Best Chicken Tikka Masala Recipe Ever

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I made this Chicken Tikka Masala using Smelly Proof bags, sent to me as a gift for review purposes. As a member of the Amazon Affiliate Program, I receive compensation for the products sold through the affiliate links in this post at no cost to the buyer.

Chicken Tikka Masala by enrilemoine

Those who know me know that I’m not a chicken person. But, since I started cooking for my friends, chicken is always in high demand. Some of the dishes people request the most are my Chicken Polvorosa (a delicious Venezuelan chicken pot pie, very similar to my Albacore Tuna Polvorosa), chicken soup, and more recently, this Chicken Tikka Masala… I guess that is a flavorful, spicy, delicious, hearty dish that is hard to resist.

Chicken marinating by enrilemoine

Tracing the history of Chicken Tikka Masala

Even if this recipe is associated with Indian cuisine, its origins can be traced to the United Kingdom. There was a time in which Pakistani chefs used to dominate Indian restaurants there. It seems the dish was created by one of those chefs.

In fact, this dish is so popular in the UK that it is considered a “national” dish. It symbolizes how the British have absorbed and incorporated the flavors and cooking techniques from other cultures into their diet.

Uncooked chicken tikka by enrilemoine

I learned how to make this recipe by chance. Last November, cooking with my fellow blogger Patty, the cook behind Juntos Sabe Mejor, she made it. People tasted it. They love it. And now they keep asking me for more.

Ingredients for the masala by enrilemoine

A star is born…

This has been a great discovery for me. It has been my very first introduction to the exotic flavors of Indian gastronomy, garam masala, and a new way to combine spices including cumin, coriander, bay leaves, cloves, cinnamon, turmeric, cayenne, and cardamom.

Chicken tikka by enrilemoine

Chicken tikka literally means chicken bits. This is a popular Punjabi dish. It’s popular not only in the Punjab region, in India, but Bangladesh and Pakistan. It consists of small, boneless chicken pieces, marinated in a yogurt and Indian spices mixture, and then cooked in skewers in a tandoor clay oven.

Roasted veggies, almonds and raisins to make masala by enrilemoine

To marinate the chicken, I used one of my pretty convenient Smelly Proof storage bags. They are made in America, hand washable and reusable, leakproof, durable, nylon-reinforced, BPA-free, and FDA approved. They come in seven sizes and, after using them with all the Indian spices, I have to say they are smelly proof.

What is Chicken Tikka Masala?

Now back to my chicken. Chicken tikka masala is chicken tikka, that once has been cooked in the skewers, is served in a masala sauce. I would say there are as many masala recipes as cooks in the world.  The masala in Patty’s blog inspired this recipe. I only changed the cooking method.

Chicken tikka masala by enrilemoine

This masala consists of chunks of onion, red bell peppers, slivered almonds, and golden raisins seasoned with garam masala and roasted. Then, everything is liquefied with tomatoes to create a deliciously smooth and thick gravy, complimented with crème fraîche for a really creamy delight.

How to Make the Easiest Chicken Tikka Masala Ever

Chicken tikka masala by enrilemoine

I cook for third parties. Therefore I have to make a lot of chicken at a time. Instead of cooking the chicken in skewers, I save time by roasting it in baking sheets conveniently covered with parchment paper (you can also cover them with a silicone mat). In addition, I also roast the veggies, almonds, and raisins for the masala in baking sheets. Then, I set the timer, and I don’t have to be standing by the stove. Bingo!

Regarding garam masala, the mixture of Indian spices used in this recipe, I substitute it by adding a pinch of the following spices: cloves, black pepper, and cardamom, plus a double pinch of cinnamon, to both the yogurt marinate and the masala gravy. 

Chicken tikka masala by enrilemoine

I hope you like this recipe as much as my family and friends do. Served over a bed of basmati rice, this chicken tikka masala will make you feel like you’re dining in your favorite Indian restaurant, and thank God for diversity… because variety is the spice of life!

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Chicken Tikka Masala

Served over a bed of basmati rice, this chicken tikka masala will make you feel like you’re dinning in your favorite Indian restaurant.
Prep Time50 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time1 hr 20 mins
Servings: 6
Calories: 357kcal

Ingredients

For the Chicken Tikka

  • 2 lbs. of chicken breasts, diced in 1-inch cubes
  • ½ cup of plain yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons of fresh ginger, grated
  • 2 tablespoons of fresh garlic, mashed
  • 2 teaspoon of coriander
  • 2 teaspoon of paprika
  • 1 teaspoon of cumin
  • ¾ teaspoon of cayenne pepper
  • ¾ teaspoon of turmeric
  • 1 pinch of cloves
  • 1 pinch of black pepper
  • 1 pinch of cardamom
  • 2 pinches of cinnamon
  • teaspoons of pink salt from the Himalayas
  • cups of tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons of fresh cilantro leaves, finely chopped

For the Masala

  • cups of red bell pepper, coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup of yellow onion, coarsely chopped
  • 1/3 cup almonds, slivered
  • 1/3 cup golden raisins
  • 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
  • 1 pinch of cloves
  • 1 pinch of black pepper
  • 1 pinch of cardamon
  • 1 pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 2 pinches of cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon of pink salt from the Himalayas
  • 1/3 cup of crème fraîche

Instructions

  • In a bowl, add the yogurt, garlic, ginger and all the dry spices for the chicken tikka and mix until well combines. Add the cilantro leaves and stir.
  • Place the chicken cubes in a storage bag; add the yogurt and spice sauce. Make sure all the chicken is covered by the sauce. Refrigerate to marinate for al least 30 minutes, but no more than 2 hours.
  • Preheat the oven to 350˚F and cover two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicon mats.
  • In a bowl, combine all the ingredients for the masala (but the tomatoes, the crème fraîche, salt and cilantro leaves), and stir to combine. Spread this mixture in one of the baking sheets.
  • Place the chicken pieces one by one in the other baking sheets.
  • Place both baking sheets in the me medium rack of the oven and bake for 30 minutes. In the case of the veggies, stir twice during the process.
  • Put the oven in low broil temperature, and broil for 3-5 minutes until the chicken is golden brown and the veggies are well done. Take both sheets out of the oven.
  • Place the roasted veggies in the vase of a blender, add the tomatoes and liquefy until thick and smooth.
  • In a cauldron or deep pan over medium heat, add the masala, salt and crème fraîche and stir.
  • Add the chicken and combine. Cook for 5 minutes.
  • Serve over a bed of basmati rice and sprinkle with fresh cilantro leaves.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Chicken Tikka Masala
Amount Per Serving
Calories 357 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Trans Fat 1g
Cholesterol 106mg35%
Sodium 979mg43%
Potassium 1044mg30%
Carbohydrates 19g6%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 36g72%
Vitamin A 2284IU46%
Vitamin C 62mg75%
Calcium 105mg11%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Entree, Main Course, Poultry
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: chicken tikka masala, chicken tikka masala recipe, creamy curry chicken tikka, curry chicken recipe, easiest chicken tikka masala, easy chicken tikka masala, Spicy Indian chicken

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