Long drives are never complete without occasional stop-overs at highway dhabas and shacks. And somehow, despite the limited menu, we know exactly what we want at these places. For some it is the dal tadka, some call for the shahi paneer straight away, then there are kulcha, buttery aloo parathas, pav bhaji and more, our list of dhaba staples scream indulgence. One such ‘highway must-have’ is a plate of chicken tikka. Smoky and fresh off the tandoor, topped with butter, a dash of lemon and chat masala. Juicy and succulent chicken tikkas can make us grin at any point of the day.

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It is said you cannot recreate the magic of dhaba food at home, while we are not here to contest the myth – but there is no harm in trying, right? This recipe of highway-style chicken tikka is sure to leave you mesmerised, and guess what, it is not that difficult to make at home either. You would require to marinate the chicken well so that the spices enter inside the pieces and make it juicy and tender. To marinate you would need yogurt, ginger-garlic paste, chilly powder, garam masala powder, coriander powder and green chillies. Next, you are supposed to grease your chicken tikkas with butter, cook it on your tawa or tandoor, and take it out hot. Garnish with fresh coriander and serve it with the side of lemon. Try this recipe and let us know how you liked it.

Watch: How To Make Highway-Style Chicken Tikka At Home

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Serves Two:

PREP TIME: 15 minutes COOK TIME: 20 minutes SERVES: 3 servings


450 gm boneless chicken 
1 tbsp thick yogurt
1 tsp ginger garlic paste
1 green chilli
Half tsp chilli powder
Half tsp garam masala powder
1 tsp coriander powder
4 tbsp Melted Butter
Salt to taste
Coriander, for garnishing


1.Marinate the pieces of chicken with yoghurt, ginger-garlic paste, chili powder, garam masala powder, coriander powder and salt.
2.Make sure the marinade is spread all over the chicken.
3.Insert the skewer into the pieces of chicken.
4.Pour sufficient, melted butter over the chicken pieces.
5.Add this into the tandoor for 10-15 minutes.
6.Take it out onto the plate.
7.Garnish with fresh coriander.

About Sushmita SenguptaSharing a strong penchant for food, Sushmita loves all things good, cheesy and greasy. Her other favourite pastime activities other than discussing food includes, reading, watching movies and binge-watching TV shows.

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