3 Ultimate chicken recipes with vegetarian alternatives

Welcome to Little Chef’s Apron! Today we’ll make something that some of us love with our heart while the others don’t prefer it. For the others I came up with vegetarian alternatives so everyone gets to enjoy these delicious recipes!

Chicken tikka:


2 chicken breasts ( cut into pieces)

2 tsp spices ( chilli powder,salt coriander powder, turmeric)

1/2 cup yogurt/ curd( preferably hung curd

Coriander leaves chopped

2 tsp ginger and garlic paste

Vegetables chopped( optional but a must in the veg option)

2-3 tbsp mustard oil


. First let the oil come to a boil in a pan and add all the spices to it. Because of the chilli powder and turmeric it should become blood red.

. Then, pour it into the curd and give it a good mix to get a smooth paste. Add all the other ingredients and mix it completely and then add the chicken.

. Let this marinate for about 45 minutes -1 hour.

. There are many ways to make this. You can pre heat your oven really hot at 190* for 20 minutes and then grill it , or you can let the oil get boiling hot on a grill pan. You can also barbecue it if you have a charcoal stand.

. If using an oven, then grill, it for 15 minutes and if you’re using a grill pan then don’t flip occasionally. Let it cook on one side and then flip it to the other side.

Serve it warm with lemon and mint chutney.

Veg alternative: paneer tikka


The recipe is exactly the same for paneer tikka. The only difference is that instead of chicken are thick cut paneer/ tofu pieces and there are vegetables put on the skewer stick.

Butter chicken:


Chicken tikka shown in the above recipe

1:2 onions and tomatoes( here I am using one cup chopped onions and 2 cups chopped tomatoes)

3 tsp chopped ginger and 4 tsp chopped garlic

2 tsp chopped green chilli

6-7 cashew nuts

1 bay leaf and 1 cinnamon stick

4 tbsp butter

2 tsp spices and salt

1 tbsp oil

1 tsp jeera/cumin

3-4 cloves

3-4 tsp fresh cream

1/2 cup water


. First fry the garlic, ginger , bay leaf, cinnamon and the green chilli in the oil. After sometime, add the onions and gently fry them. Don’t let them to change colour.

. Now add the tomatoes and let it cook till there is a slight boil in it. At this point add the cashew notes and cloves and also the water. Cover it with a lid and set a timer for about 15 – 20 minutes and stir occasionally to ensure that this mixture is not sticking to the pan.

. Cook until the tomatoes and cashews are soft and also add the butter into this.

. Let it cool for 10 minutes and then add the salt. Blend this in a blender jar until you get a smooth paste of an orange shade.

. Transfer this into the same pan and take it out with a little water. While pouring, sieve it to get the smooth velvety texture. Cook this for some time and add the spices. You can add a little sugar but that’s totally optional.

. Add the butter and the chicken tikka. Cover this with a lid and let the chicken soak the gravy while cooking for 2-3 minutes on low flame.

. Add the cream and if you want you can add some crushed fenugreek leaves. Serve it hot and garnish with a coriander lead and cream.

Veg alternative: malai kofta


This same gravy without the chicken

1 cup grated and boiled potatoes

1 cup grated paneer / tofu

1 tsp grated ginger

2 tbsp corn flour

1 tsp spices and salt

Coriander leaves

Pan full of oil


. To make the kofta, make a dough out of the above ingredients but do not over knead.

. While making the balls out of it, make sure that they don’t have cracks or else they might burst while frying.

. Make sure that the oil is hot and the pour the loft as one by one . Fry till golden brown.

. Place these in a serving bowl and pour the curry over this.

Note: Don’t soak the koftas in the gravy or else they would break.

Chilli chicken:


Chicken pieces ( with bone or boneless)

2 eggs

1 tsp salt and pepper

1 tbsp oil

1 tsp chopped ginger

1 tsp chopped garlic

1 tbsp butter

3 tbsp sauces( chilli sauce, pasta sauce, tomato sauce, tomato purée)

1 tsp oregano and chilli flakes

2 tbsp corn flour and flour


. First, marinate the chicken with the mixture of egg, flour, corn flour, salt , pepper and ginger. Let this rest for about 30-40 minutes.

. Prep a pan with a lot of oil for the chicken to be fried. Fry the chicken till it gets a golden brown coating.

. Take another pan and pour the sauces with salt and chilli flakes and oregano .

. Also add the fried garlic in butter to this and let it simmer for 2-3 minutes. Now add the chicken to his and give it a good mix. Add this pint you can also add vegetables if you want to.

Veg alternative: chilli potato


Same sauce from above recipe

3 -4 large potatoes( not boiled)

Salt and 2 tbsp corn flour


. For this we first have to make French fries. So cut the potatoes in a rectangle manner and coat them with corn flour.

. Fry them till they are crisp and transfer into the sauce.

Which version did you like? Which one are you going to try? Let me know your favourites in the comments below!

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