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Hariyali Chicken Tikka (Herbed Chicken Skewers)

Not just a treat for the eyes, this green chicken tikka will impress anyone with its powerful flavors too.
Prep Time 8 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Marination time 1 day
Course Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine Indian


  • 15-17 wooden skewers (20 cm)


  • 1 cup (20 grams) fresh coriander leaves (washed and cleaned)
  • 1 cup (10 grams) fresh mint leaves (washed and cleaned)
  • 4-5 pieces green chilies (mild or spicy is your preference)
  • 2 Tbsp yogurt
  • 2 Tbsp lime juice
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp roasted crushed coriander seeds
  • 1 kg boneless chicken
  • 2-3 Tbsp olive oil


  • Cut the chicken in cubes of about 3-4 cm size. Keep the cubes similar in size so they cook evenly. Keep aside.
  • To make the marinade, add the coriander, mint leaves, green chilies, yogurt, salt, lime juice and roasted crushed coriander seeds into a blender jar and make a smooth paste. (you can also use a stick blender for this purpose).
  • Pour the marinade over the chicken and coat the chicken pieces very well with it. Cover and leave to marinate in the fridge preferably for overnight or at least for 3-4 hours.
  • Take the marinated chicken out of the fridge an hour before you plan to cook it.
  • Insert 3 chicken pieces into each skewer. Leave some space between each chicken piece. Once all the skewers are prepared, move on to the next step.
  • Put a pan (skillet) on medium high heat and add a tablespoon of oil into it. Once hot, place 3-4 skewers into the pan. After placing, do not move the skewers for the next 3-4 minutes to let it develop a nice crust.
  • Once you see dark brown spots on one side, flip to the other side and let it cook without moving for another 3-4 minutes. (If the skillet becomes too hot, reduce the heat.)
  • Turn to the narrow side, using a tong and cook for another minute or two. Once your chicken has developed some brown spots on all sides, it's done. (See notes below)
  • Serve with this mild red pepper chutney and some freshly cut onion drizzled with lime juice.


To make sure if your chicken is cooked through, cut a piece in half. Observe the juice that runs out. If it has a pink shade, the chicken needs more cooking. If the juice is transparent, it's done.
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