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Ingredients

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1 lb skinless, boneless chicken breasts or legs
1 cup curd
1 tbsp besan or gram flour
1 tbsp ginger minced
2 tbsp garlic peeled and crushed
1 tsp garam masala
1/2 tsp red chili powder
1/4 tsp pepper powder
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp cumin powder
1 tbsp lemon juice
1/2 cup cilantro finely chopped
1 tsp chaat masala
1 tsp salt

Nutritional information

1065
calories
27.84 g
carbohydrates
132.76 g
protein
44.72 g
fat
2628 mg
sodium
331 mg
cholesterol

Chicken Tikka

Features:
  • Non Veg
Cuisine:
  • 30 mins
  • Serves 4
  • Easy

Ingredients

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Chicken Tikka is a grilled and spiced chicken appetizer from Indian cuisine. Boneless chicken chunks or cubes are marinated in curd and exotic spices for a few hours and then grilled to perfection. The chicken is infused with the flavors of aromatic spices and becomes tender and juicy. This delicious dish is easy to make and tastes totally amazing! It is a great party food and is best served with drinks. You’ll be the star of the party, for sure with this chicken tikka recipe.

Health Benefits

Chicken tikka contains vitamin C which protects against diseases by boosting the immune system. Consuming chicken also lowers the risk of heart disease. Since chicken is rich in iron, it helps in treating anemia. Eating chicken also improves eyesight, strengthens bones and muscles, and improves dental health.

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How to make Chicken Tikka

  • Prepare the marinade by mixing drained curd, lemon juice, ginger, garlic, vegetable oil, turmeric powder, cumin powder, red chili, pepper powder, garam masala, chaat masala, and besan in a blender jar and blend at a low speed for 30 seconds.
  • Wash and cut the chicken into 1-inch cubes. Set it aside in a strainer so that the water is drained.
  • Place the chicken in a large bowl and pour the marinade on it. Refrigerate for 2 hours, stirring the chicken occasionally so that it is coated with the marinade evenly.
  • Preheat the grill at medium-high temperature.
  • Take out the chicken from the marinade and thread 3-4 pieces of chicken on each skewer.
  • Grill the chicken for 5 minutes. Turn the skewers and grill for another 5 minutes.
  • Remove chicken tikka from grill and serve on a platter.
  • Garnish with chopped cilantro.

Trivia

Garam masala is an important ingredient in the chicken tikka marinate. It is a hot spice which adds a magical warm spicy flavor to food. It is a blend of many exotic spices like cardamom, cloves, peppercorns, cinnamon, etc.

Cardamom is ranked as the third most expensive spice in the world. The Western Ghats in India are considered as the birthplace of cardamom and are also known as cardamom hills. Cardamom was introduced to Guatemala by a German coffee planter before the first world war. Guatemala is now the largest producer of this exotic spice in the world followed by India.

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