The Indian UK Favorite Chicken Curry!

Chicken Tikka Masala is succulent chicken pieces, marinated in aromatic spices, and covered In creamy curry sauce. Our simple recipe will have you eating in less than half an hour! You read that right. Often curries take a long time to develop a depth of flavor but we bring you a simple way to amp it up quickly.

We like to make food which is flavorsome and fast to make and this chicken recipe ticks all the boxes.

What is Tikka Masala?

Let’s quickly break it down. Firstly, tikka is defined as being small pieces of meat or vegetables marinated in a spice mixture. Masala simply means “Mix” as in a mix of spices. While we’re at it, have you heard of “Garam Masala”? Well, the Word Garam, means “Hot”. So add this together and you have “hot mix” (Garam Masala).

Tikka Masala combines a range of aromatic spices into a delicious curry sauce. We have included all the traditional tikka masala staples. Some of the popular ones include ginger, paprika, cardamom, cumin, nutmeg and more.

Tikka Masala Ingredients

800g chicken breast fillets
2 tbsp peanut oil
¼ cup plain yoghurt
2 tsp lime juice
1 tsp garlic, minced

Sauce:
1 tbsp ginger, minced
½ tsp cayenne
1 ½ tsp paprika
½ tsp nutmeg, ground
½ tsp cardamom, ground
1 ½ tsp cumin, ground
1 tbsp coriander, ground
2 tbsp butter
1 onion, chopped
375ml passata
¾ cup water
½ cup cream
1 tsp salt

Instructions

  1. Place chicken between 2 pieces of cling wrap, smooth the meat with a mallet until they are 1.5cm thick. 
  2. Combine together in a bowl: 1 tbsp peanut oil, yoghurt, lime juice and garlic, mix, then add chicken and combine thoroughly. Set aside.
  3. In a bowl add: coriander, cumin cardamom, nutmeg, paprika, cayenne and ginger. Using a heavy based pot on a high heat, add the butter and onion, then cook until light brown, about 5 minutes. Reduce to a moderate heat, then add the spice mix, passata, water, cream and salt. Simmer for 10 minutes.
  4. Using a skillet on high heat, add the remaining peanut oil and cook the chicken until browned well on both sides, about 6-8 minutes.  Be careful not to char the chicken too much. 
  5. Once cooked, cut the chicken into large chunks then add to the sauce, cook for 5 minutes. Serve with rice and naan bread.

Best Served With Bread

Super Simple Yogurt Flatbread - cooking at home is fun
Super Simple Yogurt Flatbread – cooking at home is fun

While this is cooking, why not make some bread to serve it with? Our Super Simple Yogurt Flatbread will hit the spot perfectly. It’s pictured above and you can find it by clicking on the button below:

Where Did Chicken Tikka Masala Originate?

That’s a great question! There’s some conjecture about the exact origin and we may never really know. But what we do know is that because it’s so delicious everyone wants to claim it as their own.

The way we see it, the main contenders are India and the UK and both have a good claim to ownership. We like to put it like this:

“Success has many fathers, but failure is an orphan”.

It would be easy to consider India as the winner. After all, the taste profile and cooking methods fit perfectly with other Indian dishes. On the other hand, the UK is said to have invented tikka masala out of a Glasgow restaurant. Tikka masala is not a century old dish either. In fact it’s quite recent, being dated to around the 1960’s. There has been such a spread around the world of cooking techniques and recipes that it has become a world renowned classic curry. It’s up to you which origin you want to believe, just remember it’s one of the best crowd pleasers of this style.

Thinking of Making Our Chicken Tikka Masala Yourself?

Don’t let the amount of ingredients intimidate you. First, print out the recipe and tick off all the things you already have. Then you will have a small and convenient list to take to the store. Preparation saves time. It’s difficult to resist marching ahead quickly, but getting all your ducks in order helps a lot. Even if it’s chicken you’re cooking.

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Recipe Card

Chicken Tikka Masala

Simple to Make, Aromatic and Fragrant Chicken TIkka Masala – Start Cooking!
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time40 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Chicken, cooking at home is fun, Indian, masala
Servings: 4
Calories: 0.5kcal
Author: cooking at home is fun
Cost: $10

Ingredients

  • 800 g chicken breast fillets
  • 2 tbsp peanut oil
  • ¼ cup plain yoghurt
  • 2 tsp lime juice
  • 1 tsp garlic minced

Sauce:

  • 1 tbsp ginger minced
  • ½ tsp cayenne
  • 1 ½ tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp nutmeg ground
  • ½ tsp cardamom ground
  • 1 ½ tsp cumin ground
  • 1 tbsp coriander ground
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 375 ml passata
  • ¾ cup water
  • ½ cup cream
  • 1 tsp salt

Instructions

  • Place chicken between 2 pieces of cling wrap, smooth the meat with a mallet until they are 1.5cm thick.
  • Combine together in a bowl: 1 tbsp peanut oil, yoghurt, lime juice and garlic, mix, then add chicken and combine thoroughly. Set aside.
  • In a bowl add: coriander, cumin cardamom, nutmeg, paprika, cayenne and ginger. Using a heavy based pot on a high heat, add the butter and onion, then cook until light brown, about 5 minutes. Reduce to a moderate heat, then add the spice mix, passata, water, cream and salt. Simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Using a skillet on high heat, add the remaining peanut oil and cook the chicken until browned well on both sides, about 6-8 minutes.
  • Be careful not to char the chicken too much.
  • Once cooked, cut the chicken into large chunks then add to the sauce, cook for 5 minutes. Serve with rice and naan bread.
Chicken Tikka Masala - cooking at home is fun
Chicken Tikka Masala – cooking at home is fun

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