You’ve probably heard of tandoori chicken tikka, but if you haven’t then it’s nothing to be alarmed about. tandoori chicken tikka is basically tandoori chicken which has been marinated in tandoori spices before cooking. However, tikka can also refer to very small pieces of meat (chicken tikka).
tandoori chicken tikka recipe – Chicken tikka masala is a very popular Indian dish where tandoori style tikkas are cooked in an onion and tomato based sauce. This dish originated from the Punjab region of India and Pakistan, but now it is popular throughout world, especially in western countries like Britain and America.
Tandoori chicken tikka is usually served in restaurants or very spicy and can vary from mild to very spicy. It is also served with a side of salad and perhaps some mint chutney.
This tandoori chicken tikka recipe will show you how to make tandoori chicken tikka just like they do in Indian restaurants, though this version won’t be super spicy (but it’s up to you if you want to add more spices). This tandoori chicken tikka recipe serves 4 people and should take about 40 minutes in total (not including marinating time).
-Chicken Tikkas: 2 lbs boneless skinless chicken thighs (or you can use any part of chicken you prefer, even tandoori tikkas are done with just the tikkas) cut into bite size pieces
– Marinade: 1 cup yogurt 2 tablespoon tandoori spice blend (store bought or homemade, recipe below), 2 tsp ginger paste, 1 tsp garlic paste, 2 tsp lemon juice. To make tandoori spice blend for this tandoori chicken tikka recipe you need: 1/4 cup paprika powder (preferably Kashmiri red chili powder but ordinary paprika is fine too), 1/4 cup salt, 1 tablespoon powdered fennel seed*, 3 tablespoon ground cumin* or 6 tsp cumin powder, 1 tablespoon garam masala, 2 tsp freshly ground black pepper, 1/2 tsp ground cardamom. *Use whole seeds and roast them before grinding or buy ready made tandoori spice blend
Garnish: 2 tablespoon finely chopped cilantro leaves
1) In a large bowl mix the marinade ingredients together (yogurt through lemon juice). Add chicken tikka pieces to this bowl and make sure all pieces are well coated with the marinade. Cover bowl with cling wrap and place in fridge for 4 – 6 hours to allow tikka to marinate. When you’re ready to cook remove tikkas from fridge but don’t discard marinade.
2) Place tikka pieces along with the marinade into a large baking dish and place in oven that has been preheated to 375 degrees F. Cook tikkas for 30 minutes or until tikka is fully cooked, stirring tikka every 10 minutes so all sides of tikka get cooked evenly (this is very important as you don’t want undercooked tikkas).
3) Carefully remove tandoori chicken tikka from oven and garnish with cilantro leaves. Serve hot tandoori chicken tikka with salad, chutney and Indian bread like naan. Enjoy!
tandoori chicken tikka recipe
Tandoori tikkas: tandoori tikka is a tandoori chicken tikka recipe where tikkas (chicken tikkas) used in the dish are prepared by marinating them in yogurt and tandoori spice blend before cooking. This dish originated from the Punjab region of India and Pakistan, but now it is popular throughout world, especially in western countries like Britain and America. Tandoori tikkas usually served as starter or appetizer with salad and Indian bread like naan; they can also be served as whole meal with chutney and salad.