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Tikka Chicken

Chicken Tikka

Tender chicken boneless fillets marinated in spicy masala, fried on tawa and smoked to perfection.
Course starter
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Resting time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 30 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author Hema Magesh


  • 500 g Boneless Chicken fillets
  • 1/4 cup thick curd/yogurt
  • 1 tbsp ginger garlic paste
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp jaggery (or sugar)
  • 1/2-1 tsp red chilly powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin powder
  • 1/2 tsp pepper powder
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala
  • a pinch turmeric powder
  • a pinch ajwain
  • 2 pinches kasuri methi(dry fenugreek leaves)
  • 1 tsp rice powder
  • 1 tsp corn flour
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
  • oil as needed (for smearing on tawa)

For the smoke

  • 1 small piece charcoal
  • few drops butter/ghee


  • Clean wash the chicken and cut into bit sized cubes. Keep aside.
    Chicken tikka preparation steps 1&2
  • In a wide bowl, take all the ingredients listed above from curd/yogurt to kasuri methi. Mix well to form a homogenous mixture. Taste check and adjust salt and spices as needed.
    Chicken tikka preparation steps 3&4
  • Now add in the chicken and mix well to coat. Once its all well mixed add the rice powder and corn flour. Mix again and transfer it to the refrigerator. Let it marinate for a few hours or overnight. I marinated for 3 hours.
  • Heat up a tawa, and cook the chicken pieces in portions, till it becomes brown and charred at a few places. Flip over as needed to completely cook the chicken and make it dry.
    Chicken tikka preparation steps 7&8
  • Using tongs heat the charcoal piece in direct flame. Once it becomes red hot put it in a small cup and keep it in the middle of the cooked chicken pieces. 
    Chicken tikka preparation steps 9&10
  • Drizzle a few drops of butter/ghee over it. It immediately starts smoking. Cover the vessel with a fitting lid, so as to trap all the smoke inside. Keep it covered for 3-5 minutes. 

  • Once all the smoke has died down, discard the charcoal and garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves, a sprinkle of cayenne pepper, onion rings and lemon slices. 
    Chicken tikka preparation steps 13
  • Serve the chicken tikka with coriander chutney or tamarind chutney, though it is yummy to have by itself.