Chicken Tikka Masala

A popular Indian dish with tender chicken in a spiced tomato cream sauce.

Course Dinner
Cuisine Indian
Keyword chicken tikka masala
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes



  • 2 lbs. Chicken Breast (cut into bite-size pieces)
  • 3/4 cup Whole Milk Yogurt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Garam Masala
  • 2 Tablespoons Oil

Tikka Masala Sauce:

  • 4 Tablespoons Butter
  • 1 Large Onion (finely diced)
  • 1 Serrrano Pepper (finely diced)
  • 2 teaspoons Ginger
  • 1 Tablespoon Garam Masala
  • 1 teaspoon Turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon Paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Coriander*
  • 1-2 teaspoons Salt
  • 2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
  • (1) 14-ounce can Crushed Tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 cup Heavy Cream
  • 1/4 cup Water (optional)


  • Rice
  • Naan Bread
  • Cilantro


Chicken Marinade:

  1. In a medium-sized bowl, add chicken, yogurt, salt, garam masala, and garlic powder. Stir to completely coat chicken. Cover and let marinate in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour. 

  2. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat.  Add oil. Cook chicken for 4 minutes per side. Remove chicken and set aside. 

Chicken Tikka Masala Sauce:

  1. In the same skillet, add butter over medium heat.  Add diced onion and cook for 6-7 minutes or until it starts to soften. Stir in pepper and cook for 1 minute. Add ginger, garam masala, paprika, garlic powder, turmeric, coriander, and salt. Stir to coat onions. Add brown sugar and tomatoes. 

  2. Let simmer for 10-15 minutes or until sauce begins to thicken.  Stir in the heavy cream.  Add chicken back into the sauce and let cook for an additional 8-10 minutes, stirring often. Add water, if needed. 

  3. Serve with basmati rice and naan bread. Top with cilantro.

Recipe Notes

*Coriander is cilantro. If using fresh cilantro, finely dice 1 1/2 Tablespoons of fresh cilantro and add to the sauce.

*This recipe may be made in the slow-cooker. Add all ingredients (except oil) and cook for 6-7 hours on low or until chicken is tender.