Tikka chicken masala

Tikka chicken masala

By Food E Fare

Tikka masala chicken is a popular Indian dish known for its rich, creamy tomato-based sauce and tender chunks of chicken. Here's a basic recipe to make tikka masala chicken at home:


  • 500g boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 3 tablespoons tikka masala spice blend (you can use store-bought or make your own)
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1-inch piece of ginger, minced
  • 1 can (400g) diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup heavy cream or coconut cream for a dairy-free option
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh cilantro leaves for garnish
  • Cooked rice or naan bread for serving

For the tikka masala spice blend:

  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (adjust to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves


  • In a bowl, combine the plain yogurt and tikka masala spice blend. Add the chicken pieces and toss until they are well coated. Cover and marinate in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour, or preferably overnight.
  • Heat the vegetable oil in a large skillet or saucepan over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and cook until softened and translucent, about 5 minutes.
  • Add the minced garlic and ginger to the skillet and cook for another 1-2 minutes until fragrant.
  • Stir in the marinated chicken pieces and cook until they are browned on all sides, about 5-7 minutes.
  • Add the diced tomatoes to the skillet, including the juice from the can. Stir to combine and bring the mixture to a simmer.
  • Reduce the heat to low and let the tikka masala simmer gently for about 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the chicken is cooked through and the sauce has thickened slightly.
  • Stir in the heavy cream or coconut cream and simmer for an additional 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Garnish the tikka masala chicken with fresh cilantro leaves before serving.
  • Serve hot with cooked rice or naan bread on the side.

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