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  • Writer's pictureSummer Winter Mom

Chicken Tikka Masala | Easy Homemade Recipe

Hi friends! Here is a recipe that I love! I have tried so many different mixtures in trying to create the simplest, tastiest outline for this dish, and here is what I have landed on!

Recipe Ingredients:

For the chicken marinade:

  • 2 chicken breasts or approximately 28 oz boneless/skinless chicken thighs

  • 1 cup plain yogurt

  • 1.5 Tablespoons minced garlic

  • 1 Tablespoon ginger

  • 2 teaspoons garam masala

  • 1 teaspoon turmeric

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • dash of smoked paprika to taste

For the masala sauce:

  • 1 Tablespoon vegetable/canola oil or pan spray

  • 2 Tablespoons butter

  • 1 yellow or white onion

  • 1.5 Tablespoons minced garlic

  • 1 Tablespoon ginger

  • 1.5 teaspoons garam masala

  • 1 teaspoon turmeric

  • 1.5 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 14 oz tomato puree or tomato paste

  • 1.25 cups heavy cream

  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon chili powder (optional for desired spice level)

  • Add almond milk in 0.25 cups at a time if the mixture seems too thick

  • Garnish with fresh cilantro (optional)

  • Rice (amount as preferred)

These ingredients may sound like a lot! really is EASY! Seriously, if this twin mama can do it... you can do it!

There are only a few primary ingredients: yogurt, cream, tomato paste, chicken/potatoes, and spices. If you prefer to make this a vegetarian dish you can substitute the chicken for potatoes.


  • Slice all the chicken into small bite size pieces.

  • Mix all the ingredients for the chicken marinade.

  • Mix chicken in, and let sit for 10 mins minimum, 1 hour preferred, overnight optional.

  • Next oil a large skillet pan and add chicken pieces to cook. Space them out so they cook fully. Approximately 3 minutes on each side on medium/high heat.

  • When chicken is fully cooked, set it aside and begin making masala sauce.

  • Add butter to pan, melt on medium/low heat.

  • Dice and sauté onion.

  • Quickly add in spices (I like to put them in a bowl ahead of time so I can throw them all in at the same time). Mix for about 20 seconds, can add a tiny bit of water if needed.

  • Add in tomato paste, mix around picking up any leftover spices on the pan.

  • Add cream, mix together.

  • Add in brown sugar and salt.

  • Let simmer for 15 mins.

  • Mix chicken back in

  • Once all is hot and has a nice texture, serve over rice and garnish.

That is it!

If I can do it, while being a mom to two twin babies, you can do it! Check out the full video on my YouTube channel at:



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