Easy Chicken Tikka Kebab Recipe

These Chicken Tikka Kebabs are incredibly easy, insanely flavorful, and so delicious! Served with a Jalapeno Cilantro Yogurt Sauce that is creamy and seriously divine.

It’s time to fire up the grill and make some juicy chicken kebabs! This easy chicken tikka kebab recipe is such a great healthy dinner option, but also perfect served as an appetizer as well. We start by marinating our chicken in greek yogurt and coconut milk for extra tenderness, followed by lots of spices for added flavor. They are incredibly delicious!

Here’s What You’ll Need to make this Easy Tikka Chicken Kebab Recipe!

A lot of the list is spices so don’t be intimidated by it’s length!

  • Boneless, skinless chicken breasts. Can also use boneless skinless chicken thighs.  
  • Olive oil.
  • Greek yogurt.
  • Coconut milk.
  • Tomato paste.
  • Garlic.
  • Ginger.
  • Spices: Garam Masala, Cumin, Smoked paprika, Chili powder, Turmeric, Garlic powder, Cayenne pepper, Cinnamon.
  • Lemon.
  • 9-10 wooden skewers (soaked for 30 minutes prior to grilling) 
  • Jasmine Rice. Can also sub cauliflower rice.
  • Naan Bread.
  • Cilantro.

For the Jalepeno Cilantro Yogurt Sauce:

  • Jalapenos.
  • Avocado.
  • Greek yogurt.
  • Lime.
  • Cilantro.
  • Cumin.
  • White vinegar.
  • Salt + Pepper.

Have you always wanted to grill but never knew where to begin? That was exactly me!! I’m not a grill master by any means, but I can make some delicious things, and it’s all thanks to my new Pellet Grill and having the courage to just get out there. The best place to start is, well, anywhere!! It’s not nearly as intimidating as it seems, and just like with everything, you’ll learn as you go!

Chicken Tikka Masala Skewers with Jalepeno Cilantro Yogurt Sauce

This easy chicken tikka kebab recipe with jalepeno cilantro yogurt sauce is a family favorite and so so good. They are grilled to perfection, juicy, and bursting with SO MUCH flavor. I like to serve it with jasmine rice and grilled naan bread for the most perfect and satisfying meal, however, you could always substitute cauliflower rice for a low-carb option.

If you love the flavor of Chicken Tikka, you should try this Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala recipe next. It has been one of my most popular recipes on the blog for a few years now, and for good reason! It’s bursting with flavor, easy to prepare, and just absolutely delicious.

Trader Joe’s has a really delicious frozen naan bread that I love keeping on hand for busy weeknights. The garlic one is my all-time favorite.

The recipe makes enough for about 4 people, however, the leftovers are just as (if not more) delicious! It would be a perfect lunch to take to work with you the next day or super fast dinner the following evening!


Easy Chicken Tikka Kebab Recipe

Super easy grilled chicken recipe, Chicken Tikka Masala Skewers with Jalepeno Cilantro Yogurt Sauce

This Easy Chicken Tikka Kebab Recipe is SO good and insanely flavorful! Boneless chicken breasts are marinated in greek yogurt, coconut milk, and lots of spices to create tender, juicy chicken. 

  • Author: Lindsay Cola (Tippens)
  • Prep Time: 20
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 5 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Grill
  • Cuisine: Indian


For the Chicken: 

  • 2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into one inch pieces (can also use boneless skinless chicken thighs) 
  • 2 T olive oil 
  • 1/4 c greek yogurt 
  • 1/4 c full-fat coconut milk
  • 2 T tomato paste 
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced 
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger, minced (or ginger paste)
  • 1 T Garam Masala (Indian spice blend found in bulk spice section)
  • 1/2 tsp cumin 
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika 
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric 
  • 3/4 tsp garlic powder 
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper 
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp salt, more to taste
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon 
  • 910 wooden skewers (soaked for 30 minutes prior to grilling) 
  • Jasmine Rice, for serving (can sub cauliflower rice)
  • Naan Bread, for serving
  • Cilantro, as garnish 

For the Jalepeno Cilantro Yogurt Sauce:

  • 2 jalepenos, stems and seeds removed
  • 1 avocado 
  • 1/2 c greek yogurt
  • Juice of 1 1/22 small limes
  • 1 1/2 c cilantro
  •  1/4 tsp cumin 
  • 1 tsp white vinegar 
  • Salt + Pepper, to taste 


  1. To make the chicken: add olive oil, greek yogurt, coconut milk, tomato paste, garlic, ginger, lemon juice, and all spices to a large mixing bowl; give it a good stir.  Now add chicken and toss to evenly coat.  Cover and transfer to fridge to marinate for 30 minutes- 1 hour. 
  2. For the Jalepeno Cilantro Yogurt Sauce: While your chicken is marinating, make your sauce! Add all items to your blender or food processor and blend until smooth.  Adjust salt, pepper, and lime juice to taste.  Cover and store in the fridge until you are ready to serve.  *this will keep for 2-3 days. 
  3. To make the skewers: Soak wooden skewers in water (easiest on a rimmed sheetpan) for about 30 minutes before threading the chicken on and grilling.  This helps prevent them from burning on the grill.  
  4. To grill the skewers: Pat skewers dry, thread the chicken on and pre-heat your grill or grill pan to medium high heat (around 375 degrees).  Make sure to bring chicken to room temperature before placing on grill. Grill for 10-15 minutes, turning every 5 minutes or so, until no longer pink and completely cooked through.  When finished cooking, wrap chicken in foil and let rest for 5-10 minutes.  
  5. Serve warm with rice, naan bread, and yogurt sauce. Enjoy!! 


If you want to bake in the oven: arrange skewers onto parchment or foil lined baking sheet.  Bake at 450 degrees for 12-15 minutes, turning halfway, until fully cooked through.  Remove from oven and wrap with foil for 5-10 minutes.  This helps to lock in those juices! 

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