rotisserie chicken rub recipe tandoori styleTry This Rotisserie Chicken Rub With Exotic Spices

The pungent scent of Indian spices cooking in this Indian style rotisserie chicken rub, is out of this world as is the flavor of rotisserie chicken covered in a blanket of spices.

The tandoori oven is similar in cooking style to a rotisserie oven – so these recipes work very well in either.

If you are in a hurry and can’t wait for a whole chicken to cook, then chicken quarters or legs can be used just as well instead with excellent results in half the time.

Tip – Make the marinade a few hours before adding the chicken to allow the spices and flavors chance to permeate into the yoghurt. If you really prefer a dry rub, omit the yoghurt.

You can use this exact same recipe to have tandoori fish – salmon is always a great choice and fast cooking.

Whole Chicken Tandoori

4-5lb whole chicken washed inside and out then patted dry or 4-6 chicken quarters


  • 1 tablespoon Greek-style natural yoghurt
  • One inch finger of fresh ginger peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 large or two small garlic cloves finely chopped
  • Quarter or half teaspoon of red chilli powder, or to taste – this doesn’t have to be hot
  • Juice from one medium lemon plus a teaspoon of zest
  • Take a generous pinch of fennel seeds
  • Optional – 1 tsp garam masala (see below to find out more)
  • 1 good glug of oil – groundnut or another non burning vegetable oil
  • Use a pestle and mortar to grind a good pinch of cardamom seeds (podded)
  • One pinch of salt (optional)


  • Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl
  • Prick the chicken all over with a fork and completely coat it
  • Leave to marinade for a few hours or overnight if possible
  • Remove from the mixture which you now discard and allow excess to drain off
  • Allow the chicken to regain near room temp before cooking
  • Place in your rotisserie and cook until the internal temperature is

Serving Ideas

rotisserie chicken rub1. Wrapped in a warm tortilla with salad and fresh homemade mango chutney (diabetic friendly)
2. With Aloo Gobi and Basmati Rice
3. Simply with a salad or grated cabbage, carrot and onion mix

Garam Masala

The variety of spices in Garam Masala is very different depending on the region of India it comes from.

Garam refers to the heat rather than the spices and again this is regional – none of the mixtures is judged as better than another. A typical Indian version will have the following making up its ingredients.

  • Cloves
  • Cinnamon
  • Cumin Seeds
  • Mixed peppercorns
  • Black, green and red Cardamom pods

If you are looking for a less spicy meal then try our recipes rotisserie chicken fans are going to love, with Mediterranean herbs and garlic.