Chicken Tikka Masala Recipe

A robust dish, Chicken Tikka Masala, is a classic with precooked chicken tikka dunked masaledar, thick gravy. It is an appetising dishes and the curry is packed with flavours.

Karthika Gopalakrishnan
Chicken Tikka Masala Recipe
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Chicken Tikka Masala is a curry of roasted chicken pieces in a spicy sauce. The curry is known for its rich creamy texture. Chicken pieces are marinated in yogurt and spices and baked in an oven/pan fried. The fried pieces are then cooked in an aromatic  sauce and later, heavy cream is added to it to give a creamy texture.

The colour of Chicken Tikka Masala  is very appetising and the curry is packed with flavours . 

Serve Chicken Tikka Masala with Dhaba Style Spicy Ghee Rice Recipe Made From Whole Spices or Butter Garlic Naan Recipe (Garlic Flavoured Flat Bread) and Pickled onions for a complete Weekend dinner. 

If you like this recipe, you can also try other similar recipe such as

  1. Mutton Do Pyaza
  2. Srilankan Chicken Curry
  3. Kerala Style Fish Curry

Course: Lunch
Diet: High Protein Non Vegetarian
Equipments Used: Hard Anodised Kadai (Wok)
Prep in

10 M

Cooks in

50 M

Total in

60 M


3 Servings


    To marinate chicken
  • 300 grams Chicken , cut into small size pieces
  • 1/2 cup Curd (Dahi / Yogurt)
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin powder (Jeera)
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon Coriander Powder (Dhania)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Turmeric powder (Haldi)
  • 1 inch Ginger , finely chopped
  • 6 cloves Garlic , finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon Red Chilli powder
  • 1 tablespoon Kasuri Methi (Dried Fenugreek Leaves)
  • Salt , as required
  • For the tikka masala gravy
  • 1 Onion
  • 1 Tomato
  • 5 Cashew nuts
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin powder (Jeera)
  • 1 teaspoon Coriander Powder (Dhania)
  • 1 Cloves (Laung)
  • 1/4 teaspoon Cinnamon Powder (Dalchini)
  • 1/4 teaspoon Cardamom Powder (Elaichi)
  • 1/2 cup Fresh cream
  • 1 tablespoon Butter (Unsalted)
  • Oil , as required
  • Salt , to taste

How to make Chicken Tikka Masala Recipe

  1. To begin making the Chicken Tikka Masala, thoroughly clean and wash the chicken pieces. 

  2. To marinate the Chicken for the Chicken Tikka Masala, in a mixing bowl, combine yogurt, cumin powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, ginger, garlic, chili powder, kasuri methi and salt along with the chicken. Allow the chicken to marinate for a minimum of 30 minutes. 

  3. Once the chicken is marinated, in a pan, add a teaspoon of oil and cook marinated chicken pieces until they are cooked well for about 8 minutes. The chicken pieces should be juicy and tender.

  4. Cooking chicken for an extended time will make them hard and rubbery. Do not add water.

  5. The next step is to make the tikka masala gravy. 

  6. Heat a teaspoon of oil over medium heat. Add onion and cook until they become translucent. 

  7. Add tomatoes and cook them for about two minutes. Add cashews and toss them for a minute. Allow the onion tomato masala to cool down.

  8. Once it cools down, grind onion, tomato, and cashew into a fine paste.

  9. Heat a kadai/wok with a tablespoon of butter. Once the butter melts, add cloves, cinnamon powder, and cardamom powder and saute until aroma comes out.

  10. Add cumin powder and coriander powder and combine them well.

  11. Add the onion-tomato-cashew puree to the pan, combine them well and saute for few minutes.

  12. Crush kasuri methi with your hand and add to the tikka masala gravy. Add the marinated chicken pieces, required amount of salt and cream. Toss the chicken tikka masala well so that they are combined well.

  13. Simmer the chicken tikka masala for about 5 minutes. If the tikka masala is of thicker consistency, adjust addition of water according to your requirements.

  14. Switch off heat and garnish the chicken tikka masala with coriander leaves and it is ready to be served.

  15. Serve Chicken Tikka Masala with Dhaba Style Spicy Ghee Rice Recipe Made From Whole Spices or Butter Garlic Naan Recipe (Garlic Flavoured Flat Bread) and Pickled onions for a complete Weekend dinner.