The Best Chicken Tikka Masala

Yields: 4 Servings Difficulty: Easy Prep Time: 24 Hr Cook Time: 25 Mins Total Time: 24 Hr 25 Mins

A great British favorite – Chicken Tikka Masala!  If you love curry you will absolutely adore this dish!



0/26 Ingredients
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    For the tikka masala mix
  • For the marinade
  • For the curry
  • To serve


0/6 Instructions
  • Mix together all the spices for the tikka masala mix.
  • To make the marinade for the chicken, mix together 2 tbsp of the tikka masala mix and the other ingredients in a large bowl or freezer bag. Coat the chicken pieces in the spices, cover and leave to marinate in the refrigerator overnight.
  • Remove the chicken from the refrigerator and bring it to room temperature. Heat the vegetable oil in a large frying pan until it begins to smoke. Add the chicken until browned. Remove from the pan and place on a warm plate.
  • Add 2 large tsp of tikka masala to the oil in the frying pan with the onions, garlic and tomatoes, fry for 2-3 minutes, until the onions have softened.
  • Add the coconut milk and cream, mix through and add the chicken. Cook the chicken for 20 minutes whilst bringing the sauce to a simmer to allow it to thicken, season to taste.
  • Serve the chicken tikka masala, basmati rice Indian breads and a sprinkling of fresh coriander... Delicious!


  1. This recipe seems to have changed significantly, and I really like the old dairy free version. What is the amount of the masala mix in the marinade? That’s missing on this new version. Really disappointed.

    1. Hi Julie, I am so sorry. The recipe has been reinstated to the original version. I changed it as people were saying that they were struggling to find coconut cream.

      1. Thanks so much! I am sorry for the dramatic nature of my post. 🙂 I am in California, and a big fan of your blog. I’ve shared it (especially this recipe!) with loads of friends. I got rather emotional when I was ready to prep the chicken last night, and didn’t know how much marinade to add. Can’t wait to have this for dinner tomorrow. Thank you for your prompt response. And thank you for all the great recipes! Your blog is great!

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