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How To Make Chicken Tikka At Home

Delish UK logo Delish UK 23/06/2022 Matthew Lockwood
The traditional chicken tikka consists of small pieces of marinated chicken, threaded onto skewers and grilled. Unlike a chicken tikka masala, this is like a dry tandoori! © Emily Hvlac Green The traditional chicken tikka consists of small pieces of marinated chicken, threaded onto skewers and grilled. Unlike a chicken tikka masala, this is like a dry tandoori!

If you're looking for an Indian dish to spice up dinnertimes, is family-friendly and a breeze to make, then look no further than our classic chicken tikka recipe.

Perfect for when you're in a dinner rut and need something fast to make, or if you're looking for something you can make ahead of time, these chicken pieces are packed with flavour and will have the whole dinner table wanting more.

What is chicken tikka?

The traditional dish consists of small pieces of marinated chicken, threaded onto skewers and grilled. Unlike a chicken tikka masala, this tikka dish is more like a tandoori — so no sauce!

So what are the key rules for making the perfect chicken tikka?

1) Don't skip the lemon and salt! The beauty of this dish is how tender the meat is. Before we marinade, we rub the chicken pieces in lemon and salt and let it rest for 20min. This tenderises the meat and makes it gorgeous and light once cooked.

2) Marinade it properly. You should marinate this chicken for at LEAST four hours, ideally overnight. It needs to let alllll that flavour soak up.

3) Soak them skewers! Yes... please make sure you allow your wooden skewers to soak for around 15min, this stops them from burning.


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4) Invest in your spices. There might seem like a lot of spices here, but if you're cooking a lot of Indian cuisine at home, you should invest in a spice tin, or a Masala Dabba as they're traditionally called. These spice tins usually contain 7-9 pots where you can store the most commonly used, for you to open up whenever you want.

What do I serve with chicken tikka?

Serve your chicken tikka with a portion of pilau rice, alongside some homemade naans. If you're putting on a feast to remember, try whipping together a cucumber raita, or making your own vegetable samosas.

Editor's Note: This recipe was updated on 23 June, 2022 to include more information about the dish.

Yields: 4

Prep Time: 10 mins

Process Time: 15 mins

Total Time: 25 mins

Ingredients

  • 3

    skinless chicken breasts, cut into 2.5cm pieces

  • 1 1/2 tsp.

    salt

  • 1 1/2 tbsp.

    lemon juice

  • 3 tsp.

    ginger, peeled and grated

  • 2

    cloves garlic, crushed

  • 1 tsp.

    ground cumin

  • 1 tsp.

    paprika

  • 1 tsp.

    garam masala

  • 3 tbsp.

    oil

  • 1/2 tsp.

    cayenne

  • 5 tbsp.

    Greek yoghurt

  • 4

    wooden skewers, soaked in water for 15min to stop burning

  • Pilau rice, to serve

  • Naan bread, to serve

Directions

  1. In a bowl, combine chicken pieces with lemon juice and salt. Rub in, cover and refrigerate for 20minutes. This step helps the meat to tenderise, resulting in juicier, chicken pieces.
  2. In another bowl, combine ginger, garlic, cumin, paprika, garam masala, cayenne and yogurt. Add in chicken pieces and mix well. Refrigerate for minimum 4 hours but ideally overnight.
  3. To cook, preheat the grill to highest setting. Thread the meat onto wooden skewers and brush with oil. Put the skewers on a shallow baking tray and grill for approx 6 minutes each side until browned and cooked through.
  4. Serve with pilau rice and naan.
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