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Homemade Chicken Tikka Masala

This creamy, flavorful Homemade Chicken Tikka Masala is the perfect way to break out of a chicken dinner rut and add in a ton of spice and flavor!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4
Author Tracy


  • 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts about 2 lbs
  • 1 tablespoon salted butter
  • 1 cup whole yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons cumin
  • 2 tablespoons smoke paprika
  • 1 tablespoon coriander
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon gram masala
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
  • 2 tablespoon fresh ginger minced
  • 6 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 14 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro chopped + some for garnish


  • Cut chicken into 2 inch chunks.
  • Mix spices (except salt) in a small bowl.
  • Whisk salt with yogurt and then half of the spice mixture. Add chicken and coat. Cover and let marinate for at least 20 minutes in fridge.
  • Open crushed tomatoes and set aside.
  • In a large sauce pan over medium heat, melt butter. Add the rest of the spice mix stirring constantly for 30 seconds. Add ginger, and garlic and stir constantly for another 30 seconds and then immediately add tomatoes so nothing burns.
  • Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to simmer, stirring often until it begins to thicken, about 8-10 minutes.
  • Add cream and chopped cilantro and let simmer until thickened. About another 8 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in a large saute pan, heat olive oil and using tongs or a fork, add chicken, shaking off some of the marinade before it enters the pan. Cook chicken until cooked through, 7- 10 minutes.
  • Add chicken to saucepan and stir to coat and mix well.
  • Serve over rice or with naan and garnish with more fresh cilantro.