Recipe Box: Chicken Tikka Masala

One of my favorite dishes when Abhi and I go out for Indian food is Chicken Tikka Masala. Last year we had some friends over and I decided to take on the task of making chicken tikka masala for dinner. I died and went to heaven. It was delicious and not that difficult. As someone who stumbles around the kitchen I have made this several times since and it has turned out excellent every single time.

I surprisingly got this recipe from The Everything Indian Cookbook by Monica Bhide. I have tried several recipes from this book and haven’t been too impressed. This recipe however is definitely a winner. I always let the chicken marinate overnight so be sure to give yourself enough time. Once you make this you’ll want to make it time and time again. I always serve mine with naan. I can’t help it, it’s like cookies and milk or chocolate and peanut butter.

For starters you’ll want to make this Chicken Tikka recipe.

Chicken Tikka Masala
Recipe Type: Entree
Author: Monica Bhide
Serves: 2-4
  • 3 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 medium-sized red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon ginger-garlic paste
  • 2 medium tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Garam Masala
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 recipe Chicken Tikka
  • Table salt, to taste
  1. In a large pan, heat the vegetable oil on medium. Add the onions and saute until well browned, about 7 to 8 minutes. Add the Ginger-garlic paste and saute for another minute.
  2. Add the tomatoes and cook for about 8 minutes or until the tomatoes are cooked and the oil begins to separate from the sides of the mixture.
  3. Add the red chili, turmeric, salt and the spice mix; saute for 1 minute.
  4. Add the cream and cook for about 2 minutes. add the Chicken Tikka and mix well. Cook for 2 minutes or until the chicken is heated through. Serve hot.

Some of the ingredients are a little obscure so you might want to hit up the nearest Asian Market.

Ginger-garlic paste can always be substituted for fresh ginger and garlic that is finely chopped.

3 Comments on “Recipe Box: Chicken Tikka Masala”

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  2. Hey! I think this recipe sounds pretty neat! I wanted to try and see if I could make it for my boyfriend. Though I am pretty confused at certain areas of it. I also read the ‘Chicken Tikka’ recipe, and do you have to do that whole recipe first and then add it to the ‘Chicken Tikka Masala ‘ recipe?

    1. Hi Elizabeth. Yes, you should make the ‘Chicken Tikka’ recipe entirely first. This recipe is primarily for the masala, or sauce, that goes with the chicken tikka. I hope this helps!

      Please let me know if you have any other questions and let me know how it goes once you try it! 🙂

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