There’s something deeply comforting about classic Indian flavors, and our Chicken Tandoori Bowl with Minty Indian Yogurt Dressing is a testament to that. Think tender chicken  marinated in rich tandoori sauce, paired with a backdrop of light cauliflower rice and fresh veggies. Topped with a sprinkle of golden raisins and cashews, every bite is a celebration. But what truly sets it apart? The Minty Indian Yogurt Dressing. It’s fresh, vibrant, and brings an unexpected twist to an already delightful bowl. Ready to journey through this flavorful adventure? Let’s get started!

Top View of Chicken Tandoori Bowl with Minty Indian Yogurt Dressing

Why This Tandoori Bowl Wins:

  • A Culinary Journey: Every bite takes you on a trip to India, blending the warmth of tandoori spices with the soothing touch of mint, crafting an unforgettable taste bud experience.
  • Vibrancy in a Bowl: The lively colors from the broccoli, cabbage, and golden raisins, juxtaposed with the creamy minty dressing, don’t just look gorgeous—they offer a spectrum of nutrients and antioxidants.
  • Crunch Factor: Cashews add more than just a delicious crunch. Their buttery texture complements the spiciness of the chicken, bringing balance to each bite.


A Tantalizing Tidbit: The Tale of Tandoori Chicken

Pop quiz: Where did tandoori chicken make its sizzling debut? If you said the vibrant streets of Punjab, India, give yourself a gold star! But this isn’t just any ordinary chicken dish. It’s a culinary legend.

Back in the day, folks marinated chicken in yogurt and spices, then slid it into a tandoor – a cylindrical clay or metal oven that reaches scorching hot temperatures. What came out was nothing short of magical: charred, smoky chicken that’s insanely juicy inside.

This delicious bird took a flight of fancy, landing on plates globally, and no one could resist its fiery charm. From lavish Indian weddings to humble family dinners, tandoori chicken has earned its place as a beloved staple.

Fast forward to today, our Chicken Tandoori Bowl is a nod to this time-honored classic, blending tradition with a modern twist. So, next time you dive into that spicy, charred chicken, give a little nod to the Punjabi kitchens that started it all!

Top view of the Chicken Tandoori Bowl with Minty Indian Yogurt Dressing drizzled on top

Reverse Meal Planning: The Tandoori Way

Pairing the age-old flavors of tandoori chicken with the modern practice of Reverse Meal Planning is culinary innovation at its finest. Remember, Reverse Meal Plan is all about playing pantry detective, starting with what’s on hand in your kitchen, and then letting those discoveries guide your menu. It’s a game-changer that saves you time, cash, and prevents those heartbreaking food waste moments.

Diving into your Chicken Tandoori Bowl adventure, scout your kitchen for chicken breasts, fresh or frozen veggies, and any flavorful sauces or pastes. Your pantry and refrigerator are treasure chests of ingredients waiting to be transformed into gourmet delights. And with the Chicken Tandoori Bowl, you have a canvas to paint your edible masterpiece.

Ingredient Swap Outs:

  • Cauliflower Rice: No cauliflower on deck? Use regular rice, quinoa, or even couscous as your bowl base. For a low-carb option, you might even consider spiralized zucchini or spaghetti squash.
  • Chicken: While tandoori chicken is our star, feel free to swap in tofu, shrimp, or paneer (Indian cottage cheese) for a delightful variation.
  • Tandoori Sauce or Paste: If you can’t get your hands on tandoori sauce, a mix of yogurt, chili powder, turmeric, and garam masala can give a similar punch. Alternatively, a spicy curry paste will also do the trick.
  • Cabbage & Broccoli: These veggies add a lovely crunch and green touch, but if they’re MIA in your kitchen, think green beans, snap peas, or even sautéed spinach. The sky’s the limit!

So, the next time you’re hankering for a tandoori treat, remember that your kitchen, with its hidden ingredients, is your first stop on this flavorful journey.

Buddha Bowl Tandoori: A Flavorful Transformation

buddha bowlYou might’ve heard the term “Buddha Bowl” making the rounds in food circles. At its heart, a Buddha Bowl is a vibrant combination of various foods, often a mix of raw and cooked ingredients, beautifully arranged in a bowl. It’s all about 

variety, texture, and color – creating a balanced meal that not only looks appetizing but is nutritionally rich.

Want to transform the Chicken Tandoori Bowl into a full-fledged Buddha Bowl experience? Let’s dive into the steps:

Building Your Tandoori Chicken Buddha Bowl:

  • Choose a Base: Begin with cauliflower rice, laying a fluffy foundation.  Alternatively, brown rice, quinoa, or mixed greens can be your go-to base.
  • Layer with Tandoori Goodness: Add the succulent tandoori chicken cubes, ensuring every bite will have that signature spicy, smoky flavor.
  • Vibrant Veggies: Spread out the blanched cabbage and broccoli or broccolini, giving the bowl a refreshing, crunchy twist. These greens contrast beautifully with the rich tandoori spices.
  • Sweet Sensations: Scatter a handful of golden raisins for a surprise sweet note amidst the spicy symphony.
  • Creamy Dressing: Time for the pièce de résistance! Generously drizzle the Minty Indian Yogurt Dressing, tying together all the bowl’s elements with its creamy, tangy freshness.
  • Nutty Finish: Crown your creation with crunchy cashews. This final touch not only adds a bite but enriches the bowl with wholesome fats.

And there you have it: the Chicken Tandoori Bowl, reimagined Buddha style. Enjoy a meal that’s as delightful to the eyes as it is to the palate.


Serving Up Solutions: The Chicken Bowl FAQ

  • Store-bought mint yogurt dressing – yay or nay? While our homemade Minty Indian Yogurt Dressing dances with zesty freshness, a store-bought version can certainly step in when you’re in a pinch. Just peek at the label for any sneaky additives – if you’re aiming to keep things au naturel.
  • Cauliflower rice has left the building. What’s my next move? Panic not! Just swap in traditional rice, quinoa, couscous, or the nutty charm of farro. The world (or at least the pantry) is your oyster!
  • Vegan vibes here. How can I remix this recipe? Tune into tofu or tempeh vibes by swapping chicken for these vegan stars, marinated in tandoori joy. Keep an eye out for vegan tandoori paste and trade the dairy yogurt for its plant-based sibling in the dressing.
  • I’m all about that prep life. Can I get a head start on this bowl? You bet! Whip up the Minty Indian Yogurt Dressing a day or two ahead for flavors that meld and mellow. Pre-cook that cauliflower rice, let it chill in the fridge, then just summon the microwave when it’s showtime.
  • Raisins and I… we’re not on speaking terms. What then? No hard feelings. While golden raisins add pops of sweetness, feel free to ghost them for dried cranberries or apricots. A sweet twist awaits you.


Here are some other great Buddha Bowl Basic Recipes to check out: 

Top view of the Chicken Tandoori Bowl with Minty Indian Yogurt Dressing drizzled on top

Chicken Tandoori Bowl with Minty Indian Yogurt Dressing Recipe

Chicken Tandoori Bowl features tender, marinated chicken cooked to perfection, served over a bed of aromatic rice and accompanied by a refreshing Minty Indian Yogurt Dressing. A delicious and vibrant fusion of flavors that will leave your taste buds craving for more
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Main Course
Servings 4
Calories 509 kcal


Minty Indian Yogurt Dressing: Yields 1 ½ cups

  • ¾ cup full fat yogurt
  • ¼ cup mayo
  • ¼ tsp coriander
  • ¼ tsp cumin
  • ¼ cup fresh mint julienned
  • Juice from 1 lemon
  • 3 tbsps of water more to thin to your preferred consistency
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Chicken Tandoori Bowl

  • 6 cups or more cooked cauliflower rice served warm
  • 4 servings cooked chicken breast cubed (4-5 oz. per person)
  • ½ head cabbage sliced and blanched
  • 4 cups broccoli or broccolini blanched
  • Store bought tandoori sauce or paste

To Serve: 

  • Golden raisins
  • Cashews


  • Make your yogurt dressing. Combine all ingredients in a mason jar and cover tightly with a lid and shake well. Adjust with additional water to get your preferred consistency. Taste and adjust for salt and pepper.
  • Slice and chop cabbage and broccoli and blanch.
  • Cube chicken breast and toss in tandoori sauce.
  • Build your bowls by adding a layer of cauliflower rice, a serving of tandoori chicken, cabbage, broccoli, and golden raisins. Top with cashews and drizzle on yogurt dressing.


Calories: 509kcalCarbohydrates: 28gProtein: 58gFat: 19gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 7gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 156mgSodium: 495mgPotassium: 2119mgFiber: 10gSugar: 12gVitamin A: 903IUVitamin C: 240mgCalcium: 217mgIron: 3mg
Keyword buddha bowl, buddhabowl, chicken, signature buddha bowl, tandoori bowl
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