March 30, 2023

Whole30 Chicken Tikka Skewers

Looking for a delicious and healthy chicken recipe that’s perfect for a Whole30? Look no further and try this quick and mouth-watering recipe for Indian-style Whole30 Chicken Tikka Skewers. Bursting with fragrant spices and flavors, this recipe is sure to become a new family favorite!

Start with boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces. Then, you’ll prepare a flavorful marinade using a blend of traditional Indian spices, including cumin, coriander, smoked paprika, red chili powder, and garam masala. Along with ginger-garlic paste and fresh lemon juice, and a dollop of ghee. These spices come together to create a mouthwatering marinade perfect for chicken.

Once you’ve mixed up the marinade, simply toss the chicken pieces in the mixture, making sure each piece is fully coated. Then, cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let the chicken marinate in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes or overnight if possible. This will help the flavors really soak into the chicken, resulting in a dish that’s packed with delicious flavor.

When you’re ready to cook the chicken, preheat your oven to 425°F (218°C). Arrange the chicken on metal/wooden skewers and put them on a wire rack which something underneath to catch the drip. This will help the chicken cook evenly and become crispy and golden brown on the outside.

A foolproof method for juicy chicken!

To ensure that the chicken stays moist and juicy during cooking, place a pot of water in the bottom of the oven while the chicken bakes. This will help create steam, keeping the chicken moist and preventing it from drying out.

After about 15-20 minutes of cooking, your chicken tikka should be perfectly cooked. Slightly charred on the outside and juicy and tender on the inside! Serve it up with fresh lemon wedges and a sprinkling of chopped cilantro for a fresh and flavorful finishing touch.

Whether you’re looking for a healthy and tasty dinner recipe, meal prep option, or crowd-pleasing dish for your next party or gathering, this Whole30 Indian-style chicken tikka is sure to hit the spot. Give it a try today and savor the delicious, bold flavors of this classic dish!

Whole30 Chicken Tikka Skewers

Recipe author: Ruda Khan
Made By Whole30Made By Whole30

Whole30 Chicken Tikka Skewers

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Marinade 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour


  • 1.5 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 1-inch piece fresh ginger grated
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • salt to taste
  • Fresh cilantro and lemon wedges for serving


  • Metal or wooden skewers if using wooden skewers, soak them prior to using


  • MIX together the cumin, coriander, turmeric, paprika, garam masala, garlic, ginger, lemon juice, olive oil, and salt in a large bowl.
  • ADD the chicken to the bowl and toss to coat evenly in the marinade.
  • COVER the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or overnight.
  • PREHEAT the oven to 425°F (218°C).
  • LINE a baking sheet with parchment paper and place a wire rack on top. Alternatively, thread the chicken pieces onto metal or wooden skewers.
  • PLACE a pot of water in the bottom of the oven to create steam and keep the chicken moist during cooking.
  • ARRANGE chicken pieces on the wire rack or skewers, spacing them out evenly.
  • BAKE the chicken for 20-25 minutes, rotating the skewers every few minutes if using, until cooked through and slightly charred on the outside.
  • REMOVE the chicken from the oven and let it rest for a few minutes before serving.
  • GARNISH with fresh cilantro and lemon wedges, and enjoy!
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Ruda Khan

I am Ruda, Chicago-based digital content creator, food photographer and recipe developer. I usually share recipes that are updated takes on classics but yet connected to my Indian roots. I have worked with 35+ brands for creative content creation and recipe development for websites/blogs and social media.