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.
24ouncesboneless skinless chicken breastsor thighs, about 4 breasts
1teaspoonred chili powder
2tablespoonsextra virgin olive oil
1tablespoonsalted butteror coconut oil
15ouncestomato sauce1 can
1 ½cupsheavy creamor coconut milk
Juice from 1 lime
Fresh coriander to taste
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!
Some separating may occur when adding the buttermilk marinade to the sauce, but it won't affect taste.