Malai Chicken Kebab

Malai Chicken Tikka / Kebab Recipe

Autumn has set in now. Sadly summer was much of a write off this year, due to covid and lockdowns. Talking of BBQ and grilling, one thing which I miss is doing BBQ of chicken tikkas and kebabs. Malai Chicken Tikka is one such chicken starter. The summer evenings with hot off the tandoor chicken pieces, sounds just yumm. Today sharing this Mala chicken tikka recipe which you can make on BBQ, oven, or even air fry.

What is Malai Chicken Tikka or Kebab

Malai refers to cream. This means the recipe is not hot in spices but has mild flavours. Cream and / or yogurt is normally used in the recipe to get the mild flavours. Marination of chicken in such creamy sauce and then baking gives Malai chicken tikka. It is an appetizer.

To make tikka use bones pieces. For kebab use the boneless pieces on a skewer.

Malai Chicken Kebab Recipe | Your Food Fantasy
Malai Chicken Kebab Recipe | Your Food Fantasy

Now with summer being a goner, open bbq is ruled out. George foreman, got in touch recently about their new smokeless BBQ Grill. This excited me to try out my new recipe of Malai chicken tikka on the smokeless bbq. I can now do bbq inside with this smokeless grill. The assembly of grill was super easy, and cooking even more easy. Cleaning is simple too.

Recipe of Chicken Malai Tikka is simple. It involves marinating the chicken in cream and yogurt based marination. Letting it marinate for 6-8 hrs or overnight and then bbq, or bake in oven. You can use any oven or air fryer or bbq to make it, which you may have at home.

Chicken Malai Tikka Recipe | Your Food Fantasy
Chicken Malai Tikka Recipe | Your Food Fantasy

Method

  • Wash the chicken pieces and keep aside. In a mixing bowl, add fresh cream, yogurt, cashew paste, ginger garlic paste, salt, black pepper powder, and lemon juice. Mix this thoroughly.
  • Add chicken pieces and 1 tablespoon of oil to it and mix again. Ensure that the chicken pieces are well coated. Cover the bowl with cling film and keep them in fridge. Let it marinate for 6-8 hours.
  • Place the chicken pieces on skewers and place them on the heated barbecue or oven. Keep the heating on medium and let them grill for 20 minutes. Keep changing the sides so that chicken is evenly cooked. Brush rest of oil on top of them and let them roast for 2-3 minutes more.
  • Take them out and transfer on a serving plate. Cook the drumsticks too with the same method. Drumstick will take little longer time to cook.

Pro Tips

  • This recipe involves marination. Plan ahead and marinade the chicken in advance for best taste.
  • Use oven if you do not have bbq. Preheat oven for 20-30 minutes on 180 degree temperature.
  • Use fresh chicken where possible. If using frozen chicken thaw the chicken properly before adding in marinade. Ensure chicken pieces are thoroughly marinated.
  • If using BBQ, turn chicken pieces to ensure uniform cooking.
Malai Chicken Tikka - Kebab | Your Food Fantasy
Malai Chicken Tikka – Kebab | Your Food Fantasy

This Malai Chicken Tikka

  • Is gluten-free
  • Does not require any expertise in cooking. Has got easy to follow and simple recipe
  • Is mild in taste, means even kids can enjoy it.
  • Acts as great starter, thanks to its great taste.

Serving suggestion

Serve this malai chicken tikka hot off the bbq or oven. It can be enjoyed on its own. You may pair with a drink of your choice like a mocktail. Whilst you can re-heat this chicken and eat later too, my recommendation will be to eat fresh for best taste and nutrition.

Malai Chicken Tikka - Chicken Starter | Your Food Fantasy

Malai Chicken Tikka / Kebab

Kapil Varshney
Chicken tikka or kebabs in mild spice level, and lip smacking flavours. Great appetizer and super easy to make.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Marination 6 hrs
Total Time 6 hrs 40 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4
Calories 409 kcal

Equipment

  • BBQ Grill / Oven

Ingredients
  

  • 750 Grams Chicken Boneless Pieces for Tikka and Drumsticks if you like Drumsticks
  • 4.5 Tbsp Fresh Cream
  • 2.5 Tbsp Yogurt Use Thick Yogurt
  • 2 Tbsp Cashew Paste
  • 2 Tbsp Ginger Garlic Paste
  • 1 Tsp Salt As Per Taste
  • 1/3 Tsp Black Pepper Powder
  • 1 Tsp Lemon Juice
  • 3 Tbsp Oil

Instructions
 

  • Wash the chicken pieces and keep aside. In a mixing bowl, add fresh cream, yogurt, cashew paste, ginger garlic paste, salt, black pepper powder, and lemon juice. Mix this thoroughly.
  • Add chicken pieces and 1 tablespoon of oil to it and mix again so that the pieces are well coated. Cover the bowl with cling film and keep them in fridge. Let it marinate for 6-8 hours.
  • Place the chicken pieces on skewers and place them on the heated barbecue or oven. Keep the heating on medium and let them grill for 20 minutes. Keep changing the sides so that they are evenly cooked. Brush rest of oil on top of them and let them roast for 2-3 minutes more.
  • Take them out and transfer on a serving plate. Cook the drumsticks too with the same method. Drumstick will take little longer time to cook.
  • Serve hot and enjoy.

Notes

  • I have used both the boneless breast pieces and drumsticks in my recipe, however you can use any type of chicken pieces with this recipe.
  • Cooking time will vary depending upon what type of pieces you using,
  • You can cook them in a preheated oven for 20-30 minutes on 180 degree temperature.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Malai Chicken Tikka / Kebab
Amount Per Serving
Calories 409 Calories from Fat 315
% Daily Value*
Fat 35g54%
Saturated Fat 10g63%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 97mg32%
Sodium 658mg29%
Potassium 261mg7%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 19g38%
Vitamin A 132IU3%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 27mg3%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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