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Homemade Chicken Tikka Masala

A famous dish is made with chicken in a spiced curry sauce. The curry is orange, creamy and so delicious. You can make this delicious recipe easily at home. Grab some Naan bread and enjoy this amazing dish!

May 24, 2021
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Easy Chicken Tikka MasalaPhoto By Canva
Difficulty Medium
Servings 4-6 people
Preparation 15 mins
Cooking 45 mins
Total 60 mins



Chicken Tikka

  1. In a large mixing bowl add the chicken, plain yogurt, turmeric, 2 tablespoons of garam masala, fresh lemon juice, ginger powder and mix well.
  2. Cover and put in the fridge for 2 hours minimum. Overnight is best.
  3. Remove chicken from marinade and place onto a baking sheet with a rack.
  4. Heat oven to 350 degrees and cook chicken until it reaches an internal temperature of 155 degrees


  1. In a large pot over medium to medium-high heat, add in ghee or oil and allow to heat.
  2. Add in onion, garlic and garam masala and allow to sweat and become fragrant.
  3. Stir in the ginger powder and the tomato paste and cook for 2 minutes
  4. Add in paprika and the crushed tomatoes and allow to reduce until thick.
  5. Add in cream and simmer for 2-3 minutes
  6. Add in water and stir for 2-3 minutes before adding in salt and sugar.
  7. Add chicken to pot and cook until the chicken is fully cooked. Serve with rice and naan bread.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 Easy Chicken Tikka Masala
Serves 4-6
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value*
Cholesterol 100 mg33.3%
Sodium 403 mg17.5%
Potassium 753 mg16%
Protein 28.2 g56.4%
Total Fat 18.6 g23.8%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.


  • Try to only partially cook the chicken in the oven. This will cause it to not be over cooked when you add it to the sauce, so it can soak up some of the flavor.
  • Take your time when adding ingredients to the sauce as it cooks. Each time you add an ingredient, give it time to cook out and release all of its flavors.
  • You have the option to strain the sauce before you add the chicken. Some people prefer a smooth sauce.
  • Serve with white rice.
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Indian food is quite possibly one of the most interesting and delicious cuisines in the world. Using bold flavors and spices, there is truly nothing else like it. Even though this style of food has been popular in restaurants, there are not many people who make it at home yet. Here we come to hopefully break that trend with this recipe.

How To Make Chicken Tikka Masala?

Every chicken tikka masala recipe should begin with the chicken tikka. Chicken tikka is very similar and can be used as tandoori chicken. This calls for the chicken to marinate in yogurt, garam masala, ginger, and lemon juice typically. It is then baked (in a tandoori) or in the case of this recipe, partially cooked and then put into the curry or masala. Chicken tikka masala is then spooned over rice and/or scooped up with some naan bread.

What Is Chicken Tikka Masala?

Chicken tikka masala is a dish derived from northern India and is actually very popular in the United Kingdom. So popular in fact that it is actually the national dish of England. It is made up of chicken tikka or tandoori chicken and tomato curry or masala. This dish packs a punch to the palate and is best served over rice with naan bread.

Is Chicken Tikka Masala Healthy?

Unfortunately, even though chicken tikka masala is very delicious, it is not very healthy. Sure, you are eating chicken and rice, but the part that will get you is the sauce. The kicker is the amount of cream and ghee added that causes the fat content to go way up. Sure, there are healthy versions out there like there is for everything nowadays, but sometimes this can mean sacrificing flavor, so the choice is yours.

Is Chicken Tikka Masala Spicy?

Chicken tikka masala recipes can be spicy if that is how you like it. The only adjustment that needs to be made is how many peppers or chilis you decide to put in your sauce.

Is Chicken Tikka Masala Keto?

Like the spice question the answer is yes it can be, and very easily too. In order for it to be considered keto, you must first use chicken thighs when making the chicken tikka, because they have a higher fat content than a chicken breast. Another way to ensure you make a keto friendly masala is to swap sour cream for yogurt in your marinade for the chicken. This will also add fat, but also cut carbs as well. Lastly, and if you really want to go crazy, replace the rice with cauliflower rice as a way to get rid of the carbs. Making these easy changes will allow those that are keto to enjoy this amazing dish.

What Is The Difference Between Butter Chicken and Chicken Tikka Masala?

The differences between these two dishes are very subtle. In fact, there are many people that could not pick which is which if they were on a plate side by side. The Butter Chicken will have a milder flavor brought on by using less of or a few different seasonings. Butter chicken also tends to be a lighter shade of red and very smooth and velvety, due to the amount of butter that is added to the sauce. Chicken tikka masala tends to have more of a tomato like taste and a little bit more heat when it comes to the spices.

What Is Tikka Masala Sauce Made of?

Tikka masala sauce is typically made of cream and tomato as the base and body of the sauce. It is most often seasoned with a ton of spices like ginger, turmeric, garam masala, and red chili powder which is what aids orange-hue. It tends to carry an earthy flavor and can be slightly sweet.

Is Chicken Tikka Masala Indian?

This is probably one of the most controversial questions in the culinary world. It is right up there with should you put pineapple on a pizza. The answer is yes, chicken tikka masala is an Indian dish. There are those out there that say it is derived from butter chicken and was developed in England or Scotland by a Bangladeshi chef, so it is actually British.

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