Chicken Malai Tikka

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What is better than having a homemade malai tikka with your very own handpicked ingredients AND which is much healthier than the ones served in restaurants? Nothing. So here we present you with an absolutely delicious chicken malai tikka recipe for your pleasure. Prepare a restaurant-level dish at your home and treat your friends and family.

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What’s the difference between a chicken malai tikka and a chicken tikka?

Chicken Malai Tikka is a variant of chicken tikka that differs from the regular tikka in its soft and smoky flavor – the main ingredients used here are cream, cashew paste, and yogurt – which gives it a more mild flavor – yet sustaining the deliciousness one could enjoy with any tikka dish.

Why are homemade tikkas more healthy as compared to restaurant ones?

Restaurant-made tikkas are usually made with large amounts of used oil. Various restaurants might also use extra cream, chili, etc. These cause increased amounts of calories in any dish. Hence cooking these types of dishes (especially fried ones) at home with controlled ingredients are always a healthier option.

What is hung curd and why is it used in this dish instead of a normal one?

Hung curd is basically curd with its water all drained out. The most common way of doing this is by draining out the water through a piece of cloth. Hung curd is used for marination so that its dry form may stick onto the pieces of chicken well rather than just being drained out due to it being too watery.

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Chicken Malai Tikka

Recipe by Appetizers, Side Dish, StarterCuisine: IndianDifficulty: Medium


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These Chicken tikkas are having creamy and mild milky flavors in them. Really simple to prepare and cook. These chicken malai tikka can become a hit starter dish of your Party.


  • Marinating the chicken
  • 500 gm chicken

  • 2 tbsp Ginger garlic paste

  • 1 tsp Salt

  • 1/2 tsp Black pepper powder

  • 1/2 tbsp Green chili paste

  • 1/2 cup Hung curd

  • 1/2 cup Cooking cream

  • 2 tbsp Cashew paste

  • 1/2 tbsp Dry fenugreek leaves

  • 1 tsp Garam masala powder

  • 2 tbsp Coriander leaves

  • 1 tbsp Lemon juice

  • 1 tbsp Corn starch

  • 2 tsp Cooking oil

  • Frying the tikka
  • 1 tbsp Cooking oil

  • 2 tbsp Butter


  • Preparing the hung curd
  • On top of a plate take a mesh and place a cotton/muslin cloth on that and put curd 1/2 cup on that, then apply a little pressure to remove access water from it. Tighten the cloth and leave it overnight.
  • Now our hung curd is prepared with all its water drained out.
  • Marinating the chicken
  • Into a large bowl take boneless chicken 500 gm, ginger garlic paste 2 tbsp, salt 1 tsp, black pepper powder 1/2 tsp, green chili paste 1/2 tbsp, hung curd 1/2 cup, cooking cream 1/2 cup, cashew paste 2 tbsp, dry fenugreek leaves 1/2 tbsp, garam masala powder 1 tsp, freshly chopped coriander 2 tbsp, lemon juice 1 tbsp, corn starch 1 tbsp mix everything well and add cooking oil 2 tsp and give it a good stir and let it marinate for about 2 hours.
  • Preparing the skewers
  • Now start putting the marinated chicken tikkas into the skewers.
  • Prepare all the skewers and keep them aside on a plate for later use.
  • Frying the tikka
  • Into a heating frying pan add cooking oil 1 tbsp, butter 2 tbsp and start adding the tikkas on top and fry each and every side of the tikka for 2 minutes on high heat.
  • After that fry the chicken tikka until it will get properly cooked and tender on medium heat.
  • Take out the fried tikkas on a paper towel and serve with raita, sauce, and green chutney.

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  • You can use the charcoal or grill oven to prepare the chicken tikka (barbecue-style).
  • Instead of wooden skewers, you can use any metal skewer.
  • You can also use fresh cream to increase the flavor of chicken tikka.

Nutrition Facts

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3 servings per container


  • Amount Per Serving% Daily Value *
  • Total Fat 31.7g 49%
    • Saturated Fat 11.6g 58%
  • Cholesterol 159mg 53%
  • Sodium 1183mg 50%
  • Amount Per Serving% Daily Value *
  • Potassium 677mg 20%
  • Total Carbohydrate 12.1g 5%
    • Dietary Fiber 2.1g 9%
    • Sugars 3.2g
  • Protein 43.2g 87%
  • Calcium 4%
  • Iron 12%
  • Vitamin D 27%

* The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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