How to make Pesto Chicken Tikka -

A flavourful chicken starter perfect for parties and family get-togethers

Sanjeev Kapoor

This is a Sanjeev Kapoor exclusive recipe.

Main Ingredients : Boneless chicken (हड्डी रहित चिकन), Fresh basil leaves (ताज़े बेसिल के पत्ते )

Cuisine : Fusion

Course : Snacks and Starters

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Pesto Chicken Tikka

Pesto Chicken Tikka Recipe Card


Hindi: murgh
Be a kid or a teenage or an adult or an oldie, chicken lovers trend all over the world at all times! One meat that is a favourite of all beyond belief! When cooked, it can be presented in many guises. Sauté it, fry it, toss it, bake it, steam it – eat it the way you want to. Whatever its form may be upon being cooked, its flavour may change but its flesh remains high in protein, low in fat and can be digested easily.

Prep Time : 41-50 minutes

Cook time : 31-40 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Taste : Mild

Ingredients for Pesto Chicken Tikka Recipe

  • Boneless chicken cut into 1 inch cubes 300 grams

  • Fresh basil leaves 1/2 cup

  • Pinenuts 2 tablespoons

  • Garlic cloves roughly chopped 3-4

  • Salt to taste

  • Olive oil 1/4 cup

  • Parmesan cheese grated 1 tablespoon

  • Hung yogurt 2 tablespoons

  • Black pepper powder to taste

  • Green chutney to serve

  • Small red capsicum cut into thin strips to garnish

  • Small yellow capsicum cut into thin strips to garnish

  • Onion rings to garnish


Step 1

To make pesto, break basil leaves and put into a blender jar, add pinenuts, garlic, salt, olive oil and parmesan cheese and blend into a fine paste. Transfer into a bowl.

Step 2

Add hung yogurt to the pesto and mix well. Add chicken pieces and mix well. Add black pepper powder and salt, mix well and set aside to marinate for 30 minutes.

Step 3

Preheat the oven to 180˚C. Line a baking tray with aluminium foil.

Step 4

Transfer some of the marinated chicken pieces on the baking tray, keeping a little distance between each.

Step 5

Keep the tray in the preheated oven and bake for 15-20 minutes or till the chicken is cooked completely. Take the tray out and transfer the cooked pieces onto a plate and bake the remaining pieces similarly.

Step 6

Garnish with red and yellow capsicum strips and serve hot with green chutney and onion rings.

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Chef Sanjeev Kapoor is the most celebrated face of Indian cuisine. He is Chef extraordinaire, runs a successful TV Channel FoodFood, hosted Khana Khazana cookery show on television for more than 17 years, author of 150+ best selling cookbooks, restaurateur and winner of several culinary awards. He is living his dream of making Indian cuisine the number one in the world and empowering women through power of cooking to become self sufficient. His recipe portal is a complete cookery manual with a compendium of more than 10,000 tried & tested recipes, videos, articles, tips & trivia and a wealth of information on the art and craft of cooking in both English and Hindi.