How to Make a Chicken Tikka in your Home

How to Make a Chicken Tikka in your Home

How to Make a Chicken Tikka in your Home
Chicken Tikka

Chicken Tikka is a popular Indian dish made from marinated and grilled chicken pieces. It’s known for its flavorful and aromatic spices. Here’s a basic Chicken Tikka recipe:


For the Chicken Marinade:

  • 1 pound (450g) boneless, skinless chicken pieces (breast or thigh)
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons ginger paste
  • 2 teaspoons garlic paste
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon paprika or Kashmiri red chili powder (for color, adjust spiciness to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (adjust to taste)

For Grilling:

  • Skewers (wooden skewers soaked in water for about 30 minutes to prevent burning)
  • Cooking oil or cooking spray

For Serving (optional):

  • Chopped cilantro
  • Lemon wedges
  • Onion rings


  1. Prepare the Marinade:
  • In a bowl, combine yogurt, lemon juice, vegetable oil, ginger paste, garlic paste, ground cumin, ground coriander, paprika or chili powder, turmeric, garam masala, and salt. Mix well to form a smooth marinade.
  1. Marinate the Chicken:
  • Cut the chicken into bite-sized pieces.
  • Add the chicken pieces to the marinade and coat them thoroughly. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap or a lid.
  • Let the chicken marinate in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours, or ideally, overnight. The longer the marination, the more flavorful the chicken will be.
  1. Skewer and Grill the Chicken:
  • Preheat your grill to medium-high heat.
  • Thread the marinated chicken pieces onto the soaked wooden skewers. Leave a little space between each piece.
  • Brush the grill grates with a bit of oil or use cooking spray to prevent sticking.
  • Place the skewers on the grill and cook for about 6-8 minutes on each side, or until the chicken is cooked through and has a nice char. The cooking time may vary depending on the size of the chicken pieces and the heat of your grill.
  1. Serve the Chicken Tikka:
  • Once cooked, remove the chicken tikka from the grill.
  • Garnish with chopped cilantro and serve with lemon wedges and onion rings on the side.

Chicken Tikka can be enjoyed on its own as an appetizer or as a main dish along with naan bread or rice. It’s a flavorful and satisfying dish that’s loved by many for its rich spices and tender chicken. Feel free to adjust the spice levels and marination time to suit your preferences.

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