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Chicken Kabab Recipe-Crispy and Tender In 10 Minutes

Updated on June 15, 2012

My mouth is watering as I write this recipe on simple home made chicken kababs. Kababs come in different colours,sizes,fried or cooked in a tandoor. A clay oven cylindrical and fired from the bottom is known as a tandoor. Heat is intense and meats that are flavoured and marinated,cook faster retaining their tenderness but with a crispy exterior. Kababs cooked in a traditional tandoor are best ,but it is used commercially as it is very hot and will be used all through the day. The choice of marinated meat is put onto skewers which are then left in the hot tandoor until done. At home, chicken is marinated and deep fried to make the kababs.

Chicken kababs come in a variety of colours and flavours according to the marinade used. Ideally,chicken is marinated in various herbs and spices along with a tenderizer such as malai(cream)/curd/lime juice and set aside to absorb the flavours. A minimum of half an hour for small pieces to up to three hours for a whole bird is necessary for the proper marination.


  • Chicken,boneless or with bone
  • Red food colouring,optional,a few drops
  • Salt to taste
  • Jeera powder 
  • Pepper powder
  • Turmeric powder
  • Chilli Powder
  • Ginger garlic paste
  • Oil to deep fry

In Under 10 Minutes

Make a marinade with all the spices and masala powders. Some curd or lime juice can be added to tenderize the chicken. A couple of teaspoons of cornflour may be added to the marinade to make it crispy. Keep aside for at least 6 minutes. Heat the peanut/sunflower oil in  deep kadai/fryer and fry till golden.

Garnish with onion rings and wedges of lime. Serve hot.

Eaten as accompaniment with Biryani or as a starter. Goes very well with drinks.

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    • Vacation Trip profile image


      5 years ago from India

      This looks delicious and the recipe is quite interesting. Thanks for sharing.

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      bhanu priya 

      8 years ago

      Hi!sajeev u r worlds best chef,every time i prepare a food frm ur recipe n all give good comments 2 me n i said dat dis wil goes 2 snjeev kapoor.Thanx 4 inspiring me 2 b a food lover n a maker.Now ma favorite place in ma home is kitchen.I wish u all d best in ur life

    • Purple Perl profile imageAUTHOR

      Purple Perl 

      9 years ago from Bangalore,India

      Glad you found the recipe useful,Laila!

    • Laila Rajaratnam profile image

      Laila Rajaratnam 

      9 years ago from India

      Wow and yum!I'm going to try this today!:)Thanks for sharing..I've voted as well:)

    • Purple Perl profile imageAUTHOR

      Purple Perl 

      9 years ago from Bangalore,India

      Thanks Teresa for stopping by. I am glad you liked the hub.

    • Teresa McGurk profile image


      9 years ago from The Other Bangor

      there was nowhere in the poll to vote for "all of the above"! Yum. thanks!


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