Chicken Tikka Wings

as-salāmu ʿalaykum

wa `alaykumu s-salāmu.  For delivery please?

Ah yes, Madam.

Chicken Tikka.  Lamb chops, eight pieces. One hummus.  One yogurt salad.

Is that it for tonight?

Yes, thank you.



And that is the conversation I have at least once a week with our favorite nearby hole-in-the-wall delivery place.  It is inexpensive, hot, fresh, and delivered to our door in less than 20 minutes.  It is definitely going to be one of the things I will miss most when we eventually leave Bahrain. 

Just like hummus, I’ve felt like their chicken tikka marinade was something I had to master for myself.  They serve this as cubes of chicken breasts which have been marinated and then grilled.  I decided to give it a little twist and make them into chicken wings instead.  They turned out with the almost the same flavor of the delivery version we have all come to love so much.



Chicken Tikka Wings
Prep time: 5 mins
Cook time: 10 mins
Total time: 15 mins
Serves: 4
  • 2 Pounds Chicken Wings
  • 1 Teaspoon cumin seeds, toasted
  • 1 Teaspoon coriander seeds, toasted
  • 2 Cups whole-milk yogurt
  • 5 Garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon piece fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
  • 3 Tablespoons vegetable oil plus additional for greasing pan
  • 3 Tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoons salt
  • 1 Teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 Teaspoon garam masala (Indian spice mixture)
  • 1/2 Teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 Teaspoon cayenne
  • Chopped Cilantro and Lime wedges to serve
  1. Put all of the ingredients (expect the chicken) into a food processor and blend until smooth. Transfer contents into a plastic bag and add the chicken.
  2. Marinate the chicken at least 6 hours, preferably overnight.
  3. Prepare grill and grill chicken over direct heat 3-4 minutes per side until browned and cooked through.
  4. Top with chopped cilantro and serve with lime wedges

While this came out exactly like the version we have delivered, we like our wings with a little more kick, so I would add more cayenne if you like a kick too!



And yes, that is the extent of my Arabic.  I swore I would learn before we came, but everyone speaks English, so I had a hard time sticking to my conviction!


Recipe adapted from Chicken Tikka from


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Tina@flourtrader - We always have chicken wings in the freezer and I usually like to try a different recipe every time I serve them. This recipe looks so full of great flavor and your picture is none other than enticing.
Glad you were able to duplicate the recipe from the delivery place, especially since it is such a favorite. Thanks for sharing this one Alyssa and have a great day!

Kelly @ Inspired Edibles - Alyssa, congratulations on mastering tikka sauce for yourself! We adore traditional Indian cuisine and your wings look absolutely gorgeous – golden delicious and cooked to perfection! (great photos). I cannot wait to try your marinade… positively mouth watering!

Ramona - I would fall all over myself to get some of these… the are GORGEOUS!! I know you will be making these a lot when come back home… they will remind you of your life in Bahrain and your American friends will just think you are too cool for making them this exotic dish!! Well done my friend. :)

Cassie - Hole-in-the-wall take out places are usually the best, but I do love making those favorites at home. These flavors are outstanding!

Chandra@the plaid and paisley kitchen - Alyssa, your experiences there have been so amazing! The culture that you have experienced the food that you have tasted and the culinary tecjniques you have mastered! I am lucky to call you one of my foodie friends! thanks for sharing this yummy post! I am bookmarking this one to make!! Yum-o!

Christa Kelso Borden - I never really buy chicken wings, but you might have just convinced me otherwise :) this recipe looks delicious! Just found your blog and can’t wait to browse around some more.
-Mini Baker

Nami | Just One Cookbook - Printing out as I write… I have everything! I can’t wait to try this!! I love chicken wings and your story made me want to try even more… It’s great that you made it before you leave, because once you leave, sometimes it’s hard to compare the flavor. Thank you for the recipe Alyssa~~~!

Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. - These wings look fabulous! I’m not usually a wing person because I don’t like all the heavy sauces they are usually drenched in. These are wings I could definitely eat!

alyssa - I do like saucy wings, but these seemed much healthier because they weren’t drenched in sauce.

alyssa - Thanks, Nami! I hope you liked them!

Crystal - Looks yummy! I bet it’s just as good as Al Abrajj(did I spell that right?). Will try it this weekend!

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