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Chicken Tikka Kebab garnished with onions and green chutney on side
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Chicken Tikka Kebab

Chicken Tikka Kebab is a delicious appetizer that is packed with flavor. It starts with chicken pieces marinated in yogurt along with lime juice and aromatic spices, then threaded onto skewers and cooked to create a delicious appetizer. Make it in the air fryer or oven to serve at the gathering, or include it into your meal prep for the week! 
Prep Time35 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: chicken kebabs, chicken tikka, kebab, tikka kebab
Diet: Gluten-free, Low Carb
Servings: 4
Calories: 337kcal
Author: Meeta Arora

Ingredients

  • 1 lb  Chicken thighs boneless skinless, cut into 1.5-2 inch cubes
  • 1 tbsp Oil
  • 1/2 cup Red Onion cut into 2 inch cubes, layers separated
  • 1/2 cup Green Bell Pepper cut into 2 inch cubes
  • 1/2 cup Red Bell Pepper cut into 2 inch cubes
  • Lime wedges to garnish
  • Onion rounds to garnish

For marinade

Instructions

  • Combine all ingredients for the marinade in a bowl and mix well. Add chicken and coat on each side with the marinade. Let it rest for anywhere between 30 minutes to 8 hours in the refrigerator.
  • When ready to cook, add the oil, onions, green and red bell pepper to the marinade. Mix well. 
  • Thread the marinated chicken, peppers and onions in the skewers altenating between each.

Pressure Cooker CrispLid Method:

  • Brush the CrispLid fryer basket with oil. Lightly brush the skewers on all sides with oil and place in the basket. Do not overcrowd, work in batches as needed. 
  • Set CrispLid trivet in inner steel pot of pressure cooker and set fryer basket on top of trivet. Set CrispLid on top of inner steel pot and plug in. Set to 400°F and cook for 8 minutes. Flip and cook until lightly charred about 7 minutes more.
  • Serve warm with lime wedges and onion rounds, along with mint cilantro chutney to dip. 

AirFryer Method:

  • Lightly grease the air fryer basket.
  • Arrange the chicken sticks in airfryer Cook at 180 degrees or 360F for 10 minutes.
  • Turn the chicken sticks and cook for 7 more minutes, then serve.

Oven Method:

  • Prepare a baking tray lined with parchment paper or foil.
  • Place a rack over top.
  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  • Place the skewers on the rack, then bake for 15-20 minutes until chicken is well cooked.
  • Turn on your oven's broiler and broil the Tikka Kebabs for about 5 minutes to get the char marks.

Notes

Tips to Make the Best Chicken Tikka
Marinate: Marinate for at least 30 minutes, but longer is ideal for more tender Chicken Tikka.
Cook: For best results cook the meat only until done. This will result in soft, juicy & tender chicken kebabs. Over cooked meat can result in chewy kebabs.
Meal Prep: Make a batch of this marinated chicken and freeze for later use or meal prep for the week.
Skewers: I used wooden skewers which I soaked in water for 30 minutes and broke them in a smaller size so they would fit in the air fryer or in the crisplid basket. You can use bamboo skewers too. 
Make Chicken Tikka Bites: Skip the skewers and place the marinated chicken and veggies directly in the air fryer basket to make chicken tikka bites. 

Nutrition

Calories: 337kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 115mg | Sodium: 622mg | Potassium: 466mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1501IU | Vitamin C: 43mg | Calcium: 63mg | Iron: 2mg