Hello! It has been ages since I have shared an Indian recipe and especially a non-vegetarian one! So here is another healthy dinner recipe for you but an Indian one! These healthy chicken tikka kebabs are something which I make regularly and are very easy to put together. Packed with spices and flavour, these kebabs are irresistible! The main aspect in making this chicken tikka kebabs is to ensure that they are marinated, ideally overnight. This ensures that the meat remains succulent and the spices penetrate the meat, making it ever so flavourful. It is also important to use free range chicken, organic for your health as well as for a better overall flavour.
These healthy chicken tikka kebabs are baked in the oven. This ensures firstly that there is no need to add too much extra fat such as ghee or coconut oil. Secondly it saves on so much time! You do not need to linger over the gas stove. All you need to do is to put it through skewers and let it happily roast in the oven, only turning it once. Using boneless chicken ensures that it cooks very fast. The chicken breast has more protein and is a healthier option, but it tends to dry out in the oven, especially if it has not been marinated for long. The chicken thighs have more fat and tend to be more succulent. I choose to use a mix of both to get the best of both worlds, but you can take your pick. These healthy chicken tikka kebabs can be made vegetarian by using paneer and vegan by using firm tofu. So do not feel that this healthy dinner recipe is not for you!
I serve this with buckwheat salad to ensure that this becomes a grain free meal. Indian food tends to have a huge emphasis on the carbs like rice or roti or naan and this can reduce the nutrition content of the meal or make you over eat. I want to create and share some low carb, grain free healthy Indian meal ideas with you and serving my kebabs with buckwheat salad is one way! I have explained in the recipe below how to cook the buckwheat groats. I let it be a little firm as it adds good texture to the salad. The buckwheat salad I make with cooked buckwheat groats, onions, coriander and chaat masala. This gives it a spicy, tangy taste to the salad and compliments the healthy chicken tikka kebabs well. You can always use a combination of garam masala and amchoor (dried mango )powder if you do not have any chaat masala or a combination of garam masala and lemon juice.
These healthy chicken kebabs need not be placed on skewers. They can directly be baked in the oven on a lined tray for an easier option. If you want to take this recipe further, you can use the kebabs to then add into a tomato-cashew gravy to make a stunning chicken tikka masala curry as well! This is one of my favourite Indian chicken recipes and the simplicity is the key to it. You do not need to use any store bought spice mixes and use a combination of simple Indian spices. I have also served it with a simple mint and yogurt chutney. You can also try serving it with my Kale and mint chutney which would go perfectly with these kebabs.
If you do recreate this recipe then I would so appreciate it if you would let me know how it turns out in the comments below. If you share it on Instagram then please do use the tag @meghnas_ and #meghnas so that I can appreciate your wonderful creations as well and re-share them on my account!