Tandoori-Style Chicken with Cucumber Salad & Naan

It’s starting to feel like my favourite time of year again. Fall is in the air! Are you into it, too? Ankle boots, flannel knits, and cozy one-pan wonders are all making a comeback in the GetJoyfull household. Friends, I’m so here for it!

This week, our Tandoori-style chicken, prepped with one of my go-to cooking hacks “Spatchcocking,” is on our menu. “Spatchcocking,” or “butterflying” whole chicken is super simple to do, makes everything crispy and golden, and cuts the roasting time in half. Need I say more?

“Spatchcocking is the ultimate busy weeknight time-saving technique! Flattened chicken is fast and fabulous. Give it a try!”

Spatchcocked Tandoori-Style Chicken with Cucumber Salad & Naan

Crispy, golden and perfectly spiced. This one-pan wonder is sure to be your new weeknight family favourite recipe!

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Tandoori-Style Chicken with Cucumber Salad & Naan

Serves: 6
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 45 to 60 minutes


Spiced Spatchcocked Whole Chicken

  • 3/4 cup (175 g) plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 Tbsp (15 mL) vegetable oil
  • Juice 1/2 lemon 
  • 1 Tbsp (15 mL) fresh ginger, grated
  • 1 Tbsp (15 mL) fresh garlic, minced (3-4 cloves) 
  • 2 tsp (10 mL) paprika
  • 2 tsp (10 mL) ground cumin
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) ground coriander 
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) cinnamon
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) cayenne pepper
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • ¼ cup (60 mL) fresh cilantro, finely chopped (plus extra for garnish)
  • 1, 4 lb whole chicken, spatchcocked 
  • 6 individual naan bread

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Cucumber-Radish Salad

  • 1 English cucumber, thinly sliced 
  • 10 radishes, trimmed and thinly sliced 
  • ½ red onion, thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup white vinegar 
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) honey
  • Salt and black pepper to taste

Yogurt-Mint Sauce

  • ½ cup (115 g) plain Greek yogurt
  • Juice ½ lemon 
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) honey
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) fresh mint, finely chopped
  • 1 spring onion, finely chopped (optional)
  • Salt and black pepper to taste

Spatchcocked Tandoori-Style Chicken with Cucumber Salad & Naan - Salad

Spatchcocked Tandoori-Style Chicken with Cucumber Salad & Naan - Yogurt Mint Sauce


  1. In a small bowl combine ¾ cup yogurt, oil. lemon juice, spices and cilantro. Set aside.
  2. Spatchcock chicken by carefully removing backbone with a pair of kitchen shears. Firmly press the breastbone to flatten. 
  3. Use a pastry brush (or the back of a spoon) to evenly coat the chicken in the spiced yogurt mixture. Cover with plastic wrap (or add whole chicken to a large ‘ziplock’ baggie) and allow to marinate in the refrigerator for 4, up to 24 hours.
  4. Preheat the oven to 400 F. Place marinated chicken on a parchment lined baking sheet and roast for approximately 45 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 165 F.
  5. While chicken is roasting, prepare cucumber salad and yogurt-mint sauce. In a medium bowl combine all ingredients for salad. Refrigerate and serve when chicken is ready.
  6. In a small bowl combine ingredients for yogurt-mint sauce.
  7. Remove from the oven and allow the chicken to rest for 10 minutes before carving to serve.

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Served family-style right from the tray, with warm bread and cool cucumber salad—it’s simply made, and simply delish! We sure hope you give this recipe a try, too.

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Heartfelt thanks to our partner Alberta Chicken Producers for supporting the GetJoyfull movement and for making this recipe collaboration possible.

Happy fall, everyone.


Emily Mardell is a Registered Dietitian, busy mama of three and proud Alberta foodie. Emily is passionate about quality ingredients and creating delicious, nourishing recipes that bring families together. Follow her on social media @GetJoyfull or GetJoyfull.com for nutrition advice and tips to grow food joy and fill up on family time.

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