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Achari Chicken Tikka Recipe served with onion rings

Achari Chicken Tikka

Achari Chicken Tikka is a lipsmacking Indian Chicken kebab recipe that's prepared by marinating boneless chicken chunks in a special spice blend known as Achari masala & yogurt. Than the marinated Chicken kebabs are either pan seared or air fried, or oven baked, or cooked in a tandoor to perfection. Whatever method you choose to cook them, these achari murgh tikkas are ultra delicious, gets ready in just 30 mins & makes a complete meal by itself.
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Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Achari Chicken Tikka
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 200kcal
Author: Meghna Chakraborty


For the Achari Masala or Pickling Spice Blend

For the Besan or Garbanzo Bean Slurry

  • 1.5-2 tbsp Besan or Garbanzo bean flour
  • ½ cup Ghee or Regular Butter

For Frying

  • cup Mustard Oil May use Canola oil or Butter or Ghee


  • Begin by dicing the chicken breast into 2" thick big chunks as seen in the picture. 
  • Add yogurt, cayenne pepper or red chili powder, paprika or Kashmiri red chili powder, salt, ginger garlic paste, lemon juice & mustard oil and mix everything well. Until all the chicken pieces are well coated. Set aside.

Prepare the Achari Masala or Pickling Spice Blend

  • Next, prepare the Achari masala or pickling spice blend. Over medium heat dry roast the mustard, nigella, fennel & fenugreek seeds until aromatic. Allow them to cool completely. 
  • When they reach room temperature dry grind them coarsely either in a mortar pestle or your regular mixer grinder. Set aside.

Prepare the Besan or Garbanzo Bean Slurry

  • Add ghee or butter in a skillet over medium heat. When the ghee becomes hot add the besan or garbanzo bean flour. Roast it very well stirring vigorously & frequently. When it begins to form a slurry & starts to bubble its almost cooked. You will get a lovely aroma. Switch off the flame & allow the slurry to come down to room temperature.

The Final Marinade

  • When the slurry becomes cold add it to the marinated chicken and also add the coarsely ground Achari masala. Mix everything very well until the chicken pieces are well coated. If you feel that the marinade is a bit dry add some more mustard oil or ghee to the marinade & mix well.

Making the Achari Chicken Tikka in Pan or Tawa

  • Set up your favorite skillet over medium heat. Add ghee/butter/mustard oil. When it becomes hot lay the marinated Achari Murgh tikkas and fry each side for 5 mins each. They should be just cooked.
  • Than, finally increase the flame all the way to high and char both sides of the Achari chicken tikka kebab for 1 min each or until browned. Refer the pic.
  • Serve hot & Enjoy!

Making the Achari Chicken Tikka in An Air Fryer

  • Lay the marinated chicken kebabs in the air fryer basket in single layer and without over crowding.
  • Air fry at 360 F for 10 mins, flipping sides after 5 mins. Than Char them at 375 F for 2-3 mins.


  1. For best results cook the meat only until done. This will result in soft, juicy & tender Achari chicken kebabs. Over cooked meat results in chewy stiff kebabs always.
  2. For the charred look cook the meat for just 1 min each side at highest setting. If you plan to oven bake the kebabs broil them for 2 mins each side.
  3. If you plan to serve the kebabs hours after cooking them. Always cover them or wrap them in aluminum foil and store at room temperature. Covering the kebabs hot locks the moisture & keeps them nice juicy & tender.


Measuring cup used, 1 cup = 240 ml & 1 teaspoon = 5 ml.

PLEASE NOTE: Nutrition values are my best estimates. If you rely on them for your diet or special diet, use your preferred nutrition calculator!
Nutrition Facts
Achari Chicken Tikka
Amount Per Serving (100 g)
Calories 200 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Polyunsaturated Fat 4g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
Cholesterol 299mg100%
Sodium 780mg34%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 20g40%
* Read our privacy policy - Calorie information is provided as a courtesy only and should be leveraged as an estimate rather than a guarantee.Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Serving: 100g | Calories: 200kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 299mg | Sodium: 780mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g