Tandoori Spiced Chicken with Tahini Carrots

One of my favorite spice blends available at my local market is billed simply as tandoori powder. Borrowing inspiration from the famous Indian chicken dish bearing the name tandoori, this creation is bright, aromatic, pleasantly spicy and seriously amazing on everything from meat to fish to tofu to vegetables. If your market doesn't have this available (or if you're one of these awesome people who'd rather get all DIY on it), make some of your own and keep it close by - you'll want to put it on everything.

Recipe courtesy of Patrick Decker
TOTAL TIME: 30 min
Prep: 20 min
Inactive Prep: --
Cook: 10 min
YIELD: 4 servings


  • 3 tablespoons tandoori powder
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable or canola oil
  • 4 to 5 medium carrots, peeled
  • 1/4 cup tahini dressing
  • 3 tablespoons roughly torn parsley and/or cilantro leaves
  • 3 tablespoons toasted cashews, chopped (optional)
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For the tandoori powder, combine all the ingredients and store in an airtight container at room temperature (the above recipe makes about 3/4 cup).

For the tahini dressing, combine all the ingredients and adjust the dressing's consistency with more or less water and store, covered, in the refrigerator for up to 1 week (makes about 3/4 cup).

Preheat a gas grill to high (or prepare the coals for a charcoal grill). In a large mixing bowl, toss the chicken with the tandoori powder and oil to evenly coat the meat. Arrange the chicken on the grate and grill, turning as needed, until cooked through, about 8 minutes total. Move the chicken to a plate.

While the chicken is cooking, cut the carrots into ribbons by running a vegetable peeler straight down each carrot from stem to root. After you've cut about halfway through the carrot, flip it over to cut down the other side.

Divide the carrot ribbons among the serving plates and drizzle each with about 1 tablespoon tahini dressing. Garnish each salad with some herbs and cashews (if using) and serve with the grilled chicken.


Cook's Notes: Tahini is a paste made from toasted sesame seeds that is commonly found in many Middle Eastern dishes, most notably hummus. Its earthy, hearty flavor (similar to miso in East Asian cuisine) makes it a great base for a variety of applications. When you buy it in the grocery store, it'll likely have separated into oil on top and sesame solids on the bottom (just like natural peanut butter). Give it a good stir when you first open it to mix it back together and then store it in the refrigerator between uses.

We've got a cashew allergy in the house so I left them out for this picture. If your house is in the clear on them, adding a handful to each plate is a delicious choice.

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