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Chicken Tikka
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Chicken Tikka - Indian Keto Recipe

A made from scratch Chicken Tikka recipe with spicy yogurt infused chargrilled chicken. Marinating the night before takes this super simple recipe from delicious to OMG AMAZING! Packed with 35g of protein and less than 4g of carbs, its a keto lovers dream.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Dinner, Lunch, Main
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: baked chicken, chicken tikka, grilled chicken
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 302kcal


Chicken Tikka

  • 2 pounds chicken boneless, skinless chicken thighs or breasts cut into bite size pieces
  • ½ cup plain yoghurt full fat
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 Tablespoon garlic crushed or minced
  • 1 Tablespoon ginger crushed or minced
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 2 teaspoon ground cumin powder
  • 11/2 teaspoon red chili powder to taste
  • 2 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1 ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoon ghee melted
  • red food color optional

Cilantro Yogurt Sauce

  • 1 cup yogurt whole milk, Greek style
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • ½ cup cilantro
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne
  • ½ teaspoon sugar/sweetener optional
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • teaspoon salt to taste


Marinate the chicken

  • In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients for the marinade. Add the chicken and mix, making sure all the chicken pieces are well covered. If time permits, cover the bowl and put in the fridge to marinate for at least a half hour. For optimal results allow the chicken to marinate overnight.
    Chicken Tikka Marination

Chargrill the chicken

  • Broiler/Oven: Set oven to 500°F Broil and wait a ½ hour for the oven to get really hot. Thread the marinated chicken on metal skewers. If using wooden skewers, soak in water for at least 20 minutes. Place the skewered chicken on a wire rack on an aluminum foil lined baking sheet. Broil the Chicken Tikka for 9 minutes on each side about 6 inches from the broiler.
    Stove: Preheat a cast iron skillet or a large pan over medium high heat. Add 2 teaspoons of vegetable oil. Cook in batches and avoid over crowding so that the chicken sears and does not steam. Cook until the chicken is cooked through and brown on each side.
    BBQ: Heat grill on high heat. Thread the chicken on skewers. If using wooden skewers, soak in water for at least 20 minutes. Grill on each side for about 6 minutes or until cooked through and brown all over.
    Chargrill the Chicken Tikka

Cilantro Yogurt Sauce

  • Stir together all the ingredients, then chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.
    Cilantro Yogurt Sauce




Chicken Tikka: 
Chicken Tikka Nutrition
Cilantro Yogurt Sauce: 
CIlantro Yogurt Sauce Nutrition
 This recipe yields approximately 8 servings. The nutrition information has been calculated using an online recipe nutrition calculator and is intended for informational purposes only and should be used as a general guideline. If the nutrition information is important to you, you should independently verify it using your preferred tool.