gather up the ends, and tie. Hang until all the water is drained, 30 to 40 minutes.




Total Timehalf-day

Recipe Coursemain course

Dietary Considerationegg-free, gluten-free, halal, kosher, peanut free, soy free, tree nut free


Taste and Texturecreamy, meaty, spiced


  • 2 (5-ounce/150-gram) boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 teaspoon Kashmiri red chile powder or paprika
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger paste
  • 1 teaspoon fresh garlic paste
  • ½ cup (135 grams) drained plain yogurt (see Notes)
  • 1 teaspoon table salt
  • ½ teaspoon garam masala
  • 1½ tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 green bell pepper, cut into thin strips
  • ½ red bell pepper, cut into thin strips
  • ½ yellow bell pepper, cut into thin strips
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 2 green chiles, stemmed and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon chaat masala
  • ½ small green mango, peeled and chopped (optional)
  • Salt to taste


  1. With a sharp knife, make incisions in the chicken breasts and set aside.

  2. Put the chile powder, ginger paste, garlic paste, yogurt, salt, lemon juice, garam masala, and 2 teaspoons of the oil in a large bowl, and stir well. Add the chicken and stir well so that all the pieces are well covered with the mixture. Cover the bowl and place it in the refrigerator to marinate for 3 to 4 hours.

  3. Preheat the oven to 400°F/200°C. Thread the chicken pieces onto metal skewers, arrange on a rimmed baking sheet, and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until almost done. Baste with the remaining oil and cook for 4 minutes more. When cooled, remove the chicken from the skewers and shred it.

  4. In a large bowl, combine the shredded chicken, bell peppers, onion, chiles, half of the cilantro, the lemon juice, chaat masala, mango (if using), and salt and toss to mix well.

  5. Transfer to a serving plate, garnish with the remaining cilantro, and serve.


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