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Chicken Tikka Masala

This chicken tikka masala recipe brings the well-loved chicken curry dish to your dinner table! Rich and tasty chicken chunks in creamy, flavorful curry sauce. Top it on rice or with naan bread, whatever you choose, the tikka masala on its own is amazing!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Marinating Time30 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: chicken tikka masala, chicken tikka masala recipe
Servings: 5 -6 people
Calories: 580kcal
Author: Mia



  • 4 pcs chicken breast cut into bite-sized chunks
  • 1 tbsp cumin seeds or powder
  • cup plain yogurt
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 thumb sized ginger grated
  • 2 cloves garlic grated
  • 1 tbsp garam masala
  • 2 tbsp cooking oil
  • additional 3 tbsp. cooking oil for frying.


  • ½ cup onion chopped
  • cup tomato paste
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • ½ tsp chili flakes
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1-2 tbsp sugar optional
  • cup water
  • cup whipping cream


Marinating and Cooking the chicken.

  • Place chicken chunks in a bowl and add all marinating ingredients. Mix well to incorporate and marinate for a minimum of 30 minutes.
  • Heat oil in a pan or skillet over medium-high heat. When oil is hot enough, add chicken pieces in batches making sure not to crowd the pan. Fry for 3 - 4 minutes on each side or until browned. Set aside

Making the sauce

  • Using the same pan, sauté onion until translucent. Add tomato paste and cook for 3 - 4 minutes.
  • Tip in salt, turmeric, coriander, chili flakes, chili powder, sugar and cumin and cook for about 1 minute. Taste and adjust saltiness or sweetness depending on your preference.
  • Add cooked chicken and mix until all chunks are coated with the sauce. Gradually add water while stirring.
  • Let simmer for 3-5 minutes then add whipping cream and stir. Continue cooking for 3 more minutes until sauce is creamy and oil starts to separate.
  • Remove from heat and transfer in a serving dish. Bon appetit!



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