Aug 20, 2012

Malai Chicken Tikka!!!

Hi guys!!!

Malai Chicken Tikka was a dish I prepared way before I went on my vacation. Back then I was in a "Tandoori-spree". Yes, I had to prepare something tandoori-like atleast once a week. This tikka is prepared just like tandoori chicken the only difference being that we do not use any of the usual masala powders we use to prepare tandoori chicken. As the name suggests, the basic ingredient is cream. Please do not conclude that this tikka is a bland and dull-tasting one. On the contrary, it is prepared with green chillies for the the spicy-kick. This is the type of dish that you will try endless times after having tried it once. You can take my word for that!!!

I have used chicken leg quarters 'coz I had them at home. Boneless chicken chunks can also be used. Now lets see the recipe.


Chicken Leg Quarters - 2 / Boneless chicken - 200 gms
Yogurt - 2 tbsp
Thick cream - 1/4 cup
Grated cheese - 2 tbsp
Ginger & garlic paste - 1 tsp
Minced green chillies - 2
Ground cardamom - 1 tsp
Ground nutmeg - 1/4 tsp
Garam masala - 1/2 tsp (optional)
Ground cumin - 1/4 tsp
Ground pepper - 1 tsp
Lemon juice - 1 tsp
Salt - as per taste
Olive oil - 1 tbsp


1. Prepare a marinade with yogurt, cream, cheese, ginger garlic & chillies paste, all the ground powders, salt and lemon juice.
2. Make a few incisions on the chicken pieces and rub the pieces in the marinade and leave it in the refrigerator for 4-6 hours.
3. When ready to cook, take the chicken and leave it on the counter for half an hour to ensure even cooking. Preheat the oven to 200C.
4. Line a roasting pan with aluminium foil and place the chicken pieces on them. Toss the pan in when the oven is ready.
5. Cook for 25-30 minutes till the top browns a little and turn off oven.

Serve hot with mint chutney, ketchup and a salad!!!


  1. Tempting and delicious chicken.
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    Divya's Culinary Journey

  2. mouthwatering tikka

  3. Wow! wonderful post! what a nice picture. Way too tempting. Yum! I don't have an outdoor grill, but well now I know I can try in my oven too, so I'm gonna try it out very very soon chinese food


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