Homemade Best Chicken Tikka Masala Recipe

Chicken tikka masala, a traditional Indian takeout dish, is simple to prepare at home. Tender chicken chunks are covered in a flavorful, creamy, spicy sauce that is just waiting to be served with fresh naan and excellent basmati rice. Garam masala, which is essentially the Indian equivalent of Chinese five-spice powder, is the only component in this highly spiced dish that you might not already have in your cupboard. When it comes to creating delectable dishes, once you have it, the possibilities are endless—the spice mixture can be found in dishes like aloo gobi, butter chicken, and dal. We promise that having it on hand is worthwhile.

What flavour does tikka masala have?

Tikka masala is a tomato and cream sauce that traditionally contains garam masala, turmeric, ginger, garlic, and chiles. It is tangy and highly spiced. Additionally, it has all the delectable flavours from a batch of the same spices used in the marinade for the tikka.

The heat level of chicken tikka masala:

The milder dish chicken tikka masala is flavorful and not overly hot, but it still packs a lot of flavour. One of the things we like best about cooking it at home? You have complete control over the spice levels! Depending on personal preference, amplify or diminute.

What makes chicken tikka and chicken tikka masala different from one another?

Yogurt-marinated chicken that has been roasted is referred known as chicken tikka. Chicken tikka can be found roasted and served dry or served on skewers. The cream sauce that the meat is served in is referred to as the “masala” in chicken tikka masala.

How is curry different from tikka masala?

Curry and tikka masala are both spiced, sauce-based foods that have their roots on the Indian subcontinent, although tikka masala (unlike its relative butter chicken) is thought to have originated in the 1960s in the United Kingdom, among the Indian diaspora. While tikka masala has a cream foundation, curry typically has a coconut base.

This chicken tikka rivals any dish from an Indian restaurant in terms of flavour and richness. When you can make it better at home, why go out? This Chicken Tikka Masala recipe is one of the best you will taste, with flavorful golden chicken chunks swimming in an amazing curry sauce! Serve it with our naan flatbread with butter and garlic!


grated four garlic cloves

1 tbsp. freshly grated, peeled ginger, cut into 1-inch pieces
2 Garam masala, 1/2 tsp.
Ground coriander, 2 teaspoons
Ground turmeric, 2 teaspoons
Ground cumin, 1 1/2 teaspoons
1 tablespoon plus 1/3 cup of tomato paste, divided
Halal salt
Whole-milk yoghurt, one cup
Skinless, boneless, two pounds of chicken breasts
2 tablespoons of ghee or olive oil
1 yellow onion, chopped finely
Crushed red pepper flakes or one to three fresh red chiles, seeded and chopped finely.
1.5 cups of tomato puree
Heavy cream, 1 cup
1/2 cup coarsely chopped fresh cilantro leaves + additional for serving
Basmati rice with naan, for serving, steamed


Step 1

Garlic, ginger, garam masala, coriander, turmeric, cumin, 1 tablespoon tomato paste, and 1/4 teaspoon salt should all be combined in a small bowl to produce a paste.

Step 2

Stir yoghurt, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and half of the spice paste in a medium bowl until thoroughly blended. Cover and chill the remaining spice paste. Chicken should be put on a cutting board. Make a few small slices in each breast using a paring knife. Add to the bowl, then swirl to coat. For at least 30 minutes and up to 6 hours, cover and chill.

Step 3

Warm oil in a big pot over medium heat. Add the onion and chiles and simmer, stirring frequently, for 5 to 7 minutes, or until softened. Cook the remaining 1/3 cup tomato paste while constantly stirring for 2 to 3 minutes, or until it turns black. Add the remaining spice paste and stir continuously for 2 to 3 minutes, or until aromatic.

Step 4

Scrape up any browned bits in the bottom of the pot before stirring in the tomato puree and 1/2 cup water. Bring to a simmer, then cook for 10 to 12 minutes, stirring frequently and lowering heat as necessary to maintain a medium simmer. Add the cream and slowly simmer for 10 to 12 minutes, stirring often, until the mixture has slightly thickened.

Step 5

Heat the broiler while positioning the oven rack 6″ away from the heat. A wire rack should be positioned within a baking sheet with a rim made of foil. Place chicken on rack in a single layer after transferring it with the marinade. Any leftover marinade should be spooned over the chicken. Broil for 10 to 12 minutes, or until the chicken is mostly cooked and the marinade has thickened and become brown in areas (the chicken will still be raw at this point).

Step 6

Chop the chicken into small pieces. To the tomato mixture, include the chicken and cilantro. Add 1/2 teaspoon salt and very gently boil, stirring regularly, for 5 to 8 minutes or until chicken is thoroughly cooked.

Step 7

Distribute the rice among the bowls. Chicken tikki masala should be added. Adding cilantro last. Naan should be served alongside.

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