The Best Chicken Malai Kebab | Murgh Malai Tikka Recipe.

Soft, succulent and delicious Chicken Malai Kebab, it's also popularly known as Murgh Malai Tikka & it is filled with all the goodness of an appetizer or a main-course side dish!

The mere word "Kebab" makes my mouth water! I can have it any time of the day. Does that happen to you too? I am a big time fan of every kind of kebabs available under the sun and this Chicken Malai kebab is no exception!
This is possibly the best combination of marinade a boneless chicken kebab can ever have - Cream cheese, mozzarella & cheddar cheese. After taking the first bite I knew, that this was the Chicken Malai kebab I was looking for, and I can now call it my perfect Chicken malai kebab recipe that is without yogurt, cornstarch, and thick cream. How simple does that sound?

"Malai" means cream and this dish hails from Mughlai cuisine, Oh! I just cannot explain in mere words my love for all Mughlai cuisines. They are finger licking good and when I indulge in Mughlai cuisines I forget both, happiness and sorrow. 
The combination of cream cheese, mozzarella cheese, and the cheddar used in this easy chicken malai kebab recipe made the boneless chicken pieces exquisitely tasty. The crushed green cardamoms added a hint of oriental taste and freshness to this kebab recipe. This Chicken Malai kebab is killing me! I wanted to eat more but had to share with my foodie Hubbs and foodie son! My heart ached...

It is that one recipe for which my kebab frenzied soul will always yearn. The succulent boneless chicken pieces drenched in a melange of cheese and a hint of crushed green cardamom made the recipe so exclusive & appetizing. You will definitely fall in love with this super simple Chicken kebab with cream cheese recipe the first time you try it! They are creamy kebabs, that are so soft, moist and absolutely delectable!

Marinating the boneless chicken pieces overnight is the key to this wondrous and delicious cream cheese Chicken kebab recipe. I simply smashed the cream cheese with a fork, added both mozzarella and cheddar according to our taste preferences and prepared the marinade. Before dunking the chicken pieces in the marinade I smeared the boneless chicken pieces with a small amount of ginger garlic paste and salt according to taste. Then the ginger garlic smeared boneless chicken pieces were left that way for 30 minutes before applying the cheese marinade to the pieces. The marinated chicken pieces then took an overnight rest in the refrigerator...Lol! 

Next morning they were baked at 375 degrees F for 20 minutes and then broiled for a few more minutes. The broiling helps the kebab pieces to attain the charred look and mimics precisely a grilled kebab look. The Murgh Malai Tikka can be relished as an appetizer or as a main dish with some Chappati or naan or can even be enjoyed with pulao rice or even a green salad of your choice. If you love them with all your heart and soul just like me you will happily enjoy them as is with or without a dip. This Murgh malai tikka is very versatile ...You can even cheat grill them in a pan or grill them in your grill.

*1.5 pounds bones chicken (breast or thighs)
*226 g or 8 oz cream cheese.
*1/4 cup mozzarella cheese.
*1/4 cheddar cheese.
*2 tablespoons ginger garlic paste.
*8-9 pods green cardamom.
*Crushed pepper according to taste.
*Salt to taste.
*2 teaspoon lemon juice.

*Cut the boneless chicken pieces into 1-1/2 inch pieces.
*Smear 2 tablespoons ginger garlic paste & salt according to taste. Set aside for 30 minutes.
*In the meantime take the cream cheese and smash it gently with the help of a fork.
*Grind the green cardamoms in the mortar & pestle.
*Add the crushed cardamom, the cheddar, and the mozzarella cheese into the smashed cream cheese and mix everything together.
*Add salt, crushed pepper and lemon juice to the cheese mixture.
*Next add the chicken pieces into the cheese mixture and coat the boneless chicken pieces very well.
*Cover the marinated chicken pieces with a cling wrap and keep it in the refrigerator overnight.
*When ready to grill take them out from the refrigerator and skewer the marinated chicken pieces into the skewers.
*Preheat your oven at 375 degrees F.
*Bake them on a cookie sheet for 20 mins and then broil them until they attain that charred look.
*Be careful while broiling, they may get browned very fast. Watch out!

*For best Murgh Malai Tikka marinate the chicken pieces overnight. This will make your kebab filled with the creamy goodness of the cheese and this process will make it more flavorful, soft & moist.
*You may bake & broil or grill or even cheat grill this recipe. It's very versatile.
*While broiling watch out because cheese tends to brown fast.
*If you decide to eat later store them covered. These will keep your kebabs succulent.
*If using bamboo skewers do soak them in water for at least 15 minutes. This will prevent the skewers from getting burnt and blackened!



  1. Wow.. delicious kababs .. all kinds of chicken snacks are my favourite.

  2. What a mouthwatering recipe Meghna! Loved your photos too.

  3. The chicken malai kebab look so good..Thanks for this flavorful share .

  4. How juicy and alluring those kebabs looks, my mouth is just watering here. You have nailed them prefectly. Succulent chicken malai kebabs.

  5. That malai kebab with all that cheese looks just tempting... totally delicious, sure can't stop with just one...

  6. I do not eat meat but can tell that the chicken is so fresh. Using different cheeses as a marinate is an awesome idea.

  7. The recipe sounds interesting would like to try with tofu .

  8. So cheesy....Definitely a treat to non veg lovers. I would love to try it with paneer.

  9. I am so in love with these succulent, cheesy delights dear :) Love that you have presented them so beautifully; makes them more tempting!

  10. Droolworthy clicks!! I'm craving some now after seeing these pics, been a while since I last made them!

  11. Meghana these chichken kababs are looking so mouth watering, and yes you are right marinating for a bit longer taste superb. Being vegetarian I marinate my veggies for sometime and they really taste awesome.

  12. These are always a big hit at my place, so delicious and yumm !!!

  13. All these cheese makes this dish rich and creamy!Chicken lovers will be delighted to see this.

  14. These look rich, I am sure it disappeared quickly too

  15. Being a vegetarian can't comment on the taste. I am sure it would have tasted delish.