Chicken Tikka masala Recipe | easy chicken Tikka masala

How to make chicken Tikka masala |Easy chicken Tikka masala recipe

Garnished chicken Tikka masala in a serving bowl
Chicken Tikka masala

Chicken Tikka masala is one of the most popular dish through out the world.

Chicken Tikka masala is a very rich tomato based curry sauce where  roasted or grilled spiced  yogurt marinated chicken pieces are used in the sauce or gravy.

DIFFERENT OPINIONS ABOUT THE ORIGIN OF CHICKEN TIKKA MASALA

There are many stories about the origin of this famous dish. Some food expert claim that it a Punjabi dish and its roots is firmly grounded in Indian subcontinent. They say that it was first invented by Kundan Lal from Moti Mahal restaurant, Delhi.

But one of the most convincing claim comes from the great Ali Ahmed Aslam of Glasgow's inimitable Shish Mahal , an authentic Scottish Curry house. That this chicken Tikka masala was originated from there.

Some other claim it as an unofficial national dish of UK. Ethnic food historians. Colleen and Peter Grove, who remain adamant that the dish is most certainly invented in Britain, probably by a Bangladeshi chef.

Whatever the origin, we have a wonderful heavenly dish The Chicken Tikka masala, that can be prepared in many ways and the taste remains the same .

The best part of this recipe is that all the ingredients are readily available in your kitchen. If not they are so easy to find in any grocery store.

Authentic chicken Tikka masala is prepared with spiced yogurt marinated chicken pieces, Shewered and chargrilled to incredible BBQ flavours.

Chicken is also known as Murgh in Indian subcontinent in Bangladesh, Pakistan and India. So chicken Tikka masala is known as Murgh Tikka masala.

To make this recipe at home you can either roast the chicken pieces in an Oven or use a heavy cast iron skillet or a Non stick pan to cook the chicken pieces with those amazing flavours.

Today we are going to prepare chicken Tikka masala using two methods :-

 1. Homestyle chicken Tikka masala recipe .

 2. Restaurant style chicken Tikka masala recipe.

Preparation time :- 60 minutes

Cooking time :- 10 minutes

Difficulty :- Medium

Serve :- 2 servings


Chicken Tikka masala recipe can be divided into two parts :- 

1. Marinating and roasting chicken pieces.

2. Cooking the curry or gravy sauce.

Ingredients for marinating chicken pieces at home :- 

* 8 - 10  boneless Chicken pieces ( either chicken leg boneless or breast boneless)

* 2 teaspoon Greek yogurt or overnight hung curd.

* 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic.

* 1/3 teaspoon grated ginger.

*1/2 teaspoon ground cumin.

* 1/2 teaspoon Garam masala.

* 1/3 teaspoon turmeric powder.

* 1/2 teaspoon Kashmiri chilli powder or any ground red chilli powder ( Cayenne powder)

* 1/3 teaspoon lemon juice.

* Salt as per taste.

Boneless chicken pieces for chicken Tikka masala recipe
Boneless chicken pieces

Yogurt for chicken Tikka masala recipe
Yogurt

Ginger, garlic, turmeric and Chilli powder for chicken Tikka masala recipe
Garlic Ginger turmeric powder chili powder

Ingredients for  Sauce or gravy(curry) for chicken Tikka masala recipe :-

* 2 medium size onion finely chopped.

* 200 gm Tomato puree.

* 1/2 cup heavy cream or thickened Cream.

* 1 teaspoon ginger garlic paste ( or 1/2 teaspoon each grated ginger and garlic)

* 1/3 teaspoon  ground cumin.

* 1/2 teaspoon Garam masala.

* 1/3 teaspoon ground Coriander.

* 1/3 teaspoon turmeric powder.

* 1/2 teaspoon red chilli powder (cayenne powder)

* 1/2 teaspoon Kashmiri chilli powder ( optional) for nice colour.

* 2 teaspoon Butter.

* 2 teaspoon cooking oil.

* 1/4 teaspoon sugar.

* 1/2 teaspoon salt.

* Water as required.

* 2 teaspoon chopped fresh Cilantro or Coriander for garnish.

Chopped onion for chicken Tikka masala recipe
Chopped onion

Tomato puree for chicken Tikka masala recipe
Tomato puree

Turmeric powder, Red Chilli powder, ground cumin, ground Coriander for chicken Tikka masala recipe
Turmeric, red chilli, ground cumin,coriander , garam masala

Cooking oil, salt and sugar for chicken Tikka masala recipe
Cooking oil, salt and sugar

Method of preparation for chicken Tikka masala :- 

Take a mixing bowl and add the Greek yogurt and all other marinating ingredients one by one to make a thick masala or paste.

* Wash and Clean the chicken pieces and mix with the above mixture and marinate for 30 minutes.  You can marinate it for longer periods or overnight .

Marinating chicken pieces with spices for chicken Tikka masala recipe
Marinating chicken

* After the marination period, you can roast  the chicken pieces either using an Oven or skillet or non stick pan.

* If using Oven, thread  the chicken pieces in  Shewer or spread over a baking tray applying little oil over the chicken pieces and roast for 15 minutes.

* If using skillet or pan, heat oil in medium high flame and add the chicken pieces over it removing excess marinate from the chicken pieces.

Chicken Tikka recipe using Iron skillet or non stick pan

Cooking chicken pieces on Non stick pan or heavy cast iron skillet for chicken Tikka masala recipe
Cooking chicken pieces on pan

* Roast them both side till brown for at least 3 minutes. We will cook the chicken pieces later in the sauce.

Roasting chicken pieces for chicken Tikka masala recipe
Roasted chicken pieces

Preparation for chicken Tikka sauce or gray

* Melt butter with little cooking oil in a pan and add the onions and fry until soft and light brown. Add the ginger and garlic and saute for one minute until fragrant.

Sauteing onions for chicken Tikka masala recipe
Sauteing onions

* Add cumin , coriander , turmeric, salt and garam masala and saute for 20 second until fragrant while stirring occasionally.

Sauteing onions with turmeric, cumin powder Garam masala for chicken Tikka masala recipe
Sauteing onions with spices

* Pour in the tomato puree and chilli powder and simmer for 10 - 12 minutes stirring occasionally until sauce thickens.

Pouring in tomato puree and chilli powder on pan for chicken Tikka masala recipe
Tomato puree with red chilli powder

* Add the cream and sugar into the sauce and stir . Now add the above roasted chicken pieces and cook for additional 5-6 minutes until the chicken pieces cooked and the sauce become thick and bubbling.
Pour in water to thin the sauce as desired.
Check the seasoning and switch off the flame.

Adding thick cream in the sauce for Chicken Tikka masala recipe
Adding cream

Chicken pieces are cooking in the sauce for Chicken Tikka masala recipe
Cooking chicken pieces

* Remove the chicken in a serving bowl or plate and garnish with chopped Cilantro or Coriander.

Serving chicken Tikka masala with basmati rice and Naan
Serving chicken Tikka masala with rice and Naan

Chicken Tikka masala recipe restaurant style :-

Indian chicken Tikka masala recipe :-

There is no major difference between a homestyle chicken Tikka masala and a restaurant style chicken Tikka masala.

In restaurant style chicken Tikka masala, there is only few additional ingredients are used to increase it's favours and the consistency of the sauce.

They use chicken pieces that are roasted over charcoal Tandoor.

Ingredients

For making the chicken tikka :-

* 8 - 10 boneless chicken pieces ( legs or breasts)

* 2 teaspoon thick or overnight hung yogurt

* 1/2 teaspoon ginger garlic paste.

* 1/3 teaspoon Cumin powder.

* 1/2 teaspoon Kashmiri red chilly paste

* 1/4 teaspoon red chilli powder.

* 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice.

* 1/3 teaspoon Garam masala .

* Salt as per taste.

* 1 teaspoon cooking oil.

Boneless chicken pieces for chicken Tikka masala recipe restaurant style
Boneless chicken pieces

Cumin, Red Chilli,salt and garam masala

Yogurt Red Chilly Paste and ginger garlic paste for chicken Tikka
Yogurt, ginger garlic paste and Red Chilly Paste

Ingredients


For making the gravy or sauce :-

* 2 medium size onion finely chopped.

* 3 medium tomatoes ( roughly chopped)

* 1 big onion finely sliced.

* 1 bay leaf (tezpatta)

* 1/2 inch Cinnamon stick ( dalchini)

* 2 cloves

* 2 Green Cardamom

* 1/2 Black Cardamom

* 3-4 black pepper

* 1/3 teaspoon Cumin powder.

* 1/2 teaspoon red chilli powder.

* 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder.

* 1/4 teaspoon Coriander powder.

* 1/3 teaspoon Garam masala.

* 1/2 teaspoon ginger garlic paste.

* 1)2 teaspoon Kashmiri chilly paste ( optional) for colouring.

* 2 teaspoon cooking oil.

* 1 teaspoon butter.

* 2 teaspoon yogurt (curd)

* 2 teaspoon heavy fresh cream.

* 1/4 teaspoon salt .

* 1/4 teaspoon sugar ( optional)

* 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh Cilantro or Coriander for garnishing.

Chopped onion and tomato for chicken Tikka masala recipe
Chopped onion and tomato

Slice onions for chicken Tikka masala recipe
Slice onions

Bay leaf, cloves, cinnamon sticks, green Cardamom for chicken Tikka masala recipe
Whole spices

Chilli, turmeric cumin coriander powder and garam masala for chicken Tikka masala recipe
Ingredients

Ginger Garlic paste, Chilly Paste and curd for chicken Tikka masala recipe
Chilly Paste ginger garlic paste curd

Butter and fresh cream for chicken Tikka masala recipe
Butter and fresh cream

Method of preparation :-


For making the chicken tikka

* Mix half of the ginger garlic paste, red chilli powder , lemon juice and salt  with children pieces and keep refrigerated for 10 minutes.
Marinating chicken pieces with chilli powder salt and ginger garlic paste for chicken Tikka masala recipe
Marinating chicken

* In a mixing bowl , add the yogurt, remaining red chilli powder, ginger garlic paste, salt, lemon juice, Kashmiri chilly paste, cumin powder, garam masala and cooking oil. Mix them gently to make a thick Paste like mixture. This mixture is known as Tandoori masala or Tandoori red masala.

How to make make easy Tandoori masala at home

Tandoori masala for chicken Tikka for chicken Tikka masala recipe
Tandoori masala

* Marinate the chicken pieces with this tandoori masala and keep refrigerated for 1 hour to absorb all the flavours. You can marinate it for longer periods for best results.

Chicken marinated with Tandoori masala for chicken Tikka masala recipe
Marinated chicken with Tandoori masala

* Threads the chicken pieces in Shewer and cooked in a Preheated Ovalclay Tandoor for 8 -9 minutes rotating the Shewer in regular intervals. Brush some clarified butter over the chicken pieces and when they turn crisp golden, remove from the Shewer. Chicken Tikka is ready for chicken Tikka masala recipe.
Cooking chicken Tikka in Tandoor for chicken Tikka masala recipe
Cooking chicken Tikka in Tandoor

Or you can use a non stick pan or heavy cast iron skillet to make chicken Tikka for the recipe.

For more chicken recipe using tandoor :-

Restaurant style Tandoori chicken recipe

Healthy Kandhari chicken Tikka

For making the chicken Tikka masala gravy  or sauce

* Heat 1 teaspoon cooking oil in a pan in slow flame and add the whole spices and saute for 30 seconds. Add the onion slices and fry until light brown.

Sauteing whole spices for chicken Tikka masala recipe
Sauteing whole spices

Sauteing onions with spices for chicken Tikka masala recipe
Sauteing onions with spices

*  Now add the tomatoes and cooked for two minutes. Switch off the flame and let the mixture cool down.

Sauteing tomatoes with onions and spices for chicken Tikka masala recipe
Sauteing tomatoes with onions and spices

* When the mixture become cool , add the cashew nuts and grind and blend them into a fine paste . Keep it aside.

Making paste using mixture blender for chicken Tikka masala recipe
Paste using a mixer grinder

* Heat oil and butter in a pan and fry the chopped onions until soft and light brown. Add ginger garlic paste and fry until raw smell disappears.

Sauteing chopped onion ginger garlic paste for chicken Tikka masala recipe
Sauteing chopped onion

* Add Kashmiri chilly paste and saute further add the yogurt or curd and cook till the water from yogurt evaporated.

Kashmiri chilly paste with onions sauteing for chicken Tikka masala recipe
Sauteing Kashmiri chilly paste

Adding curd for chicken Tikka masala recipe in pan with onions
Adding curd 

* Now add the cumin ,coriander powder, garam masala, turmeric powder, red chilli powder and saute for 30 seconds untill fragrant while stirring occasionally.

* Pour in the tomato onion puree and simmer for 7- 8 minutes untill the sauce become thick while stirring occasionally.

Pouring tomato onion puree for chicken Tikka masala recipe
Pouring tomato onion puree

* Add the cream and sugar into the above sauce and stir. Add the chicken Tikka pieces and further cook for 3 - 4 minutes untill the sauce become thick and bubbling. You can add additional water to thin the sauce.

Adding cream in the sauce for Chicken Tikka masala recipe
Adding cream

Adding chicken Tikka in sauce for Chicken Tikka masala recipe
Adding chicken Tikka

* Check the seasoning of the Tikka masala, if required add salt and powder. Switch off the flame and remove the chicken Tikka masala in a serving bowl or plate. Garnish it with fresh Cilantro or Coriander leafs.

Chicken Tikka masala serving with rice and Naan
Serving chicken Tikka masala with rice and Naan

                   SERVING TIPS
                 
* Chicken Tikka masala is served as a main course dish. Generally it is best to have some Indian breads with chicken Tikka masala like you can have some Tandoori rotis, Butter Naan and Lachcha paratha.

A Tandoori garlic butter Naan is most sought after bread with chicken Tikka masala.

Some homemade chapati and phulkas can also be served with it.

Or many people prefer it with steam basmati rice. A long grains basmati rice is a ideal choice with chicken Tikka masala.

                   NUTRITIONAL VALUE

CALORIES :- 725kcal

Carbohydrate :- 29 gm | Fats :- 53 g

Saturated fats :- 13 gm | protein :- 34gm

Cholesterol :- 128mg | fiber :- 6 gm

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                    RECIPE NOTES

* You can use chicken breast pieces instead of chicken legs but that won't be much juicy and succulent.

* If using chicken breast then marinate them for longer hour for better results.

* Kashmiri chilli is used to give it a nice colour only. If you find it in store then use it. It is not hot and spicy. Any other ground red chilli or cayenne pepper can be used instead of it.

* For a smoky flavours, use a heavy cast iron skillet instead of a Non stick pan.

* Chicken Tikka masala taste little bit Tangy flavour due to the use of yogurt or curd. It is not hot but a little spicy.

* For garnishing chicken Tikka masala , you can use fresh Cilantro leafs , little fresh cream and one green chili slits into two parts.

Difference between CHICKEN TIKKA MASALA AND BUTTER CHICKEN .

This is one of the interesting question we face at our corporate events and functions.

Many guests asked what is difference between a chicken Tikka masala and butter chicken?

* The main difference between them is onion. In butter chicken there is no use of onion in any form whereas in chicken Tikka masala , onions are used in two form.

* Butter chicken is little sweet in taste and chicken Tikka masala is Tangy and little spicy.

* Butter chicken is a rich gravy or sauce where more amount of Butter and Cream are used.

* Butter chicken can be made using boneless and with bone chicken. Sometimes shredded chicken pieces are also used .

* But chicken Tikka masala is made using boneless chunks of chicken pieces either a Leg boneless or Breast boneless.

You can  read the full recipe of butter chicken :-

Delicious Butter Chicken recipe

Also read Curry leaves fried chicken recipe

Chicken ghee roast recipe





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