Spiced Elegance: Chicken Tikka Masala


Embark on a flavorful journey with our Spiced Elegance: Chicken Tikka Masala. This beloved dish features succulent pieces of chicken tikka immersed in a creamy, spiced tomato sauce. Each bite is a blend of warm spices, tangy tomato, and rich cream, creating a luxurious and comforting meal that's a favorite around the world.

Spiced Elegance: Chicken Tikka Masala

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Prep Time: 1 hour (for marinating) + 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours

Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Serving Size: 1 generous scoop

Nutritional Profile (per serving)

  • Calories: 450 kcal
  • Protein: 28g
  • Carbohydrates: 18g
  • Fat: 28g
  • Sodium: 750mg
  • Sugar: 8g


  • Chicken Breast (boneless, skinless): 800g (1.76 lbs or 28.2 oz)
  • Yogurt: 200g (7 oz)
  • Lemon Juice: 2 tbsp
  • Ginger-Garlic Paste: 2 tbsp
  • Garam Masala: 2 tsp
  • Turmeric: 1 tsp
  • Cumin: 1 tsp
  • Paprika: 1 tsp
  • Tomato Puree: 400g (14 oz)
  • Heavy Cream: 250ml (8.4 oz)
  • Butter: 50g (1.76 oz)
  • Fresh Cilantro: for garnish
  • Salt: To taste

Method of Preparation

  1. Marinate Chicken: Mix yogurt, lemon juice, ginger-garlic paste, spices, and salt. Coat chicken and marinate for at least 1 hour.
  2. Grill Chicken: Grill or broil chicken until charred. Set aside.
  3. Prepare Sauce: In a pan, melt butter. Add tomato puree and remaining spices. Cook until thickened.
  4. Combine: Add grilled chicken to sauce. Simmer for 10 minutes. Stir in cream.
  5. Serve: Garnish with cilantro. Serve with naan or rice.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Marinate the chicken overnight for deeper flavor.
  • Use a heavy-bottomed pan for even cooking of the sauce.
  • Adjust spice levels to your preference.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I use chicken thighs instead?

Yes, thighs can be juicier and more flavorful.

How can I make it dairy-free?

Substitute cream with coconut milk and butter with oil.

Is it spicy?

The spice level can be adjusted to your taste. Reduce chili or increase cream to balance.