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Chicken Malai Tikka

Elaborate dinners aren’t always in the cards. Instead I’ll make a huge pot of daal and then serve kebabs or chicken tikka on the side for the kids. They love daal and kebabs. This Chicken malai tikka is so easy to make and tastes delicious with a quick squeeze of lemon. I love serving this chicken malai tikka with naan! It is heavenly!!!!!! 

Chicken Malai Tikka


1/2 kg chicken breasts- cut in 1 inch pieces 

1/2 tablespoon garlic paste 

1/2 tablespoon ginger paste 

1 teaspoon salt 

1 lemon- juice 

1/2 cup cream 

1/2 cup Greek yogurt 

1 tablespoon green chilli paste 

1 teaspoon white pepper 

1 teaspoon cumin powder 

1 teaspoon black pepper 

1/4 teaspoon green cardamom powder 

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon powder 

1/4 teaspoon salt 

Handful coriander leaves

Butter- as needed 

Coal for smoking 


  1. Cut chicken into 1 inch cubes. 

  2. Add 1 teaspoon salt, ginger, garlic and lemon juice. Mix well and set aside for 20 minutes. 

  3. In another bowl, combine the cream, yogurt, green chillies, white pepper, cardamom powder, cumin, black pepper, 1/4 teaspoon salt and coriander. 

  4. Add the chicken to the yogurt mixture. Marinate overnight, or at least 3-4 hours. 

  5. Soak the skewers in water for 30 minutes 

  6. Thread chicken onto skewers. 

  7. Melt 2 tablespoon butter in a pan, add 1 teaspoon oil. Add the chicken and grill on a high heat in batches for 3-4 minutes each side until caramelised. 

  8. Once all the chicken is grilled add it back to the pan. Place a piece of hot coal in a small foil cup. Drizzle some oil over the coal and cover to smoke the chicken for 2-3 minutes. 

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