Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Chicken tikka ( skewered chicken/ Brochette de poulet)

Chicken tikka is a spicy sizzler chicken. This is authentic chicken tikka recipe where boneless chicken peices are grilled in a tandoor over or charcoal grill (I used a charcoal grill). I have tried cooking in ovens (not tandoor oven) also but it does not appear the same in taste as well as appearance. I just try chicken tikka in oven, just in case I'm in a hurry or want to use it as a filling in wraps or rolls etc.. Moreover, I'm such a big fan of Indian grills and love everything tandoori way. This must have been a mughals contribution to India. The Persian and Arabic grills are very similar . This chicken tikka recipe is cosmopolitan in nature found worldwide. This chicken tikka is added to masala gravy to get the famous chicken tikka masala. The Punjabi style chicken tikka is usually different from this one as they use chicken leg piece with bones (I have tried cooking that one also, and it tastes equally good). Here goes the recipe...

Boneless chicken - 1 kilo
Butter for basting

For the marinade:
Yogurt - 1 cup
Ginger-garlic paste - 1 tbsp
Chilli powder - 4 tbsp
Coriander powder - 1 tbsp
Garam masala - 1 tsp
Mace and nutmeg powder - 1/2 tsp
Lime juice - 1 tsp
Chicken stock cube - 1 nos
Salt for taste

Mix all ingredients and marinade overnight. Take out of the fridge 1 hour before grilling. Skewer them. Grill on hot charcoal grill, baste with butter and turn over and cook (or rather rotate well and cook, so that its cooked equally on all sides). Cook till its done. Garnish with onion rings, tomato slices, green coriander and serve.

I used a spicy red chilly powder which also gives a rich red color. Can use kashmiri chilly powder if less spice is required. Olive oil is a healthy option to butter.


  1. I love chicken tikka!!! The picture over here is so tempting and my mouth is watering already :) Will try this out soon.

  2. drooooooooooooling............yummy visual treat...dear saw ur msg..u first save the pic...then attach it to the post as u attach other pics...hope this helps

  3. never made chicken tikka at home...nice idea for summer grilling..would love to try this one soon...so tempting....

  4. Hey Rach,, my faav chicku tikka u hv done it very perfectly that colour makes me hungry dear.

  5. OMG...they look soo soo yummy......

  6. Love chicken tikka..my favorite..looks yummy.

  7. You have done it really well just like the one which v get in restaurant...mouthwatering rach..too good


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