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Chicken Tikka Masala

Chicken Tikka Masala is one of the most popular Indian recipes. It can be made with chicken breasts as well as chicken thighs.


For Marinating:

Chicken tastes best when it is marinated overnight.

  • 750g boneless and skinless chicken thighs cut into bite-sized pieces

  • 1 cup plain yogurt

  • 2 tablespoons garlic ginger paste

  • 2 teaspoons garam masala

  • 1 teaspoon turmeric

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1 teaspoon red chili powder

  • 1 teaspoon of salt

  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder

For masala paste

  • 2 medium sized onion

  • 4 medium sized tomato

  • 2 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • 2 tablespoon butter

  • 1 green chilli

  • 1 tablespoon ginger garlic paste

  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon red chili powder (or as per heat required)

  • 2 teaspoon garam masala powder

  • 1 tablespoon coriander powder

  • 1 to 1 1/2 teaspoon cumin powder

  • 1 1/4 cups of heavy cream

  • 1/4 cup water

  • 1/4 cup coriander for garnishing

  • 1 tablespoon kasuri methi

  • 1 teaspoon sugar

  • 1 teaspoon salt


  • Mix all the items for marinating in a bowl, cover it and rest it overnight in the refrigerator.

  • Heat oil in a pan over medium heat. Fry marinated chicken pieces until brown on each side. Keep aside the fried chicken.

  • Melt the butter in the same pan. Fry the onions until soft and light brown. You can add some salt to get the brown colour without burning.

  • Add tomatoes and cook until the mixture becomes thick and begins to leave the sides of the pan.

  • Blend the onion tomato mixture to a thick paste.

  • Once again heat the onion tomato paste. Add green chili. Add ginger garlic paste. Saute for a min.

  • Reduce the heat.

  • Add red chili powder, cumin powder, coriander powder, garam masala powder and sugar.

  • Add water and cook until the masala paste turns thick.

  • Add heavy cream and stir well.

  • Once the paste turns thick add fried chicken pieces and stir.

  • Then add kasuri methi and mix well.

  • Cook until the chicken turns soft.

  • Taste and add further salt, chili powder, garam masala powder if needed.

  • Finally add the cream and garnish with coriander.

Chicken tikka masala tastes best with Butter Naan, roti and varieties of rice.

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