Chicken tikka

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Chicken tikka
Chicken tikka, served in Mumbai
Course Starter
Place of origin India and Pakistan[1]
Region or state North India
Serving temperature Hot
Main ingredients Chicken, yogurt, red chili powder, ginger and garlic paste, lemon juice
Cookbook:Chicken tikka  Chicken tikka

Chicken tikka (Urdu: مرغ تکہHindi: मुर्ग़ टिक्का ; [ˌmʊrɣ ˈʈɪkkaː]) is a chicken dish originating in the South Asia where it remains popular in both Pakistan and India. It is traditionally small pieces of boneless chicken baked using skewers in a clay-based oven called a tandoor after marinating in spices and yogurt - essentially a boneless version of tandoori chicken.[2] The word tikka means "bits" or "pieces". It is also a chicken dish served in Punjabi cuisine. The Punjabi version of the dish, however, is grilled over red-hot coals, and does not always contain boneless pieces. The pieces are brushed with ghee (clarified butter) at intervals to increase its flavour, while being continuously fanned. It is typically eaten with green coriander and tamarind chutney served with onion rings and lemon, or used in preparing a chicken tikka masala.


Though chicken tikka is largely noted to have originated in India,[3] in 2009 an MP from Scotland, Mohammad Sarwar, claimed that it actually originated in Glasgow and should be acknowledged officially.[4][5][6] To date, no actions have been taken in this regard.


A chicken tikka sizzler is a dish where chicken tikka is served on a heated plate with onions. The dish is also popular in Afghanistan, though the Afghanistan variant (like many other Persian and Arab dishes) is less spicy compared to the South Asian variants and uses beef and lamb in addition to chicken.[7]

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  1. ^ "Chicken tikka masala claims its origins in Scotland". Dawn. 4 August 2009. Retrieved 5 May 2014. 
  2. ^ Curry Club Tandoori and Tikka Dishes. London: Piatkus. 1993. ISBN 0-7499-1283-9. 
  3. ^ "Pop's Mops and Sops - Barbecue and Sauces from Around the World", p. 76, by "B" "B" Quester
  4. ^ Chicken tikka masala row grows as Indian chefs reprimand Scottish MPs over culinary origins - Telegraph
  5. ^ Is tikka masala Glaswegian? | Life and style |
  6. ^ BBC NEWS | Scotland | Glasgow, Lanarkshire and West | Glasgow 'invented' Tikka Masala
  7. ^ India: Food & Cooking. London: New Holland. 2007. ISBN 978-1-84537-619-2.