Chicken Malai Boti

Servings : Serves 3-4

Delicious and tender morsels of chicken, with a melt-in-your-mouth quality from being marinated in an aromatic spicy creamy base.


  • 500gm boneless chicken (cubes)
  • 2 tbsp. thick yoghurt
  • 4 tbsp. fresh cream
  • 2 green chillies
  • 4 tbsp. fresh coriander, chopped with stems
  • 1 tsp. black pepper powder
  • 1/2 tsp. white pepper pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. red chilli powder
  • pinch of turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp. cumin powder
  • 1/2 tsp. coriander powder
  • 1/4 tsp. garam masala powder
  • 1 tsp. salt or to taste
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tsp. garlic paste
  • 1 tsp. ginger paste
  • 2 tbsp. oil/melted butter
  • 1 tsp. corn flour (you can use almond/cashew powder instead)


Clean, cut and dry your chicken cubes using kitchen towels. The marinade works best if the chicken is dried thoroughly from any moisture. Add half of the salt, half the lemon juice, half the ginger/garlic pastes and the red chili powder. Mix well and refrigerate for an hour.

Grind the green chilies with the coriander. Do not use any water for grinding; you can use the remaining lemon juice to grind to a paste. Add this paste to all the remaining ingredients. Mix well. Add the marinated chicken into the mixture, combine well and refrigerate again for 4 hours or preferably overnight.

Thread the chicken pieces on skewers (if you’re using wooden skewers, remember to soak them for 30 minutes before using to prevent them from burning).

Turn on your oven’s grill/broiler to 200 C and grill for about 10-12 minutes per side. Turn the skewers over once they begin to color; keep an eye that the chicken doesn’t burn. You can brush them with some melted butter midway through grilling. You can even grill these on a proper charcoal grill.

Alternatively, you can shallow fry the skewered chicken on a pan on both sides until cooked through.

Once done (if you’re grilling them in the oven or pan-frying them), smoke the chicken skewers to give them a lovely bbq aroma.

Serve hot with accompaniments of your choice. My family love this with salad, coleslaw, fries and pita bread.


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