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Afghani Chicken Tikka By Chef Ajay Chopra

Afghani Chicken Tikka

Afghani Chicken Tikka is a flavourful party starter. Chef Ajay Chopra shares the recipe for this grilled delicacy.
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Cooking Time

10-20 Min

Meal Type


Preparation Time

10-20 Min



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  • For Afghani Chicken Tikka

    • 500 gm chicken cubes

  • For 1st Marination

    • 1 tbsp lemon juice

    • 2 tbsp ginger garlic paste

    • 1 tsp salt

    • 1 tsp black pepper powder

  • For 2nd Marination

    • 1 tbsp green chillies

    • ½ cup grated cheese

    • 3 tbsp hung curd

    • 1 tsp green cardamom powder

    • salt to taste

    • 1 tsp pepper powder

    • 2 tbsp fresh cream

  • For Garnish

    • 2 tbsp melted butter

    • 2 tbsp cream

    • 2 tbsp coriander leaves

    • 1 tbsp lemon juice

    • 1 tsp kasuri methi

    • 1 tsp green cardamom powder

    • freshly chopped coriander and lemon wedges


  1. 1

    In a bowl add cubes of chicken, lemon juice, ginger garlic paste, salt and black pepper, mix well and keep aside for 25-30 mins.
  2. 2

    Take the stems of coriander and finely chop them along with ginger and green chilli.
  3. 3

    Transfer to a bowl, add grated cheese and knead till the cheese is soft and creamy. Then add hung curd, salt, pepper powder, green cardamom powder and mix well. Lastly add fresh cream and combine.
  4. 4

    Squeeze the water from the chicken and add to the mixture. Coat the chicken pieces well.
  5. 5

    Skewer the chicken pieces onto the metal skewers. Grill on a barbeque open flame.
  6. 6

    Grill for 8-10 minutes. Keep brushing the melted butter/ghee on the meat to keep it moist through the process.
  7. 7

    Once the chicken pieces are well-cooked, remove them from the skewers and place them in a bowl.
  8. 8

    Add cream, kasuri methi, fresh coriander leaves, green cardamom powder, and lemon juice into the same bowl as the chicken. Toss properly.
  9. 9

    Garnish with freshly chopped coriander. Serve hot with laccha pyaaz and lemon wedges.

Afghani Chicken Tikka is a flavourful party starter. Afghani cuisine is full of flavourful and aromatic recipes. Afghani Chicken Tikka is one such dish that has gained popularity the world over.

In this recipe, pieces of chicken (tikka) are marinated in hung curd, fresh cream, cardamom powder, pepper powder, lemon juice and ginger-garlic paste. Curd and cream make the chicken pieces extremely tender and juicy. The spices used are very few and fragrant. Flavour comes basically from salt, pepper and lemon juice. The marinated chicken pieces are grilled on a skewer till they are cooked.

The creamy, juicy, aromatic Afghani Chicken Tikka is a lip-smacking starter. 

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