Chicken Patties (Chicken Tikki)

By Swasthi on August 11, 2022, Comments, Jump to Recipe

Delicious & crispy chicken patties that can be made in just 40 mins. These make a great snack / appetizer or a starter for parties or weekend meals. They go perfectly well even with a cup of tea as a evening snack. These can also be used as patties to make chicken burger or can be stuffed in wraps.

chicken cutlet recipe

For this chicken patties recipe, I have used boneless chicken breasts but bone-in chicken can also be used. I make patties using this keema which I shared sometime ago. Sharing another method today which taste very different from the earlier one.

There is no potato or bread used here for binding like the way they are used in most cutlet recipes. But they can be used if you like to reduce your intake of meat in these chicken patties.

You may like to check these Chicken recipes

chicken cutlet

These can be served wtih green chutney or sauce.

How to Make Chicken Patties (Stepwise Photos)


1. Add the chicken to a pan. I had this buttermilk brined chicken left after making Zinger burger which I used up to make these cutlets. But as such there is no need to brine it.

If you do not have tender chicken, you may soak it in buttermilk (2 tbsp curd and half cup water) for at least 2 hours. This makes the chicken juicy, tender and the cutlets turn out to be good, not chewy.

brine meat for chicken cutlet recipe

2. As i mentioned earlier even bone-in chicken is fine for this recipe. Just cook them in a pot on a low flame until soft and completely cooked. Chicken begins to release lot of moisture so no water should be added. However little water can be sprinkled if there is no moisture released.

cooking meat for chicken cutlet recipe

3. When it is completely cooked, open the lid and cook further for a while to evaporate the stock or strain it off. There was not much stock left, so just cooking for another 2 to 3 mins evaporated the stock. But you can also collect the stock and use it in your soups or serve to kids. You can cut the chicken and check if it is cooked well. I just used a fork to do it.

 soft tender cooked meat

Make Chicken Patties

4. When the chicken is cooled completely, discard the bones. Either pulse it in a blender or chop it finely or shred. I prefer to chop it. Then add finely chopped onions, ginger garlic paste, green chilies, salt, coriander or mint leaves turmeric, red chili powder and garam masala. If you do not have garam masala, you can use cajun spice mix or little all spice. If you prefer to use potato , you can add one steamed/ boiled & mashed potato now. You can also add grated carrots and shredded cabbage.

adding onions

5. Mix everything well. Then begin to add rice flour or bread crumbs, little by little as needed.

mixing everything

6. Knead the mixture very well until it comes together. Use flour only as needed. When you begin to knead the moisture from the chicken and onions begin to release and bind everything well.

kneading dough for chicken cutlet recipe

7. Divide the dough and make 8 to 9 patties. Set these aside.

making patties

8. Beat an egg & salt in a bowl. Or you can also make a batter made of besan, salt and water. The batter must not be very thick or thin but has to be like the bajji batter consistency. Also Take the bread crumbs in a bowl. I used dried bread crumbs, you can also make them by pulsing few slices of bread in a blender. Dip each patty in the batter or egg mixture.

egg wash or flour wash for chicken cutlet recipe

How to make chicken cutlet

9. Immediately add it to the bowl of bread crumbs. Coat it well.

coating with bread crumbs

10. Repeat the process of dipping all the patties in batter / egg and then in the bread crumbs. Set these aside for about 15 mins for the crumbs to set well. Gently press down each of these cutlets including on the sides so that the crumbs stick well.

bread crumbs for chicken cutlet recipe

11. These can be deep fried or shallow fried or pan fried. I pan fried them.I added 2 tbsp oil to the pan. When the oil turns hot, tilt the pan slightly so that the oil is on one side. Then slowly drop the patties, 2 at one time. When the patties are coated well with oil on one side, just move them aside and add 2 more.

pan frying patty for chicken cutlet recipe

12. This way make sure all the chicken cultets are dropped in oil for even frying and coloring.

pan frying patty

13. When they turn golden, flip them to the other side and fry. I added another tbsp oil now around the edges for the other side to fry well.

golden fried patties in chicken cutlet recipe

14. Since these are not deep or shallow fried in oil, the sides do not turn golden. If you are particular about the color, then I suggest deep frying or fry on the sides as well as shown in the pic below. But even pan fried patties turn very crunchy & delicious.

pan frying patty on the sides

Serve chicken patties hot with onion wedges, tomato ketch up or green chutney.

chicken patties

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Chicken Patties Recipe (Chicken Tikki)

These delicious chicken patties are super delicious with bursting flavors. Serve them with Mint Chutney or Cilantro Chutney.
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Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time40 minutes
Servings9 patties

Ingredients (US cup = 240ml )

  • 300 grams (9 to 10 ounces) boneless chicken (breast or thigh)
  • ½ cup onions finely chopped
  • 1 green chilli chopped (optional, chili peppers)
  • teaspoons grated ginger (or paste)
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons coriander leaves chopped (cilantro or any other fresh herb of choice)
  • ½ to 1 teaspoon paprika or Kashmiri red chilli powder or chilli flakes
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric
  • teaspoon garam masala or any other seasoning of choice
  • ¼ to ½ cup bread crumbs or roasted rice flour or roasted gram flour
  • ¼ cup gram flour or 1 egg
  • ¾ teaspoon salt (adjust to taste)
  • 3 tablespoons oil for pan frying (more if shallow frying)



  • Place the chicken in a pan. Optionally you may add 1 to 2 tablespoons of yogurt to prevent the chicken from drying out.
  • On a low heat cook covered until tender, turning the chicken to the other side half way. When done the internal temperature reaches 165°F (74°C).
  • Cool the chicken and mince or pulse it in a food processer. Add onions, chili, garam masala, ginger, salt, paprika/red chili powder, turmeric and coriander leaves.
  • Add only half of the bread crumbs and bring the mixture together to form a dough. Do not process the mixture in processor else the onions begin to release moisture.
  • If the mixture is too sticky, add more bread crumbs. Do not add any liquid. Taste test and adjust the spices and salt.

How to Make Chicken Patties

  • Divide the mixture to 8 to 9 portions. Flatten and shape to patties.
  • If you want to use egg beat the egg in a bowl. Or make a thick batter using gram flour and very little salt. (check pics in the post)
  • Dip the patty in the batter or egg. Immediately put it in the bread crumbs to coat the patties well.
  • Keep these aside for 15 mins. Press down the patties with your fingers so the bread crumbs stick well.
  • Heat a pan with oil. Shallow fry or deep fry or pan fry to suit your liking. When the oil is medium hot, place the chicken patties in the pan and fry until crisp and golden. Remove to a serving plate.
  • Serve Chicken Patties with Mint Chutney or Cilantro Chutney.


I prefer to brine the chicken for this recipe. I use a mix of yogurt, salt and water. You can achieve somewhat similar results by boiling the chicken with little yogurt.

Alternative quantities provided in the recipe card are for 1x only, original recipe.

For best results follow my detailed step-by-step photo instructions and tips above the recipe card.

NUTRITION INFO (estimation only)

Nutrition Facts
Chicken Patties Recipe (Chicken Tikki)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 140 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 20mg7%
Sodium 165mg7%
Potassium 72mg2%
Carbohydrates 8g3%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 40IU1%
Vitamin C 1.7mg2%
Calcium 5mg1%
Iron 0.3mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Ma’am if I use chicken kheema, should I blend it after cooking. Also should I soak the kheema in buttermilk brine before cooking.

Can i make this in the oven instead of frying them? If so, what temperature do you recommend and for how long? Thank you.

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Can these be made into patties a day before and left in the fridge and fried the next day? Or, will they turn soggy. I’ll have to use potatoes, though.

Hi, can I freeze them? Thanks

Thanks. Is that before or after pan frying, please?

Thanks much.

First time trying my hands on a cutlet recipe and they came out really well ! Very simplified procedure!

Made chicken cutlets. Amazing snack

How much red chili powder and turmeric should be used when making this recipe? I don’t see them listed in the ingredient list

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Thanks for posting this recipe, Swasthi! They came out really well and I think this is a relatively simple recipe, so I can make it often. I added a mashed potato this time and the next time, I will add peas and carrots. Cheers!

Hello Swati,
Can I just use ground chicken and use it instead of boiling the chicken and shredding it? Thanks!

Hi dear.. is it compulsary to add onions?? And can i make without boiling the chicken?? I mean just grind the raw chicken and add all the masalas?

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Hi Swati
Made chicken cutlet today. Came out really well. My kids loved it… Thank you.. I have tried even ragi biscuit.. that too was a hit…

Hi thanks for the recipe. However the patties I made came out dry and breaking while turning over. Any suggestions?

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Hello Swasthi, I keep trying your recipes and everytime I do, the result has been superb ! You deserve a big thank you.

I am allergic to flour genrally.
What else can I use as a replacement.

It looks delicious.
Thank you!

Instead of bread crumbs what can be used. Also can I used minced chicken

I am 60 and a retired engineer. I love to cook and I find your recipes awesome. Thank You

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Ur recipes are awesome.. We r expecting more

Hi can I use rava or suji instead of bread crumbs for dabbing the cutlet at the end just 15 mins before frying

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This was easy to make. Super delicious and tasty. Thank you so much for the recipie?

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Hi! I tried yesterday chicken cutlet receipe & everyone like that. It was tasty & delicious. Thanks Swasthi

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Thanks Swasthi. Your chicken cutlet recipe turned out great. It was also easy to prepare. Thanks once again.