This Chicken Tikka Masala is the only one we’ve tried that tastes just like it came from our favorite Indian restaurant. No need to go out for this anymore; make your own big batch at home and watch it disappear.
FOR THE CHICKEN:
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp ground cumin
- 1/2 tsp ground coriander
- 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
- 2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts – dried well, pounded evenly flat
- 1 cup plain (unsweetened) whole milk yogurt
- 2 TB vegetable oil
- 2 tsp ground ginger
- 1 TB ground garlic
FOR THE SAUCE:
- 3 TB vegetable oil
- 1 onion, finely chopped
- 6 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 tsp grated fresh ginger (peeled)
- 1/4 tsp chili powder
- 2 TB garam masala
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 1/2 tsp ground tumeric
- 1 TB tomato paste
- 1 (28 oz) can crushed tomatoes, undrained
- 2 tsp sugar
- 2/3 cup heavy cream
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
- dashes of kosher salt to taste
- For the Chicken: Combine salt, cumin, coriander, and cayenne in small bowl. Sprinkle both sides of dry, evenly-pounded chicken with spice mixture, pressing in so mixture sticks. Place chicken in single layer and set aside. Whisk yogurt, oil, ginger, and garlic together in large bowl and set aside.
- Prepare the Sauce (can be done up to 2 days in advance): Heat oil in large heavy pot over medium heat. Add onion and cook until golden, about 8 minutes. Add garlic, ginger, tomato paste, and cook about 3 minutes. Add the rest of sauce ingredients and bring to boil. Reduce to medium low, cover, and simmer 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Lastly, stir in cream and return to simmer a few minutes. Remove from heat and cover to keep warm.
- Broil: While sauce is keeping warm, place oven rack 6 inches from heat broiler. Dip chicken well into yogurt mixture, coating with thick layer of yogurt. Arrange each piece on wire rack set in foil-lined baking sheet or broiler pan. Broil chicken about 5-9 minutes, flip over halfway, and broil another 5-9 minutes. The exterior will be lightly browned in spots.
- Rest: Let chicken rest 5 minutes. Cut into bite size chunks and stir into warm sauce when ready to eat. Do not simmer chicken in the sauce. If sauce needs warming, warm it up first and then toss the chicken in when ready to serve. Lastly, season with kosher salt to taste, toss in fresh cilantro, and serve immediately over Basmati rice.
Leftover chicken tikka masala is delicious the next day. Simply stir over stovetop just until warmed through and serve.
Try our simple, homemade Naan or grilled flatbread, which is wonderfully soft, chewy, and perfect for soaking up the chicken tikka masala sauce.
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- Prep Time: 30 min
- Cook Time: 40 min
- Category: main dish
- Method: bake, broil
- Cuisine: Indian
Keywords: chicken tikka masala