Chicken Tikka Masala

Yields: 4 Servings Difficulty: Medium Prep Time: 15 Mins Cook Time: 40 Mins Total Time: 55 Mins

What sets Chicken Tikka Masala apart is its rich blend of spices and flavors. The marinade typically consists of yogurt, lemon juice, garlic, ginger, and a combination of spices such as garam masala, cumin, coriander, and paprika. The chicken is marinated in this mixture, giving it a tender texture and a burst of flavors. The sauce, often made with tomatoes, cream, and additional spices, adds depth and richness to the dish. Each bite is a harmonious balance of tangy, savory, and spicy flavors that tantalize the taste buds.


0/23 Ingredients
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  • In a bowl, mix together the marinade ingredients and stir well. Add the chicken pieces to the marinade, making sure they are thoroughly coated. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, or overnight for best results.
  • In a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons (26 grams) vegetable oil over medium-high heat. Add the chicken pieces. Fry each side for about 3 minutes, until golden brown. Transfer the chicken to a plate.
  • In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon (13 grams) vegetable oil over medium heat. Add the minced garlic and grated ginger to the skillet, and cook for another 30 seconds until fragrant. Add the onion and cook until softened and translucent, about 5 minutes.
  • Add ground cumin, coriander, garam masala, cayenne pepper, and salt in the skillet. Stir-fry for about 30 seconds until fragrant, stirring occasionally. Stir in the crushed tomatoes and sugar. Simmer over low heat for 10 minutes to slightly thicken the sauce. Add the chicken and pour in the cream, stirring well to combine. Continue to simmer for 10 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through and the sauce reaches your desired thickness.
  • Garnish with freshly chopped cilantro leaves before serving. Serve the chicken tikka masala hot over cooked rice or with naan bread on the side.

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