Chicken Tikka Masala Recipe – Indian Special

Chicken tikka masala made easy with this great-tasting recipe — simply marinate chicken breast in yogurt and spices and then simmer in a tomato cream sauce. Serve with rice or warm pita bread.

  • Prep Time30 min
  • Cook Time50 min
  • Perform Time1 hr
  • Total Time2 hr 20 min

Chicken Tikka Masala Recipe Ingredients :

  • 1 cup yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 4 teaspoons ground cumin, divided
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
  • 2 teaspoons salt, divided, or more to taste
  • 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 4 long skewers
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro

How to Make Chicken Tikka Masala Recipe:


Combine yogurt, lemon juice, 2 teaspoons cumin, cinnamon, cayenne, black pepper, ginger, and 1 teaspoon salt in a large bowl.


Stir in chicken, cover, and refrigerate for 1 hour.


Preheat a grill for high heat.


Lightly oil the grill grate. Thread chicken onto skewers, and discard marinade.


Grill until juices run clear, about 5 minutes on each side.


Melt butter in a large heavy skillet over medium heat. Sauté garlic and jalapeño for 1 minute. Season with remaining 2 teaspoons cumin, paprika, and remaining 1 teaspoon 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. Transfer to a serving platter, and garnish with fresh cilantro.

Recipe Notes:

The nutrition data for this recipe includes information based on the full amount of the marinade ingredients. Depending on marinating time, ingredients, cook time, etc., the actual amount of the marinade consumed will vary.