Chicken Tikka Masala Recipe
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Indian
For Marinating Chicken and Veggies
  • Yogurt- 1 cup
  • Ginger-Garlic paste- 2 tbsp
  • Kashmiri red chili powder- 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder- ¼ tsp
  • Coriander powder- 1 tbsp
  • Cumin powder- 1 tsp
  • Garam Masala- ½ tsp
  • Salt- 1 tsp
  • Lemon juice- 1 tbsp
  • Chicken, cubed- 1 lb or ½ Kg
  • Red pepper, diced- 1
  • Onion, diced- 1
For Cooking
  • Oil- 1 tbsp
  • Onion, chopped- 1, large
  • Tomatoes, chopped- 2
  • Chili powder- 1 tsp
  • Coriander powder- 1 tsp
  • Garam Masala- 1 tsp
  • Tomato paste- 2 tbsp
  • Salt- 1 tsp
  • Dried Fenugreek leaves- 1 tsp (or use dried oregano)
  • Cilantro, chopped- 2 handfuls
For Marinating Chicken & Veggies
  1. In a large bowl, combine yogurt, ginger-garlic paste, Kashmiri chili powder, turmeric powder, garam masala, coriander powder, cumin powder, salt and lemon juice. Combine well.
  2. Add cubed chicken, red pepper and onion to the yogurt mix and combine well.
  3. Let marinate for 30 minutes.
  4. Place a non-stick pan or grill pan over medium heat, add 2 tbsp oil.
  5. Place the marinated chicken and veggies on the pan and cook till golden brown.
  6. Save the marinade that's left in the bowl.
  7. Keep aside the cooked chicken and veggies.
Cooking Chicken Tikka Masala
  1. Place a large non-stick cooking pan over medium heat.
  2. Add 1 tbsp oil.
  3. Add onion, season with salt; cook for 2 minutes.
  4. Add tomatoes, cook for a few minutes.
  5. Transfer the cooked onion and tomatoes into a blender, add 1 cup water and puree till smooth.
  6. Pour the pureed onion-tomato into the pan. Cook for 2 minutes.
  7. Add chili powder, coriander powder and garam masala, combine well.
  8. Add tomato paste, combine well.
  9. Add the leftover yogurt marinade that's left in the bowl used for marinating chicken and veggies.
  10. Season with salt and mix well.
  11. Cook covered for a few minutes.
  12. Add the cooked chicken and veggies, combine well.
  13. You can add ¼ cup water to thin down the gravy.
  14. Cook covered for 3 to 4 minutes.
  15. Taste and add more salt if needed.
  16. Add dried fenugreek leaves and cilantro, combine well and cook for a minute.
  17. If you prefer you could add ¼ cup cream to make the sauce creamy, I didn't add the cream.
  18. Serve into a bowl and enjoy with naan, chapati or rice.
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