Chicken Tikka Masala


Welcome to an International edition of Holiday Recipe Club.  Food bloggers are all over the globe, so Holiday Recipe Club is branching out, and celebrating more than just the US holidays.  Today we are recognizing Buddha’s Birthday.   The challenge ingredients for today were garam masala, tofu, and sesame.

We eat a lot of Indian food at our house, so I was excited.  I have tried Tikka Masala a couple times before.  I love the blend of spices that are in restaurant versions, so I keeping trying home versions trying to match it.  This comes close, but still needs more of a kick.  I have written the recipe reflecting an increase in the spices.

I recommend trying the sauce and adjusting the seasonings as you go.  Unfortunately my spice cabinet is in need of replenishing, so I couldn’t add anymore :( I love Naan bread with my Indian food, but due to time restraints and trying to eat better, I didn’t make any this time.  Tikka Masala has tons of sauce though, so I really should have made it!


Chicken Tikka Masala
Adapted from Indian Simmer and The Black Peppercorn

For Chicken:
2 large chicken breasts, diced into bite sized pieces
2 tsp cayenne powder
1 Tbls fresh ginger, grated
1 Tbls garlic, grated
1 Tbls coriander powder
1 Tbls garam masala
1 cup plain yogurt (I used non fat)
1 Tbls lemon juice
1/2 tsp salt

For Sauce:
2 Tbls olive oil
1 (14 oz.) can diced tomatoes
1 (14 oz.) can tomato sauce
2 Tbls ginger, grated
2 Tbls garlic, grated
1 Tbls onion powder
1 Tbls turmeric
1 1/2 Tbls cumin
1 1/2 Tbls paprika
1 1/2 Tbls garam masla
1 1/2 Tbls ground coriander
2 tsp ground fennel
2 tsp black pepper
1 tsp salt
1 cup heavy cream

In a large resealable plastic bag combine the yogurt and all the seasonings for the chicken.  Add chicken, seal the bag, and squish it all around until everything is coated.  Marinade for at least an hour, up to over night.  I did mine for about 6 hours.

Thread the marinaded chicken onto skewers and grill until cooked through.  You can also bake at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes.

In a large sauce pan heat the oil over medium heat.  Add the ginger and garlic, saute until fragrant, stirring frequently.  Add all of the seasonings (everything but the tomatoes and cream), mixing well.  Cook for 1 minute to bring out the flavors.  Pour in the diced tomatoes and tomato sauce, and stir until well blended.  Turn down heat and simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Add in cooked chicken and cream.  Let cook for 5 to 7 minutes.  Cover and let stand for 10 minutes before serving.  Serve over white rice or with Naan bread (recipe here).



  1. Ooh I love tikka masala but have never thought to make it myself… I’ll have to try your recipe it sounds amazing! I love naan as well…mmm now I want Indian food 😉 I am so glad you were able to post with us Erin!

  2. I’ve made this a few times and we really like it. I look forward to trying your recipe.

  3. Yum! This looks wonderful!! Now I can see what garam masala is! Have a great day!!

  4. Hurray!! I’m so glad somebody picked garam masala!! This looks delicious, I love tikka masala! Yours looks delicious, thanks for sharing such a great HRC recipe!

  5. I have never had Tikka Masala. I keep seeing recipes and asking myself, “Why?” That’s it! I’ve denied myself for too long! YUM!

  6. Why have I never made this myself? I love these spices!

  7. Indian food is really popular here, so I’ve had some really good chicken tikka masala. I’ve been wanting to perfect a recipe for it too. In fact, I just bought some yogurt to make it! Yours looks exactly like one of my favorite places. And I love mine too with basmati rice and naan! We were having steaks for dinner, but now I’m thinking maybe we order delivery :)

  8. I need more Indian food in my life..this is absolutely delicious! Great recipe!

  9. We don’t have any Indian restaurants here so I have to make my own, I’m always on the hunt for good recipes, thanks. And yes all that sauce deserves some naan!

  10. happy birthday Buddha!!

    also, i want this dish. bookmarking!

  11. We eat TONS of Indian food too! My absolute fave!! I can’t wait to try this Erin!!! Great recipe!

  12. I have not had tikkka masala before but it looks good and I want to try more Indian food. Bookmarking…

  13. I’ve never cooked Tikka Masala at home! Thanks for the recipe – it’s a lot easier than I imagined. This will be a must try!

  14. I have never even tastked tikka masala, Erin, but now I think I must!!! Beautifully done~

  15. This looks so tasty! I have not ever had tikki masala but you have inspired me to make this. I bet it is full of delish flavor. Nicely done!!

  16. My favorite Indian dinner :) It’s been awhile since I’ve made it – you’ve inspired me with this great recipe!

  17. I’ve yet to make my own tikka masala at home but it looks like I have all the spices I need. Hmm, maybe I should try it soon!

  18. I love that sauce…will have to try it with a vegetarian dish :) Gorgeous flavors!

  19. Mmm..sounds like a great dish with lots of flavor :)

  20. —This looks Incredible.
    Indian Food is my ALL TIME Fave. <3

  21. Would you believe that I’ve never had Tikka Masala before? Your dish just made me think that maybe I should try it at home. It looks very good. Thanks for sharing!

  22. I just ate Chicken Tikka Masala for the first time a few months ago and I am in love! I really want to recreate it at home and with this recipe it looks so doable! Yum!


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