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Chicken Tikka
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Marination time: 2-4 hours
Servings: 5 -6 skewers
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken thighs or breast cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 2 teaspoons salt or to taste
  • 3 teaspoons lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons red chilly powder or paprika
  • 2 teaspoons ginger garlic paste
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala powder Garam masala recipe
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kasturi methi powder / dry fenugreek leaf powder optional
  • 1/4 cup thick strained yogurt or greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon oil preferably mustard oil
  • oil for brushing
  • chaat masala for sprinkling
  • 6 skewers soaked in water for at least 20 minutes
  • bell peppers or onions
  1. Put the chicken in a bowl. Pat dry well with a paper towel. Add 1 teaspoon salt + 2 teaspoon lime juice to the chicken, mix well and keep aside for 20 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile in a bowl, add yogurt + garam masala + turmeric powder + coriander + fenugreek powder + remaining salt and lime juice, mix well with a spoon or your hand. Add this to the chicken and mix well. In the end add oil, mix again. Cover and keep this in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 hours or upto 8 hours. Soak skewers in water at least 20 minutes before you want to start grilling.
  3. Preheat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit or 230 Degrees Celsius.. Line a 13 * 9 inch deep pan with aluminum foil. Attach the meat on the skewers, place it on the horizontal side of the pan. This method helps the meat to stay dry when cooking. Brush the chicken with oil on all the sides and place it in the oven for 15-20 minutes. Mine took 15 minutes. At the end turn the oven to broil and broil for 3-5 minutes or till the desired charred or grilled look is achieved. Keep a close eye when using the broil setting. It only takes a minute or two for the food to burn.
  4. Take it out and sprinkle generously with chaat masala. Squeeze lemon if needed. Serve with green chutney on the side or with rice or roti.
Recipe Notes

Coating the chicken well with oil keeps it moist and prevents it from getting dry.
You can bake this in a shallow pan by creating a bed of cut vegetables like potato, carrots etc to keep the chicken dry.

If you don't want to create a bed of vegetables thats ok too. Just rotate the skewers at the end of 5 minutes.

Plain yogurt can be strained either in a muslin cloth or a paper towel placed on a strainer. Pour the yogurt on the towel and let it stay for 30minutes to an hour. If in a hurry pat with paper towel and absorb the moisture. Greek yogurt is nothing but strained plain yogurt.

Few drops of red food color can be used for the restaurant look. For natural color add 1 teaspoon or more of paprika or kashmiri red chili powder.