September 13, 2012

Chicken tikka masala

I really love cooking new dishes, especially ones that come from all over the world. I'm usually not quite sure how authentic the recipe is, but I'm always willing to give it a shot. Tikka masala is something I've only ever eaten at an Indian restaurant, so that's all I have to compare this version to. I saw this recipe and was saving this meal for a cool day. I felt like the creaminess and spice would make this dish perfect for when the weather began to change. Even though this is not my traditional 'comfort' food, there's something about it that feels comforting to me...

This recipe will serve about four people. You definitely want to serve it with some Basmati rice. I always like to add some frozen peas to my Basmati rice after it's done cooking/before I fluff it. You could also serve some naan bread with this dish to help collect all the extra sauce. Below is my adapted version.

Chicken tikka masala
about 1.25 to 1.5 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces
1/2 cup plain yogurt, preferably full-fat
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon sweet paprika
good pinch of salt
1 tablespoon fresh grated ginger
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 pat of butter
1/4 cup minced white onion
8 oz. can of tomato sauce
3/4 cup half and half (or cream)
fresh cilantro, for garnish
Basmati rice, for serving

In a large bowl, combine the chicken with the yogurt, cumin, cinnamon, cayenne, paprika, salt, ginger, and garlic. Cover with plastic wrap and let marinade in the refrigerator for at least one hour, up to overnight.

In a saucepan, heat the butter over medium heat. When hot, add the chicken and onion. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the chicken is cooked through. Lower the heat. Add the tomato sauce and half and half/cream. Stir well and and let the sauce come to a boil. Reduce to simmer and cook for about 10 minutes, until the sauce is slightly thickened.

Serve immediately with rice and top with cilantro.

What was I cooking one year ago?: Spanish rice
Two years ago?: carrot-zucchini-ginger muffins and Moroccan stewed chicken


  1. I love the gravy. Would be nice served with some potato puree or pasta too.

  2. Me too, I love cooking new dishes and it's so fun to discover some new favorites! Chicken tikka masala is also on my to-make list. Now you inspired me to make it! :)

  3. This dish sounds so comforting to me, but I've never attempted it at home. Something about the warm Indian spices scream fall to me!

  4. LOVE it! One of my all time favorite things to eat! Thanks for reminding me!! I will bookmark your version to try.

  5. This looks like a delicious new recipe to try!

  6. I love tikka masala and spicy food!
    This looks perfect!

  7. I'm drooling already! Love this delicious dish with gravy! Have a great weekend ! :)

  8. Amy, this sounds amazing.You've packed it with flavor and I would love to have been at the table the night you served it. Have a wonderful weekend. Blessings...Mary

  9. Authentic or not, so long as it's edible and delicious! Your tikka masala looks good - I'd love to try this recipe one day...

  10. Yum! Perfect for the approaching cold weather - I'd definitely be scooping up every last drop of sauce with naan.

  11. Yum, one of my favourite dishes! This looks delicious!

  12. I think of this as comforting too! Perfect for a fall night! I'm always intimidated to make my own Indian food but I love it.

  13. One of my all time fave fave fave dishes! Gosh I LOVE Indian food! Even though I stuffed myself with Sicilian pizza not even an hour ago seeing these pics has my mouth watering. May have to make this over the weekend! :)

    Thanks bunches for popping by my blog. :)

  14. I randomly clicked on your name from Nami's blog and could not resist myself from writing a comment. All kind of butter, and creamy chicken are my daughter's favorite. You have made it so nicely using all those spices.

    1. Thank you so much and I'm glad you randomly found me. I hope you'll stop by again :-)

  15. this dish has one of my favorite combination of spices- looks like you prepared it beautifully!

  16. perfect!! love this recipe...thanks for sharing!!

  17. I would really like a meal like this, different and spices that I normally wouldn't pair in a savory dish. Great job.

  18. Chicken Tikka Masala has been on my some day list for so long Reeni, I can't tell you. Now I too feel inspired to give it a try. Yours looks delicious!!!

    Thanks so much for sharing...

  19. I can eat chicken tikka masala everyday. Yummy!


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