Who doesn't love chicken tikka right? And there are so many different marinades to try out! Though nothing tastes as good as chicken tikka made in a tandoor (a traditional clay oven commonly used in India), a garden BBQ grill comes close, and an electric home oven isn't too bad.  Since this is a quick (if you exclude the marination time) and easy (but delicious) chicken tikka recipe, we'll use our kitchen oven.  

Prep Time: 4 hr

Cook Time: 50 min

Total Time: 4 hr 50 min


  1. Boneless chicken breast/thigh meat - 500g
  2. Yogurt - 1/2 cup
  3. Ginger - 5 inches
  4. Garlic - 12 cloves
  5. Green chilli - 1
  6. Turmeric - 1 tsp
  7. Kasoori methi (dried fenugreek leaves) - 1 tbsp
  8. Salt
  9. Black pepper - 1 tsp
  10. Olive oil
  11. Bamboo skewers


  1. Dice the chicken into chunky pieces
  2. Prick the chicken with a fork
  3. Blend the ginger, garlic and chilli together in a grinder
  4. Spoon the yogurt into a mixing bowl
  5. Add the ginger-garlic-chilli
  6. Sprinkle turmeric powder
  7. Grind a tsp of black pepper
  8. Add salt to taste
  9. Mix thoroughly with a spoon
  10. Add the kasoori methi and mix again
  11. Now add the chicken pieces and coat evenly with the marinade
  12. Cover and place in the fridge. Ideally overnight, but 3-4 hours will do too. For 30 mins at least, if you really don't have the time!
  13. Pre-heat your oven at 180 degrees celcius for 10 mins
  14. While your oven is heating up, soak your skewers in water for about 2 mins
  15. Then skewer your chicken pieces
  16. Arrange them on a roasting tin, resting them on the edge, so they can drip into the tin
  17. Drizzle olive oil on them and place in the oven for 30-40 mins, until the chicken is cooked through, browning, and charring around the corners. Turn the skewers around and drizzle a little more oil half-way through them baking
  18. Serve on the skewers or push them off. Taste great with some minty yogurt or coriander dip on the side!


  1. Add some green peppers and red onions cut into chunky pieces to your marinade too and skewer those along with the chicken, for more flavour!

P.S. Check out my BBQ paneer tikka recipe for a lovely vegetarian complement to your chicken