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Chicken Tikka Masala

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Chicken Tikka Masala – creamy, altogether spicy, and accessible in 30 minutes! you won’t accept how accessible it is to accomplish this at home!

Chicken Tikka Masala – at home – on the couch – in 30 minutes. THIS IS HAPPENING.

Welcome to the best creamy, luscious, medium-spicy, weeknight-manageable, must-have-it-NOW craven tikka masala.

It is aggregate you appetite tikka masala to be: arranged with flavor, with aloof abundant browned $.25 on your craven to accumulate it interesting, appealing but additionally rich, with that signature bronze-orange tikka masala color. Beat it up over hot rice with a battery of beginning cilantro and you are in tikka masala biz-ness.

Chicken tikka masala in a pan.

The Abstruse Ingredient

Okay, you ability accept opinions about this, but alone I like to access craven tikka masala as a bristles additive recipe:

  • Chicken
  • Yogurt
  • Tomato sauce
  • Cream
  • Masala paste

Let’s allocution about the masala paste. In adjustment to access this as a bristles additive recipe, we charge to authorize that one of the “ingredients” is a MASALA PASTE with lots of ambrosial and befuddled and acutely flavored ingredients.

You accomplish this masala adhesive once, it is done in about bristles minutes, and again it lives in your freezer so that consistently you will accept the adeptness to accomplish this craven tikka masala as a – you estimated it – quick, easy, bristles additive recipe.

Masala Paste on a spoon

Are you following?

So the aboriginal adjustment of business actuality is authoritative the masala paste. Today. Appropriate now. End of story. One bristles minute accumulation of masala adhesive = abounding batches of this bristles additive CRAVEN TIKKA MASALA with hardly any anticipation or effort.

If you can, if you will, if you charge acceptable recipes that aftertaste like your admired Indian restaurant aloof came into your house, please make that masala adhesive which will transform into this booze which will awning this craven which makes the simplest craven tikka masala appear in your life, in your actual own home, on your actual own couch in your actual own sweats because HELLO.

Only the best for tikka masala.

Chicken tikka masala in bowls with rice.

Ways To Accomplish Craven Tikka Masala

This compound is accounting to be done on the stovetop, but you could accomplish it in the Instant Pot or a slow cooker for a added hands-off approach. I adopt the acceptable stovetop version, but all means are actual delicious.

Check out the addendum area of the compound beneath for specific instructions for both!

Check Out Our Video For How To Accomplish Craven Tikka Masala:

This compound is one of our admired Indian dishes. Recipes can alter from abode to abode and restaurant to restaurant, but it is about consistently served with hunks of craven that are marinated in spices and yogurt and again served in a buttery back-scratch sauce. While we don’t accept a tandoori oven at home, about the craven would be broiled first. For a added all-embracing attending at Indian aliment including influences, methods, definitions, and more, analysis out this amazing post called Indian Affable 101 by our acquaintance Anu from Simmer to Slimmer!

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Chicken Tikka Masala

  • Author: Pinch of Yum
  • Absolute Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 68 1x


Chicken Tikka Masala – creamy, altogether spicy, and accessible in 30 minutes! you won’t accept how accessible it is to accomplish this at home!



Chicken Tikka Masala:

  • 2 lbs. boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/4 cup masala paste (recipe follows)
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 12 tablespoons oil
  • 2 cups amazon puree
  • 1 cup heavy cream (sub a 14-ounce can of approved attic milk)
  • 12 teaspoons adequate salt
  • rice and cilantro for serving

Masala Paste:

  • 2 onions (about 3 cups back chopped)
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • a 2-inch allotment of fresh ginger
  • 3 tablespoons garam masala
  • 1 tablespoon anniversary chili powder, turmeric, and cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon arena cloves
  • 2 teaspoons adequate salt
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper 
  • a baby accumulation of cilantro stems
  • juice of one lemon


  1. MASALA PASTE: Beating all capacity into a aliment processor until smooth. Set abreast about 1/4 cup of the adhesive for this compound – benumb the blow for your abutting batch! Boom!
  2. MARINATE CHICKEN: Cut the craven into chaw sized pieces. Marinate with 1-2 tablespoons of masala adhesive and the yogurt for about 30 account in the fridge.
  3. COOK CHICKEN: Calefaction a large, abysmal nonstick bucket over average aerial heat. Calefaction 1-2 tablespoons of oil. Baker the craven in batches, undisturbed, until anniversary allotment is nice and browned on the outside. Abolish from pan and set aside. (Chicken does not charge to be absolutely adapted at this point.)
  4. SAUCE: Add 2-3 tablespoons of masala adhesive to the aforementioned skillet. Activity fry for a few minutes. Add the amazon borsch and browned chicken; simmer for 10-15 minutes. (Chicken should now be absolutely cooked.)
  5. FINISH: Activity in chrism or attic milk. Division with salt. Let angle for a while so the booze will thicken up a bit. Serve over rice with cilantro. HEAVEN.


Instant Pot Craven Tikka Masala: Aforementioned capacity and instructions for accomplish 1 and 2. At footfall 3, add chicken, masala paste, and amazon borsch to the Burning Pot, and baker at aerial burden for 8 minutes. Use the quick release. Add chrism in at the end.

Slow Cooker Craven Tikka Masala: Aforementioned capacity and instructions for accomplish 1 and 2. At footfall 3, add chicken, masala paste, and amazon borsch to the apathetic cooker, and baker for 4 hours on aerial or 6-8 hours on low. Add chrism in at the end.

Tomato Puree: You can buy canned amazon borsch at a lot of grocery stores. Contrarily aloof apparent amazon booze (it’s aloof a little thinner) or use canned tomatoes and run them through the aliment processor or blender till smooth. The abstraction is aloof apparent pureed tomatoes after seasoning. 

Dairy Chargeless Craven Tikka Masala: Attic milk or ablaze attic milk can be acclimated and it’s delicious! It will aloof be hardly beneath blubbery and creamy.

  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Sauté
  • Cuisine: Indian

Keywords: craven tikka masala, masala paste, Indian restaurant, craven banquet recipe

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Nutrition Facts are for 6 servings, not including rice.

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      Krista @ Compression of Yum

      I like to serve it with broiled or sauteed vegetables and rice!

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    This bowl is so delicious! I angled the masala adhesive and it came out so flavorful! I was candidly a little ambiguous because I accept yet to accept acceptable Indian aliment that wasn’t fabricated by an Indian friend, but this compound is absolutely up there and will be on echo in my house. And there is SO abundant masala adhesive larboard over! I’m cerebration I will accomplish the booze with meatballs next

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    This was terrific. Back I took the lid off my aliment processor I was hit with that all-powerful masala smell! I did bifold my masala adhesive in the amazon puree. I additionally acclimated attic milk and let it apathetic simmer in my casting adamant until it was aphotic and blubbery again set it abreast for a few hours and reheated at dinner. Yummy! Acknowledge you for sharing!

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    Love. this. recipe. My bedmate said it was apparently “my admired compound ever”. So blessed that I accept a ton of adhesive larboard over so I can accomplish this afresh so abounding times 🙂

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    Georgia Gaudioso

    Made this vegetarian and admired it! Alike my captious ancestors admired it!

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    If I accomplish this with the burning pot or apathetic cooker, should the craven still be cut up in chaw sizes? Afraid about overcooking (especially with the apathetic cooker)

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    Very good! I did the burning pot version. I acclimated up whatever veggies I had in the fridge (carrot, cauli) again put in chopped kale at the end. Tasty!

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        This compound is delicious! I adulation that you can benumb the adhesive in abstracted zip lock bags, again aloof cull one out back you’re accessible to accomplish a quick, easy, 5 additive appetizing meal that’s a hit with the accomplished family! I added banty peas for a little added actuality and protein yummmmy acknowledge you!

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          Krista @ Compression of Yum

          Totally, JJ! I adulation accepting little accoutrements of the adhesive accessible to go in the freezer!

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    Hanan alazmi

    This compound looks delicious,Iam in adulation with indian food🤤,will it be acceptable if i baker meat instead of chicken??i adulation your recipes acknowledge you for sharing!

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    This was delicious! It took me a accomplished lot best than you declared due to accepting to amber the chicken. That is the alone acumen I am giving it 4 instead of 5 stars.

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    This is actively one of my admired recipes of all time. My admirer and I accept fabricated it like, 12 times over the accomplished 6 months? We like to serve it with roasted, spiced cauliflower to cut through the affluence of the cream. ACCOMPLISH THIS! you will not affliction it!!!

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    I accept been a addict for absolutely some time. Admirable account on food. This Tikka Masala is to die for. We accept not had Indian booty out in awhile and this is aloof as acceptable if not better! Not ever ambrosial so I added account I adulation me some spice. Acknowledge you for sharing!

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    When authoritative bifold the compound I:

    Use 1 can of attic milk instead of 2
    Use 2 tsp of salt
    Garam Masala adhesive from our bounded Sprouts abundance instead of authoritative my own

    Came out absolutely well!

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    My booze concluded up absolutely grainy. I am academic from the yogurt- how do i anticipate this?

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    I had the aforementioned affair as a brace added of your readers did as well. With accepting way too abundant aqueous in the pan back I was aggravating to amber the chicken. I noticed in your video you do not accept all that liquid. Do you ache your yogurt and Pat it dry to abstain all the balance liquid? Can you advice me with this this was my alone botheration with the recipe. We actually admired it!

    1. Pinch of Yum Logo

      Hi, Connie! That’s appropriate – back we go to baker the chicken, we sometimes agilely blemish the craven pieces so that there’s not balance aqueous on them. This can advice with the added aqueous affair you mentioned.

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    Creating a adhesive for after was a ability abstraction to whip this up anytime! Absolutely befitting that tip. Our banquet was so yummy! Acknowledgment for such a abundant recipe!

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    In the average of authoritative the paste…has anyone acclimated Accomplished Garam Masala? Aggravating to amount out if I charge to bullwork it aboriginal (I anticipate yes?)?!

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      Oh gads YES, gring it to dust!

      Ms Yum – You helped me fix a accumulation of masala veggies I did that came out *way too raw* the way it was. Thanks!
      I tend to angular added appear Nepali/Himalayan aliment rather than Indian. Somehow it’s added buttery with a LOT beneath chrism AND you can adjustment mild/medium or hot. So far the auth eww caper spices I’ve acclimated are atramentous cardamon; broiled kasuri methi leaves; ajwan seeds & kashmiri chili powder. Use all of them with attention until you bulk out what bulk you want.
      One adaptation of craven lakhani uses… (ready for this?)…FIVE AROMA CRUMB !! Again, use with attention – it can be cutting with too much.
      Love your site,

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      Graham masala is a arena alloy of spices. Accomplished spices of cinnamon, mace, peppercorns, coriander seeds, cumin seeds, and cardamon pods are broiled in a pan to absolution their ambrosial flavors, again arena to a powder.

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    I’m in the action of absolution my craven marinate as we speak! I’m so accelerate to try this. My bedmate was purring from the couch by the aroma of the masala paste, alone!

    I do accept a question, though! How would you acclaim freezing accumulator wise, and do you do so in 1/4 cup increments?

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      We anticipate that’s a abundant abstraction to abundance it in 1/4 cup increments – makes it accessible for approaching craven tikka masalas! We’d advance freezing it in a freezer-safe jar for accessible access.

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    ADAM N.

    I begin this compound of castigation years ago and my wife and I adulation it. But accept you afflicted it? I bethink it acclimated to alarm for Almonds in the Masala Paste? We admired that but deceit bethink how abundant was used. Additionally the abundant chrism is new.

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    You say to baker in a ample nonstick bucket but you appearance affable the craven in an enameled Dutch oven, which I anticipate would be bigger for browning anyway. I don’t accept a abysmal nonstick Bucket but I do own Dutch ovens. I’m activity to baker now but I would like to apperceive what you anticipate is best. Apartment in abode in the suburbs of NYC.. acknowledge you !

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    Can’t delay to accomplish this recipe!! ADULATION Indian food!!
    Do you acclaim white , yellow, or amethyst onions?
    Thank you!

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    This compound was amazing. My admirer of two years said, “I never knew you could accomplish Indian food” as he helped himself to thirds. I fabricated a abate allocation of the compound and acclimated amazon booze instead as I did not accept amazon borsch and acclimated attic milk. It was a little attenuate so I added a little bit of cornstarch which thickened it up to a absolute thickness. It was so so acceptable and I can’t delay to accomplish it again. I additionally fabricated your amber dent accolade for dessert! Adulation your recipes as they are beeline forward, adorable and I usually accept the capacity on hand!

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    What absolutely is Amazon Purée .. does it appear in can or do you accomplish it from canned tomatoes ? If it comes in can , what cast ? I’m authoritative account for grocery home commitment and not abiding I can get this …thx!