Chicken Tikka Masala Recipe. A traditional and very popular Indian chicken dish which is bursting full of flavour and colour. Taste our Chicken Tikka Masala recipe.


• 3 chicken breasts

• 4 tbsp olive or groundnut oil

• 5 cardamom pods

• a 5cm cinnamon stick

• 1 ½ onions

• 2 tsp fresh ginger, minced

• 2 tsp garlic, minced

• 1 tsp cumin powder

• 1 tsp coriander powder

• ¼ tsp turmeric powder

• ½ to 1 tsp cayenne pepper

• 1 tbsp paprika

• 1 tsp garam masala powder

• 1 large tomato

• 1 tsp tomato purée

• 5 fl oz water

• Salt to taste

• Yoghurt or 1 tin coconut milk, if desired

• Fresh coriander to garnish


Step 1:
Prepare the ingredients

First of all, chop up the tomato finely and set aside for later use. Next, finely chop the onions and set aside. Finally, cube the chicken breasts into bite-sized pieces, season with a little salt and also put to one side.

Step 2:
Make the masala paste

Mix together in a bowl the ginger, garlic, cumin, coriander, turmeric, cayenne, garam masala and paprika.

Step 3:
Flavour the oil and fry the onions

Put the oil into a pan over a medium heat. When hot, add the cardamom pods and cinnamon stick, leave for a few seconds and then remove. This flavours the oil, giving it a wonderful aroma. Add the onions and cook while stirring, until brown.

Step 4:
Add the spices

Add the masala paste and stir for a minute.

Step 5:
Add the remaining ingredients

Add the tomato and tomato purée and stir for a minute till thoroughly combined.
Pour in the water and bring to a gentle simmer, stirring constantly.
Taste the sauce and season with salt if necessary.

Step 6:
Cook the chicken

Add the chicken cubes and mix well into the masala. Simmer for 10-12 minutes, stirring every few minutes, until the chicken is cooked and tender. Check this by piercing the chicken with a sharp knife – if it goes straight through and comes out clean, it is done. For a weaker curry flavour, add either 1 small tin of coconut milk or 1 medium sized carton of yoghurt. Mix well and simmer for another 5 minutes.

Step 7:
Garnish and serve

Place the chicken on a serving dish, decorate with coriander leaves and serve

Serves: 4

Preparation Time for Chicken Tikka Masala:: 20 minutes

Cooking Time for Chicken Tikka Masala: 20 minutes