Creamy and wealthy hen tikka masala with marinated hen and a flavorful spice-packed sauce.

Pair this hen tikka masala with scorching cooked basmati rice and/or naan bread. We additionally love roasted eggplant on the facet!

Bowl of finished chicken tikka masala with a fork digging in!

Hen tikka masala

Once we lived in Perth, we ate tikka masala prefer it was our day job! We had a number of unimaginable Indian eating places proper by our house and as a lot as we tried to department out…we virtually at all times ended up with Indian.

I’ve been making this hen tikka masala recipe for a number of years now, however have at all times hesitated sharing it. It’s not the best recipe (and I attempt to maintain issues simple right here!) and it’s additionally not the healthiest recipe. BUT, it’s my husband’s favourite recipe and since he requests it typically, I made a decision it’s time so as to add it right here. 

I’m not claiming any authenticity for this recipe, however it’s our favourite. And whereas I stated it’s not the best recipe you’ll discover it’s far much less concerned (with much less components) than most tikka masala recipes on the net. 

Chicken Tikka masala spice blend that gets used in the sauce and marinade

So with that, let’s get began with a couple of FAQS:

Is Hen Tikka Masala Indian?

As with many recipes, there’s a debate on the precise origins of this dish. Some say it’s a British tackle curry, some are satisfied it’s from India, and others say it was created in Glasgow, Scotland.

Should you’re , you’ll be able to learn extra in regards to the historical past here.

Blooming spices and making tomato sauce -- process shotsBasmati rice

Basmati rice is the perfect with hen tikka masala. Here’s a video exhibiting my favourite method to prepare dinner it!

Naan bread scooping up chicken tikka masala over basmati rice

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Hen Tikka Masala

Complete Time

1 d 1 hr 30 minutes


Creamy and wealthy hen tikka masala with marinated and roasted hen and a flavorful spice-packed sauce.





Key phrase:

Hen Tikka Masala

Servings: 4 -6 servings

Energy: 536 kcal

Creator: Chelsea


  • 6
    finely minced garlic cloves
    (~2 tablespoons)
  • 1 and 1/2
    finely grated peeled ginger
    (~1 and 1/2 inch piece)
  • 1 and 1/2
    floor turmeric
  • 2
    garam masala
  • 2
    floor cumin
  • 2
    floor coriander
  • 1
    positive sea salt salt
    (if not utilizing Kosher salt OR delicate to salt, scale back to non-public desire)
  • 3/4
    complete milk PLAIN yogurt
    (do not use Greek)
  • 2
    lemon juice
  • 2
    boneless skinless hen breasts,
    OR thighs
  • 3
    vegetable oil
  • 1
    small yellow onion,
    finely chopped
  • 1/4
    good high quality tomato paste
  • 1/4
    floor cardamom
  • 1/2
    crushed crimson pepper flakes
  • 1
    can (28 ounces)
    good high quality fireplace roasted crushed tomatoes
  • 2
    heavy cream
  • 3/4
    chopped recent cilantro plus sprigs for garnish
  • Basmati rice, naan, and extra cilantro,
    for serving


  1. SPICE BLEND & MARINADE: In a small bowl: mix minced garlic, minced ginger, turmeric, garam masala, cumin, coriander, and salt. Stir to mix. In one other bowl, whisk yogurt, half of spice combination that was simply made, and lemon juice till mixed. Halve hen breasts and pound items to even thickness with a meat mallet (or the underside of a frying pan). Add hen to this yogurt marinade and stir to coat. Cowl tightly (or switch to a sealable bag) and place within the fridge for no less than 6 hours and ideally 24 hours. Cowl and chill remaining spice combination within the fridge.

  2. SAUCE: Warmth vegetable oil in a big heavy pot over medium warmth. Add the finely chopped onion and prepare dinner till starting to melt, about 2-Three minutes. Add within the tomato paste, floor cardamom, and crimson pepper flakes. Cook dinner, stirring typically, till the tomato paste has darkened and onion is smooth, about 5 minutes. Add the remaining reserved half of spice combination and prepare dinner, stirring typically, till backside of pot begins to brown and every part may be very aromatic, about Four minutes (scale back warmth if wanted, nothing must be smoking/burning).

  3. SAUCE CONT: Add total can of tomatoes. Improve the warmth, carry the combination to a boil after which scale back the warmth. Simmer, stirring typically and scraping up browned bits from backside of pot, till sauce thickens about eight minutes. Add within the heavy cream and cilantro. Simmer, over lowest warmth, stirring sometimes till the sauce thickens about 30 to 40 minutes. IF desired, switch the sauce to a blender and mix till clean. Or use a stick blender to puree till clean. That is elective. Style the sauce for any further seasoning/salt. Additionally relying on the tomatoes you used, you could want 1-2 teaspoons sugar to stability acidity.

  4. COOK CHICKEN: (Observe 1) In the meantime, preheat a grill or grill pan to medium-high warmth (about 400 levels F.) Generously oil the grill (I drench a rolled-up paper towel in vegetable oil and, holding it with tongs, rub it over the grill grates. Do not skip this step.) Take away hen from marinade and discard any remaining marinade. Grill the hen turning as soon as midway by grilling, about 4-6 minutes per facet (till the thickest a part of the hen registers 165 levels F and juices run clear). Switch the hen to a plate and canopy with foil. Enable the hen to relaxation for a couple of minutes so the juices can re-distribute. Chop into bite-sized items. Stir into the sauce till coated, take away and serve over freshly cooked rice with warmed naan. Add further chopped cilantro to garnish as desired.

  5. Observe 1: if you do not have a grill/grill pan comply with this alternate cooking methodology: warmth 1 tablespoon oil in a non stick pan over excessive warmth till smoking. Add half the hen (it might want to have been minimize into 2 inch items earlier than being marinated) and unfold out in a single even layer. Depart for two minutes or till charred. Flip each bit and prepare dinner the opposite facet till charred (hen will not be cooked by; simply charred) Take away hen and put aside. Scrape out charred bits in pan and rapidly wipe the pan clear. Add extra oil and repeat with the remaining hen till it is all charred. Add to the sauce and simmer, stirring sometimes, till hen is absolutely cooked by, 2-Three minutes.

Nutrition facts for chicken tikka masala recipe

Recipe tailored from Epicurious