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.
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!
Try out my Chicken Tikka Kebabs recipe tonight!