Authentic Chicken Tikka Masala

Authentic Chicken Tikka Masala is the most popular Indian curry in the UK today. I am confident that this recipe is as good as you’ll find in quality Indian restaurants. It’s one recipe you’ll want to keep, as a classic chicken tikka masala is Britain’s favourite dish, a much-loved chicken curry recipe and the most popular Indian curry in the UK today. So, the chances are your family are going to love this one!

This recipe has taken literally years and years to develop. My husband has been cooking and eating curries all round the world for 2 decades. I’ve finally persuaded him to share his best chicken tikka masala recipe with me to put on here…

NOTE: The tikkas need to marinate for six to eight hours, so bear that in mind when you come to make the dish.

 

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Authentic Chicken Tikka Masala is the most popular Indian curry in the UK today. I am confident that this recipe is as good as you'll find in Indian restaurants. It's one recipe you'll want to keep as a classic chicken tikka masala is Britain's favourite dish, a much-loved chicken curry recipe and the most popular Indian curry in the UK today. So, the chances are your family are going to love this one...

 

This recipe uses 6 chicken breasts, which is plenty for 6-8 people. So, just change the amount of chicken to suit your family. You could always freeze the remaining masala to use next time.

 

Authentic Chicken Tikka Masala. The Best Recipe.

 

This recipe only uses a tiny amount of sugar (1 tsp sugar), which you can leave out if you prefer. The ground almonds make it plenty sweet enough.

 

Authentic Chicken Tikka Masala Recipe.

How to make Authentic Chicken Tikka Masala

Ingredients for the authentic marinade

  • 6 chicken breasts
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1tsp salt
  • 500g natural yogurt
  • 1 onion
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 1 inch of ginger
  • 2 tbsp white wine
  • 2tsp cumin seeds
  • 2tsp coriander seeds
  • 1tsp fennel seeds
  • 1tsp methi seeds
  • 2tbsp paprika (not smoked)
  • 1/4 tsp chilli powder
  • 1 deseeded red chilli
  • 1 tbsp tomato puree
  • black pepper to taste
  • 1tsp of sugar
  • one handful of coriander stalks
  • one glug of sunflower oil

 

Authentic Chicken Tikka Masala.
Serve with a sprinkle of fresh coriander.

How to make authentic chicken tikka masala marinade

  1. To make an authentic chicken tikka masala you will need to use whole spices. Place all the whole spices in the ingredient list in a heavy bottomed pan on low heat for a few minutes until you smell the aroma (be careful not to burn them). Turn the heat off.
  2. Use a grinder (or pestle and mortar) to grind the spices into a rough powder.
  3. Place the spices along with all the other ingredients (except the yogurt) into the blender. Mix until blended together.
  4. Stir the yogurt in.
  5. Cut the chicken breasts into 1 – 1 1/2 cm cubes. Marinade overnight.

TOP TIP: If you are lacking time, marinade as above but add in 2 Tbsp of Papaya flesh, it will tenderise the meat and therefore aid the marinading process.

 

Authentic Chicken Tikka Masala. A Dinner Recipe.
Serve with a sprinkle of coriander and a squeeze of lemon.

Ingredients for authentic masala sauce

  • 2 onions, thinly sliced
  • knob of butter/glug of olive oil
  • 4 cloves of garlic, roughly chopped
  • 1 inch ginger, roughly chopped
  • 1 tsp coriander seeds
  • 1tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp cloves
  • 1 piece of cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp tomato puree
  • 400g chopped tomatoes
  • 50g ground almonds
  • 200g double cream
  • 1 handful of coriander leaves
  • 1/2 lemon

 

Authentic Chicken Tikka Masala.
Serve with Naan bread and/or basmati rice.

How to make authentic chicken tikka masala sauce

  1. Roughly slice the onions and fry them gently in a pan with a knob of butter and a small glug of olive oil.
  2. After 5 minutes add the garlic and ginger and cook for another 3-4 minutes.
  3. Add the tomato puree for 30 seconds and allow to cool.
  4. In a separate pan gently heat the whole spices. Do not use any oil. Turn the heat off when you smell the spices.
  5. Use a grinder (or pestle and mortar) to grind the spices into a rough powder.
  6. Add all the ingredients for the sauce into the blender (except the almonds and cream). Blend until smooth. Put aside.
  7. Remove the chicken from the marinade and place all the pieces onto skewers and leave aside.
  8. Combine both the marinade and the sauce mixes (both should be at room temperature), leaving the chicken pieces out of the sauce for now.
  9. Gently heat on low for about 20 minutes.
  10. Meanwhile, cook the skewered chicken pieces. You want them to be charred to replicate the cooking process of an Indian tandoor. We use a Green Egg, but you could use a barbecue or simply place under a hot grill for 2-3 minutes either side. You do not want them cooked through at this stage (this will happen later), you are just looking for the tandoor flavour.
  11. Add the charred chicken, ground almonds and cream into the saucepan of masala sauce and cook for 10-15 minutes on a low simmer.
  12. Just before serving your authentic chicken tikka masala garnish with a few fresh coriander leaves and add a squeeze of lemon. BOOM!

 

Authentic Chicken Tikka Masala is the most popular Indian curry in the UK today. I am confident that this recipe is as good as you'll find in Indian restaurants. It's one recipe you'll want to keep as a classic chicken tikka masala is Britain's favourite dish, a much-loved chicken curry recipe and the most popular Indian curry in the UK today. So, the chances are your family are going to love this one.

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  1. Although I say it myself, this recipe rocks!! It is a crowd pleaser. It was fun to go through the blog post process with you honey. Great pics 🙂 xx

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    1. It was fun. Thank you for letting me share your recipe, I know how much has gone into developing this recipe. Erm… I would love to share your lamb biriyani next… xxx

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  2. Hello Maria,
    Your Tikka Masala looks wonderful! I think it is my favourite curry despite having tried it all 🙂 Delicious food takes time and I’m sure this one is worth it. I love how it is a family affair shared lovingly by your hubby 🙂 x
    Ps. I love the tip about papaya! 🙂

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    1. Yes, this is one for the weekend. There’s a lot of work in this recipe. I’m very lucky that my husband cooks it when the kids come back home (win win for me!) x

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  3. Found your recipe through Catherine’s Saturday Share Linkup. I always order Tikka Masala when I go to an Indian restaurant but never tried to make it. This recipe looks delicious. But what are methi seeds? I’ve never heard of them. Are they easy to find?

    Theresa

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    1. Hi Theresa, you may know methi seeds as fenugreek seeds. They are widely available. Give yourself plenty of time for this recipe. It’s so worth it though! I hope you enjoy it xx

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