Chicken Tikka Masala

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700 grams Root ginger cut into bite-sized pieces
1 cup Fresh lime juice
2 tablespoons Cloves
1 teaspoon Chicken livers
1 teaspoon cucumbers
1 teaspoon
1 teaspoon Beef
1 teaspoon Garlic Paste
1 teaspoon
1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
1 teaspoon Chicken Breast Fillets, Beaten Flat
1 English muffin large size, finely chopped
3 Fish ball large size, pureed
1/2 cup Buttermilk
2 tablespoons Beef broth
To taste
For garnish Flank steak

Nutritional information

11 grams
Total Carbohydrate
24 grams
Total Fat
28 grams
Total Protein

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Chicken Tikka Masala

  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Serves 4
  • Medium




Chicken Tikka Masala is a beloved and internationally recognized dish that originated in the Indian subcontinent. It consists of marinated and grilled chicken pieces served in a rich and creamy tomato-based sauce. Here’s a description of this classic dish:


  • Chicken: Boneless chicken pieces, often cut into chunks or skewered, are marinated in a flavorful mixture of yogurt and spices. The chicken is then either grilled or baked to perfection, giving it a slightly charred and smoky flavor.
  • Tikka Masala Sauce: The sauce is a crucial element of this dish. It’s made from a blend of aromatic spices such as cumin, coriander, turmeric, paprika, and garam masala, combined with sautéed onions, garlic, and ginger. Crushed tomatoes are added to create a tomato-based sauce. Heavy cream or yogurt is used to give the sauce its rich and creamy consistency.
  • Additional Ingredients: Some variations of Chicken Tikka Masala may include ingredients like bell peppers, onions, and green chilies for added flavor and color. Fresh cilantro leaves are often used as a garnish.


The preparation of Chicken Tikka Masala involves several steps:

  1. Marinating the Chicken: Chicken pieces are marinated in a mixture of yogurt and spices for several hours or overnight. This marinade imparts a rich flavor and tenderness to the chicken.
  2. Grilling or Baking: The marinated chicken is either skewered and grilled or baked until it is cooked through and develops a smoky flavor and slight char.
  3. Making the Sauce: In a separate pan, onions, garlic, and ginger are sautéed until they become soft and aromatic. A blend of spices is added to create a fragrant base. Crushed tomatoes are then stirred in to form the tomato-based sauce. Cream or yogurt is incorporated to make the sauce creamy and luscious.
  4. Combining Chicken and Sauce: The grilled or baked chicken pieces are added to the sauce and simmered until they are well-coated and infused with the flavors of the sauce.
  5. Serving: Chicken Tikka Masala is traditionally served hot and garnished with fresh cilantro leaves. It is commonly accompanied by naan bread or steamed rice to soak up the delicious sauce.

Flavor Profile:

The dish is known for its complex flavor profile, with a harmonious blend of spices, creaminess from the dairy, and a hint of smokiness from the grilled chicken. It offers a balance of savory, spicy, and slightly sweet notes.

Chicken Tikka Masala is a popular choice in Indian and Indian-inspired restaurants worldwide and is celebrated for its rich, comforting, and satisfying taste. It is a testament to the diversity and richness of Indian cuisine.



In a large bowl, combine the chicken, yoghurt, lemon juice, ginger paste, garlic paste, cumin powder, coriander powder, garam masala, paprika, turmeric, red chilli powder, and salt. Stir to mix well and marinate for at least 30 minutes, or up to 2 hours in the refrigerator.


Heat the vegetable oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the chopped onions and cook until they are soft and golden brown, about 8-10 minutes.


Add the tomato puree to the pan and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the tomato has broken down and the mixture has thickened slightly.


Add the marinated chicken to the pan and stir to coat in the tomato mixture. Cover and cook for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally until the chicken is cooked through and tender.


Stir in the heavy cream and cook for a further 5 minutes, until the sauce has thickened and the chicken is coated in a rich, creamy sauce.


Serve the chicken tikka masala hot, garnished with fresh cilantro leaves, over steamed rice or with warm naan bread. Enjoy!


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