Chicken tikka masala

Chicken tikka masala

If there's one dish guaranteed to be on every Indian restaurant menu, it's chicken tikka masala, which is composed of grilled chunks of chicken marinated in yogurt and spices in a creamy tomato cream sauce.
This tikka masala recipe is just like a restaurant quality meal (this version is with cream – I prefer the thicker version but I guess if you like to have it low fat make without). I yet recommend using cream as the sauce gets its full consistency). This recipe is perfect for a weekend dinner!
Before you get started, prepare a mix of Garam Masala mix as listed below. If you have less time you can use a canned tin of tomatoes. This will save you up to 30 minutes of your time...
This is an medium-easy recipe for Chicken Tikka Masala - serve with rice or naan bread. It’s incredibly delicious!

Jasmin Dhar


  1. 1 teaspoon cinnamon ground
  2. 1 teaspoon coriander ground
  3. 1 teaspoon cumin ground
  4. 1/2 teaspoon cardamom ground
  5. 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg ground
  6. 1/2 teaspoon black pepper ground
  7. 2 - 3 teaspoon teaspoons salt
  8. 2 - 3 teaspoons paprika
  9. 2 - 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts pieces , diced into small cubes
  10. 3 Tbsps garam masala spice (see above)
  11. 1/2 cup yogurt plain
  12. 1/2 lemon a squeezed
  13. 1 ginger small piece , peeled
  14. 3 cloves garlic , peeled
  15. 1 yellow onion
  16. 2 - 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts pieces , diced into small cubes
  17. garam masala rest of remaining spice (see above)
  18. 1 1/2 Tbsps olive oil
  19. 1 Tbsp tomato paste
  20. 3 tomatoes ( 1 can peeled as alternative)
  21. 1 teaspoon tomato paste
  22. Salt
  23. 1/2 cup cream low-fat
  24. 1/4 cup cilantro leaves
  25. basmati rice Cooked for serving


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    In a large bowl with chicken add yogurt, lemon juice. Stir in 1/2 of garam masala spice (see above ingredients). Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.

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    Add oil to preheated pan. Cut chilli in small pieces and saute for a minute. Turn down to medium heat. Now add crushed garlic and ginger fry for 2 minutes till they turn slightly brown.

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    Add the onion and sauté, stirring occasionally, until light brown and caramelized, about 5 minutes. Now add the rest of garam masala spice(see above) and mix well for 2-5 minutes.

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    Add tomatoes and stir. Turn heat very low, stir occasionally, cook till tomatoes get mushy. Lastly add the teaspoon of tomato paste. (Patience here, can take up to 20-25 minutes of your time!)

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    Now turn up heat and add marinated chicken, stir well. Cook from all sides for 5-8 minutes. Simmer on low heat until sauce thickens, about 20 minutes.

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    The chicken should be cooked now and sauce will have thickened. Lastly add cream and stir well! Transfer to a serving platter, and garnish with fresh cilantro.

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