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Apr 11

Secret Revealed: Eating Chicken Tikka Can Make You Live Longer

Chicken Tikka a delicious Indian dish

Chicken Tikka a delicious Indian dish

I was first introduced to Chicken Tikka when I visited one of my Indian friends last year at a dinner party. This dish tasted really good and I cannot forget it. I asked his wife how she made it. When she told me the recipe for this dish, I was amazed at how simple it is. I will write it out in just a moment.

To the best of my knowledge Chicken Tikka is a low-fat Indian dish made with chicken and various spices and herbs. It can either be grilled or baked.

The spices and herbs used in this dish, specifically garlic paste and ginger paste, don’t just provide necessary flavor and nutrients but can also relieve you of common health problems and strengthen your body’s immune system.

Before I go into detail on how to make Chicken Tikka, let me briefly talk about the ingredients that we will use to prepare this dish. Garlic is one such ingredient that is good for our health. I have also written a few articles on my blog where I discuss the benefits of garlic!

Garlic has long been known to create and maintain overall health. Specifically, garlic contains allicin, a chemical which functions very much like an antibiotic and prevents germs from growing and reproducing.  Allicin is released when you cut or chop garlic, and is comparable to penicillin in terms of its antibiotic properties.

This explains why garlic is famed for boosting the body’s immunity and protection. Garlic also has germanium, an anti-cancer agent that helps block cancer causing agents like nitrosamine and aflatoxin. Some studies show significant contributions of garlic in helping prevent colon, stomach, lung and liver cancer. In inorganic form, garlic is used to treat anemia.

It increases bile production and regulates fat levels of the liver. Garlic also promotes the health of the circulatory system by lowering blood pressure, bad cholesterol levels and increasing good cholesterol levels, thereby reducing the risk of heart attack and stroke. Its effects are said to be almost comparable to aspirin.

Ginger, another ingredient in chicken tikka, is known to cure and prevent illnesses and problems like headaches, colds, asthma, cough, fatigue, flu, sore throat and diabetes. It is also popularly used to treat flatulence, nausea and motion sickness. Aside from that, it also has antifungal, antiseptic and antibacterial properties which inhibit germ growth in the body.

Like garlic, it also promotes circulatory system health by increasing blood flow and promotes sweating, resulting in an increased metabolic rate. Nowadays ginger is also used to treat cataracts amenorrhea, fever, kidney stones and even erectile difficulties. Home remedies and concoctions usually boil or dilute freshly grated ginger, ginger paste or ginger powder but adding ginger to dishes like Chicken Tikka is also an efficient and delicious way to enjoy its health benefits.

Now…

To prepare Chicken Tikka, you will need 2 pound or 1 kilogram of chicken breasts (deboned and skinned if possible), garlic paste, ginger paste, green and red chillies, garam masala, onions, yogurt, salt to taste and some coriander leaves.

Cooking Chicken Tikka is relatively simple.

A Chicken Tikka ready to serve

Chicken Tikka ready to serve

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup yoghurt 
  • 1 cup of finely chopped coriander leaves
  • 2 tablespoon ginger paste
  • 3 tablespoon garlic paste
  • 3 tablespoon of garam masala
  • 6 peppercorns
  • 3 tablespoon of  lemon juice
  • 1 kg chicken skinless
  • 1 large onion (cut into thin rings)
  • Lemon wedges to garnish
  • 1 tablespoon of  Chaat Masala 

You just need to mix all the spices and herbs including the garlic paste and the ginger paste together. You can use a blender or a food processor to make things easier. After you have combined the said ingredients, set it aside and prepare the chicken.

Cut the deboned and skinned chicken breasts into desired size and make cuts into the chicken pieces. The cuts will not only help the chicken to cook better but will also help it better absorb the flavor of the spices.

Rub and coat the chicken pieces with the spices and leave to marinate for a few hours ( or even overnight) inside the refrigerator.

After marinating, you can either grill the chicken pieces or bake it in an oven until cooked. If baked, it usually takes 30-35 minutes to cook at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Make sure to turn the chicken pieces over from time to time to ensure that it is fully cooked. When the chicken pieces have been fully cooked, the cuts you have made into the chicken usually open up.

And finally, the dish is ready to serve. Enjoy the delicious Chicken Tikka!

Eason likes to eat Indian food but occasionally he loves to cook at home. He writes this article for his colleague, Saumya Chopra, the owner of Saumya’s Kitchen. He also owns a website Natural Health Care Reviews which primarily focuses on health care tips and natural remedies. You are welcome to visit his website.

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