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What to Serve with Tandoori Chicken

What to Serve with Tandoori ChickenGrilled Tandoori chicken is an excellent dish for any occasion, but have you ever asked yourself what to serve with tandoori chicken? We’ve collected traditional sides to pair with tandoori chicken, and some that are a little out of the box (but delicious). One thing I can assure you is that there is something on this list for everyone.

Grilled tandoori chicken with onion, cilantro, and raita.

WHAT IS TANDOORI CHICKEN?

Tandoori chicken is marinated in yogurt and generously spiced, giving the meat its signature red color. The recipe features chicken (whole or parts) that cooks in a tandoor; since most kitchens do not have access to a tandoor, you will find Grilled or Baked Tandoori Chicken recipes that attempt to recreate the cooking technique.

WHAT TO SERVE WITH TANDOORI CHICKEN

For those deciding what to serve with tandoori chicken, we’ve collected bread, lentil, drink, rice, sauce, salad, and vegetable sides that are sure to compliment the bright orange, fragrant chicken you’re planning to prepare.

BREAD

A natural side to serve with tandoori chicken is naan, especially since they’re both traditionally prepared in a tandoor. But since most Western homes aren’t tandoor-equipped, here are some recipes for bread you can easily prepare at home.

Naan on a table garnished with garlic butter and cilantro.
Sourdough Naan with Garlic Butter by Barley and Sage
Flour And Water Flatbread
Flour and water are the main ingredients needed to make this flatbread side dish; it's an easy-to-make and perfect for beginners.
Flour And Water Flatbread Recipe
Flatbread stacked on one another on a plate.
Vegan Naan
Vegan naan is a fool-proof recipe made with few ingredients for a light, fluffy, and delicious side.
Vegan Naan Recipe
Naan on a plate with cilantro and butter on top.
Sourdough Naan with Garlic Butter
All you need to make amazing sourdough naan with garlic butter at home is a sourdough starter and a skillet!
Sourdough Naan with Garlic Butter
A plate of naan garnished with garlic butter and cilantro.

LENTILS (DAL)

Earthy and bright dal pairs well with the beautifully charred chicken to complete the meal.

A single serving of Moong Dal with long-grained basmati rice.
Moong Dal by Jamil Ghar
Dal Palak
Dal palak or spinach dal is a healthy, comforting, and delicious meal made with red lentils, spinach, and warm Indian spices.
Dal Palak
Spinach dal in a bowl with rice in the background.
Moong Dal (Instant Pot and Stovetop)
Piping hot moong dal is a soothing, filling, tasty side that's ready in about an hour.
Moong Dal
A single serving of Moong Dal with long-grained basmati rice.
Masoor Dal (Instant Pot and Stovetop)
Nothing beats a soothing bowl of masoor dal as a protein-packed and tasty side dish.
Masoor Dal
A bowl of masoor dal served over basmati rice.

DRINKS

Mango lassi in a mug with mangos in the background.
Mango Lassi by Jamil Ghar
Mango Lassi
Mango lassi is a creamy drink with mango, yogurt, honey, and a bit of freshly ground cardamom; it's the perfect companion for a hot day!
Mango Lassi
Mango lassi garnished with cinnamon and mint.

RICE

If meals like kabsa and biryani have taught us anything, it’s that rice and chicken go hand in hand.

A serving bowl of yakhni pulao.
Yakhni Pulao by Jamil Ghar
Basmati Rice
Basmati rice is a staple prepared on the stovetop using only four ingredients for a side you’ll want to pair with everything.
Basmati Rice
A bowl of basmati rice with a bay leaf for garnish.
Indian Turmeric Yellow Rice
Fragrant and flavorful Indian turmeric yellow rice is a tasty alternative to white rice.
Indian Turmeric Yellow Rice
A bowl of turmeric yellow rice with cilantro in the background.
Tomato Rice
Hearty, comforting, and full of warming spices, this tomato rice can be eaten almost straight out of the pot.
Tomato Rice
Tomato rice in a bowl with a spoon in it.
Instant Pot Vegetable Pulao
Instant Pot vegetable pulao is so easy to make, and it's a perfect accompaniment to any meal.
Instant Pot Vegetable Pulao
Vegetable pulao in a bowl with cucumber slices on the side.
Yakhni Pulao
Make it a complete meal by serving yakhni pulao; it's filling and flavored with fragrant yakhni soup.
Yakhni Pulao
A serving bowl of yakhni pulao.

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Grilled tandoori chicken with onion, cilantro, and raita.

SAUCE

Chutney and sauces like raita are a good option to serve with tandoori chicken; they are creamy, herby, and bright, making them the perfect palette-cleanser.

Serrano Crema by Jamil Ghar
Easy Raita (Cucumber Raita)
Whip up our easy raita recipe in just minutes using spiced yogurt, cucumber, onions, and cilantro for a cooling and refreshing dip.
Raita
Easy raita in a bowl with cucumbers garnish.
Mango Salsa
Colorful and full of flavor, mango salsa uses fresh mango, jalapeño, onion, tomato, and lime juice to create a delicious garnish you'll want to pair with everything.
Mango Salsa
Serrano Crema
Serrano crema contains serrano chilies, fresh cilantro, a pop of garlic, and a combination of sour cream and yogurt to give the sauce a nice creamy texture.
Serrano Crema

SALAD

Simple, light, and refreshing, pairing tandoori chicken with a salad is a healthy low-carb option.

plated cucumber, avocado, and tomato salad
Avocado Cucumber Tomato Salad by Jamil Ghar
Avocado Cucumber Tomato Salad
This salad is loaded with fresh herbs, juicy tomato, crisp cucumber, and creamy avocado; olive oil and lime finish avocado cucumber tomato salad to make a perfect side dish.
Avocado Cucumber Tomato Salad
plated cucumber, avocado, and tomato salad
Chickpea Salad
Make chickpea salad ahead of time or on the day of for a tasty side with fresh ingredients and full of protein.
Chickpea Salad
Chickpeas salad in a serving dish ready to eat.
Cucumber Yogurt Salad
This refreshing cucumber yogurt salad recipe features crunchy cucumbers, creamy yogurt, fresh dill, garlic, and lemon; it's a quick and easy side dish that is SO GOOD!
Cucumber Yogurt Salad
Cucumber salad in a bowl garnished with fresh dill.
Indian Onion Salad
Laccha pyaaz, or Indian onion salad contains thinly sliced onion rings, lemon, green chili, and cilantro for a quick and easy side dish.
Indian Onion Salad
A bowl of onion salad with a plate of rice and chicken in the background.
Kachumber Salad
Kachumber salad is made with fresh ingredients like tomatoes, cucumber, and onions and is done in under 15 minutes with no cooking required.
Kachumber Salad
Kachumber salad in a bowl with ingredients around it.

VEGETABLES

Warm vegetable sides are the perfect complement to chicken tandoori. Don’t believe me? Take a glimpse at these sides and tell me your mouth isn’t watering by the end.

Crispy Onion Bhaji by Little Sunny Kitchen
Air Fryer Okra
Air Fryer okra is the easiest and tastiest way to enjoy okra as a delicious side dish or low-carb snack!
Air Fryer Okra
Air fryer okra in a bowl.
Cauliflower Pakoras
Cauliflower pakoras have a crispy spiced batter, and they are soft and tender on the inside.
Cauliflower Pakoras
Cauliflower pakoras with rice and chilies in the background.
Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice
Healthy cilantro lime cauliflower rice is a perfect, tangy low-carb side to pair with any meal.
Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice
Coconut cauliflower rice topped with cilantro and lime wedges.
Onion Bhaji
Crispy onion bhajis are made from scratch for an appetizer or side you can easily make in just 20 minutes.
Onion Bhaji
A plate of onion pakoras garnished with cilantro.
Roasted Cauliflower
Roasted cauliflower is full of delicious parmesan flavor; this recipe will become one of your favorite side dishes.
Roasted Cauliflower
Roasted cauliflower on a sheet pan.
Pickled Red Onions
Bright, tangy, and fresh, these pickled red onions are a perfect garnish or side for any dish.
Pickled Red Onions
Pickled onions in a glass jar.
Roasted Potatoes in the Oven
Crispy roasted potatoes in the oven are a go-to side dish, and they easily cook alongside whatever you’re making.
Roasted Potatoes in the Oven
Roasted potatoes on a sheet pan.

THE BEST SIDES FOR TANDOORI CHICKEN

  • Flour and Water Flatbread
  • Vegan Naan
  • Sourdough Naan with Garlic Butter
  • Dal Palak
  • Moong Dal
  • Masoor Dal
  • Mango Lassi
  • Basmati Rice
  • Indian Turmeric Yellow Rice
  • Tomato Rice
  • Instant Pot Vegetable Pulao
  • Yakhni Pulao
  • Easy Raita
  • Mango Salsa
  • Serrano Crema
  • Avocado Cucumber Tomato Salad
  • Chickpea Salad
  • Cucumber Yogurt Salad
  • Indian Onion Salad
  • Kachumber Salad
  • Air Fryer Okra
  • Cauliflower Pakoras
  • Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice
  • Onion Bhaji
  • Pickled Red Onions
  • Roasted Cauliflower
  • Roasted Potatoes in the Oven

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A Pinterest pin for what to serve with Tandoori Chicken.

Noreen

Sunday 20th of November 2022

I just saw this on Twitter and I cannot wait to try all of these recipes!

Tressa Jamil

Sunday 20th of November 2022

You will have to report back here when you have made a few of them!