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Best chicken tikka masala

Chicken tikka masala, the easy way

Best chicken tikka masala, a delicious curry recipe that is super easy to make, yet aromatic and so comforting.

To say that British people like curry is definitely an understatement. They absolutely love it; to such extent, that curry has been adopted as a national dish. That makes it a favourite when it comes to having a take away too. My personal favourite is chicken curry, but l wouldn’t say no to beef, fish or vegetable curry either. As l might have mentioned before, lamb is not quite my thing, so l would just politely say no to it. It was actually in London where l first tried curry, and, although my first impression was, nope, that’s not for me, l got to appreciate a good curry. I guess the strong spices can be a bit overwhelming for someone used to kind of plain food.

Best chicken tikka masala

Best chicken tikka masala

My chicken tikka masala is by no means an authentic Indian recipe, but it tastes fabulous and l’m quite proud of it. It is pretty mild, and l chose not use add any chilli to it, as the spices used plus the ginger give this dish that particularly fragrant taste one expects from a good curry. But, of course, one is more than welcome to add some green or red chilli, all to taste. I also don’t like adding sugar to the sauce, there is really no need for that, according to me, at least.

So, what is your favourite curry? Lots to choose from, l know. And they are all delicious. Decisions, decisions…

Best chicken tikka masala


  • 250 g chicken breast, cubed
  • 2 onions
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 5 large tomatoes
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 2 cm of fresh ginger root
  • 1 1/2 cup of water
  • 1/ 2 tsp cumin powder
  • 1/2 tsp coriander powder
  • 1 tbsp Patak’s tikka massala paste (optional)
  • 2 tbsp tomato purée
  • 2 tbsp Greek yogurt
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • fresh coriander or parsley
Chicken tikka masala, the easy way

Chicken tikka masala, the easy way


  • Peel and cut the onions, garlic cloves and ginger.
  • Heat up the oil in a pan and fry the onions on a medium heat until golden.
  • Add the garlic and ginger and stir for 10-15 seconds.
  • Chop the tomatoes and add them to a pan. Mix well and cook until the tomatoes are mushy.
  • Next, add the chicken breast, spices and water and leave to cook until the water has been absorbed and the sauce begins to thicken.
  • Add the tomato purée, yogurt and tikka masala paste and check if it needs any salt or pepper.
  • Garnish with fresh coriander or parsley.
  • Remove from the heat and serve hot with basmati rice, naan or pitta bread.

Enjoy! ?

Best chicken tikka masala

Best chicken tikka masala

Chicken tikka masala, the easy way

Chicken tikka masala, the easy way


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  • Ali @ Home & Plate
    August 8, 2016 at 11:24 am

    Your chicken tikki masala sounds perfect. I prefer things not as spicy and your recipe sounds perfect for me. My neighbor makes a spicy version and its good but sometimes a bit spicy for some. Love how easy this is to make.

    • Daniela Apostol
      August 8, 2016 at 1:56 pm

      Thank you, Ali! I can’t have it too spicy either, l find that this had the right amound of spiciness for my taste, l hope you’ll like it.

  • Elissa
    August 8, 2016 at 11:40 am

    Yum! Our family loves Indian style curries, so we will have to try this. The “easy” factor is also a big win in my books

  • Elissa
    August 8, 2016 at 11:42 am

    Yum! Our family loves Indian style curries so we would love to try this. The “easy” factor is a big win for me as well.

    • Daniela Apostol
      August 8, 2016 at 1:55 pm

      Thank you, Elissa! It’s indeed so easy to make it.

  • safira
    August 8, 2016 at 11:51 am

    Love chicken tikka masala! Yummy

  • Lynn | The Road to Honey
    August 8, 2016 at 12:09 pm

    Such a beautiful dish. My husband couldn’t get enough Indian food while we were living in Nairobi (there is a sizable Indian population there). . .and not a day goes by that he doesn’t make mention that he misses the food there. I’m definitely going to need to make this for him.

    • Daniela Apostol
      August 8, 2016 at 1:54 pm

      Thank you, Lynn! It’s so easy to make it, l’m sure you’ll like it


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