chicken Tikka(Murgh Tikka) masala recipe

 chicken Tikka masala

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.
In India chicken is called Murgh so chicken tikka masala is also known as Murgh tikka masala.

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.

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

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.

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 Restaurant style chicken Tikka masala 

Serving chicken tikka masala over rice and naan for restaurant style chicken Tikka masala recipe

Chicken tikka masala is a hugely popular chicken recipe where yoghurt marinated chicken pieces are cooked in a tandoor and simmered in a rich tomato onion gravy. Chicken tikka masala gravy can be served with rice and naan or roti.

Preparation time :- 60 minutes

Cooking time :- 10 minutes

Difficulty :- Medium

Serve :- 2 servings

Author :- Mobasir hassan


   For marinating chicken pieces

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

   • 2 teaspoon Greek yogurt or hung curd.

   • 1/2 teaspoon ginger garlic paste

   • 1/2 teaspoon  cumin powder

   • 1/2 teaspoon garam masala

   • 1/3 teaspoon red chilly paste

   • 1/2 teaspoon red chilli powder       

   • 1/3 teaspoon lemon juice

   • Salt as per taste

   For the gravy or sauce

   • 2 medium size onion finely chopped.

   • 3 medium tomatoes ( roughly chopped)

   • 1 big onion finely sliced.

   • 2 teaspoon cashew nuts

   • 1 bay leaf (tezpatta)

   • 1/2 inch cinnamon stick ( dalchini)

   • 2 cloves

   • 2 green cardamom

   • 1/2 black cardamom

   • 2 - 3 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

   • 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)

   • 2 teaspoon chopped Cilantro leafs

   How to make the recipe


   1. Wash and clean the chicken pieces and
       pat them dry completely.

   2. Take yoghurt in a mixing bowl and add
       all the marinating ingredients one by

   3. Whisk everything well to make a fine
        thick mixture or masala.

   4. Mix the chicken pieces with this masala
       and marinate for 30 minutes.

   5. After that roast or grilled them using an
       oven or non stick pan or tawa.

   Making chicken Tikka masala

   1. Heat half teaspoon oil in a pan and dry
       roast all the whole spices. Add the slice
       onions and fry till light brown.

   2. Add the roughly chopped tomatoes and
       fry till messy. Switch off the flame and
       cool down then completely.

   3. Add the cashew nuts with them and
       make a fine paste.

   4. Again heat 1 teaspoon oil in a pan and
       fry the chopped onions till light brown.

   5. Add the ginger garlic paste and saute
       till the raw smell disappear.

   6. Add red chilly paste and stir. Mix the
       curd and saute till water from curd

   7. Now mix the red chilli powder, cumin
       powder, coriander powder, turmeric
       powder, garam masala and salt.

   8. Pour the tomato onion cashew paste
       and cook for 5 minutes or till the gravy
       become thick.

   9. Add the fresh cream and sugar and mix
       with the gravy. Then add the roasted
       chicken Tikka pieces into the gravy and
       cook for 2 to 3 minutes till the sauce
       become thick and bubbling.

  10. Check the seasoning and remove in a
         serving bowl. Garnish with fresh
         cream and coriander leaves.

               Nutritional value

CALORIES :- 725kcal

Carbohydrate :- 29 gm | Fats :- 53 g

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

Cholesterol :- 128mg | fiber :- 6 gm

                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.

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

                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.

Below you can read the step by step method with photos for chicken tikka masala recipe for a better understanding...


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

2. 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

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

4. If using Oven then thread  the chicken pieces in  a shewer or spread over a baking tray applying little oil over the chicken pieces and roast for 15 minutes.

5 If using  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

6. 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

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

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.

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

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

For more chicken recipe using tandoor 
 Making  chicken Tikka masala

1. 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

2.  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

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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 

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

7. 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

8. 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

9. 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 with fresh cilantro or coriander leafs.

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

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