Tandoori Chicken & Yogurt Cucumber Bites

3 tandoori chicken bites on a marple platter garnished with cilantro

Smoky spicy chicken, with a cooling mint yogurt all sat on a cucumber disk. These Tandoori Chicken & Yogurt Cucumber Bites are a flavor packed hors d’oeuvre (canapé) that are great for entertaining as they can be made in advance and served at room temperature.

Plus these are Keto, low carb and gluten free. That is a party hors d’oeuvre that covers a lot of bases!

thin cucumber dish with a small piece of tandoori chicken on it, drizzled with a mint yogurt

The paprika stained chicken has been marinating. The flesh so perfectly infused with color and flavor. Homemade tandoori chicken, ready for the grill.
As the chicken hits the bars, the smell is instant. Smoke, spice and something slightly sweet. They sizzle, hiss and you are instantly hungry.
The marinade is thick, coating the chicken and giving you plenty of opportunity to savour the intense aromas, a spice trail adventure in your own backyard.
As you turn the chicken, the deep onyx lines are charred beautifully onto the flesh. A few more minutes of sizzling and the chicken is cooked to perfection.
You can’t resist a taste, the fragrance of lemon hits you first, then woody heady spice of garam masala and the tingle of cayenne.
HomemadeTandoori Chicken, check!

close up on a single hors d'oeuvre, showing the char on the tandoori chicken and the mint in the yogurt

Can you make chicken Tandoori without a tandor oven?

YES! You can use the power of your outdoor grill (or BBQ) to recreate the heat and smoke of a tandor oven.  If it is freezing outside or you don’t have an outdoor grill then you can use a grill pan on the hob. Just make sure you have that grill pan super hot.

The trick to homemade tandoori chicken is getting the char on the chicken. This gives you the classic tandoori flavor. But you want to ensure the chicken is cooked through as well.

If you are using the grill then have the heat medium high and let it warm up for a good 15 minutes before you cook the chicken. Once you have put the chicken on the bars, don’t touch it. Let it cook, if you lift it too soon the chicken will stick to the bars.

If you are doing it on a grill pan, have the heat under the pan set on high and let the pan heat up for a good 5 minutes. Then add the chicken and turn the heat down to medium. Again don’t touch the chicken, let it cook until it natural releases itself from the pan.

Four pictures showing the cooked tandoori chicken being cut into bite sized chunks

What gives tandoori chicken the red colour?

I was told by the mother of an Indian friend that as well as the spices she often uses a special food colouring to get the red color on her tandoori chicken.
Because I am clumsy and I always end up staining my fingers and benchtop when I use food colouring, I like to avoid the food colouring route. But I have included it as an optional ingredient in the recipe. Even without food coloring you can still get a beautiful orange red color.

I marinade the chicken for 10 minutes in lemon juice and paprika to give it a beautiful color. You can add your food coloring at this stage if you like.

Table view, showing tandoori chicken bites on a marble platter

For other great recipes, that will go well with these Tandoori Chicken & Yogurt Cucumber Bites, try serving these options at your next party:

Any maybe add a jug of Lemon and Blueberry Punch, a pitcher of White Sangria or a summery Lemon and Basil Gin and Tonic.

Enjoy x

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Small sq image showing the chicken bites and their coriander garnish
4.58 from 7 votes

Tandoori Chicken & Yogurt Cucumber Bites

Smoky spicy chicken, with a cooling mint yogurt all sat on a cucumber disk. These Tandoori Chicken & Yogurt Cucumber Bites are a flavor packed hors d’oeuvre (canapé) that are great for entertaining as they can be made in advance and served at room temperature
Course Appetizer, Finger Food
Cuisine Indian
Keyword on the grill, party food
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
marinating time 1 hour
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 24
Calories 19 kcal
Author Claire | Sprinkles and Sprouts


For the chicken

  • 1 lemon
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 4 drops red food coloring optional
  • 2 skinless chicken thighs

For the marinade

  • 1/4 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 inch ginger - grated
  • 2 garlic cloves - crushed
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric

For the mint yoghurt sauce

  • 1/4 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp dried mint

To finish

  • 1 cucumber
  • Fresh cilantro


To make the chicken

  1. Mix the lemon juice, paprika and food coloring (if using) in a non-metallic dish. Add the chicken thighs and set aside for 10 minutes.
  2. Whilst the chicken is soaking in the lemon, mix the marinade ingredients together.
  3. Pour the marinade over the chicken and set aside for at least an hour (or a max of 24)
  4. To cook on the grill:
  5. Heat the grill (medium high) for 15 minutes before you cook the chicken. Place the marinated chicken directly onto the bars and grill for 8 mins without moving and then flip the chicken and cook for a further 8 minutes.
  6. To cook on the hob:
  7. Place the grill pan over a high heat and let it get hot for 5 minutes. Then add the chicken and turn the heat down to medium, cook the chicken for 8 mins without moving and then flip the chicken and cook for a further 8 minutes.
  8. Set the chicken aside to cool. Then cut into small cubes.

To make the Mint Yogurt Sauce

  1. Mix all the sauce ingredients together in a small bowl. Taste and add more salt if needed.

To assemble

  1. Cut the cucumber into thin disks and set them on a serving platter.
  2. Add a cube of chicken to each dish and drizzle over a small amount of yogurt sauce.
  3. Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate until needed.
Nutrition Facts
Tandoori Chicken & Yogurt Cucumber Bites
Amount Per Serving
Calories 19
% Daily Value*
Cholesterol 9mg 3%
Sodium 156mg 7%
Potassium 62mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 1g 0%
Protein 2g 4%
Vitamin A 3.5%
Vitamin C 3.6%
Calcium 1.2%
Iron 1.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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    • Liz
    • June 5, 2018

    Claire, these are such delicious starters or snacks! Plus they have the bonus of being low carb. LOVE them!

    1. Reply

      Thank you Liz, low carb and tasty! That is winning, right????

    • Shiho
    • June 5, 2018

    Fantastic appetiser recipe. Thank you Claire. Next time I have bring a plate party, I will make this 😀

    1. Reply

      I hope they go down well Shiho 😀

    • Amy
    • June 1, 2018

    mmm. this looks amazing! As an appetizer or even the tandoori chicken with rice and veggies!

    1. Reply

      The chicken is great with rice and a dhal too 😀
      Or stuffed into wraps with salad for lunch!

  1. I’ve never had yogurt + cucumber, I want to try it to see what it tastes like!

    1. Reply

      Oh Cristina, I think you are going to love it!

  2. Reply

    what a lovely appetizer. I think I would really enjoy this. I must make it soon!

    1. Reply

      It is so perfect for summer entertaining, hope you love it 😀

  3. Reply

    I love that these are perfect little bites! Fresh and spicy flavors together for a perfect app!

    1. Reply

      Thank you Emily 😀

    • candy
    • May 31, 2018

    Our cucumbers will be coming on really soon in the garden. This is just one more great way to enjoy eating our fresh cucumbers.

    1. Reply

      Oh this would be lovely with homegrown cucumber 😀

    • Robin Gagnon
    • May 29, 2018

    These are perfect for any summer event! What a refreshing appetizer.

    1. Reply

      Thank you Robin, they really are!

    • Tatiana
    • May 29, 2018

    This is absolutely delicious! Crispy cucumber, cooling yogurt and flavorful chicken makes the bite absolutely satisfying.

    1. Reply

      Thank you Tatiana, so happy you enjoyed it 😀

    • Lizzy
    • May 29, 2018

    These are always such a success!
    I am so happy the recipe is now on your blog as the written copy you gave me is very dog eared and stained.
    Now I have an online version of one of my favourite canapés.

    1. Reply

      I knew you would be happy to have this on the blog….so many happy summers eating these xx

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