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Garnished chicken Tikka with onion rings lemon and green chutney for chicken Tikka recipe
Chicken Tikka

Chicken Tikka is a boneless chunk or cubes of chicken meat marinated in a spiced yogurt mixture and shewered in a Shewer and cooked in a traditional  method using charcoal Ovalclay Tandoor till crisp golden.

It is one of the most popular kebab not only in India but around the world. This chicken Tikka kebab is loved by people from all age group.

Chicken Tikka is a dish from India and popular in Bangladesh and Pakistan also. The word Tikka is a Turkish word and means bits or pieces. Chicken Tikka also known as Murgh Tikka in these countries.

You can check one of the best and healthiest chicken Tikka recipe from below link :-

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Chicken Tikka is generally a boneless version of popular tandoori chicken and   served with Coriander mint chutney, onion rings and lemon wedges.

Crisp golden Chicken Tikka with onion rings lemon wedges
Chicken Tikka

It is used to prepare many well known dishes around the word.

 Below are few among  them :-

1. chicken Tikka masala ( chicken masala)

2. Butter chicken ( Murgh makhani)

3. Chicken Tikka briyani

4. Chicken Tikka salad.

5. Chicken Tikka pizza

Traditionally chicken Tikka is prepared using a charcoal Tandoor. But you can also use Oven and heavy iron skillet or  a non stick pan or tawa to make chicken Tikka at home.

The only difference will be the smoky flavour of charcoal, which we get while cooking it in an Ovalclay Tandoor.

You can give a smoky flavour using a charcoal to you chicken Tikka while cooking in a pan or skillet or in an Oven .

Today we will share how to cook a chicken Tikka using the following methods.

* Chicken Tikka using an Ovalclay Tandoor.

* Chicken Tikka using a Non stick pan or heavy cast iron skillet.

* Chicken Tikka on tawa

* Chicken Tikka using an Oven.

How to make chicken Tikka ( chicken Tikka banane ka tarika)

Chicken Tikka is prepared generally using boneless pieces of Chicken legs. The benefits of using leg boneless are that the chicken Tikka become more juicy and soft. They don't get dry quickly.

You can also use the chicken breast pieces to make chicken Tikka but it will not become as juicy and soft as leg boneless. And it  become dry quickly.

 So I personally suggest to use chicken leg boneless to make chicken Tikka Tandoori.

For a juicy ,soft and crisp chicken Tikka, you need a proper good MARINATION . And keep it for at least 4 - 24 hours to marinate completely. The more you keep it to marinate, the more flavours you will get from it

We will prepare later  the best chicken Tikka marinade for our recipe

Preparation time :-  15 minutes

Marination time :- 4 - 24 hours

Cooking time :- 10 - 15 minutes

Difficulty :- medium

Serving :- 2 servings

Ingredients for chicken Tikka recipe :-

* 6 - 8 pieces of Chicken cubes (cubes of leg boneless)

* 1/2 teaspoon ginger garlic paste.

* 1/2 teaspoon red chilli paste( paprika )

* 1 teaspoon Greek yogurt or hung curd .

* 1/2 teaspoon red chilli powder ( cayenne powder)

* 1/3 teaspoon Cumin powder.

* 1/4 teaspoon Garam masala powder.

* 1/4 teaspoon chat masala ( optional)

* 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice.

* 1 teaspoon mustard oil.

* 1/2 teaspoon cooking oil.

* 1 teaspoon clarified butter.

* Chopped Cilantro or Corriander leafs for garnish.

* Salt as per taste.

boneless chicken cubes for chicken Tikka recipe
Boneless chicken cubes

Yogurt Red Chilly Paste, ginger garlic paste for chicken tikka
Greek yogurt, Red Chilly Paste, ginger garlic paste

Chilli powder, cumin powder, Garam masala,salt for chicken Tikka
Chilli powder, cumin powder,Garam masala,salt

Lemon for chicken Tikka

Mustard oil, cooking oil and clarified butter for chicken Tikka
Clarified butter, mustard oil, cooking oil

These are chicken Tikka ingredients which is generally used in most of the hotels and restaurants.

To give it a rich flavours, you can add 1 teaspoon cashew paste and 1 teaspoon grated cheese  to above mentioned ingredients.

Method of preparation for chicken Tikka

How to make chicken Tikka recipe :- 

* Make sure the cubes of chicken pieces are nicely cleaned.  It is necessary to trim excess fats from the chicken pieces. Pat them dry using a kitchen towel or tissue paper.

* Next most important factor to make a perfect juicy chicken Tikka is the marination. For kebabs or Tikkas , it is very important to marinate them properly to get the best results.

* Chicken Tikka marination can be divided into two parts.

1. First marination  2. Second marination.

                    FIRST MARINATION

* Take the chicken cubes in a mixing bowl, add half of the ginger garlic paste, red chilli powder ( cayenne powder) ,salt and lemon juice. Mix them properly and keep refrigerated for at least 1 hour.

First marinated chicken pieces for chicken Tikka recipe
First marinated chicken pieces

It helps to make the chicken Tikka juicy and soft . Lemon juice play an important part to marinate the chicken pieces quickly.

                    SECOND MARINATION

* Again in a mixing bowl, add the Greek yogurt or hung curd . It is important to use a thick curd for the marination to coat all the ingredients with the chicken pieces.

* Add red chilly paste, remaining ginger garlic paste, chilli powder or cayenne powder, cumin powder, Garam masala, lemon juice , mustard oil , cooking oil and salt. Mix them properly  using a whisk to make a smooth thick paste .  These paste or mixture is known as Tandoori masala.

For complete tandoori masala recipe, check the below link for more details with photos.

How to make a perfect restaurant style Tandoori masala

Tandoori masala for chicken Tikka recipe
Tandoori masala

* Tandoori masala has a distinct red colour appearance due to the use of red chilly paste. For the best result use Kashmiri red chilly paste. If not available you can use paprika or Kashmiri red chilly powder also.

* Bring the 1 st marinated chicken pieces out of the refrigerator and mix with this  2nd  marination.  Keep it refrigerated for 4 to 24 hours.

Marinated chicken pieces in Tandoori masala for chicken Tikka
Marinated chicken pieces in Tandoori masala

* Chicken pieces absorb all the favour of the ingredients while in marination process. The more you keep , the more flavour you get from it.

* After the marination period , bring the chicken pieces out of the fridge and keep in room temperature.

* Now start cooking the chicken pieces according to your choice of cooking method.

 Chicken Tikka using charcoal Ovalclay Tandoor

* Take a Shewer and shew the chicken pieces one by one in the Shewer. You don't need to use cubes of capsicum, onion as they will get burnt in Tandoor while cooking the chicken pieces. As chicken has a long cooking time.

Marinated chicken pieces shew in Shewer for chicken Tikka
Chicken pieces in Shewer

*  Now put the Shewer inside the preheated tandoor and cook for 8 - 10 minutes. While cooking, keep rotating the Shewer to cook the chicken pieces from all sides at a regular intervals.

Cooking chicken Tikka in Tandoor for chicken Tikka recipe
Cooking in Tandoor

Cooking chicken cubes on Tandoor for chicken Tikka recipe
Chicken Tikka cooking on Tandoor

* When the chicken pieces become crisp and golden , brush them with clarified butter and cook for more 2 minutes.

* Now remove the chicken pieces out of the Shewer using a towel and serve hot topping with some chopped Cilantro leafs.

Garnished chicken Tikka for chicken Tikka recipe
Chicken Tikka

Chicken Tikka using an Oven

* Preheat the oven to 240 degree celcius for at least 15 minutes.  Prepare a baking tray with a foil lined over it and place a rack over it.

* Put the chicken pieces in a Shewer and place them over the prepared tray.

* Grill the chicken Tikka for 20 - 25 minutes or till fully done. Check it after 15 minutes and brush some clarified butter over them.

* For the last 3 - 4 minutes, move the chicken pieces over the top rack.  Remove and serve hot the chicken Tikka.

Chicken Tikka on Tawa ( or pan )

It is not possible for all of every one to have a tandoor to cook all the favorites kebabs and Tikkas at home. And in countries like India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, oven is also not in every one's house.

Then how will you make a chicken Tikka at home?

We have a simple solution for you and your family to enjoy the chicken Tikka at home. You can make a chicken Tikka using a Non stick pan or on a tawa. You can also use a heavy cast iron skillet to cook a chicken Tikka.

* Heat a non stick pan  in slow flame and grease it with few drops of oil . If using tawa then you should heat the oil in high flame to make it non stick. After bringing out the marinated chicken Tikka mixture from the fridge, remove the excess MARINATION  from it.

* Now put the chicken cubes on pan or tawa and cook in slow flame for 8 - 10 minutes flipping both sides at a regular interval.

Cooking chicken pieces on Non stick pan or tawa for chicken Tikka
Cooking on pan 

* You can notice that the chicken pieces are becoming crisp and golden on both sides.  After 10 minutes switch off the flame of the gas and serve the chicken Tikka hot.

Crisp golden chicken Tikka on pan or tawa
Chicken Tikka cooking on pan or tawa

* You can check if the chicken pieces are cooked or not by piercing a sharp knife or tooth pick inside the chicken Tikka pieces.

For more recipe using tawa or heavy cast iron skillet :-

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Chicken Tikka using heavy cast iron skillet

The process is same as using a non stick pan . Cook the chicken pieces in slow flame till Crisp golden.

Cooking chicken Tikka using heavy cast iron skillet
Chicken Tikka on heavy cast iron skillet

Crisp golden chicken Tikka on heavy cast iron skillet
Crisp golden  Chicken Tikka on heavy cast iron skillet

                 SERVING TIPS

* Chicken Tikka is served as an appetizer or snacks or as a starter.  Green Chutney, onion rings and lemon wedges are served along with it.  Coriander mint sauce Or Chutney is known as Green chutney.

* A butter Naan or tandoori garlic butter is best to serve with a chicken Tikka when you take it as an appetizer.

* You can also serve it as a side dish along with main course, Dal, Rice.

                NUTRITIONAL VALUE

Calories :- 389 kcal | fats :- 25 gm

Protein :- 26 gm | calcium :- 12.5%

Iron :- 10.3% | Cholesterol :- 95 mg

                RECIPE NOTES

* Yogurt or curd should be thick . You can hung yogurt or curd overnight to remove excess water from it.

* Kashmiri chilly paste is important to give it the distinct red colour appearance. Red Chilli powder will not give you the same result as Kashmiri chilly paste. It also help with curd to make a thick layer on the chicken pieces.

* If using red chilli powder or cayenne to give it red colour then heat it in cooking oil before applying.  You can get a good colour .

* You can use cashew and cheese paste along with cayenne to give it a nice masaledar layer.

* If you don't have a chilly paste then it is best to use the cheese cashew paste with cayenne to give the chicken pieces a good coating.

* First marination is important so don't avoid it .

* While using ovalclay tandoor make sure to use a kitchen towel while handling the Shewer.

* When you shew the chicken pieces in Shewer one by one , keep a short distance in between them. Don't overlap while shewing the chicken. Otherwise overlap part won't get cooked completely.

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