Authentic Chicken Tikka Masala


This authentic chicken tikka masala dish follows an old family recipe.

Prep Time:
35 mins
Cook Time:
55 mins
Additional Time:
2 hrs
Total Time:
3 hrs 30 mins



  • ¼ cup plain yogurt

  • 2 teaspoons garam masala

  • 2 teaspoons paprika

  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • ½ teaspoon ground coriander

  • 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast - cut into 1-inch strips


  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds

  • 1 large onion, chopped

  • 2 green chile peppers, minced

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger

  • 2 medium Roma tomatoes, diced

  • ½ cup tomato paste

  • ¼ cup water

  • 1 teaspoon garam masala

  • ½ teaspoon ground coriander

  • ½ teaspoon ground turmeric

  • ½ teaspoon salt, or to taste

  • ½ cup heavy whipping cream

  • ½ bunch fresh cilantro, chopped


  1. Make the chicken: Combine yogurt, garam masala, paprika, black pepper, salt, cayenne pepper, and coriander in a large bowl. Add chicken strips and toss to coat. Cover and marinate in the refrigerator for 2 hours.

  2. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C). Grease a rimmed baking sheet.

  3. Remove chicken from marinade and place onto the prepared baking sheet, leaving space between each piece.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven until browned and no longer pink inside, about 10 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 165 degrees F (74 degrees C). Remove from the oven and set aside.

  5. Make the sauce: Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add cumin seeds and cook, sirring gently, until lightly toasted and aromatic, about 3 minutes. Add onion; cook and stir until onion begins to soften, 4 to 5 minutes. Add chile peppers, garlic, and ginger; continue to cook and stir until onion is browned, 15 to 20 minutes. Stir in tomatoes, tomato paste, and water; cook, stirring occasionally, until tomatoes begin to break down, about 10 minutes.

  6. Add garam masala, coriander, turmeric, and salt, then stir in chicken and cream until well combined; cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Garnish with cilantro.

    close up view of Chicken Tikka Masala with fresh herbs over black grains in a white bowl

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

403 Calories
25g Fat
21g Carbs
27g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 403
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 25g 32%
Saturated Fat 10g 48%
Cholesterol 100mg 33%
Sodium 927mg 40%
Total Carbohydrate 21g 7%
Dietary Fiber 5g 18%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 27g
Vitamin C 79mg 397%
Calcium 122mg 9%
Iron 3mg 19%
Potassium 959mg 20%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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