Chicken Tikka Masala Recipe

Chicken Tikka Masala Recipe

35 mins
4-5 servings
25 mins



I vividly remember the first time I embarked on a culinary journey to recreate the iconic Chicken Tikka Masala. It wasn't just about cooking; it was about exploring the rich tapestry of flavors that this dish embodies. As I stood in my kitchen, surrounded by spices and anticipation, I couldn't help but marvel at how a dish with such humble origins could captivate taste buds around the world.


Growing up, I was always drawn to the tantalizing aromas wafting from my mother's kitchen, where she would often experiment with spices and flavors. It was during one such moment of culinary exploration that I first encountered Chicken Tikka Masala, a dish that seamlessly combines tender chicken with a luscious, creamy sauce infused with aromatic spices. Little did I know that this dish would become a staple in my culinary repertoire, cherished not only for its taste but also for the memories it evokes.




Recipe of Chicken Tikka Masala




For Chicken Tikka Marination:

  • 250 gms Chicken leg thigh, boneless, cut into tikka
  • 1st Marination:
    • 1 tsp Kashmiri Chilly Powder
    • 1/2 tsp Salt
    • 1/2 tsp Ginger Garlic Paste
    • 1 tsp Lemon Juice
  • 2nd Marination:
    • 1 tbsp Mustard Oil
    • 1 tsp Deghi Mirch Powder
    • 1 tsp Turmeric Powder
    • 1 tsp Coriander Powder
    • 1 tsp Roasted Cumin Powder
    • 1 tsp Garam Masala Powder
    • 1 tsp Kala Namak
    • 1 tsp Kasoori Methi
    • 1 tsp Lemon Juice
    • Salt to taste
    • 1/4 cup Hung Curd

For Makhni Gravy:

  • 5 Green Cardamom
  • 2 Black Cardamom
  • 4 Cloves
  • 1 inch Cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp Coriander Roots
  • 3 Green Chillies
  • 2 Onions, roughly cut
  • 1/2 cup Cashew nuts, soaked
  • 500 gms Tomato, sliced
  • 1 inch Ginger, whole
  • 7 cloves Garlic
  • Kasoori Methi
  • 1 tbsp Oil
  • 1 tbsp Butter
  • 1 tbsp Cream
  • 1 tsp Garam Masala Powder

For Onion Tomato Masala:

  • 2 tbsp Oil
  • 1 cup chopped Onion
  • 1 tbsp Ginger Garlic Paste
  • 2 cups chopped Tomatoes
  • 1 tsp Kashmiri Chilly Powder
  • 1 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1 tsp Coriander Powder
  • Salt to taste





For Chicken Tikka Marination:

  1. Marinate the chicken tikka pieces with lemon juice, ginger garlic paste, salt, and Kashmiri chilli powder. Set aside for an hour.
  2. Heat mustard oil until lukewarm. Add red chilli powder, turmeric, and mix well.
  3. Add the rest of the spices and mix.
  4. Whisk yogurt and add it to the spice mixture. Mix well.
  5. Add chicken pieces to the second marination and refrigerate for at least 4 hours.
  6. Cook the marinated chicken in a preheated oven at 200 degrees Celsius for 8-10 minutes or until done.

For Makhni Gravy:

  1. Boil water in a pan. Add 1/4 cup tomatoes, coriander with stems, ginger, garlic cloves, whole red chilli, bay leaf, cinnamon, cloves, peppercorn, black cardamom, and green cardamom. Boil until tomatoes are well cooked. Allow to cool and then make a fine paste.

For Onion Tomato Masala:

  1. Heat oil in a pan. Add chopped onion and cook until golden brown.
  2. Add ginger garlic paste and cook well.
  3. Add Kashmiri chilli powder, salt, turmeric powder, and coriander powder. Cook until the raw smell disappears.
  4. Add chopped tomatoes and cook until tomatoes are cooked and oil separates.


  1. Add the makhni gravy to the onion tomato masala. Cook until both gravies blend well.
  2. Add butter, cream, chopped coriander, and kasoori methi. Adjust seasoning.
  3. Add the cooked chicken tikka to the gravy and cook well.
  4. Finish with garam masala powder.
  5. Serve hot.


Enjoy your delicious Chicken Tikka Masala!




About the Recipe:


Chicken Tikka Masala, a dish with roots deeply embedded in Indian culinary tradition, has transcended borders to become a global favorite. This iconic dish features succulent pieces of chicken marinated in a flavorful blend of spices, yogurt, and lemon juice, then grilled to perfection. The creamy tomato-based sauce, enriched with butter and a medley of spices, adds a velvety texture and depth of flavor to the dish.



Cooking Tips:


  1. Marinate the chicken for at least three to four hours to ensure maximum flavor absorption.
  2. Use a combination of yogurt and lemon juice to tenderize the chicken and enhance its taste.
  3. For a smoky flavor, grill the marinated chicken on a barbecue or in a tandoor oven.
  4. Adjust the spice level according to your preference by varying the amount of chili powder and other spices.
  5. Finish the dish with a dollop of fresh cream and a sprinkle of chopped coriander for added richness and freshness.



Pairing Guide:


  • Chicken Tikka Masala pairs wonderfully with fragrant basmati rice or warm, fluffy naan bread.
  • For a complete meal, serve with a side of cucumber raita or crispy papadums.
  • Pair with a refreshing mango lassi or a crisp Indian lager to complement the bold flavors of the dish.




Frequently Asked Questions about Chicken Tikka Masala:


  1. What is Chicken Tikka Masala?
    • Chicken Tikka Masala is a popular Indian dish featuring marinated and grilled chicken served in a creamy tomato-based sauce.
  2. Is Chicken Tikka Masala spicy?
    • The level of spiciness can vary depending on the recipe, but it's typically mildly spicy with a rich flavor profile.
  3. Can I make Chicken Tikka Masala without a grill?
    • Yes, you can cook the marinated chicken in a skillet or oven if you don't have access to a grill.
  4. What spices are used in Chicken Tikka Masala?
    • Common spices include cumin, coriander, turmeric, garam masala, and chili powder.
  5. Is Chicken Tikka Masala gluten-free?
    • It can be gluten-free if prepared with gluten-free ingredients, but be sure to check labels, especially for spice blends.
  6. Can I use boneless chicken thighs instead of chicken breast?
    • Yes, boneless chicken thighs can be used for a juicier and more flavorful result.
  7. How long should I marinate the chicken?
    • Marinate the chicken for at least three to four hours, or overnight for the best flavor.
  8. Can I make Chicken Tikka Masala ahead of time?
    • Yes, the flavors often deepen if the dish is made ahead and reheated before serving.
  9. What can I substitute for yogurt in the marinade?
    • You can use buttermilk or coconut milk as alternatives to yogurt in the marinade.
  10. Is Chicken Tikka Masala traditionally served with rice or bread?
    • It can be served with either fragrant basmati rice or warm naan bread, depending on personal preference.