Let me take you on a trip to the other side of the world for this delicious and popular Indian recipe! Chicken Tikka is a very popular Indian cuisine that is also an appetizer. It is popular all over the world but what is the history? Y’all knew I was going to go there right?!
Tikka literally means a cube or a piece. Chicken Tikka is cube bits or pieces of chicken. Traditionally, chicken tikka uses skewers, either wood or metal. However, keep in mind that if using wood skewers, remember to soak the skewers first. Usually chicken tikka is made in a tandoor. A tandoor is a hot clay oven that allows metal skewers with the chicken tikka on them to be lowered through a hole where the heat and the coals chars the meat beautifully!
Unfortunately, I don’t own a tandoor nor do I know of anyone who owns one. What to do? Well, I decided to develop a recipe that would work for my Air Fryer. I needed a recipe that was easy to follow, easy to use and delicious. I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I have.
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Serves – 4 to 6
- 1 lb. of Chicken Thighs, cut into bite size cubes
- ½ cup of Greek Yogurt
- 1 teaspoon of Garam Masala
- 1 teaspoon of Curry Powder
- ½ teaspoon of Smoked Paprika
- ¼ teaspoon of Cayenne Pepper (optional)
- 1 tablespoon of Olive Oil
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- Oil spray or mist
- 1 large Green Pepper, cut into large chunk (optional)
- 1 large red Onion, large diced (optional)
- Lemons and cilantro to garnish
- In a large bowl or a resealable bag, combine the cubed chicken, yogurt, curry powder, garam masala, smoked paprika, cayenne pepper (if using), olive oil and salt. Give it a good mix and marinate, in the fridge, anywhere between 2 hours to overnight.
- If using wooden skewers soak them in water for 2 hours
- Skewer each chicken pieces, alternating between green pepper chunks and red onion chunks, into metal or soaked wooden skewers.
- Lightly grease the air fryer basket.
- Add the skewers to the basket and air fry it at 360 F for 15 minutes.
- Serve the Chicken Tikka, with a squeeze of lemon juice, and a sprinkling of chopped cilantro.
- It pairs great with Indian Basmati Rice or any kind of Indian bread like Naan or even Pita bread.
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