Making Jamie And Jimmy’s Tandoor Oven

Homemade Tandoor Chicken And Naan Bread

Homemade Tandoor Chicken And Naan Bread

The red glow warms our faces as we peer excitedly into the pit and the waft of sweet spices, fragrant charcoal and fresh baked naan bread mingle in the cold january evening air. This is the ultimate cooking experiment.  When the Glam 20 Something announced he was going to make a tandoor oven out of a flower pot and a dustbin, I thought he was nuts!

Making A Tandoor Oven

Making A Tandoor Oven

Inspired by Jamie And Jimmies Friday Night Feast and after some cutting, packing and filling, the disparate items were converted into a fabulous funnel of flavour.  Based on fast cooking and an abundance of spices this is a great way of grilling.

Chicken Cooking In The Tandoor

Chicken Cooking In The Tandoor

We watched the marinated chicken on its skewers as they swayed across the glowing coals, roasting and smoking as the juices dripped onto the charcoal below.  The naan bread blistered and bubbled on the side of the pot, turning the dough into a smoky wrap for the moist, spicy chilli chicken.

Making Naan Bread

Making Naan Bread

Marinated Spicy Chicken And Naan Bread

Serves 4-6

Tandoori Chicken And Naan Bread

Tandoori Chicken And Naan Bread

Naan Bread

  • 500g plain flour
  • 15g salt
  • 7g dried yeast
  • 1 tablespoon plain yogourt
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 300ml water


  • If cooking in the oven, place a baking sheet or stone in the oven and preheat the oven 225c (425f)
  • Place the flour and salt in a large mixing bowl and mix together well
  • Make a well in the centre of the flour and place all the other ingredients into the well
  • Stir using your hand gradually combining all the flour, until a dough is formed
  • Turn out onto a very lightly floured surface and knead for 10 minutes
  • Form into a ball and place in a lightly oiled bowl, covered with plastic wrap and place in a warm place for about 1 hour until doubled in size
  • Once risen, remove from the bowl and divide into 6 roughly equal  lumps, flatten these out (knock back), then reform into 6 balls
  • Roll out or flatten out with your fingers into an oval
  • If cooking on the tandoor, lightly sprinkle the side to attach to the tandoor with water and press onto the side of the pot

Marinated Spicy Chicken

  • 4 chicken breasts
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2cm piece of ginger, finely chopped
  • 1 chilli finely chopped ( or more to taste)
  • 3 cloves of garlic crushed
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 500g plain yogurt


  • Place all the ingredients except the chicken and yogurt into a bowl or zip lock bag and mix well
  • Cut each chicken breast into 5 or 6 pieces and add to the bowl or bag
  • Ensure the chicken is well covered in the spices and set aside for at least 30 minutes
  • After 30 minutes or overnight add the yogurt to the mix and stir well
  • Place on tandoor skewers or loop top ones, folding the chicken to get the pieces about the same size if necessary
  • Now place in the tandoor oven either diagonally into the bottom or threaded onto a pole as in the photos.  Or into a preheated oven as hot as it will go on a baking tray turning every 5-7 minutes for about 15 to 20 minutes, check that the chicken is cooked through before serving.

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36 Responses to Making Jamie And Jimmy’s Tandoor Oven

  1. Oh wow! This is really something! Thanks so much for sharing!

  2. Hotly Spiced says:

    What a fun thing to do and who would have thought it was possible! I bet that was the best Indian cuisine you’ve ever eaten xx

  3. What??? I’m in love with this oven!!! Aren’t you the most clever person ever. I want this or I want to come to your place. :)

    • GG says:

      You’d be most welcome at my place! The link in the post shows you step by step. Took the Glam 20 something around half an hour to make! GG

  4. What a brilliant idea! I really want to do this. Going to tweet this now :D

  5. Janie says:

    That looks like such a fun meal, and I bet that bread tasted awesome! Great work GG Junior :)
    Janie x

  6. Seriously?! That looks bloody fantastic. I bet that was the best tandoori chicken ever and such good fun.

  7. I am SO impressed. I want to cook bread in a flower pot. Right now.

  8. Amazing! I am so impressed with the homemade tandoor oven!

  9. How good is this. Love the chicken hanging on the skewers and the naan stuck on the side of the pot. What a good party trick.

  10. Great job Glam 20! I am impressed! I’ve been sitting around for years now telling myself to do something like this, and here it is! Wonderful!! I bet everything tasted so good from the charcoal and the clay from the pot. I may just use these instructions and get my hubby to build me one.
    Love it, GG!

    • GG says:

      The link in the post is to a how to video, as long as you have an angle grinder it takes 30 mins to make. The food tasted great and how else do you get those fabulous bubbles on the naan? GG xx

  11. Oh my god, this is like the coolest thing evvvaaaaaa! I wish I was there. I’d eat naan until I turned into a big dough ball (but actually, I’m not that far from it at the moment :)).
    *kisses* H

  12. Dear GG,

    That tandoori oven is quite ingenius from Glam 20 Something and the chicken looks delicious with the naan bread.

  13. I love the title of your post and I wish my kiddoes wld grow up to be so creative.

  14. This is so impressive, I bet this was so much fun :D


  15. Ameena says:

    What an extraordinarily creative idea! I love this. Makes me wish I had a yard. :)

  16. Very impressive project! Could next one be building a Peking duck oven? :)

  17. Stu Herring says:

    Hi where did you buy the fire bricks from

    • GG says:

      From a good DIY store or builders merchant. You can buy just a few bricks from builders merchants, it doesn’t have to be a whole pallet. GG

  18. Clare & Chris Beale says:

    Are there specific charcoal bricks to use? We’ve lit oursand Is made the pot really black. The pot doesn’t look black on pics so dont really want to stick dough onto it?? Thanks

    • GG says:

      The charcoal is just standard charcoal you use on a BBQ. I’m assuming the black is soot, you may have filled it too high with charcoal or there may not be enough air getting to the fire. If You’ve cut an air vent in the side of the bin you could try cutting another on the other side so that you have a through draft and that should make it less smoky. Hope that helps. GG

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