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Chicken Tikka Masala

Forget Indian takeout or going out to eat, homemade Chicken Tikka Masala is easy to make! Serve with basmati rice and naan for a delicious Indian meal at home! 

Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Keywords chicken tikka masala
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 308 kcal

Ingredients

For the chicken:

  • 1/2 cup whole milk yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 teaspoons freshly grated ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon garam marsala
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil or grapeseed oil

For the sauce:

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 yellow onion diced
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 teaspoons freshly grated ginger
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 teaspoons garam masala
  • 2 teaspoons ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 (28 oz) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves optional
  • Basmati rice and naan bread for serving, optional

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, stir together the yogurt, lemon juice, garlic, ginger, garam marsala, chili powder, cumin, paprika, salt, and pepper. Add the chicken pieces and stir until the chicken is well coated. Let the chicken marinate in the yogurt sauce for at least 30 minutes. You can refrigerate the chicken overnight. 

  2. In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the marinated chicken to the hot skillet and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden, about 4 to 5 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a plate and set aside. 

  3. In the same skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. Stir in the onion and cook until tender, about 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in the tomato paste, ginger, garlic, garam masala, turmeric, chili powder, paprika, cumin, and cayenne pepper and cook until well combined, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in the diced tomatoes and chicken broth. Bring to a boil; reduce the heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until sauce is slightly thickened, about 10 minutes

  4. Stir in the cream and lemon juice. Add the cooked chicken back into the pan and cook until heated through, about 5 minutes. 

  5. Serve warm with rice and naan, if desired.

Recipe Notes

Garam masala is an Indian spice and can be found in the spice aisle at most grocery stores. Will keep covered in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days. 

Nutrition Facts
Chicken Tikka Masala
Amount Per Serving (6 g)
Calories 308 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 10g50%
Cholesterol 138mg46%
Sodium 798mg33%
Potassium 597mg17%
Carbohydrates 10g3%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 24g48%
Vitamin A 910IU18%
Vitamin C 15mg18%
Calcium 80mg8%
Iron 2.5mg14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.