Chicken Tikka Masala

I never thought I could make Indian food at home, especially not good Indian food, and especially not with ingredients I already had on hand. Well, I was wrong! I have ordered Chicken Tikka Masala at our favorite Indian restaurants in the city and always loved it. This dish was just as flavorful and delicious as any restaurant Indian I've tried! Klane loved it and said he'd like to have it once a month. Tikka Masala is a dish in which roasted chicken chunks (tikka) are served in a rich orange, creamy, lightly spiced, tomato-based sauce. The flavors are so interesting and complex. It has just enough spice, but if you don't like spicy then maybe reduce the amount of cayenne pepper or jalapeno. Oh but this was amazing! Make it!

Chicken Tikka Masala


1 cup plain yogurt
1 tablespoons lemon juice
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
2 teaspoons black pepper
1 tablespoons minced fresh ginger (I used ground Ginger, 2 tsp)
1 teaspoon salt
3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

1 tablespoon butter
1 clove garlic, minced
1 jalapeno pepper finely chopped
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 teaspoons paprika
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 8-oz can tomato sauce
1 cup cream
1/4 cup chopped cilantro

Combine all marinade ingredients except chicken. Pour sauce over chicken and refrigerate for one hour {I, Angie, marinated it about 10 hours while I was at work}. Grill or cook chicken in frying pan. Discard marinade.

Melt butter in large skillet over medium heat. Saute garlic and jalapeno for one minute. Season with cumin, paprika and salt. Stir in tomato sauce and cream. Simmer on low heat until sauce thickens, about 20 minutes. Add grilled chicken and simmer for 10 minutes. Garnish with fresh cilantro. Serve over hot rice.

Recipe from My Kitchen Cafe.


  1. Angie!! I just have to give a sincere shout out to how much I LOVE your food blog. I've finally been meal planning and actually cooking and I've mainly been using your blog for ideas. I made three of your recipes last week alone. I totally trust your recipes!
    (My roommates and the bf love you too... as they are reaping the benefits)
    And no joke, after making your thai Red Coconut Curry (it was fantastic) I was wishing you had some Indian food recipes to try too. And wallah!! Here it is. Chicken Tikka Masala is honestly my favorite meal and I can't wait to try this!!!
    Thanks so much!!!

  2. Colette, I'm so glad you like it! Thanks for letting me know, hearing stuff like that just makes my day!

  3. This was so good! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Yummy, I made this tonight! I added vegetables to mine. Thanks

  5. Glad you liked it! Thanks for stopping by! :)

  6. Angie I had to post a comment about this recipe! I made it the other night and it was WONDERFUL! I have never even had Indian food before so I figured I would jump right in and try it and I wondered where it had been my whole life! The spices were some of my favorite so I knew I wouldnt be let down. My fiance and our roommate loved it too! (I paired the dish with grilled halloumi cheese on french bread...MMMMMMM! Great match and it helped cut the spice of it a little!)Thanks again! You have a regular follower :)

  7. Hey there! I tried this recipe and it was AMAZING. Seriously. My friends are begging me to make it again!
    I even featured you on my latest post documenting my experience making it!!

    LOVE your blog, love your photography.. Keep it up! I'll be reading! :)

  8. We made this the other night!!! It was SO delicious! Thank you!

  9. This is my new standby tikka masala recipe. Thanks so much!