Chicken Tikka Masala

This is a time consuming dish if you do it all in one day but make it easy on yourself and let this marinade over night, then you can just do the rest and have a meal that no one will believe you made. If you do not have all the spices do not worry, leave it out and it will still be great. Serve this dish with rice and naan.

6 chicken breast, boneless and skinless cut into small cubes

1 cup plain yogurt
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
2 teaspoons black pepper
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon amchur
1/2 teaspoon cardamom
1 teaspoon salt
1 piece minced ginger (1 “inch” long)

2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 chili, stem removed and spilt up
3 teaspoons ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon paprika
2 teaspoons garam masala
1 teaspoon salt
1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce
1-1/2 cups whipping cream
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

1. Marinade: In an 8 inch by 8 inch pan add yogurt, lemon juice, cumin, chili powder, pepper, cinnamon, amchur, cardamom, salt and ginger, mix well. Add chicken cubes, coating chicken well. Cover with plastic wrap and place into fridge at least an hour.

2. In a sauté pan on medium heat, add butter. Add garlic, chili, coriander, cumin, paprika, garam masala and salt. Mix well, allowing heat to open spices. About 30 seconds. Add tomato sauce and cream, mixing well. Reduce heat to simmer.

3. Turn oven broiler on high. Line a cookie sheet with foil and add chicken from marinade, discard marinade. Place chicken under broiler allowing cooking 5-10 minutes, watch non stop so chicken does not burn, it should turn a light golden. Take chicken from pan and add to sauce in pan, cook on low about 15-20 minutes. Place into serving dish and add cilantro on top.

 Yields: 6 servings

6 Responses to Chicken Tikka Masala

  • Sonia says:


    This was a very simple recipe that was easy to follow. The result is amazing!!!!!! The easiest way to prepare this dish is to place a small plate by your spice cabinet and measure out all your spices right there into the plate. Since they will be dumped into marinade and sauce all together it saves a lot of time and makes this recipe very simple.

    I only used 1/2 cup of cream. We’re not much into cream in our dinner. But worked out very well!!!

  • Noor says:

    Sonia I just love a creamy taste over a to much tomato taste, whatever works best for you all.

    I as well always get my spices laid out before hand, saves a ton of time. And you all know I love my spices, lol.

    This recipe is a keeper def, yum!

  • umm ahmed says:

    I made this last night for dinner and it was delicious even my kids could’nt get enough of it.I will for sure make this again.

  • Arlette says:

    Looks so good and you are making me hungry oh boy!!!

    I need to do this one day,even if I have to eat it by myself, my husband is not a fan about curry flavour.

    thanks very much, i bookmarked the recipe to try it , and let you know

  • Muneera says:

    I just made this last night and it turned out great!! Thanks for the recipe, I’ll definitely be making it again!

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