Chicken tikka masala is one of the most popular Indian dishes, and for good reason. How can anyone not love this explosion of spices, paired with the creamy texture of the sauce that the dish traditionally has. In this Easy Chicken Tikka Masala Recipe the chicken is made extra tender and buttery with a hint of freshness from the coriander and lime.
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Easy Chicken Tikka Masala Recipe

Chicken tikka masala is one of the most popular Indian dishes, and for good reason. How can anyone not love this explosion of spices, paired with the creamy texture of the sauce that the dish traditionally has. In this Easy Chicken Tikka Masala Recipe the chicken is made extra tender and buttery with a hint of freshness from the coriander and lime.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Marinate1 hr
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 4
Calories: 711kcal
Author: Becky Hardin - Easy Chicken Recipes

Ingredients

  • 24 ounces boneless skinless chicken breasts or thighs, about 4 breasts
  • 2 cups buttermilk or Greek yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons grated ginger
  • 1 teaspoon red chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 1 tablespoon salted butter or coconut oil
  • 15 ounces tomato sauce 1 can
  • 1 ½ cups heavy cream or coconut milk
  • Juice from 1 lime
  • Fresh coriander to taste

Instructions

  • Cut the chicken breast into bite size pieces
  • In a bowl add the chicken with the garam masala, cumin, turmeric, garlic flakes, ginger, red chili powder and buttermilk. Mix it, then cover with cling film and chill in fridge for 1 hour
  • In a non-stick pan, add the extra virgin olive oil on high heat. Add each chicken piece and cook for 4 minutes on each side until slightly browned. Keep the remaining marinade sauce for later. The chicken will not be thoroughly cooked at this point
  • Remove the chicken from pan and set aside
  • In the same pan, add the butter and onions. Cook until soft and golden brown, for about 7 minutes on medium heat
  • Add the tomato sauce, juice of lime and bring to simmer.
  • Add the marinade sauce and cook for another 5 minutes
  • Add the chicken in and let everything cook on medium heat for 15-20 minutes, until chicken is thoroughly cooked
  • Add the heavy cream stir everything together and cook for another 5 minutes on low heat
  • Serve over steamed rice, add some fresh coriander to taste and enjoy!

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Nutrition

Calories: 711kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 44g | Fat: 51g | Saturated Fat: 26g | Cholesterol: 251mg | Sodium: 950mg | Potassium: 1290mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 2255IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 229mg | Iron: 2.4mg