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This Chicken Tikka Masala recipe is absolute perfection with a spiced yogurt marinade and a quick and easy masala sauce that is full of Indian flavors. 

Chicken Tikka Masala on rice sprinkled with cilantro

I’m a sucker for a good Tikka Masala. When I was in college there was a tasty Indian restaurant in town that was quite popular called The Bombay House. It seriously made me want to travel to India just to eat the food.  Granted, this isn’t an authentic Indian dish. It was actually made popular by Indian immigrants living in Europe and quickly became a classic.

Back to that little Indian restaurant. I’ve never had a dish there I didn’t like. A few years ago I took a friend there who claimed to hate Indian food because it was bland and boring. I had no choice but to force her to eat at this place because whatever Indian food she had in the past was obviously not good Indian food. She ended up being blown away!

Chicken Tikka Masala on rice sprinkled with cilantro on white plate

Despite all of the wonderful, mouth-watering, full flavored dishes, there’s just something about a good tikka masala that just warms the soul. It’s total comfort food.

That creamy tomato goodness, spiced with the aromatic spices of India is comfort food to this white girl. I’ve kept the spicing rather mild by Indian standards in this recipe. It’s got some heat to it, but it definitely won’t burn your face off. And let me tell you, this is just as good at the restaurant. All you need to go with it is some steamed rice and naan (Indian flatbread).   I even have a recipe where you can make your own homemade Naan.

Chicken Tikka Masala on rice

If you want to control or adjust the spice level in this recipe, you can cut down or eliminate the cayenne pepper all together. You can also try adding in only 1/3 of a jalapeno instead of the full amount. If you want to increase the spice level, I recommend doubling the amount of jalapeno or using a spicier pepper.

Watch the video below where I walk you through every step of this recipe in the very first episode of my cooking show in my newly remodeled kitchen! I’m pretty excited to finally be able to share it with you so be sure to check it out and subscribe so you never miss an episode.

chicken tikka masala on white rice and white plate
This Chicken Tikka Masala recipe is absolute perfection with a spiced yogurt marinade and a quick and easy masala sauce that is full of Indian flavors.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Ingredients

CHICKEN

  • 2 chicken breasts cut into one inch cubes
  • 1 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1 lemon juiced
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger

SAUCE

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 jalapeno minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1 16 oz can tomato sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • cilantro for garnish
Instructions

For the chicken:

  • In a medium-sized bowl, combine the greek yogurt, lemon juice, cumin, cayenne pepper, pepper, cinnamon, salt, ginger, and cubed chicken. Stir until well combined and chicken is coated. Let marinate for at least an hour.
  • Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook chicken, stirring occasionally, until cooked through, about 5 to 7 minutes.
  • Remove the chicken from the pan and wipe the pan out before making the sauce.
  • For sauce:
  • Melt the butter in a medium sauce pan. Add in the garlic and jalapeno and saute for 1-2 minutes.
  • Add in the cumin, paprika, and garam masala and toast for another minute. Add in the tomato sauce, season with salt and bring to a simmer.
  • Stir in the whipping cream and cooked chicken and cook until heated through, about 2 minutes.
  • Serve hot over rice.
Notes

Nutrition

Calories: 441kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 163mg | Sodium: 1667mg | Potassium: 1005mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 2240IU | Vitamin C: 29mg | Calcium: 143mg | Iron: 3.1mg
Course: Main
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Chicken Tikka Masala
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Robert
February 28, 2018 5:39 pm

5 stars
I have to say I tried your recipe it was amazing. I have to admit I have used many of your recipes. Great web site simple instructions and recipes. Thanks you you have broden and opened my eyes to great dishes.

Eric
May 31, 2018 12:32 pm

I recently started eating and cooking more Indian and Greek cuisines too. I’m in love with it. As an American who grew up on a farm and didn’t get to taste other cultures until my 20’s, I’m super grateful for interesting recipes… Indian or not. I’ll try anything with chicken and a spicy creamy sauce! Thanks!

Amy Ross
November 22, 2020 1:47 am

5 stars
One of the best dishes I ever cooked.. Even if spicy all of my family loved it.. Included kids

Martha Douds
June 26, 2020 9:39 am

5 stars
Can I use boneless skinless chicken thighs? They have soooo much more flavor. I detest chicken tit. That being said, how many thighs or pounds should I use? Chicken breasts like human, highly variable in size and weight. Just sayin.

August 23, 2020 9:30 am
Reply to  Martha Douds

Like you Martha, I do not like breast of chicken in cooked dishes ( except chicken salad).. My Indian place will substitute much tastier. thighs always. Soooo much tastier!

Janet
February 25, 2020 8:50 am

5 stars
Delicious! The only thing I different is broil the chicken instead to save time. Easy and tasty.

DMN
February 13, 2020 9:52 am

The flavors in the recipe are lovely , very tasty. However, if I follow the recipe exactly , I have a copious amount of yoghurt. This doesn’t appear to be the case in the video? Is it edited out. Also, how can 2 chicken fillets feed 4?? Thanks.

February 13, 2020 10:56 am
Reply to  DMN

If you are using the correct amount of Greek yogurt (not regular yogurt), then you shouldn’t have a ton of extra yogurt. However, I suppose if you had smaller than average chicken breasts, that could result in more yogurt than necessary.

Kathryn D.
January 30, 2019 7:03 pm

5 stars
This recipe is delicious!

Deanna
September 10, 2018 4:41 pm

5 stars
I just made this recipe this,evening and it was delicious!!! I didn’t use the jalepno nor the cilantro, but still was fantastic over Jasmine rice!

Janice
August 11, 2018 3:55 pm

Can I cook in a slow cooker

Lara
May 29, 2018 5:11 pm

5 stars
Made this tonight. So yummy!! My 4 year old son even ate it!

Mary
May 17, 2018 10:26 pm

Looks good…looking forward to try it…
Only thing, please get Basmati the, it’s my favorite.
Cheers

Tessa
March 1, 2018 9:40 am

Tried this last night for dinner. Great flavor.

Michelle
February 13, 2018 11:44 pm

Awesome! I’ll try this tonight 🙂

Mirko
February 13, 2018 11:47 am

Would be great if you would use gramm/ounces and ml instead of cubs and all the other unprecise messurements. Thanks

July 16, 2020 1:41 pm

I want to try this recipe, but I never heard of garam masala…….can I use sweet marsala wine ? and how much ?

Hina
February 2, 2018 12:47 pm

Hi Rachel,

Thanks for the recipe!!

I made it today but it’s a little acidic. Should I add more cream or is there something else I can do?

Thanks

Katie
July 7, 2018 8:12 pm
Reply to  Hina

I’ve made this a few times and found that using a whole squeezed lemon made it too citrusy. I like to use 1 teaspoon of lemon juice instead and it made it much better. I love this recipe though and have now made it 4 times. It’s my boyfriend and I’s new favorite dinner!

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