Sheet Pan Tandoori Chicken and Cauliflower {Paleo, Keto, Whole30}
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Serves: 4-6 servings
gluten-free, grain-free, keto, nut-free, egg-free, options for paleo, dairy-free, Whole30
  • 3-4 pounds whole free-range chicken broken into parts - halve the chicken breast
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
  • 5 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
  • 1 small fresh green chile pepper (such as serrano or jalapeño), seeded and finely chopped, optional
  • ¾ cup full-fat plain yogurt (Regular whole milk, sheep's or goat milk yogurt or coconut milk yogurt all work great)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3 teaspoons ground paprika
  • 2 teaspoons garam masala
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • sea salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 1 medium head cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil, avocado oil or melted ghee
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • sea salt & black pepper, to taste
For Serving
  • ¾ cup yogurt (whole milk, sheep's or goat milk or coconut milk yogurt)
  • 1 clove garlic, finely minced
  • juice of half lime (or lemon)
  • thinly sliced red onion (or quick pickled red onion)
  • ½ cup mint or cilantro leaves, torn
  1. Combine ginger, garlic, yogurt, lemon juice, paprika, garam masala, chili powder, turmeric, cumin, in a large bowl. Season well with salt and pepper. (It should be on the salty side, as this is a marinade.) If you'd like, you can blend the marinade together in the blender or food processor beforehand, but it's not necessary.
  2. Add the chicken and toss to coat evenly. Let sit at least 30 minutes at room temperature, and up to overnight in the refrigerator.
  3. Place oven rack in top third of the oven and preheat to 425ºF.
  4. Meanwhile, prepare the cauliflower. Add the cauliflower to a large rimmed baking pan. Drizzle evenly with the olive oil. Sprinkle over the cumin seeds and ground turmeric. Toss together until evenly coated.
  5. Remove chicken parts from the marinade and shake to leave excess marinade behind. Make spaces in the cauliflower for the chicken parts throughout the center of the pan. Roast in oven for 20 minutes, then toss the cauliflower to ensure it's cooking evenly, and return the pan to the oven for 25 to 30 minutes more (40 to 45 minutes total roasting time), until chicken and cauliflower are cooked through and the skin of the chicken is evenly browned. At the end of cooking, you can place the sheet pan under the broiler for 3-5 minutes to get the classic char / tandoor marks on the chicken, if you'd like.
  6. While everything roasts, mix together the yogurt with garlic, lime juice and season with salt and pepper, set aside.
  7. When everything is cooked, top with garnishes of your choice — we used dollops of seasoned yogurt, fresh herbs and scatter the red onion all over. Serve right from the pan.
alternatively, you can use 3 to 3½ pounds of bone-in, skin-on chicken parts, such as breasts, thighs and legs). You can also use boneless, skinless chicken, adjust the cooking time, as it will take less time.
It will take approximately 40 - 45 minutes for bone-in parts or 30 - 40 for boneless. (time may have to be adjusted more or less, given the size of the chicken parts)
To the cauliflower, you can also include a can of chickpeas and/or 1 lb of Yukon Gold potatoes, zucchini, eggplant, etc
Recipe by Tasty Yummies at