|September 26, 2022


Chicken Tikka Masala is a gateway drug!

The heady mix of spices, slow-cooked onions, garlic, and creamy, buttery “oh-my-goodness” sauce! it draws most Indian food newbies in instantaneously, often converting them for life! 

Chicken tikka masala is considered the official dish of the United Kingdom and is almost certainly the unofficial first-timer’s order across the world!

Chicken masala or chicken tikka goes best with rice, roti, naan, or paratha, just like butter chicken masala, or tikka tandoori chicken. There are many ways chicken tikka masala chicken recipe is made across India like for instance, the instant pot chicken tikka masala, usually made when you need a quick lunch/dinner within 30 minutes. Each region has its way of making it with locally available taste enhancers like coconut, cashews, sesame seeds, poppy seeds, etc. 


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And if you don’t like setting foot in your kitchen, just type “chicken tikka masala near me” in google, or any food delivery app and relax. You can tuck into delicious chicken masala within the next half-an-hour maximum when your order reaches home!

Now, the restaurant versions of this Chicken Masala recipe take time to prepare, and always use cream or yogurt. However, the chicken masala recipe we’ll describe here is quite simple. It doesn’t need any blending or overnight marination! It also doesn’t use any yogurt or cream. And yet it does not compromise on flavor at all! 

So, if you want a quick curry meal for dinner (or if you’re lactose intolerant) then this may just be the tikka masala recipe for you!

This chicken curry is best had with a side of naan, although chapattis are much more frequently made in Indian homes, again, it’s entirely up to you. You can even serve it with lamb pulao or chicken pilau rice, and it goes perfectly.

How to make fantastic Chicken Masala at home


 If you want a quick curry meal for dinner, then this may just be the chicken masala recipe for you!
Print Recipe
  • Prep Time - 15 mins 
  • Cook Time - 45 mins  
  • Total Time - 1 hr. 
  • Course - Dinner 
  • Cuisine - Indian 
  • Servings - 6 
  • Calories - 342 kcal


Method of cooking:

  • Pour olive oil into a pan and heat it for a couple of minutes on medium heat, till it turns hot.
  • Add finely sliced onions and cook them for about 3-4 minutes until they turn lightly brown – before adding in the onions, ensure that the oil is properly hot, as this will allow the onions to soften properly.
  • Add chopped tomatoes and cook for another 3-4 minutes until the tomatoes turn soft.
  • Add the salt, garlic paste, Alcoeats chili powder, Alcoeats turmeric powder, Alcoeats garam masala, and finely chopped green chilies, then cook all these spices for 5-6 minutes. Add some water so that the spices do not get burnt.
  • Add the chicken pieces/drumsticks and coat them with the masala before covering them with a lid. Let it cook for 20-30 minutes – you can substitute whole chicken or other parts of the chicken if you want.
  • Finally, add the crushed cumin seeds (or Alcoeats Cumin Powder), dried fenugreek leaves, and freshly chopped coriander and cook for a further 2-3 minutes
  • That’s all! Serve your finger-licking Chicken Masala curry with naan bread, and enjoy.

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