Chicken Tikka(BBQ Chicken)

Chicken Tikka is a Chicken dish originating in South Asia where it remains popular in both Pakistan and India.  It is traditionally small pieces of boneless chicken baked using skewers in a clay-based oven called a tandoor after marinating in spices and yoghurt.  Tikka means bite size.  The pieces are brushed with ghee(clarified butter) which gives it a taste.  It is typically eaten with green coriander and Tamarind chutney, raita and served with onion rings and lemon.

You will find a few different recipes to marinate the chicken and a few different ways to serve it.

Chicken Tikka is perfect for a picnic.  You can marinate the meat and BBQ it in the park.  Chicken can be cut in cubes and put on a skewer or can be cut in long strips.

Tandoori chicken is chicken tikka with bone in.  You can buy the whole chicken, cut into 8 pieces, make a slit or 2 slits on each piece and marinate it(the slit helps cook chicken faster and marinates better.

Serves 4

Chicken Tikka









  • 4               boneless, skinless, chicken breast
  • 2               tbsp tomato paste
  • 1               tsp garlic paste
  • 1               tsp ginger paste
  • 2               jalepino(or to taste) chopped finely
  •                  juice of 1 lemon 
  • 1               tsp salt
  • 1/2            tsp garam masala
  • 1/2            tsp red chili
  • 2               tbsp vegetable oil


  1. Remove all the fat from the chicken and rinse it in cold water. 
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients, mix it well and marinate it for about 5 hours or overnight.
  3. BBQ it on the BBQ for about 5 minutes on each side, or bake it in a preheated oven for about 20 minutes, or until done.  (the skin is done when it changes color and is firm to the touch.

You can cut the chicken 1 inch strips or 1-1/2 inch cubes and skewer it before cooking.

Serve it with spicy potatoes, green salad, riata, green chutney  and amli chutney.

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