In America it’s chicken tikka kabobs and in Europe it’s chicken tikka kebabs but whatever the spelling this is a fantastic Indian char-grilled chicken recipe that goes well in a pitta or as a simple topping for a salad.
If you’re ever in India you’ll see long charcoal grills packed with kebabs like this gently grilling away and just waiting for the likes of you and me to taste with our eyes and nose, lose our willpower and just have to buy one. Sadly, the traditional grill controlled by a banana leaf fan (punkha) is rarely seen these days but the flavours are still as powerful as ever and this char-grilled chicken recipe will give you the authentic taste of India in your back yard.
One last point, you’ll need 48 hours for the marinade to take full effect.
Peel and chop one onion together with the 2 cloves of garlic and blitz in a food processor until you have a paste. Now pour in the sesame oil and whiz it again before transferring the mix to a marinade bowl.
Now add the yogurt, spices and the juice of half the lemon and stir it all in.
Dice up the chicken breast into 1 inch cubes and throw the cubes into the marinade bowl, cover and refrigerate for 48 hours. If using
, remember to put them on soak.
When you’re ready to cook, make up the chicken tikka kabobs by threading the chicken breast onto the skewer alternately with a piece of onion. Use a paper towel to remove any excess marinade and then cook over a medium grill for about 15 minutes.
It's important to remove the excess marinade because this will make the end result soggy on the outside rather than slightly crispy.
Serve with a slice of lemon (remember that half you haven't used) to garnish and fresh cucumber raita.