|September 26, 2022


Tandoori Chicken Tikkas!!

Mouthwatering, aren’t they? Just the name brings water to your mouth, and you almost instantly feel hungry, don’t you?

Guess what? You’re not alone! 

Tikka Grill or chicken tikka in oven knocks out any takeout Tikka Kebabs, packed with flavors, just like other equally iconic Indian delicacies like butter chicken masala or malai chicken. Making chicken tikka in your oven is among the easiest recipes that you’ll ever make at home.

The Tandoori Chicken Tikka recipe consists of tender, juicy boneless chicken Tikkas marinated in a delicious tandoori marinade and then skewered and baked. Chicken tikkas are perfect for a quick brunch, and also are great party food as well as an excellent appetizer.

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What’s the difference between Chicken Tikka and Chicken Tikka Masala?

Chicken Tikka and Chicken Tikka Masala are not the same.

Chicken Tikka consists of boneless chicken pieces marinated in a delicious Indian-style tandoori marinade made of spices and yogurt, then threaded on skewers and finally baked or grilled. 

To make Chicken Tikka Masala or its minor variations like the instant pot chicken tikka masala, you need to prepare a base sauce (i.e., tikka masala) and then cook the baked chicken tikka pieces in that sauce.

Chicken Tikka is often enjoyed as an appetizer or a brunch, whereas Chicken Masala or chicken tikka masala is a curry dish with gravy often enjoyed as a main course dish.

How to make Chicken Tikka in the oven

The finger-licking Tandoori Marinade is the crowning glory of any Chicken Tikka Recipe, so do not skip any ingredient mentioned below.


The Tandoori Chicken Tikka recipe consists of tender, juicy boneless chicken Tikkas marinated in a delicious tandoori marinade and then skewered and baked.
Print Recipe


  • Boneless Chicken Chunks cut into 2″ pieces - Choose from either chicken thighs or breasts.
  • Onion paste - Squeeze out all excess water without making the onion paste overly dry.
  • Plain/Greek yogurt
  • Tomato Paste
  • Ginger Garlic Paste
  • Mustard oil - Mustard oil gives the best flavor to your chicken tikka.
  • Lemon or lime juice. 

Cooking Instructions

  • Prepare the Chicken and get the ingredients - Cut the boneless chicken meat into 2.5-inch pieces. Wash these pieces thoroughly. Gently dry the meat and store it in a bowl. Add all the above ingredients to this bowl.
  • Marinate the Chicken - Coat the chicken pieces well with the tandoori tikka marinade. You can use a spoon or your hands for coating. Let the chicken pieces stay in the fridge overnight or for a minimum of 4 hours before you start skewering them.
  • Skewer the Chicken Tikka - Thread the marinated chicken tikka pieces on metal or bamboo skewers, alternating them with cubed bell peppers, capsicums and onion petals.
  • Bake and Broil Chicken Tikka Skewers - Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Take a cookie rack and neatly place the skewered chicken tikka pieces on this rack. Bake at 375˚F for around 20 minutes flipping the tikkas halfway through cooking. Finally, Broil on HIGH for 3-5 minutes. 
  • Serve them hot with chutneys and dips.

How to store Chicken Tikka in a fridge/freezer?

Storing Chicken Tikka in your fridge or freezer is easy. 

  • Ensure that you place them in an airtight container and store the cooked Chicken Tikka Kebabs for up to a week in the refrigerator.
  • If you’re planning to freeze them, lay them on a baking sheet and place them in your freezer until each piece is frozen. You can then store them in a freezer bag and store them in the freezer for up to 3 months.
  • Freezing individual pieces will prevent the kebabs from clumping together and also ensure that you can take out as many pieces as you want whenever you need.

FAQs on Chicken Tikka

How long do you bake chicken tikka in the oven?
Do you cover chicken when baking in the oven?
How do I prevent my chicken pieces from drying out in the oven?
Should I use aluminum foil when baking chicken?
Why does the chicken go watery in the oven?

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