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Chicken tikka masala on a blue plate with a fork.

Chicken Tikka Masala Recipe

An easy Chicken Tikka Masala recipe. Make this classic Indian dish at home with yogurt-marinated grilled chicken and a rich, creamy tomato sauce. Tikka lovers, you will adore this recipe!
Course Main Course
Cuisine British, Indian
Keyword chicken
Prep Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 50 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 247kcal
Author Meggan Hill


For the chicken marinade:

  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breast cut into 1” cubes
  • 4 wooden skewers soaked 30 minutes

For the sauce:

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon jalapeño seeded and minced
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 cup heavy cream

For serving:


To make the marinade:

  • In a bowl or large zipper-lock plastic bag, combine yogurt, lemon juice, ginger, 2 teaspoons cumin, cinnamon, cayenne pepper, 1 teaspoon salt, and 2 teaspoons pepper.
  • Add chicken and mix until evenly coated. Refrigerate at least one hour or overnight. 

To make the sauce:

  • In a large skillet melt butter over medium-high heat until the foaming subsides. Stir in jalapeño and garlic until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  • Add remaining cumin, paprika, and 1 teaspoon salt. Stir in tomato sauce and heavy cream. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 20 minutes, until sauce has thickened.

To grill the chicken:

  • Thread chicken evenly on 4 skewers, discarding excess marinade. Lightly oil grill and preheat over high heat.
  • Grill chicken until the internal temperature of the largest piece registers 165°F on a thermometer, about 5 minutes on each side. Transfer to a platter and tent with foil until the sauce has thickened.
  • Add the chicken to the sauce and stir until heated through, about 10 minutes longer. Serve the chicken with sauce over rice, garnished with cilantro if desired.


Calories: 247kcal