Chicken tikka is a dish of South Asia.
It is traditionally baked skewers with small pieces of chicken, usually
boneless, in a clay based oven called tandoor, after marinating in spices and
Left: Chicken tikka served in Mumbai, India.
The literal meaning of tikka in the Persian, Urdu, and Punjabi languages is
"bits, pieces". The Punjabi version of the dish, however, is barbecued on
red-hot coal and does not always contain boneless pieces.
The pieces are brushed with ghee (clarified butter) at intervals, which gives
its taste, while being continuously fanned. It is typically eaten with a green
coriander & tamarind chutney, served with onion rings and lemons, or used in
preparing a chicken tikka masala.
A chicken tikka sizzler is a dish where Chicken Tikka is served on a heated
plate and is served with onions. The dish is also known and eaten in
Afghanistan, though the Afghan version (generally like Persian and Arab dishes)
is less spicy compared to the Indian version.