Chicken Tikka Masala

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Chicken Tikka Masala
Chicken Tikka Masala
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  • Marinade:
  • ¼ cup Greek-style plain yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh garlic
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • ¾ teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1½ pound chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • Sauce:
  • 1 tablespoon ghee
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon Garam Masala
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • 4 tomatoes, crushed
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro, or to taste


  1. Stir yogurt, olive oil, ginger, garlic, cumin, paprika, and lemon juice together in a bowl until smooth; add chicken and turn to coat completely.
  2. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  3. Preheat stovetop grill to medium-high heat.
  4. Thread chicken onto skewers and cook until chicken juices run clear, 5 to 6 minutes per side.
  5. Melt ghee butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Cook the onions in hot ghee until softened, 5 to 6 minutes. Stir garlic, coriander, turmeric, paprika, Garam Masala, ginger, cayenne pepper, salt, and pepper with the onion; cook for about 1 minute more. Add crushed fresh tomatoes to the onion; cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-low.
  6. Stir heavy cream into the tomato mixture; bring to a simmer and cook for 4 minutes. Stir the chicken pieces into the sauce to coat; transfer to a serving bowl and garnish with cilantro to serve.
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Greg Jones says:

Gone are the days of buying frozen, store bought tikka masala. This recipe is incredibly easy! The creamy tomato sauce is fantastic. This is definitely a classic, tried and true recipe that I enjoy each time I make.

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Sam Dalton says:

Traditional, classic dish. The marinade and sauce were spot on. The meat was tender and overall very good flavor. Can't wait to make this again.