Saturday, March 28, 2015

Chicken Tikka | Easy Indian Chicken Recipes

This is a simple chicken side dish/appetizer recipe which does not need too much effort. Just marinate/refrigerate/thread and grill. You could cut the chicken pieces to any size you want, I just kept it small to please my little one. I have not used any food coloring but you may do so if you like. Just a few drops/a pinch of red food coloring with the marinade will work. 

Serves - 1-2
Chicken - 150 g, cubed (I used boneless skinless chicken thighs)
Red bell pepper - 1
Green bell pepper - 1
Onion - 1 cup, cubed
Curd / Greek Yogurt - 1/4 cup
Ginger Garlic paste - 1/2 tsp
Kashmiri Chilli powder - 1/2 tsp
Cumin powder - 1/2 tsp
Salt - to taste

Mix the marinade ingredients well and check for seasoning. Add the chicken, bellpeppers cut to 1" cubes and onion. Mix well and store in the refrigerator until ready to grill. Minimum of 2 hours to maximum 24 hours. Mix once every 4 hours to enable even distribution of the marinade. 
Soak 2-3 bamboo skewers in water for about 30 minutes. Thread the chicken alternating with peppers and onions into the skewers.
Heat a cast-iron skillet with about 2 tbsp of oil. Place the skewers on the pan with medium heat. Turn over with a tongs every minute or so for even browning. Cooking in medium heat is recommended so that there is a beautiful char on the outside but still the insides are cooked through. Remove from heat and serve on the stick or a plate. Squeeze fresh lemon juice before serving.
If using just chicken you could use this marinade for 1/4 kg (1/2 lb) of chicken or double as needed.
Typically artificial red color is added to achieve the tikka color. It is purely personal preference again.

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