Love both my Whole30- and keto-friendly Super Easy Tandoori Chicken and Tandoori Whole Roasted Cauliflower recipes, but don’t want the hassle of cooking two separate dishes? I’ve got a quick and easy weeknight dinner solution for you: Sheet Pan Tandoori Chicken!

An overhead shot of quick and easy sheet pan tandoori chicken with cauliflower, a simple Whole30 and keto dinner.

A foolproof Indian sheet pan dinner!

As the self-proclaimed queen of shortcuts to deliciousness, I love the idea of a sheet pan chicken dinner in which the protein and veggies are seasoned perfectly and they all finish cooking at the same time. But mere ideas without execution mean JACK FROGGIN SQUAT, my friends. Sure—many sheet pan chicken recipes look promising, but they often underdeliver—and you end up with dry and powdery poultry served alongside vegetables that are either mushy or still raw. When you force yourself to choke down that sad supper, you’ll also be swallowing your salty river of tears.

To which I say: NO MORE!

After testing and testing and testing and even more testing, I came up with a perfect sheet pan supper. This Indian-inspired family-friendly recipe calls for minimal effort: just toss the ingredients with a creamy, spice-infused Whole30 marinade and plop the tray in the oven. This Sheet Pan Tandoori Chicken is a winner—my kids actually cheer when they smell the comforting spices wafting through the house at dinner time! (Well, they said “YAY!” unironically—that counts as a cheer, right?)

Tips for a terrific Sheet Pan Tandoori Chicken dinner

The key to a fantastic and low-stress sheet pan chicken dinner is to use ingredients that can tolerate a roaring hot oven and still have some wiggle-room when it comes to doneness. That’s why this recipe features:

  • A paleo-friendly, dairy-free tandoori marinade: this creamy, mildly spicy, Indian-inspired sauce coats the chicken and veggies and keeps them from drying out.
  • Boneless, skinless chicken thighs: this thrifty poultry cut is readily available and will taste good even if the oven timer went off 5 minutes ago and you completely forget to take your chicken out. And yes, I SAID THIGHS. Back away from those boneless skinless chicken breasts—unless you’re willing to monitor them vigilantly while they’re cooking or you’re okay with sawdust for meat.
  • Hearty cruciferous vegetables: Cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, and broccoli all work well in this recipe. Just cut them so they’re the same shape and will finish cooking in about 30 minutes. Don’t cut them up too small or your veggie pieces’ll shrivel up and burn before the chicken is finished cooking!

Ingredients

Tandoori marinade

  • Full-fat coconut milk or plain coconut milk yogurt
  • Tandoori spice mix (no salt added)
  • Diamond Crystal kosher salt (use half the amount if you are using Morton’s brand or a fine grain salt)
  • Freshly squeezed lemon juice

Sheet Pan Tandoori Chicken

  • Avocado oil or fat of choice
  • Small cauliflower (2 pounds or less), cut into florets
  • Small red onion, thinly sliced
  • Boneless and skinless chicken thighs
  • Fresh cilantro leaves (optional)
  • Lemon, cut into wedges (optional)

How to make sheet pan tandoori chicken

Heat oven to 450°F or 425°F convection with the rack in the middle.

Whisk together the coconut milk, tandoori spice, salt, and lemon juice in a 2-cup measuring cup.

Whisking together coconut milk and tandoori spices in a measuring cup to make keto Sheet Pan Tandoori Chicken

Use a pastry brush to evenly spread the avocado oil over the bottom of a rimmed baking sheet. (You can skip this part and line your pan with parchment paper or foil—your resulting dinner won’t brown as much, but clean-up will be a breeze.)

A silicone brush is spreading avocado oil on a rimmed baking sheet for a healthy sheet pan chicken dinner.

Place the cauliflower and onions in a large bowl and pour in half of the tandoori marinade. Toss well to coat.

Pouring dairy-free tandoori marinade on cauliflower and onions in a large bowl for Sheet Pan Tandoori Chicken

Shake off the excess marinade and arrange the cauliflower and onions on the greased baking sheet.

Arranging tandoori-marinated cauliflower and onions on a sheet pan.

Add the chicken thighs to the bowl and pour in the remaining marinade. Toss well to coat evenly.

Pouring keto tandoori marinade on boneless skinless chicken thighs and tossing them well.

Arrange the thighs in a single layer on the sheet pan with the cauliflower.

Arranging chicken thighs in a single layer on a baking tray.

Pop the sheet pan dinner in the oven and roast for 25 to 35 minutes, flipping the cauliflower and rotating the tray 180° at the halfway point.

Placing a sheet pan tandoori chicken dinner into the oven.

The sheet pan dinner is done when the cauliflower is tender and browned and the chicken is cooked through (a meat thermometer should read 165°F in the thickest part of the thigh or 150°F if you ignored what I told you earlier and decided to use chicken breasts).

Rotating paleo sheet pan chicken tandoori at the halfway point in the oven.

Garnish with the minced cilantro and serve with lemon wedges. Dig in!

An overhead view of sheet pan Tandoori Chicken fresh from the oven with lemons and cilantro on top.

How to save leftovers

Leftovers can be saved in an airtight container in the fridge for up to four days or in the freezer for up to 4 months.


Looking for more recipe ideas? Head on over to my Recipe Index. You’ll also find exclusive recipes in my cookbooks, Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans (Andrews McMeel Publishing 2013), Ready or Not! (Andrews McMeel Publishing 2017), and Nom Nom Paleo: Let’s Go! (Andrews McMeel Publishing 2022).


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Sheet Pan Tandoori Chicken

4.89 from 26 votes
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time35 minutes
Servings 4
This quick and easy Sheet Pan Tandoori Chicken is a delicious Indian-inspired Whole30 and keto-friendly meal the whole family will love!

Ingredients 
 

Tandoori Marinade

Sheet Pan Tandoori Chicken

  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil or fat of choice
  • 1 small cauliflower 2 pounds or less, cut into florets
  • 1 small red onion cut into thin wedges
  • pounds chicken thighs boneless and skinless
  • ¼ cup minced fresh cilantro optional
  • 1 lemon cut into wedges (optional)

Instructions 

  • Heat oven to 450 F or 425 F convection with the rack in the middle.
  • Whisk together the coconut milk, tandoori spice, salt, and lemon juice in a 2-cup measuring cup.
  • Use a pastry brush to evenly spread the avocado oil over the bottom of a rimmed baking sheet. (You can skip this part and line your pan with parchment paper or foil—your resulting dinner won’t brown as much, but clean-up will be a breeze.)
  • Place the cauliflower and onions in a large bowl and pour in half of the tandoori marinade. Toss well to coat.
  • Shake off the excess marinade and arrange the cauliflower and onions on the greased baking sheet.
  • Add the chicken thighs to the bowl and pour in the remaining marinade. Toss well to coat evenly with the tandoori marinade.
  • Arrange the thighs in a single layer on the sheet pan with the cauliflower.
  • Pop the sheet pan dinner in the oven and roast for 25 to 35 minutes, flipping the cauliflower and rotating the tray 180° at the halfway point.
  • The sheet pan dinner is done when the cauliflower is tender and browned and the chicken is cooked through (a meat thermometer should read 165°F in the thickest part of the thigh or 150°F if using chicken breasts).
  • Sprinkle on the minced cilantro and serve with lemon wedges. Dig in!

Video

Notes

  • If you’re using bottled Nom Nom Paleo Tandoori, just substitute 1 cup of it for the marinade! The Tandoori marinade can solidify in the fridge, just take it out for 30 minutes before you use it to loosen it up!
  • You can store the leftovers in the fridge for up to 4 days and in the freezer for up to 4 months.
  • You can experiment with different vegetable combinations. I love using Brussels sprouts and broccoli in this dish!

Nutrition

Calories: 590kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 45g | Fiber: 7g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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About Michelle Tam

Hello! My name is Michelle Tam, and I love to eat. I think about food all the time. It borders on obsession. I’ve always loved the sights and smells of the kitchen. My mother was (and is) an excellent cook, and as a kid, I was her little shadow as she prepared supper each night. From her, I gained a deep, abiding love for magically transforming pantry items into mouth-watering family meals.

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22 Comments

    1. I use different brands! Penzeys has a great one and I linked to one I buy on Amazon in the recipe post.

    1. The vegetables will cook faster than the drumsticks. You can start the drumsticks in the oven for 10 minutes first and then add the veggies. Total cooking time for drumsticks is probably closer to 35 to 45 min.

  1. Eating this right now and OMG it’s so good, especially for how simple it is. I added some chunks of green pepper as well because, CSA, and chose to go with the coconut yogurt rather than milk since I figured it would be thicker and “stick” better. This is going into the regular rotation for sure.

  2. My family including adult and kiddo tastebuds rated this simply delicious! I cooked the chicken on separate trays from the veggies in case the veggies cooked quicker and this was a good choice for this particular sheet pan combo. We also doubled the recipe to have lunch leftovers. Yum!

  3. This is on a constant rotation in our house. The flavor is so delicious and it’s easy to swap out veggies. I added brussel sprouts and placed the pan on my grill since it’s too hot for the oven and it was incredible. Even my kids ate the sprouts!

  4. I prefer dark meat but unfortunately, the rest of my family likes white meat. Can I cook boneless breasts using this recipe?