Chicken Tikka Masala Recipe

A comforting bowl of tender, marinated chicken in a spicy tomato gravy. Just add rice.
August 2, 2017, 1:00pm
Chicken Tikka Masala Recipe
Photo by Farideh Sadeghin

Servings: 4
Prep time: 20 minutes
Total time: 4 hours (includes marinating the chicken)

Ingredients

for the first marinade:
1 ½ tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 ½ pounds|750 grams boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into 2-inch pieces

for the second marinade:
½ cup|100 grams plain yogurt
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon red chili powder
½ teaspoon garam masala
½ teaspoon ground white pepper
½ teaspoon kosher salt, plus more to taste
2 garlic cloves, mashed into a paste
1 (1 ½-inch) piece ginger, peeled and mashed into a paste

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for the masala:
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 medium yellow onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, mashed into a paste
1 (1-inch) piece ginger, peeled and mashed into a paste
2 teaspoons red chili powder
1 teaspoon garam masala
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon turmeric
kosher salt, to taste
1 ½ cups tomato purée
1 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 green chili, stemmed and sliced
2 ½ tablespoons unsalted butter
½ cup|120 ml heavy cream
1 tablespoon cilantro, chopped

Directions

  1. For the first marinade, mix all of the ingredients in a large bowl along with the chicken. Cover and marinate for 30 minutes.
  2. For the second marinade, mix all of the ingredients in a large bowl. Add the marinated chicken and toss well to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 3 to 4 hours.
  3. Heat the oven to 350°F. Place the chicken on a baking sheet and cook for 10 minutes. Brush with the oil and cook for an additional 10 minutes. Set the chicken aside.
  4. For the masala, heat the oil in a large skillet. Add the onions and cook until golden brown, 8 minutes. Stir in the garlic and ginger pastes and cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in the chili powder, garam masala, coriander, cumin, turmeric, and salt and cook for 2 minutes. Add the reserved chicken and cook for 4 to 5 minutes. Stir in the tomato purée, lemon juice, and green chili and cook for another 4-5 minutes. Stir in the butter and cook for 2 minutes longer. Stir in the cream and serve garnished with the cilantro.

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