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Chicken Tikka Masala

Marinated in tangy coconut yogurt and a traditional blend of spices and simmered in flavorful tomato sauce, this chicken tikka masala recipe is easy to make at home. Serve it with basmati rice and garnish with cilantro for a delicious, Indian style dinner without the dairy.

  • Author: Melissa Belanger
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x



For the marinade:

  • 1 cup coconut yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon minced ginger
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon coarse salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground fenugreek
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper 

For the chicken:

  • 23 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast/thighs
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons grated ginger
  • 1 15-ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 teaspoons garam masala
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon fenugreek
  • 1/4 teaspoon Kashmiri pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • Salt & pepper, to taste


  1. Combine the marinade ingredients in a large bowl. Whisk until smooth. Add chopped chicken and stir to coat. Cover and marinate overnight in the refrigerator.
  2. Heat a large pot over medium-high. Cook chicken in batches with the marinade until no longer pink. Remove from pan and set sides to make the sauce.
  3. Heat olive oil in the pan. Sauté the onion, garlic and ginger until tender – about 5 minutes.
  4. Add the crushed tomatoes and remaining spices and stir to combine.
  5. Return the chicken to the pan and cover. Bring to a simmer and reduce heat. Allow the chicken to simmer for 20 minutes.
  6. Whisk coconut milk and cornstarch to create a slurry. Stir the slurry into the sauce and continue to cook until the sauce thickens.
  7. Adjust seasoning with salt & pepper, to taste.
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  • Category: Main Course
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Indian
  • Diet: Gluten Free


  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 265
  • Sugar: 4.1 g
  • Sodium: 1133.7 mg
  • Fat: 13 g
  • Saturated Fat: 6.7 g
  • Carbohydrates: 7.6 g
  • Fiber: 1.4 g
  • Protein: 26.7 g
  • Cholesterol: 82.7 mg

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