Chicken Tikka Masala

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Authentic chicken tikka grilled to get the best flavors and cooked in a rich and creamy curry is what makes chicken tikka masala amazingly delectable and versatile with all the explosive and authentic flavors.

This is truly better than the restaurant made delight.

What is chicken tikka masala: 

Chicken Tikka masala is a one-pan dish that is originated in India but is popular all over the world today.

This dish is made with marinated chicken and cooked with tomato puree and spices. 

the grilled chicken tikka cooked in a lusciously creamy, absolutely delicious tikka gravy makes it comfortable in a bowl. 

Why this recipe works:

1. This mouthwatering dish is tastier than the restaurant made chicken tikka masala with a richer and creamier sauce packed with spices and flavors. 

2.Protein-packed with the goodness of chicken and delectable spices. 

3.Easy to prepare, within minutes, especially if the chicken has been left to marinate the previous night. 

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How to make Chicken Tikka Masala recipe:

chicken and spices are in plates
These all the ingredients to make chicken tikka. (Please include Ginger garlic paste )
spices are in steel mixing bowl
To marinade: To a mixing bowl, add chili powder, Kashmir red chili powder, coriander leaves, turmeric powder, cumin powder, garam masala, salt, curd, ginger garlic paste, salt.
tikka marinade in steel mixing bowl
Mix well to get a thick marinade. 
chicken in steel mixing bowl
Add in the chicken
chicken tikka marinade in steel mixing bowl
 Rub the marinade over the chicken let it marinate for 30 minutes or overnight in the refrigerator.
chicken tikka is fried in cast iron pan
To cook the chicken: heat oil in pan or Kadai or grill pan., fry the chicken for 6 to 7 minutes till the chicken is cooked and tender.
minced onions are added to oil
To make chicken tikka a gravy.: To a saucepan, add oil and onion puree. (if you have leftover fried chicken tikka oil, you may use it, don’t discard, it has flavors in it.
Fry the onion puree for 5 to 6 minutes to remove the raw smell of the onions. Add ginger-garlic paste, Stirfry for 1 minute.
a small white bowl of spices is being added to sauce pan
Add chili powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder, garam masala
tikka masala is cooked in sauce pan
Fry the masala for 3 to 4 minutes to discard the raw smell of the spices.
tomato puree is being cooked in sauce pan
Add tomato puree
Tikka masala is being cooked sauce pan with wooden ladle in
Stir fry the masala for another 2 minutes.
tikka masala is being cooked in sauce pan
Add 2 cups of water, cover, and cook in the low flame for 8 minutes.
cashews is in the blender
Add the soaked cashews to a blender along with the liquid. The process to the puree.
cashew puree is being added from the blender
Add the cashews puree
tikka masala is being stirred in sauce pan
Mix well, check for salt.
chicken tikka is being added to tikka masala in sauce pan
Add the fried chicken tikka, mix. Cover and cook for 5 minutes.
tikka masala recipe in sauce pan
Sprinkle dried fenugreek leaves (Kasthuri methi leaves) and serve.

chicken tikka masala served in grey bowl

Tips to make the best chicken tikka masala recipe:

1. Use a thick bottomed iron skillet to make your chicken tikka masala. This prevents the chicken pieces from burning or charring too much.

2. If you do not have a time crunch, it is better to marinate the chicken pieces over-night, say around 6 hours.

This helps tenderize the chicken better and also allows the flavors to come together and meld beautifully.

Else, you can marinate it for around 30 minutes. 

3. After broiling the chicken pieces in the skillet, add oil and scrape the left-over marinade that is fried. Retain this in the pot and cook the onions for the sauce.

This will help you retain all the flavors of the cooked chicken. 

4. Make sure that you broil the marinated chicken on a high flame.

Cooking on low flame makes the moisture ooze out and changes the texture.

When you broil the chicken on a high flame, you will see that it begins to blacken. Do not let it burn though.

Frequently Asked Questions: 

1. Which is the best chicken used to make chicken tikka masala?

For this recipe, use chicken thighs instead of breasts because all it takes is 30 minutes of marinating for it to absorb all the tasty flavors. 

2. How to serve?

Chicken tikka masala goes best with naan bread or mild rice such as basmati ghee rice.

3. How to store leftover chicken tikka masala?

 You can freeze the leftover chicken tikka masala in an airtight container for up to 2 months. 

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Chicken Tikka Masala


  • Author: Nithya Narasimhan
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x

Description

Authentic chicken nuggets grilled to get the best barbeque flavors, in a rich and creamy curry is what makes chicken tikka masala amazingly delectable and versatile with all the explosive and authentic flavors.


Ingredients

Scale

To marinate:

  • 1/2 kg chicken
  • 1/2 cup curd/yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon Ginger garlic paste
  • 1.5 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon Kashmiri red chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon coriander powder
  • 1 teaspoon Turmeric powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Garam masala
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoon oil/butter

To make chicken Tikka gravy.

  • 1 tablespoon Oil / Butter
  • 1 cup onion puree
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon ginger garlic paste
  • 2 tablespoon Kashmir red chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1tablespoon coriander powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garam masala
  • 2 tomatoes (medium)
  • 1/2 cup cashews
  • 1 teaspoon dried fenugreek leaves
  • 1 teaspoon coriander leaves.

Instructions

To marinade:

  1. To a mixing bowl, add chili powder, Kashmir red chili powder, coriander leaves, turmeric powder, cumin powder, garam masala, salt, curd, ginger garlic paste, salt.
  2. Mix well to make the thick marinade.
  3. Add in the chicken. Rub the marinade over the chicken, let it marinate for 30 minutes or overnight in the refrigerator.

To cook the chicken:

  1. Heat oil in pan or Kadai or grill pan., fry the chicken for 6 to 7 minutes on both sides till the chicken is cooked and tender.

To make chicken tikka a gravy.

  1. To a saucepan, add oil and onion puree. (if you have leftover fried chicken tikka oil, you may use it, don’t discard, it has flavors in it. )
  2. Fry the onion puree for 5 to 6 minutes to remove the raw smell of the onions. Add ginger-garlic paste, Stirfry for 1 minute.
  3. Add chili powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder, garam masala
  4. Fry the masala for 3 to 4 minutes to discard the raw smell of the spices.
  5. Add tomato puree
  6. Stir fry the masala for another 2 minutes.
  7. Add 2 cups of water, cover, and cook in the low flame for 8 minutes.
  8. Add the soaked cashews to a blender along with the liquid. The process to the puree.
  9. Add the cashews puree
  10. Mix well, check for salt.
  11. Finally Add the fried chicken tikka, mix. Cover and cook for 5 minutes.
  12. Sprinkle dried fenugreek leaves (Kasthuri methi leaves) and serve.

Notes

Tips to make the best chicken tikka masala:

1. Use a thick bottomed iron skillet to make your chicken tikka masala. This prevents the chicken pieces from burning or charring too much.

2. If you do not have a time crunch, it is better to marinate the chicken pieces over-night, say around 6 hours. This helps tenderize the chicken better and also allows the flavors to come together and meld beautifully. Else, you can marinate it for around 30 minutes.

3. After broiling the chicken pieces in the skillet, add oil and scrape the left-over marinade that is fried. Retain this in the pot and cook the onions for the sauce. This will help you retain all the flavors of the cooked chicken.

4. Make sure that you broil the marinated chicken on a high flame. Cooking on low flame makes the moisture ooze out and totally changes the texture. When you broil the chicken on a high flame, you will see that it begins to blacken. Do not let it burn though.

  • Category: Curries/Gravy
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: indian

Keywords: chicken tikka masala, tikka masala, tikka masala recipe

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3 Comments

  1. Looks mouth watering recipe… My fav Indian Recipe, I try keep trying when ever I visit Indian Restaurant… Keep Posting….

  2. My Fav chicken dish…

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