Main Dishes

Chicken Tikka Masala


Prep time: 30 minutes
Cook time: 35 minutes
Total time: 65 minutes
Servings: 4

Don’t be intimidated by the list of ingredients, these are just spices, and believe me, it’s WORTH it!


For the chicken:

  • 400 g (14 oz) boneless and skinless chicken breasts
  • 120 mL (1/2 cup) milk
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 15 g (0,5 oz) fresh ginger
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp ground red chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp of salt

For the sauce:

  • 200 g (1 cup) tomato puree (grated tomatoes)
  • 25 g (1 Tbsp + 2 tsp) unsalted butter
  • 3 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 240 mL (3/4 cup + 3 Tbsp) heavy or thickened cream (use a low-fat cream for lower calories)
  • 2 Tbsp fresh cilantro or parsley to garnish


  • 1 small onion
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 15 g (0,5 oz) frech ginger
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp ground red chilli powder (adjust to your taste preference)
  • 1/2 tsp salt


  1. In a bowl, combine chicken with all of the ingredients for the chicken marinade; let marinate for 30 minutes to an hour (or overnight if time allows).
  2. Prepare the sauce. Heat oil in a large skillet. Fry the onions until soft (about 3 minutes) while scraping up any browned bits stuck on the bottom of the pan.
  3. Add garlic and ginger and sauté for 1 minute until fragrant, then add garam masala, cumin, turmeric, chilli powder and coriander. Fry for about 20 seconds until fragrant, while stirring occasionally. If needed, add 1 Tbsp olive oil.
  4. Pour in the tomato puree and salt. Let simmer for about 10 – 15 minutes, stirring occasionally until sauce thickens and becomes a deep brown red colour.
  5. Stir the cream through the sauce.
  6. Now you need to fry the chicken. Heat oil in a large skillet or pot over medium-high heat. When sizzling, add chicken pieces in batches of two or three, making sure not to crowd the pan. Fry until browned for only 3 minutes on each side.
  7. Add the chicken into the pan with sauce and cook for an additional 8 – 10 minutes until chicken is cooked through and the sauce is thick and bubbling. Pour in the water to thin out the sauce, if needed.


  • Garnish with cilantro or parsley, and serve with hot garlic butter rice.
Category: Main Dishes

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