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Chicken Malai Kebabs
Prep Time
20 mins
Marinating Time
3 hrs 15 mins
Total Time
3 hrs 35 mins

Tender, juicy & delicious, these kebabs are easy to make and a hit as a party starter!

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Kebab, Malai Kebab
Servings: 4
Author: Shireen Sequeira
  • 2 chicken breasts
  • First marination:
  • salt to taste
  • 1 teaspoon ginger garlic paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon green chilli paste
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper powder
  • juice of 1/2 lime
  • Second marination:
  • 2-3 tablespoons grated cheddar cheese
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch (cornflour)
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed cardamom seeds
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cream
  • Other ingredients:
  • Melted butter to baste the chicken
  1. Wash and pat the chicken dry. Cut them into thin slices, about 1/2 inch thick. Ensure that they are even in thickness. This will help with quick & even cooking.
  2. Transfer the pieces to a bowl and add all the ingredients mentioned under 'First marination'. Mix well & marinate for 30 to 60 minutes.
  3. After that apply the second marination to the chicken taking care to apply it to all the pieces well. Cover and keep aside for 2-3 hours.
  4. When you are ready to grill the chicken, thread it through metal skewers, twisting each piece before piercing it through the skewer. The twist & thread technique ensures evenly cooked & juicy kebabs.
  5. Place all the skewers on a baking tray so that the juices that dribble from the chicken are collected in the tray below. Baste the chicken with melted butter.
  6. Bake in a preheated oven at 200 degrees C for 15 minutes. Switch to grill mode for the last 2 minutes to give the chicken a grilled/browned effect.
  7. Remove from oven and serve the kebabs on a plate. Brush lightly with melted butter and serve with a fresh salad on the side or mint chutney on the side.
Recipe Notes

If you are using wooden skewers ensure that you soak them in water for 30 minutes before using, this is to prevent them from catching fire.