Chicken Tikka Masala



One chicken dish which is on the menu of all Indian restaurants is Chicken Tikka Masala.  This yummy chicken dish is full of flavor and is a perennial favorite!  This super easy chicken dish goes with rice, bread/pita or naan.  Here I have made it with a little more gravy as I was serving it with rice.  Enjoy!

What you need:

500 gms chicken cut into pieces

2 tbsp tandoori paste or tikka masala paste (I use Pataks)

2 tbsp yogurt

3 tbsp cream (I use light cream)

1 cup tomato puree

2 cloves garlic minced

1/2 tsp minced ginger

2 medium onions ground

1/2 tsp chilli powder 

1/2 tsp coriander powder

1/2 tsp cumin powder

2 tbsp chopped cilantro/coriander leaves

3 tbsp oil

Salt to taste

How to make:

  1.  In a bowl combine the tandoori paste and yogurt.   Throw in the chicken pieces and coat them well with the marinade.  Keep refrigerated for 3-4 hours.
  2. Heat a skillet with 2 tbsp oil.  Saute the chicken pieces well and cover and cook on low heat till almost done.  (Instead you can also bake chicken in an ovenproof dish at 350 F for about 10 mins).




3.  Next heat oil in a pan.  Add the ground onions and stir till they turn pink.  Add the ginger and garlic and saute well for 2-3 mins.  Now add the chilli powder, coriander powder and cumin powder and mix well.  Stir for a couple of minutes on low heat.

4.  Now add the chicken and toss well.  

5.  Separately mix the tomato puree and cream in a bowl together.  Add this mixture to the pan. Stir well and add salt.  Let it come to a boil.  Lower the heat and cover and cook for 5 minutes.  (You can add 1/2 cup of water or more depending on how thick you want the curry).


6.  Garnish with cilantro and serve hot with rice, roti or naan.









4 thoughts on “Chicken Tikka Masala

  1. Renu, I tried this recipe today and it was a hit!!!! Thank you!
    I live in Cranbury – Robin Black told me about you & your blog! I enjoy seeing your recipes.
    Regards, Shaila

  2. This is a great fool proof recipe! As a beginner to cooking, I tried it out and it turned out so delicious! I know that I’ll be coming back to this recipe again and again.

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