Chicken tikka is a favorite with the folks at home. The kind you get in the restaurant is often too red with the food colouring, very oily and way too spicy. Not that we don’t like that, but it is nice making it at home as well.
Of course, you do not get the smoky flavor of the tandoor, but it still turns out pretty tasty and wholesome. And my tava tikkas are very quick as well. I just hate the slogging on the stove recipes anyway. So here is my simple recipe:
400 gm. boneless Chicken breast cut into 2 inch cubes
2 tbsp. ginger and garlic paste
2 big tbsp. thick curd
1 tsp. garam masala powder
1 tsp. chilly powder
1 tsp. Kashmiri chilly powder (for the red colour, I skipped it)
1 tsp. coriander powder
1 tsp. lemon juice
1 tbsp. oil and some more for basting
1 tsp. coarsely ground black pepper
Some chaat masala for garnish
The marination is key for a tasty chicken tikka. Ideally marinate overnight in the fridge. Or else, 2 to 4 hours of marination is good.
Cut your chicken breasts in even-sized cubes. Mix all the ingredients above to form a thick paste except chaat masala. Apply the marinade to the chicken cubes, and let it sit in the fridge.
Take some bamboo skewers and immerse them in water to prevent them from burning. This is important if you are grilling your tikkas. Now thread the cubes of chicken on to the skewers leaving a bit of space in between. Baste your tikkas with the remaining marinade.
Heat a thick griddle or tawa and put a little oil on it. On the heated tawa, place the skewers on high heat so that the chicken quickly gets some colour. Now turn it to the other side to get some colour as well. Now cover with a lid and cook on lower heat for about 5 minutes or till the chicken is cooked through.
Make sure that you brush with a little oil or butter to prevent the chicken from drying out. Take it out when the chicken is cooked through. You can sprinkle some chaat masala for added tang and serve with lemon wedges and onion rings. It is simple, easy and yummy to make at home. If you want the authentic tikka look, you can grill the same in your oven at 200 deg C till it is nicely browned and cooked through or on a hot barbecue. Enjoy!