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Chicken tikka is a popular non-vegetarian starter in India, made using small succulent pieces of chicken marinated in a mixture of spices and yogurt overnight. The word ‘tikka’, in its name, refers to the way the chicken is prepared for the dish. Traditionally, the chicken is placed on skewers with diced onions and tomatoes and cooked in a tandoor, a clay oven. However, over time, the chicken tikka recipe  has seen many variations – as far as the marinating time, cooking method, flavours, and presentation are concerned. A popular example of its unique presentation can be, of course, the famed chicken tikka masala, which is basically the non-vegetarian starter served in a tomato-based gravy with onions and capsicum.

In keeping with this, we bring to you the basic chicken tikka recipe and a little more. Scroll through to find out.

Chicken Tikka Recipe
Chicken tikka is the perfect non-vegetarian starter for a house party or if you’re planning a barbeque weekend. Follow the easy instructions in this Hindi recipe video to make the chicken tikka recipe at home.

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Looking for a list of ingredients and method steps? Click here for the step-by-step chicken tikka recipe by Gurdip Kohli Punj

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Expert Tips to Make Chicken Tikka Recipe
1. While most use chicken breast to make chicken tikka, Chef Tilak Vel, Head R&D Chef at FreshMenu, recommends using cut, deboned chicken thighs and legs for this recipe. According to the expert, these pieces of meat turn out juicier than the breast.

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To ensure that the chicken pieces have properly soaked in the flavours of the marinade, chef Vel suggests you let it stay for at least a day.

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And, just in case, that’s not possible, you can reduce the time to less than 24 hours by adding a bit of vinegar to the marinade – this will ensure the chicken pieces stay succulent and juicy for longer.

For more such tips and tricks from professional chefs, check out how to make restaurant-style chicken tikka

More Chicken Tikka Recipes
LF chefs take the classic chicken tikka recipe and give it their unique twist. Try the following chicken recipes to add to the appetizer menu for your next party.

Tandoori Wontons
Chef Ranveer Brar has a simple yet brilliant idea to rescue leftover chicken tikka. The expert makes mouthwatering wontons with a desi twist. Follow the chef’s simple instructions in this Hindi recipe video.

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Looking for a list of ingredients and method steps? Click here for the step-by-step tandoori wontons recipe.

Chicken Tikka Calzone
Trust chef Rakhee Vaswani to teach you easy and innovative recipes. In this particular recipe, you can watch her make some calzones, a type of pizza folded in half, with a stuffing of chicken tikka and bell peppers.

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Chicken Tikka with Olive Khichdi
While the simple tomato, lettuce, and onion salad’s always there to accompany chicken tikka, chef Gautam Mehrishi suggests you try this butter olive khichdi someday. Click here to watch the Hindi recipe video and step-by-step instructions.

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More ways to cook chicken
Now that you’ve mastered both, basic and restaurant-style, chicken tikka recipes, it is time you expand our horizons and learn the many other ways in which you can cook chicken at home. Apart from roasting this succulent and juicy meat, you can also look at sautéing it in a pan with basic spices or sauces, grill it, braise it with veggies and spices, or just coat it in a thick batter and fry till perfection.  

More Non-vegetarian Starters
Sure, we know you love your chicken tikka as a starter. But there’s no harm in experimenting with other non-vegetarian appetisers. There’s tandoori chicken, chilli chicken, chicken 65.  To level up your non veg appatiser game, how about trying shrimp sausage bites and a spicy mackerel samosa? Here are some of the starter options you can look at. 

5 spice mixes to add flavour to your chicken recipes
Chicken is one spice-friendly meat to cook with. It is amazing how it soaks in and brings out any and every flavour beautifully. In case you haven’t explored this quality of chicken yet, here are a bunch of exciting spice mixes to start with.

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