Y’all watching super bowl this weekend? I’m watching just for the advertisements (of course)! And we are making this Chicken Tikka Recipe along with sweet and spicy mint chutney. This is something you should give a try as it is just in time for our big beloved game and definitely a crowd pleaser. Not to mention gluten free and low-carb!
Now if you have always wanted to try chicken tikka but overwhelmed by all sorts of different ingredients that goes into it then this recipe is perfect for you. There are many ways to substitute some of the ingredients without compromising on the taste. But, gram flour (also known as garbanzo bean flour or chickpea flour) is a must ingredient for this recipe to give a crisp coating to the outer layer of the chicken. It can be found in your regular grocery stores. Nowadays, every large grocery stores have an aisle dedicated to international foods where they carry pretty much all the basic ingredients and spices you would require for your recipe.
Chicken Tikka’s on skewers are a staple at my house especially during parties when we are expecting a huge crowd and because it is so easy to make. You can also bake them while the guests are having their drinks. Everyone loves when the dish is fresh out of the oven. My darling hubby created his own simpler version by combining 3 different recipes together. He is just the best cook when it comes to chicken and seafood. But, vegan is all me!
This recipe is divided into three steps – first prepare Marinade 1, then prepare the gram flour mixture and then add the gram flour mixture in Marinade 2. Cook and serve with colorful veggies or mint chutney.
Here goes the step by step instructions for the Very Basic Chicken Tikka Recipe –
- 1 1/2 lbs. Boneless chicken cut into cubes
- 2 tsp. ginger garlic paste
- 1 tsp. Red chilly powder or crushed green chilies
- 1 tbsp. Lemon juice
- Salt as per taste
Wash and cut the chicken into small or medium size cubes. In a medium bowl, mix everything and keep aside for 20 minutes. If you do not have red chilli powder then you can simply crush red chilly flakes or dried red chillies into the fine powder). The red color in the chilly gives it a beautiful orange color.
Gram Flour Mixture
- 2 tbsp. mustard oil (can substitute with canola or vegetable oil)
- 2 tbsp. gram flour, also known as garbanzo bean flour or chickpea flour
- 1 tsp. carom seeds, also known as ajwain seeds (can substitute with few flakes of dried thyme)
Heat oil and add carom seeds and then add gram flour also knows as chickpea flour in a non-stick shallow pan. Keep stirring so that the gram flour does not get burned. If you do not have carom seeds then substitute with dried thyme just for a subtle flavor.
- 1 cup Yogurt
- Gram flour mixture
- 1 tsp. Red Chili powder (can substitute with green chilly paste or black pepper)
- 2 tsp. Ginger garlic paste
- ½ tsp. Turmeric (optional)
- Garam masala (can substitute with curry powder)
- Mustard oil (can also substitute with canola or vegetable oil)
- Salt as per taste
– In another medium bowl, whisk all the ingredients of Marinade 2 together.
– Add the marinated chicken to Marinade 2 mixture and keep in the refrigerator for 30 minutes or longer.
– Soak bamboo skewers in water to prevent them from burning.
– Put chicken cubes on bamboo skewers.
– Spread oil on the roasting tray and arrange the prepared bamboo skewers.
– Preheat oven 450 degrees Fahrenheit and bake for 20-25 minutes.
– Check in between after 10 minutes and brush with some more oil if needed.
– Serve with a slice of lemon wedge.
Tastes great with mint chutney (Mint + Cilantro + sugar + salt + garlic + green chilli). You can also prepare the tomato onion gravy and add the chicken tikka’s to it to make the chicken tikka curry. Yum! Just take my word for it, it’s a crowd pleaser so go ahead and start preparing for the grocery list.
Feel free to ask any questions you may have.