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Chicken Tikka Masala

Posted on 02/17/2021 at 12:20 PM by Madhu Gadia

Chicken Tikka Masala


Chicken simmered in a creamy-tomato sauce is one of the most prevalent chicken dishes served in Indian restaurants. 

Prep Time: 20 minutes   
Marinate Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Makes: 6 servings


Chicken Marinade

1-1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken
1/4 cup plain yogurt
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated
1 teaspoon garlic cloves, finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper, to taste

Tikka Masala Sauce

1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1/2 cup onion, finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon garlic cloves, finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon fresh ginger, finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon garam masala
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper, to taste (optional)|
1 cup tomatoes, canned, crushed
1/2 cup water|
1/2 salt
1/2 sugar
1/4 cup half and half


  1. Marinade Chicken: Mix yogurt, ginger, garlic, cumin, coriander, cayenne pepper, and salt. Pour over chicken and mix well. Marinate for 4 hours or more in refrigerate.
  1. Cook Chicken: Remove chicken from marinade, bake until cooked to internal temperature of 165F. Drain excess fat. Cut into 1-inch cubes. Set aside. 
  1. Prepare Sauce: Heat oil in a heavy skillet. When oil is hot, Add onions. Fry onions until light brown, add garlic, ginger, cumin, garam masala, paprika, and cayenne pepper. Cook for 1-2 minutes. Add tomatoes and salt.
  1. Turn off the heat. Mix in water. Using an immersion blender grind onion to a fine paste.
  1. Return to heat. Cover partially and cook for about 15-20 minutes, until sauce is thickened.
  1. Stir in half and half. Simmer for 5 minutes.
  1. Add chicken pieces. Simmer for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Recipe: Madhu Gadia, RD
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