Chicken Tikka

Chicken Tikka Recipe | How To Make Chicken Tikka

Make from scratch authentic chicken tikka kebabs.
Create a traditional Indian cuisine in which the meat is marinated with yoghurt and spices, put on skewers and then grilled.
You will be making your own homemade marinade for chicken tikka.

It’s not at all difficult to make tandoori chicken tikka at home. You don’t even need a tandoor.
Below I’ll share different techniques including, Broil/grill, BBQ, air fryer, dry-frying and oven baking for cooking, along with tips for preparation, how to serve chicken tikka, and more.

This recipe gets great results.
It tastes just like the fantastic chicken tikka you find at the best curry houses.
An easy, family-pleasing dinner and is also great as an appetiser.

What Is Chicken Tikka?

Indian chicken tikka is traditionally made by cooking small pieces of boneless, skinless chicken over a fire pit.
Chicken tikka is marinated in a mixture of yogurt and spices, including Garam Masala.

It can be served right from the skewer or added to a curry sauce.

Chicken Tikka Recipe | How To Make Chicken Tikka
Yield: Yield: 30 Skewers

Recipe For Chicken Tikka

Prep Time: 8 hours
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 8 hours 15 minutes

The recipe for chicken tikka that really delivers.
The marinade for chicken tikka in this Indian-style curry creates the perfect balance of spices and flavours.

It is traditionally cooked on skewers and served as both a main meal or appetiser.

Ingredients

  • 1 kg skinless chicken breast fillet
  • 30 bamboo skewers

Chicken Tikka Marinade Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp mustard seed oil
  • 75 ml milk
  • 175 ml natural yoghurt
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp tomato puree
  • 2 Tbsp chopped fresh coriander leaves
  • 4 large cloves of garlic
  • 3 fresh red jalapeños peppers
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 2 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp salt

Instructions

  1. Place your bamboo skewers in a dish of water to soak.
  2. Dice chicken into bite size cubes (2.5 to 3.25cm/1 to 1 1/2 inch), set aside.
  3. Start the marinade for chicken tikka.
    Finely chop coriander, garlic and jalapeños, set aside.
  4. Add all of the ingredients except the chicken to a non-metallic mixing bowl and mix well.
  5. Add the chicken and mix until fully coated.
  6. Ideally, the chicken should now be left in a refrigerator to marinate for at least 8 hours. See Notes Below *
  7. Place on skewers and cook in a tandoor or ceramic pot oven.
    Otherwise you can Grill/Broil under a medium heat for 5-8 minutes on each side. See more alternative cooking methods below

Notes

  • * If you don't have time to marinate for 8 hours, use thigh fillets instead and marinate for 30 minutes.
  • Some people prefer to make tikka with meat on-the-bone for improved flavour.
  • Always ensure the chicken is cooked throughout before serving.

Important!
Soaking the skewers! Yes... please make sure you allow your wooden skewers to soak for around 15min, this stops them burning.

Alternative Cooking Methods

Cooking Using The BBQ

  1. Heat your Barbecue with a nice flame and place chicken skewers on the grill.
  2. Brush with butter or olive oil, and cook approximately 6 minutes on each side, or until done, having nice grill/char markiings.
  3. Once you have cooked one side for 6 minutes, turn them over and brush with butter or olive oil, and cook 6 more minutes or until done.

Cooking Using A Frying Pan

  1. Heat your frying pan to a medium heat. and place chicken skewers on the grill.
  2. Brush chicken skewers with butter or olive oil, and cook approximately 6 minutes.
  3. Once you have cooked one side for 6 minutes, turn them over and brush with butter or olive oil, and cook 6 more minutes or until done.

Cooking Using The Oven Method

  1. Preheat your oven to 200℃/400℉. Pre-heat a sturdy parchment paper lined baking sheet.
  2. Using tongs, place unskewered marinated chicken pieces onto the pre-heated baking sheet and return to the oven.
  3. Cook for around 6 minutes. A timer is never a bad idea.
  4. Flip each piece and return the baking sheet to the oven.
  5. Continue to cook until the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 75ºC/165ºF.
    This somewhere between 4-8 minutes. Total cooking time depends on how big your chicken pieces are.
  6. When you've hit your target internal temp remove the chicken from the oven and set the chicken aside.

How to cook Chicken Tikka Kebabs in the Air Fryer

  1. Lightly grease the air fryer basket.
  2. Arrange the chicken sticks in airfryer
  3. Cook at 180℃/350℉ for 10 minutes.
  4. Turn the chicken sticks and cook for 7 more minutes, then serve.

Ingredient Substitutions

  • It is possible to make a tikka with almost any meat, the most commonly used other than chicken being lamb and mutton.
  • Powdered or dried ingredients can be substituted for fresh, but at the expense of taste.

How To Serve Chicken Tikka


Tikka can be served either as main meal or as an appetiser.

Chicken Tikka Wraps

Ingredients

  • 4 tortilla wraps
  • 250g warm oven cooked chicken tikka cubes
  • Lettuce
  • 1 red capsicum/bell pepper - Julienne cut
  • 1/2 cucumber, thinly sliced
  • Tomato, thinly sliced
  • 4 tbsp natural yoghurt or aioli sauce

To Assemble The Wraps

  1. Lay the tortilla wraps out flat.
  2. Spread yoghurt or any other sauce you may want to use over the tortilla.
  3. Add a layer of chicken pieces
  4. Add lettuce, capsicum, tomatoes and cucumber.
    Try not to overfill the tortilla wraps.
  5. Fold the tortilla wraps up and enjoy!
  6. You could try using mango chutney in the wrap.

Chicken Tikka Skewers With Vegies


Adding a couple of sweet vegetables to your skewers helps increase the flavours.

  1. Using the Chicken Tikka recipe above:
    Dice some red capsicum and onion and mix in to the marinade with the chicken.
  2. Slide them on to the skewers alternating chicken and vegies.
  3. Now cook.

Chicken Tikka With Rice


Serve as a main with fragrant, fresh rice and naan, so it is nutritious and flavoursome.

  • 400g warm oven cooked chicken tikka
  • 140g long grain Rice
  • 1 tbsp medium curry powder
  • 50g frozen peas
  • 1 small red pepper, diced
  • Some other ideas are: mushrooms or cherry tomatoes. You could even add pineapple chunks for a little sweetness.
  1. Put the rice, curry powder, peas and pepper into a pan of boiling water.
  2. Simmer for 10 mins or until the rice is just tender.
  3. Drain well and divide the rice between 4 plates.
  4. Add the chicken.
  5. Serve with naan bread.

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Chicken Tikka Sandwich


Serve cold in a sandwich or bread roll with your favourite salad ingredients.

Ingredients

  • 8 slices bread or 4 bread rolls
  • 250g cold oven cooked chicken tikka cubes
  • Lettuce
  • Tomato, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cucumber, thinly sliced
  • 4 tbsp natural yoghurt or aioli sauce

To Assemble The Sandwich

  1. Lay the bread slices out.
  2. Spread yoghurt or any other sauce you may want to use over the bread.
  3. Add a layer of chicken pieces
  4. Add lettuce, tomatoes and cucumber.
    Try not to overfill the sandwiches. Sometimes less is best.
  5. Enjoy!
  6. You could try using mango chutney in your sandwich.

Chicken Tikka Curry and Rice


Chicken Tikka is delicious in Chicken Tikka Masala over a bed of rice.


Nutrition Information

Yield

30

Serving Size

1

Amount Per ServingCalories 69Total Fat 2gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 1gCholesterol 29mgSodium 109mgCarbohydrates 1gFibre 0gSugar 1gProtein 11g

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