Chicken Tikka
Indian Recipe

A common everyday dish in India, chicken tikka is simple to prepare and absolutely scrumptious. Throw a few vegetables on the grill alongside the chicken, simmer up a pot of basmati rice and dinner’s done!


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~ limes, quartered

4 1/2 –5 pounds skinned and boned chicken breasts*
1 cup full fat yogurt**
2 tablespoons crushed garlic
4 inches pureed ginger
1/2 small onion
1 green chili, minced
1 ½ tablespoons ground coriander
1 ¼ tablespoons ground cumin
3/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
1 ½ teaspoons red chili powder
1/2 teaspoon mild Kashmiri chili powder for color, optional
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
3/4 teaspoon garam masala
1/2 small onion, sliced thinly
~ cilantro for decoration
~ favorite chutney
*This equals approximately six large chicken breasts.**Stir the yogurt well so that it is thick—not watery— for the marinade. 

Soak wooden skewers in water for several hours or overnight before grilling.

  1. Cut each chicken breast into four strips, then cut each strip thirds. You will have 12 pieces for each breast. Set aside.
  2. Whisk the yogurt, garlic, ginger, onion, green chili, coriander, cumin, turmeric chili powders, salt, and pepper together in a spacious bowl.
  3. Add the chicken pieces and coat well. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and marinate 24–48 hours.
  4. Remove the chicken from the refrigerator and bring to room temperature.
  5. Thread the chicken pieces on skewers, leaving a bit of space between pieces so that they cook well on all sides.
  6. Sprinkle with the garam masala.
  7. Grill the chicken over indirect heat--medium gas flame--or hot coals until cooked and golden--approximately 3-5 minutes. Turn the skewers several times a minute to promote even cooking. Avoid charring the meat.
  8. Remove from the heat and allow the skewers to rest for several minutes.
  9. Place the chicken tikka on a platter and serve with the lime quarters, sliced onions, cilantro and your favorite chutney.
Preparation Time: 
20 minutes preparation, plus 24–48 hours marinating time.