Chicken Tikka Masala

A classic mild Indian curry! Chicken marinated in yogurt and spices then grilled on the BBQ tandoori style. Served in a tikka sauce of tomato, cream and spices.

There is not much better than some good Indian food. Every few weeks it is either my wife or I that first get the craving for Indian curry. The other is never opposed to it and I am always happy to cook up a curry. Typically, I make butter chicken, tandoori chicken or beef curry.

Lately though, I have been wanting to make chicken tikka. I am not sure why, up to now, I have never made a tikka sauce. I have tried most others, but this was my first time cooking it. After dinner I knew this would become a regular dish I made. It was incredible!

Tikka is arguably the most popular Indian dish around the world. Chicken tikka is a favourite in Indian restaurants all over but it is also considered a British national dish. The origin of chicken tikka is under hot debate with two locations claiming the right to creating the first tikka dish. Most accept that it was likely first created in an Indian restaurant. One place is in the region of Punjab and the other is in Glasgow. Crazy, as those places are not even close to each other. Either way, tikka has been around for 50 or so years and it is a wonderful mild curry.

This chicken tikka masala recipe dish has two main components; the chicken and the sauce. I cubed the chicken breast and marinated it in a spiced yogurt marinade. After it had been marinated for at least 6 hours I put the chicken cubes on skewers and grilled them on the BBQ.

It is the same method I use to make tandoori chicken. In a saucepan I make the sauce bringing it to a boil and then a simmer. Once the chicken is grilled, it is added to the sauce and simmered for 10 minutes or so. It turned out beautifully!

A classic mild Indian curry! Chicken marinated in yogurt and spices then grilled on the BBQ tandoori style. Served in a tikka sauce of tomato, cream and spices.

My kids had never had tikka before, but they love mild curries that have a lot of sauce. This chicken tikka masala recipe did not disappoint and the boys went through a couple naan breads each sopping up the curry sauce.

I also have a slow cooker version of this recipe. Check it out here – Crock Pot Chicken Tikka Masala

Chicken Tikka Masala

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A classic mild Indian curry recipe! Chicken marinated in yogurt and spices then grilled on the BBQ tandoori style. Served in a tikka sauce or tomato, cream and spices.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 4 people

Ingredients

  • 4 chicken breasts cubed

Chicken Marinade

  • 2 cups yogurt
  • 4 cloves garlic crushed
  • 2 tbsp ginger finely minced
  • 2 tsp garam masala
  • 1 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper

Tikka Sauce

  • 3 tbsp butter or ghee
  • 2 cups crushed or strained tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 2 cups cream 10%
  • 2 tsp turmeric
  • 3 tsp cumin
  • 1 1/2 tsp coriander
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro chopped

Instructions

  • Prepare the marinade for the sauce by mixing the yogurt, garlic, ginger, garam masala, cumin and cayenne pepper. Mix the chicken throughout the marinade ensuring they are fully coated. Marinate in the fridge a minimum of 6 hours.
  • Place the chicken cubes on skewers and grill on the BBQ until fully cooked.
  • Make the sauce by melting the butter in a saucepan. Add the paprika, cumin, coriander, turmeric and salt. Stir and let the spices bloom for a couple minutes. Add the tomatoes and honey and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and let simmer for 10 minutes. Add the cream and simmer for 10 more minutes.
  • Once the chicken is grilled, remove from the skewers and add to the tikka sauce. Simmer for a final 10 minutes.
  • Garnish with fresh chopped cilantro.
  • Serve with rice and/or naan bread

 

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A classic mild Indian curry! Chicken marinated in yogurt and spices then grilled on the BBQ tandoori style. Served in a tikka sauce of tomato, cream and spices.

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33 comments

  • 5 stars
    I’ve made this recipe several times and it is great.

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  • Hi! When you say “add cream” in step 3. What kind of cream are you talking about? Thanks!

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    • I use 10% cream that, in Canada, is called Half and Half cream.

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  • Looks fabulous, and I LOVE chicken tikka masala and Indian food in general. Did you guys know that Indian food is the fastest growing cuisine in this country! We’ve gone to an Indian buffet place in our town for 15 years. Our kids grew up eating this stuff & they all loved it all the way down to my-then 6-year old. The tradition continues as they all seek out Indian cuisine wherever they are. Can’t wait to try this.

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  • yum! one of my favourite dishes. this looks amazing, stunning photos and a seemingly easy to follow recipe! i only ever make nonya curry, but indian curries, i always find very daunting! thanks for sharing and i’ll let u know how i go when i try my hands at it!

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