BBQ Chicken Tikka kebabs are easy to make and quick to grill, but are big on flavour.
They’re a surefire way to shine at your next BBQ cookout. Serve them in a curry sauce or on their own for a fantastic starter or BBQ side.
- Easy BBQ Chicken Tikka Kebabs Recipe
- BBQ Chicken Tikka Marinade
- Tandoori Chicken Mix Powder Recipe
- FAQ’s About Chicken Tikka
- What makes a Tikka?
- Is Indian Tikka spicy?
- Is Indian Chicken Tikka Healthy?
- What does Tikka Taste Like?
- What is the Mildest Curry?
- Does Chicken Tikka have Curry?
- What is the Correct Spelling of Kebab?
Easy BBQ Chicken Tikka Kebabs Recipe
BBQ Chicken Tikka Marinade
- 2 tbsps yoghurt
- 1 clove grated garlic
- 1 tsp grated ginger
- 1 tbsp veg oil
- 1 green finger chilli
- Juice of 1/2 lemon for at least an hour – overnight if possible.
- Optional – 1 tbsp Red Food Colouring – doesn’t affect taste but has become expected.
Cook on your BBQ grills at high heat until internal temperature reaches 165F. Serve with salad, pitta bread, or pilau rice. Also delicious on fries!
Tandoori Chicken Mix Powder Recipe
A lot of Indian restaurants use a general mix powder which goes in many of the dishes they serve. You can keep the rest of the mix powder in a sealed container to use again and again.
– 1 tbsp curry powder (we used East End’s Madras powder)
– 1 tbsp paprika
– 1 tbsp ground cumin
– 1 tbsp ground coriander
– 1 tsp Garam Masala
– 1 tbsp turmeric
You only need 1 tbsp for this recipe so keep in the cupboard for later awesome curries!
Watch the whole process on this Instagram Video. This was cooked in the Ooni Oven to simulate the high heat of a Tandoor Oven, but the process is similar for cooking on your BBQ grills.
FAQ’s About Chicken Tikka
What makes a Tikka?
Tikka is an Indian dish which is usually meat (although sometimes it can be Indian Cheese or Paneer) which has been marinated in spices and yoghurt, then skewered and cooked in a traditional Tandoor Clay Oven.
It originally meant ‘small chunks,’ in Hindi and is served dry and without sauce. When sauce is added it’s called Tikka Masala which is a British-Indian dish.
Is Indian Tikka spicy?
Tikka is only mildly spiced and you can dial the chilli back or add more to suit your taste.
Is Indian Chicken Tikka Healthy?
If you serve the Chicken Tikka with rice or salad and use low fat yoghurt then yes it is a low fat dish. If you add a masala sauce with butter and cream then you will have a less healthy meal with a higher calorie count.
What does Tikka Taste Like?
Due to the fragrant spices cumin, ground coriander, garam masala and curry powder Tikka tastes earthy, slightly spicy with an edge of sweetness. In other words delicious!
What is the Mildest Curry?
Obviously you can control the level of heat by the amount of chilli you put in your curry. That being said the mildest curry is Korma or Pasanda which are both sweet and mildly spiced. Tikka Masala is also mild, but just a little spicier than the other other two milder options.
Does Chicken Tikka have Curry?
Curry means sauce and Chicken Tikka is served dry. If you want to have curry/sauce then Chicken Tikka pieces are added to a tomato, onion, cream based sauce and the dish is called Chicken Tikka Masala.
What is the Correct Spelling of Kebab?
The idea of grilling meat on skewers (probably originally on swords over an open fire) has been translated through a number of countries and cultures – from Persia to Turkey to the Middle East in general and then finally into the UK and USA.
It’s no surprise that kebab has had and still does have a few spelling variants – kebab, kebob, kabob, kebap.
In North America for example, a shish kabob is generally made with chicken and depending on the region is spelt as a chicken shish kebab or chicken shish kabob. In the UK most people spell it kebab and when it is lamb meat it is Doner Kebab.
For more on how to make Chicken Tikka at home try here: