Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Chicken Tikka


  • Yogurt - 1 cup
  • Chicken - 1.25 - 1.50 lbs (boneless)
  • Garam Masala - 1 1/2 tsp
  • Melted butter and olive oil - 3 tbsp
  • Ginger and garlic paste - 3 tbsp
  • Coriander powder - 1 tsp
  • Cumin powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Orange Color - few pinches
  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Red Chili Powder - 1 1/2 tbsp or to taste
  • Lemon - 2 1/2 tbsp
  • Chat masala (optional) - 1/4 tsp
  • Red Onion - 1
  • Salt to taste


  • Wash and clean the chicken.
  • Chop it into bitable cubes (3/4 inch).
  • Except chat masala and onion, mix all other ingredients together with the chicken.
  • Marinate the chicken for atleast 3 hours in the refrigerator.
  • Thread the marinated chicken cubes onto skewers, leaving 1/4-inch gap between each piece.
  • Line the oven's center grill with aluminum foil.
  • Make small holes in the aluminum foil, using a fork for the drippings to flow down.
  • Place aluminum foil or any tray in the bottom grill to catch the drippings.
  • Preheat the oven to 400 F and place the skewers.
  • Cook the chicken for 10 minutes and turn the skewers over carefully, so that the chicken cooks evenly.
  • Let it cook for another 10 minutes.
  • Remove the chicken when it is tender and little dry.
  • Place the chicken in the serving dish and sprinkle chat masala.
  • Garnish it with red onion rings and lemon.

Tips for the recipe - You can marinate the chicken overnight, in the fridge for good taste. It is good to cover the marinated chicken while keeping it in the refrigerator.While threading the chicken pieces, don't pour all the excess masala on top of the chicken pieces.It will take time to dry up in the oven. In the mean time, the chicken may become hard. Do not cook the chicken for more than 25 minutes(or maximum 30 minutes). It may make your chicken hard and dry.Keep flipping the chicken in the last 5 minutes. This will help the chicken to cook evenly. Make sure that water should not get collected around the chicken while it is cooking. If the water gets collected, then make the holes much bigger for the dripping to flow down.

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