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Chicken Chilli Tikka Masala

Chicken Tikka Chilli Masala Recipe

What the Chicken Tikka Masala should have been all along. Spicy and full of flavour.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Marinade 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4
Calories 550 kcal


Marinade Ingredients

  • 4 Chicken Breasts Diced into bite size pieces
  • 250 ml Plain yogurt
  • 2-3 cloves Garlic finely chopped or grated
  • 3 cm cube of ginger finely chopped or grated
  • 2 teaspoons garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon + red chilli powder adjust to your taste preference
  • 1 teaspoon of salt

Sauce Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
  • 1 large onion finely diced or grated
  • 3-4 cloves garlic finely diced or grated
  • 3 cm cube of ginger finely diced or grated
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garam masala
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 400 g Tin chopped tomato or Passata
  • 2+ teaspoon ground red chili powder adjust to your taste preference
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 250 ml Double cream can use crème fraîche
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • water if needed
  • 1 handful Fresh coriander (cilantro) to garnish


Chicken Tikka Chilli Masala Instructions

  • Add all the marinade ingredients (excluding the chicken) to a bowl and mix well
  • Add the diced chicken to the marinade and make sure it is well coated
  • Cover with cling film and put in the fridge
  • Leave it to marinade for at least 30mins, but ideally over night
  • Heat half the oil in a large skillet / pan
  • Add the pieces of marinated chicken and cook for approx 4-5 minutes until the chicken is cooked through
  • Take the chicken out of the pan and set aside
  • In the same pan add remaining oil and the onion and cook for a further two minutes until the onion begins to soften
  • Add the garlic and ginger and cook for a minute
  • Add the turmeric, cumin, coriander powder and chilli powder, gently stirring for 20 seconds
  • Add the chopped tomato / passata
  • Add salt / sugar to taste
  • Cook on a low heat so the sauce is just simmering for approx 15-20mins until the sauce thickens
  • Add the chicken back to the sauce and add the cream and gently stir to mix
  • Add the garam masala and cook for a further 10 minutes or until the the chicken is cooked through - add water if necessary
  • Garnish with the chopped coriander and serve


You can substitute the cream for a low calorie crème fraîche which tastes just as good.
I love to eat this with a garlic and coriander naan bread or just with some basmati rice.


Calories: 550kcal
Keyword Chicken, Curry, Chilli, Masala, Tikka
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