My daughter loves Chicken Tikka. Every time we go to an Indian restaurant it is the only dish she orders because she wants to eat healthy, lean food and isn’t a fan of runny curries. Since I make Chicken Tikka Kababs fairly often at home I decided that I needed an easier (and faster) way to make it. This led me to create my own Chicken Tikka Spice Mix so I could shorten the time to create the marinade. I create a double batch of this spice mix, store it in a jar and then scoop out a few spoonfuls when I need to marinate my chicken.

Since the recipe uses ground spices and nothing has to be roasted or fried in a skillet, preparation is quite simple. Only a set of measuring spoons and several fresh spices are required. Here is my recipe:

Chicken Tikka Spice Mix

1 Tbs ground coriander

2 tsp paprika

2 tsp red chile powder

1 Tbs garam masala

1 tsp ground cumin

1 tsp dried fenugreek leaves, woody stems removed and leaves crushed between your fingers

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp ground black pepper

1/2 tsp amchoor powder

1/4 tsp ground ajwain

1/4 tsp turmeric

 

Mix all of the ingredients together. Store in an airtight container and use as needed.

Chicken Tikka Spice Mix

Having homemade Chicken Tikka Spice Mix on hand makes dinner preparation easy.

Once you have a batch of Chicken Tikka Spice Mix ready to use, making this easy recipe for Chicken Tikka Kebabs is easy. First I prepare the marinade with yogurt, garlic, ginger and my Spice Mix then add the chicken. This can be done before I leave for the day. To make this process even easier, frozen minced garlic and ginger that are available in my grocery’s freezer section can be used. When I get home after the chicken has marinated all day, I simply thread the chicken onto skewers and grill them. While the chicken cooks, I prepare my Lemon-Cilantro Aioli, a delicious dip to go along with the chicken. Dinner can be on the table in no time at all. Simply serve with a green vegetable and, perhaps, a simple rice dish, if you have the time.

Try this recipe. Your family will thank you for a healthy and easy dinner. Preparing the Chicken Tikka Spice Mix in advance saves time and guess work. Try sprinkling a bit on roasted vegetables. It is delicious!

 

Chicken Tikka

Chicken Tikka Kebabs made with my Chicken Tikka Spice Mix

Try out my Chicken Tikka Kebabs recipe tonight!

 

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