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Chicken malai tikka with cream drizzled over it.
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Chicken Malai Tikka Boti , creamy next level

These turn out better than restaurants and you will never order them again because they are so easy to make.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian, Pakistani
Diet Gluten Free
Keyword Chicken MAlai tikka, Malai boti, Malai tikka
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 16 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 1 minute
Servings 8 Skewers
Calories 152kcal


  • 8 wooden skewers, see notes


  • 500 gram boneless chicken


  • 1 teaspoon meat tenderiser or 1 tablespoon papaya paste
  • 1½-2 tablespoon green chilli paste as per heat prefernce
  • 1 tablespoon ginger garlic paste
  • ½ tablespoon cumin powder
  • ½ tablespoon coriander powder
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon garam masala
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • ½ chicken cube or bullion optional
  • ¾ teaspoon salt more if not using chicken cube
  • ¼ cup greek yogurt/ hung curd
  • ¼ cup cream
  • 3 tablespoon finely chopped onions or paste or ½ tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro/fresh corriander
  • 1 tablespoon cream cheese or 1 cheese triangle, or 2 tablespoon milk powder, optional
  • 2 tablespoon lemon juice


  • Oil to fry


  • Wash and pat dry chicken cubes. (If using chicken breast, wash and pat dry chicken and then cut into 1-inch cubes.)
  • Mix all the ingredients of chicken marinade in a bowl.
  • Add chicken and mix well and marinate chicken for a total of 45 minutes at least to 2 hours preferably. You can marinate up to 12 hours ahead and store in the fridge.
  • Thread the chicken on the wooden skewers. Set aside.
  • Heat oil in anon stick pan and place the tikka skewer. Cover the skewers with a lid and let it cook for 3-4 minutes on medium heat. Then remove lid and cook on high heat for 1-2 minutes until water dries and tikka are lightly golden. Cook in batches.
  • Serve immediately, or you can smoke for 2 minutes red hot charcoal and drizzle of oil and serve.


Barbecue Grill: You can thread Malai tikka on metal skewers or you can use wooden skewers too. Just soak wooden skewer for 4-6 hours in water. Then place Malai boti skewers over a grilling basket or grilling cage. Grill for 5-7 minutes until the chicken is tender and you see few dark spots. Keep flipping for even cooking. 
Oven: Spread skewered malai tikka on a lined baking sheet and bake in a pre-heated oven at 350 F on the middle rack for 15 minutes until cooked. Flip the tikka halfway after 8 minutes for even cooking.
Gravy version: You can add extra spices, yogurt, and cream, or coconut milk to the marinated chicken and make malai tikka curry too with little gravy. Similarly, you can use leftover cooked malai tikka also to make a gravy version.
Malai tikka is often served in large gatherings and the recipe can be easily doubled or tripled. 


Serving: 1skewer | Calories: 152kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 53mg | Sodium: 373mg | Potassium: 281mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 169IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 1mg