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Low Fat Tandoori Chicken Tikka

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Chicken Tandoori Kebabs

Low fat chicken tikka masala

Amazing Chicken Tandoori Kebabs! And with a lot less fat.

Low fat Chicken Tandoori Kebabs that tastes just as good as the full fat versions out there. 

You don’t need a lot of fat to make chicken tandoori kebabs that tastes amazing. What, with all those spices?

This low fat tandoori chicken tikka is delicious served simply on its own with a green salad or raita but it is also great mixed into a curry. That’s one of the things that makes British Indian restaurant style food so good: all those layers of flavour!

You could cook this low fat tandoori chicken tikka in the oven pre-heated to 200c (400f) until cooked through but I prefer the smoky flavour of the bbq.

When you skewer the chicken, it cooks both from the outside and also the inside from the hot skewer. This leaves the chicken succulently tender.  Whichever you decided, this one you have to make.

This is a recipe that I think achieves the magnificent flavour of tandoori chicken but without all the calories. I’d love to hear your thoughts if you make it. I have also included a version of this recipe in my new cookbook ‘The Curry Guy Light.


If you like this recipe try these similar ones:

Low Fat Chicken Ceylon
Low Fat Chicken Tikka Masala
Low Fat Chicken Jalfrezi
Low Fat Chicken Chilli
Low Fat Chicken Curry with a Tropical Sauce

Low Fat Chicken Tikka

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One of the reasons this low fat chicken tikka is light is the same reason other chicken tikkas are light. The skin is removed from the chicken. The skin is where most of the fat is in chicken. Marinating the chicken in this way means you won’t miss the skin!

Are you ready to give this low fat chicken tikka a try?

Yield: 4 - 6

Low Fat Tandoori Chicken Tikka

Low fat chicken tikka
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 1kg skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces (tikka)
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • 3 tablespoons garlic and ginger paste
  • Red food colouring powder (optional)
  • 1 tsp flaky sea salt
  • 250g non-fat Greek yoghurt
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp ground coriander
  • 2 tbsp tandoori masala
  • 1 tsp amchoor (dried mango powder)
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 1 tbsp green chilli paste or 2 finely chopped green chillies
  • 20g coriander leaves, finely chopped
  • Salt to taste


  1. Place the chicken in a large mixing bowl and drizzle the lemon juice over the top. Mix in the garlic and ginger paste, salt and red food colouring (if using). Allow this to stand while you make the marinade.
  2. Place the yoghurt in a mixing bowl and then whisk in the other rest of the ingredients up to the salt until creamy smooth. Add the chicken pieces and rub the marinade into the flesh. The chicken needs to marinate for at least 30 minutes but a few hours or overnight will get you tastier results.
  3. When ready to cook, set up your bbq for direct heat grilling. Skewer the marinated chicken. If you are using the tandoori chicken in a creamy curry such as chicken tikka masala, be sure to retain the marinade. When the coals are white hot, place the skewers over the heat and grill for about five minutes until you are getting a good char on the underside. Flip it over and cook the other side until nicely charred and cooked through. Season with salt to taste to serve.

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Jon Baker

Wednesday 6th of October 2021

Hi Dan!, Just tried this recipe, loved it, but could not get amchoor so made anyway tasted lovely without it. Will it make any difference with it in? Cannot get till end of month till tesco get it in. Cheers for this recipe again!, my wife has just finished it all off lol. Time for another batch i think.

Dan Toombs

Wednesday 6th of October 2021

Shoudn't make too much difference, it has a citric flavour so add a little extra lemon juice if you like. I am glad you enjoyed the recipe. Thanks Dan


Wednesday 12th of May 2021

How many calories is this pleae?

Dan Toombs

Friday 14th of May 2021

Hi I am sorry but I don't have that information. Thanks Dan


Saturday 18th of May 2019

Hi My name is Andy, Just made the low fat chicken tikka , how do I make the remaining marinade into a masala curry ?. Thanks Andy.

Dan Toombs

Wednesday 29th of May 2019

Hi Andy

The marinade can be whisked into most curries. It tastes great. Thanks, Dan

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