9 Top-Rated Tikka Masala Recipes

chicken tikka masala in a white bowl on a purple placemat
Photo: Genevieve

Gather around the table for an Indian feast with one of these mouth-watering tikka masala recipes! From the top-rated Authentic Chicken Tikka Masala to the vegetarian Tandoori Paneer Tikka Masala, plus Instant Pot and slow cooker versions, we've got you covered with this selection of homemade curry recipes.

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Curry Stand Chicken Tikka Masala

chicken tikka masala on rice

The perfect blend of spices are cooked in ghee until fragrant, then added to a tomato-cream sauce in this mouth-watering chicken tikka masala. Just listen to this glowing review from curry fanatic Jami: "This recipe is amazing as is, and is better than what most Indian restaurants serve!"

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Easy Instant Pot Chicken Tikka Masala

chicken tikka masala on rice with a side of naan on a blue plate
Kim Assh

Put your electric pressure cooker to good use with this popular chicken tikka masala recipe. You probably already have all the spices to make this curry in your cupboard, making it even easier to get dinner on the table.

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Authentic Chicken Tikka Masala

chicken tikka masala over black beans

Don't be intimidated by the long list of ingredients in this recipe — it's a sign of an authentic curry! With hundreds of 5 star reviews, it's sure to become your go-to chicken tikka masala recipe.

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Chef John's Chicken Tikka Masala

Chef John's Chicken Tikka Masala
Chef John

Chef John's rendition of chicken tikka masala offers a twist on the traditional dish by using coconut milk instead of dairy for a subtle sweetness that enhances the spices in the dish. This is a great option for those who are dairy intolerant and unable to enjoy a traditional tikka masala.

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Tandoori Paneer Tikka Masala

tandoori paneer tikka masala in a metal dish on a red tablecloth

This recipe resembles the paneer tikka masala dish that's served in Indian restaurants. In this home cooked version, the paneer and bell pepper kebabs are baked in a conventional oven rather than the traditional tandoor (clay oven). The results are just as delicious!

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Indian Chicken Tikka Masala

It's no surprise that this tender chicken curry with a delicious blend of Indian spices, tomatoes, and yogurt is a perennial favorite! You can double the quantity of the sauce and freeze a portion for a later date.

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Chicken Tikka Masala

chicken tikka masala on rice
chibi chef

Chicken pieces are marinated in a spicy yogurt mixture, thread onto skewers and grilled until tender and slightly charred; serve in a tomato-cream sauce with rice or warm pita bread for a memorable meal your guests will adore.

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Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala

"AMAZING!! I thought this crock pot 'cheat' would be a far cry from the real thing, but the flavor was phenomenal. Sure, shredded chicken is different than cubed, but the taste is great, and it made the prep much more manageable," says reviewer mihokj.

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Healthier Tikka Masala

Put leftover cooked chicken to good use in this lighter version of the classic tikka masala that uses milk instead of cream. Add spinach leaves or bell peppers for a nutritional boost, if you like. Serve with brown rice for a well-balanced meal that the whole family will enjoy.

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More Inspiration

Indian Chicken Curry (Murgh Kari)
Photo by MelissaZ.

If you love tikka masala, take a look at this Indian Chicken Curry (Murgh Kari), as well as our related recipe collections:

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