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Chicken Tikka Masala

A quick and easy Classic Indian dish.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time1 hr 20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: chicken, chicken tikka masala, indian dish, indian food, indian recipe, masala
Servings: 4 people


  • 4 lbs chicken breasts cut into 1½-inch chunks
  • 1 large onion finely chopped
  • 6 garlic cloves minced 
  • 4 tbs fresh ginger grated
  • 1-1/2 29oz cans of tomato sauce
  • 4 tbs olive oil
  • 1-1/2 tbs Garam masala
  • 3 tsp ground cumin
  • 4 tsp ground coriander
  • 3 tsp paprika
  • 1-1/2 tsp teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper adjust according to your heat preference - this recipe is mild
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 4 bay leaves

For later in the recipe

  • 1-1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 3 tbs arrowroot powder
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • cilantro chopped


  • Combine all ingredients (except for bay leaves, heavy cream, arrowroot powder, and lemon juice) in a large pot.
  • With a large large spatula, stir to combine everything, making sure that the chicken is well coated. 
  • Place the bay leaves on top.
  • Cover and cook on high until it begins to boil, then lower heat to low and simmer for 1 hour.
  • When the hour is up, in a small bowl, combine heavy cream and arrowroot powder, and gently stir into the pot.
  • Let cook an additional 20 minutes to thicken up.
  • Finally add lemon juice and gently stir.
  • Sprinkle with chopped cilantro for enhanced flavor.
  • Serve over basmati rice and with naan bread.