Malai Chicken Tikka with Desi Slaw

Malai Chicken Tikka with Desi Slaw

Prep Time

20 mins + Marinate 30 mins

Cook Time

20 mins


  • 700g skinless chicken breast, skinned, boned and cubed into tikka pieces, approximately 4cm
  • 130g cheddar cheese, finely grated
  • 1 tbsp ginger paste
  • 1 tbsp garlic paste
  • 2 finger green chillies
  • 275ml double cream
  • 1 tsp green cardamom powder
  • 1 tsp white pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 100g cashew nuts (made into a thick paste with about 90ml water)
  • 1 ½ tbsp dried fenugreek leaves, crushed
  • 3 tbsp white vinegar
  • 75ml vegetable oil
  • 3 tbsp coriander, chopped for garnishing, optional

Recipe for Desi Slaw

  • 1 small white cabbage (700gms before trimming), finely shredded/sliced
  • 2 carrots, peeled and grated
  • 2 spring onions, finely sliced
  • 250g mayonnaise
  • 3 tbsp coriander, chopped
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp coarse black pepper
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • ¼ tsp red chilli powder
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp paprika


  1. Begin by pre-heating the oven to 180°C.
  2. Mix the garlic and ginger pastes together and rub on to boneless chicken along with the green chillies and vinegar, then leave to one side.
  3. In a separate mixing bowl, mix the cream together with the ground cashews, fenugreek powder, vegetable oil, salt, cheese, cardamom powder and white pepper powder
  4. Pour the creamy mixture onto the marinated chicken pieces and mix thoroughly. Then leave to marinate for 30 minutes (or overnight for an even better flavour) in the refrigerator.
  5. When the chicken has marinated well, skewer 4 pieces of chicken on each skewer, place the skewers into an oven tray and roast in the oven for 20 minutes on 180°C.
  6. Garnish with chopped coriander and serve.
  7. Recipe for Desi Slaw:
  8. Whisk together the mayonnaise, salt, coarse black pepper, red chilli powder, cumin powder, garlic powder and paprika.
  9. Add the shredded cabbage, grated carrots, coriander and spring onions to the spiced mayonnaise and mix well.
  10. Enjoy with the delicious malai chicken tikka.