Tikka masala is probably one of the most prevailing dishes on the menu of Indian restaurants. You might order this each time you visit a restaurant and still want to try an easy recipe at home. So, here’s your chance then! We have decided to come up with a great spicy chicken tikka masala recipe that any of you can give a go.

This chicken tikka dish is filled with spicy, savory, and creamy flavors which is way better than what you order from outside. It may take a bit more of your time to prepare and count for some additional effort. But still, the result will undoubtedly be worth your exertion.

Our version of spicy chicken tikka masala consists of three main preparation steps. We will explain the recipe in detail and have tried making each step as simple as possible. You may enjoy this chicken tikka with Cumin rice, plain rice, bread, or any type of flatbread!

Spicy Chicken Tikka Masala Recipe!

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  • Spices & Herbs
  • 3 tsp 3 Red chile powder (preferably Kashmiri red chile powder)

  • 1 tsp 1 Garam Masala Recipe

  • 2 tsp 2 Tikka Masala Powder Recipe

  • 1/4 tsp 1/4 Turmeric powder

  • 5 cloves 5 Garlic

  • 1 piece 1 Fresh Ginger (a large piece required)

  • 4 tsp 4 Coriander powder

  • 2 tsp 2 Cumin powder

  • 1 1 Green chile (chopped)

  • 2 tbsp 2 Dried Fenugreek leaves (Kasuri Methi)

  • 3 tbsp 3 Cilantro (finely chopped)

  • Other Ingredients
  • 22 oz 22 Chicken (boneless chicken thighs cut into 1-inch pieces)

  • 1/2 cup 1/2 Greek yogurt/ Hung curd

  • 1 tbsp 1 Edible Mustard oil

  • 3 tbsp 3 Ghee (clarified butter)

  • 1 1/2 cups 1 1/2 Red onions (finely chopped)

  • 1 1/2 tsp 1 1/2 Salt

  • 2 tsp 2 Sugar

  • 1 tbsp 1 Fresh Lemon juice

  • 10 oz 10 Tomato puree

  • 2 cups 2 Hot water

  • 1/2 cup 1/2 Heavy cream (plus 3 tbsp for garnishing)



  • Preparation
  • You may start by preparing the ginger garlic paste for your chicken tikka.
  • Add the garlic cloves and ginger to your mortar and pestle or blender.
  • Grind everything together until you get a smooth paste.
  • You may add some water to facilitate the grinding process using the blender.
  • Leave your ginger-garlic paste aside until you need it.

  • Marinating The Chicken
  • Pat dry your chicken pieces with clean paper tissues to remove excess moisture. Set them aside until you need them.
  • Heat one tablespoon of mustard oil in a frying pan until smoking hot. Let it cool down until lukewarm.
  • Then transfer the warm oil to a large mixing bowl. Add in one and a half teaspoons of red chile powder, Garam Masala, turmeric powder, one teaspoon of coriander powder, half a teaspoon of cumin powder, one tablespoon of dried fenugreek leaves (Kasuri Methi), lemon juice, and half a teaspoon of salt, along with one tablespoon of ginger-garlic paste, and Greek yogurt/ hung curd.
  • Give everything a good mix and add the cleaned chicken pieces into this marinade. Apply the marinade to the chicken until well coated, cover the bowl with a cling wrap, and put it in the refrigerator to season for about 8-12 hours. You may go up to 48 hours if you have enough time.

  • Grilling The Chicken
  • Preheat your oven to 460 Fahrenheit.
  • In the meantime, thread your chicken pieces to the wooden or metal skewers.
  • Place them on the prepared tray and bake them for 10 minutes at 460 F.
  • After 10 minutes, turn the skewers to the other side using a pair of tongs and grill them for another 10 minutes.
  • To char the chicken slightly, you may broil them for about 3 more minutes.
  • Take the chicken out of the oven and set them aside until needed.
  • You may cook the chicken on a skillet or in the air-fryer. Check notes for instructions.

  • Making The Tikka Sauce/ Gravy
  • Add ghee (clarified butter) into a pan and heat it over medium-high flame.
  • Add the onions with one teaspoon of salt and saute until the onions turn deep golden brown.
  • Follow up with the leftover ginger-garlic paste, chopped green chilies and saute until everything becomes aromatic. This might take about one minute.
  • Then, reduce the heat to low, and add the remaining red chile powder, coriander powder, tikka masala powder, and cumin powder. Mix well quickly to combine.
  • Into this spice mixture, add the tomato puree,  turn back the heat to medium-high, and cook until the onion-tomato mixture becomes thick. When the mixture thickens, you may see the liquids leave the sides of the pan while turning aromatic.
  • Once the mixture reaches this consistency, add the two cups of hot water and simmer until the sauce/gravy becomes thick.
  • Add the sugar and heavy cream when the gravy comes to a thick, yet pouring consistency. Stir well and cook the sauce until aromatic and thick.
  • Throw in the grilled chicken pieces along with the remaining dried fenugreek leaves.
  • Stir and cook until the chicken pieces are soft and tender. This might take about 2-3 minutes.
  • Do your taste check and add more seasonings if needed. You may add some salt, sugar, or even red chile powder if required.
  • Turn off the flame, remove the pan from the stove, and let it rest for about five minutes.
  • Then, you may garnish it with the extra three tablespoons of heavy cream and chopped cilantro.
  • Transfer to serving bowls as desired and enjoy with rice, roti, flatbread- you name it!

Tasty Notes and Suggestions by SpiceRally

  • We suggest marinating the chicken overnight or longer for a better flavor.
  • If you don’t use the oven, you may cook the chicken on a skillet or air-fryer. To cook on a skillet, Heat one tablespoon of oil of your choice in a pan and cook the marinated chicken over medium-high heat for about 6 minutes until slightly char. To cook in the air-fryer, thread your marinated chicken pieces on skewers and cook for about 6 minutes at 400 F. Baste them with leftover marinade or some oil and air fry for two minutes until they’re slightly char.
  • You could also puree 10 oz of fresh tomatoes at home and add it to the tikka sauce. Avoid using canned tomatoes with added citric acid.
  • Storage- You can keep any leftovers in the refrigerator by storing in an air-tight container. This lasts for up to four days and in the freezer for up to three months.

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Did you know that you can also use tikka masala paste to make this spicy chicken tikka masala? Click on this link and get the recipe to make your own tikka paste at home!

What Other Possible Ingredients Can We Use To Make Our Spicy Chicken Tikka Masala Recipe More Flavorful?

You may increase this dish’s taste, aroma, and texture by adding bay leaves, green cardamom, and cinnamon to hot oil when sauteing the onions. You also can substitute half or the entirety of the heavy cream with cashew cream to get a richer consistency and a more flavorful sauce. To make cashew cream, grind powdered cashew nuts with water until you get a smooth paste.

 Is Chicken Tikka Masala Gluten-free?

We don’t normally include any direct gluten ingredients in chicken tikka masala. But sometimes, store-bought spice blends and some Greek yogurt may contain traces of gluten. It’s better to check with the products if you have any concerns with gluten-related ingredients.

Can You Eat This Spicy Chicken Tikka Masala On A Keto Diet?

This chicken tikka recipe is satisfying and enjoyable if you are following a low-carb or ketogenic diet. Our recipe is low on net carbs and high in fats. Therefore, you can include this dish in your diet along with something like cauliflower rice or keto-friendly bread.

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