Tawa Chicken tikka

Chicken tikka is a very popular Indian dish of juicy roasted chicken pieces served with mint chutney and onion salad. Traditionally, the chicken pieces are roasted in a tandoor which is a clay oven. Charcoal is burnt in tandoor to provide the heat required for cooking. I tried to recreate this dish at home on a tawa (flat non-stick pan). It is a very simple and yummy recipe. This can be served as an appetizer or in the main course, as I love to eat it, with curd rice. πŸ˜›



3-4 people


  1. Boneless chicken pieces: 500gms
  2. Hung Curd: 4 tbsp. Take 4 tbsp curd in a wet muslin cloth and tie it tightly so that the water starts separating from the curd. Hang this cloth for 3-4hrs or till the water drains completely. Alternately, if you have less time (like I did πŸ˜› ), you can take the curd in a muslin cloth, tie it tightly and then squeeze it with hand to drain all the water from curd.
  3. Ginger-garlic & green chilly paste:  Blend together 1 inch ginger, 5-6 cloves garlic and 2-3 green chillies to a smooth paste.
  4. Lemon juice: Juice of half lemon
  5. Kasuri methi (Dried Fenugreek leaves): 1 tsp
  6. Turmeric powder: 1/2 tsp
  7. Red chilly powder: 2 tsp
  8. Coriander powder: 1tsp
  9. Black pepper powder: 1tsp
  10. Salt: 2 tsp
  11. Ghee/Butter: 2 tsp
  12. Oil: 4-5 tbsp


  1. Prepare marinade: In a bowl, mix together hung curd, ginger-garlic-green chilly paste, lemon juice, kasuri methi, turmeric powder, red chilly powder, coriander powder, pepper powder, salt and ghee.
  2. Wash the chicken pieces and cut slits on them.
  3. Put the chicken in the marinade and mix it well with hands such that each piece gets good amount of the marinade coating.

    Chicken pieces with the marinade
  4. Marinate the chicken for 2-4 hrs.
  5. Frying the chicken: On a non-stick tawa, add oil and place the chicken pieces on it.

    Frying chicken on tawa
  6.  Cook it on medium flame for 2-3mins then flip the pieces.

    Frying chicken on tawa
  7. Cook it from all sides till the outer surface get crisp.
  8. Serve it hot with mint cutney and onion salad.

    Chicken tikka served with mint chutney

Do let me know your comments if you try out this recipe πŸ™‚


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