Chicken Tikka Recipe Oven and Air Fryer

by Rachna
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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.

What is Chicken Tikka?

Tandoori chicken tikka is a very popular Indian appetizer where pieces of cubed boneless chicken are marinated in a spiced yogurt marinade and then grilled over charcoal in a tandoor or clay oven (traditionally). It is spicy and truly delicious. To replicate the tandoor flavour, one can grill, barbecue, bake in oven or Air fry to get the same authentic chicken tikka taste.

You can replicate the smoky taste of the tandoor by getting a nice char on your grilled chicken.

How to Make the Perfect Tikka

The success of a good kebab is in chicken tikka marinade. You must marinate in a thick yogurt spice marinade preferably overnight. This makes the chicken tender and also flavourful. Then grilling it makes it really succulent and tasty.

Here is my recipe:

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The Best Chicken Tikka Recipe

Rachna Parmar
This is a robust and tasty chicken tikka recipe. Chicken breast is marinated in Indian spices and then grilled in oven or Air fryer for a delectable treat.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Indian, North Indian, North Indian | Uttar Pradesh | Punjabi
Servings 4
Calories 130 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
  

  • 1 lb. Chicken breast boneless or 500 gm.
  • 1 tbsp. ginger and garlic paste
  • 3 big tbsp. thick yogurt
  • 1 tsp. garam masala powder
  • 1 tsp. cayenne
  • 1 tbsp. Tandoori chicken masala
  • 1 tsp. paprika or Kashmiri chilli powder
  • 1 tsp. coriander powder
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp. oil/butter and some more for basting
  • 1 tsp. coarsely ground black pepper skip if you prefer less spice
  • 1 tsp. kasuri methi powder
  • slices Some chaat masala lemonand onionsfor garnish
  • Salt

Instructions
 

  • The key in making good chicken tikka is in its marination.
  • Take all the ingredients of the marinade and mix to form a thick paste.
  • Evenly coat chicken pieces with this marinade and keep for 4-8 hours or even better overnight for the flavours to get absorbed.

For Air Fryer

  • Now pre heat your airfryer at 160 C or 320 F for 6 minutes.
  • Take skewers and put the chicken tikka pieces in. Baste with some butter/oil and Air fry at 160 C or 320 F for about 8 minutes. Next raise the temperature to 200 C or 390 F and air fry for about 6 minutes to get a lovely charred look.

For Oven

  • Preheat oven at 240 C or 460 F for 10 minutes. Line a baking tray with foil and arrange a grill tray on it. Line your tikka on skewers and bake for about 25-30 minutes till it is well cooked. You can do the same in a conventional grill.
  • Serve hot with lemon slices, slices of onion and chaat masala. Enjoy

Notes

Always preheat your oven/air fryer
We cook first at low heat to cook the chicken from inside and yet keep it moist.
The high heat cooking is to give it a nice charcoal grill look.
When using air fryer, turn the skewers halfway through the cook so that both sides get cooked evenly.
Don’t overcook or the chicken will become stringy and chewy.
You could also do this on stove top by cooking on a hot skillet. Heat a skillet. Pour some oil and put the tikkas. Cover with a lid and cook on medium heat till both sides are done.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
The Best Chicken Tikka Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 130 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Cholesterol 51mg17%
Sodium 113mg5%
Potassium 359mg10%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Protein 17g34%
Vitamin A 375IU8%
Vitamin C 6.9mg8%
Calcium 20mg2%
Iron 0.9mg5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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shreya -

very nice and interesting recipe. I am very fond of chicken but fail to make a chicken tikka…I have noted down the entire recipe along with the process and will surely try it out this weekend and will get back to you with the feedback…keep posting with lots more….

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Rachna -

Thank you, Shreya. I look forward to your feedback.

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shreya -

very nice and interesting recipe. I am very fond of chicken but fail to make a chicken tikka…I have noted down the entire recipe along with the process and will surely try it out this weekend and will get back to you with the feedback…keep posting with lots more….

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Rachna -

Thank you, Shreya. I look forward to your feedback.

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b k chowla -

Chicken Tikka came in during Mughal days..Now it is a popular dish in England and the US

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Rachna -

Indeed, it is, Chowlaji.

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b k chowla -

Chicken Tikka came in during Mughal days..Now it is a popular dish in England and the US

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Rachna -

Indeed, it is, Chowlaji.

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Anusia -

It looked delicious.I wish I could have one stick from here.

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Rachna -

hehe Anusia. I wish you could as well. 🙂

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Anusia -

It looked delicious.I wish I could have one stick from here.

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Rachna -

hehe Anusia. I wish you could as well. 🙂

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Anita -

Looks wonderful.
It’s same as Tandoori Chicken Tikka, right?
Mom used to make it…
There’s a Masala exclusively available for that.

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Rachna -

Yes, it is the same, Anita. Only difference is this one is not cooked in the tandoor but on tawa. One could cook it on the grill too. I like to prepare my own masalas. 🙂

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Anita -

Looks wonderful.
It’s same as Tandoori Chicken Tikka, right?
Mom used to make it…
There’s a Masala exclusively available for that.

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Rachna -

Yes, it is the same, Anita. Only difference is this one is not cooked in the tandoor but on tawa. One could cook it on the grill too. I like to prepare my own masalas. 🙂

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Sapana -

They look awesome!! I love chicken tikka (Well who doesnt??? )

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Rachna -

Thanks, Sapana! Who doesn’t indeed!

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Sapana -

They look awesome!! I love chicken tikka (Well who doesnt??? )

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Rachna -

Thanks, Sapana! Who doesn’t indeed!

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