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Easy Chicken Tikka Masala

Easy Chicken Tikka Masala - 10000x better (and faster) than take-out! And the chicken is perfectly tender with the creamiest, most flavor-packed sauce ever!

10000x better (and faster) than take-out! And the chicken is perfectly tender with the creamiest, most flavor-packed sauce ever!

Easy Chicken Tikka Masala - 10000x better (and faster) than take-out! And the chicken is perfectly tender with the creamiest, most flavor-packed sauce ever!

When Ben was out of town last week, two very important things happened.

One. Butters was sulking hardcore, waiting for his dad. Even though I’m the one that has been feeding him, walking him, clothing him and loving him every single second.

Two. I had no one to share this chicken tikka masala with! So I had all four servings in one whole day. Oh, and I also had maybe 5 pieces of garlic naan to sop up all that creamy sauciness.

So here are my tips.

Chicken breasts can be substituted, but chicken thighs are highly recommended here.

Make sure you have plenty of naan for serving, preferably garlic naan.

Be sure to make this when your husband is out of town. Because you won’t want to share this.

Easy Chicken Tikka Masala - 10000x better (and faster) than take-out! And the chicken is perfectly tender with the creamiest, most flavor-packed sauce ever!

Easy Chicken Tikka Masala

10000x better (and faster) than take-out! And the chicken is perfectly tender with the creamiest, most flavor-packed sauce ever!

10 minutes20 minutes


  • 1 cup basmati rice
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch chunks
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 medium sweet onion, diced
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garam masala
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground turmeric
  • 1 (15-ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves


  1. In a large saucepan of 2 cups water, cook rice according to package instructions; set aside.
  2. Heat canola oil in a large stockpot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Season chicken with salt and pepper, to taste. Add chicken and onion to the stockpot and cook until golden, about 4-5 minutes.
  3. Stir in tomato paste, garlic, ginger, garam masala, chili powder and turmeric until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  4. Stir in tomato sauce and chicken stock; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until reduced and slightly thickened, about 10 minutes.
  5. Stir in heavy cream until heated through, about 1 minute.
  6. Serve immediately with rice, garnished with cilantro, if desired.

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  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Had my doubts about this recipe. We live fairly close to a world-class Indian restaurant in DC but it has been closed because of COVID and we haven’t ventured into takeout yet. Wow! It turned out great. After reading some of the reviews, I made some minor adjustments. I used only about 10 oz of tomato sauce (15 seemed too much for our taste), used white meat chicken (my husband doesn’t eat dark meat), and added a few dashed of paprika and coriander seed. It was so incredibly easy and terrifically tasty. It will definitely be a permanent part of my dinner rotation.

  2. Another one of your delicious recipes. I was sad to find that it is not in you cook book.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    This was excellent! My package of chicken thighs was 2.4 lbs, so I doubled the sauce. My 8- and 10-year-old sons were already fighting over who lets leftovers for lunch! I used light cream, might try half-and-half next time. 

  4. So easy to follow and tastes just like what I order at the restaurant. Thank you!

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    This was AMAZING!! So much better than ordering takeout. Does this recipe freeze well? I would love to make a big batch and freeze some. 

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    This was spot on!! I’ll be making this weekly now. I don’t understand the comments about it tasting like tomato sauce. Did they not add the spices, or let it simmer long enough? Thank you for sharing your amazing recipes!!! 


  7. Rated 3 out of 5

    Our experience was that it was ok. We ended up doubling all of the spices (except for the chili powder) because it was bland. We kept wondering what was missing. Once we doubled the spices it was better and it got better over time as it sat on the stove thickening up.

  8. Turned out Delicious. Vegetaians: Smash up jackfruit for a good substitute. Possibly tofu or tempeh. Shrimp? I added peas and chopped asparagus near the end. It was yummy. I’m going to freeze some and eat later sine I made a double batch.

  9. Loved the flavors, mine turned out very thick. Maybe I should have added more chicken stock. My husband does not like spicy so deleted the chili powder. I used half and half.

  10. This was good, but I felt like something was still missing. The sauce tasted more like tomato sauce to me than Tikka Masala.

  11. Rated 4 out of 5

    Made this bc cant find in any restaurants here, next time I make im going to tweek it a bit. By lowering the garam marsala by 1/2 tsp. And add 1 tsp cumin

  12. Rated 5 out of 5

    Best chicken tikka recipes and literally I have tried many! 

  13. Rated 4 out of 5

    A good base recipe, but if you eat & cook Indian food regularly, you will want to double the spice in the recipe and add more spices (cumin, coriander, paprika, cayenne) for it to really taste like tikka masala. Otherwise as-is this recipe just tastes like tomato sauce. Delicious after doctoring it though!

  14. Rated 5 out of 5

    First time that I have done this dish and it does taste better than a takeaway it is the best I have had.
    The taste is so delicious and the chicken is so tender, this is the one give the guest.

  15. Rated 5 out of 5

    Made this recipe last night… holy smokes this is fantastic! Better than take out! Great blend of flavors, not too heavy and just delicious.  Very quick and easy recipe for a week night. Definitely putting it in our regular dinner ideas. 

  16. Rated 5 out of 5

    I added a dash of cayenne pepper. The recipe was delicious; I love all your dishes, especially the garlic noodles!

  17. Delicious; I love every one of your recipes.

  18. Rated 5 out of 5

    So good. Followed the recipe exactly, but added extra heat with cayenne pepper in my own bowl.

  19. Rated 5 out of 5

    Came out awesome i loved it thank you for the recipe.

  20. Rated 5 out of 5

    Made this tonight and it was delicious!

  21. Rated 5 out of 5

    This was oh so delicious !! Will be making it many times in the future. I think somewhere i read that it freezes well?

  22. Rated 3 out of 5

    it tastes great but i followed this to a TEE twice and it’s so soupy!! i can’t possibly understand what’s happening 

  23. I have a question! I am using this recipe for a dietetics/nutrition assignment and I was wondering, approximately how large is the serving size? Ounces per serving would be amazing but cups would also be helpful. I’m making this recipe for a taste test at a nursing home, and I’ll be sure to let you know how it turns out.

  24. Rated 5 out of 5

    Loved this recipe! I subbed cream for coconut milk. My family really enjoyed it. I’d also mentioned I’ve never had tikka masala, so I can telll you if it taste like it or not. 

  25. Rated 5 out of 5

    Very tasty, instantly became a family favorite ! also very fast to prepare. Thanks!
    Now a question: item 12 on the ingredient list is “1 (15-ounce) can tomato sauce” What is that? are we talking pasta sauce in a jar? Pasata? Crushed tomatoes? Ketchup (just kidding) … I used crushed tomato in a carton (17 oz) Can you clarify?

    Thanks again and hallo from the Chicago burbs 🙂

  26. Rated 5 out of 5

    This recipe is amazing! Our daughter-in-law is from India and I think she would be very impressed with this dish! We will definitely make this again. We did use chicken breast this time. Will make again and try with the thighs. I have yet to be disappointed with any of your recipes. You have a great team experimenting with all kinds of  wonderful  foods. Keep them coming! Damn DELICIOUS  recipe! 

  27. Rated 5 out of 5

    Simply delicious and easy and quick to make!

  28. Rated 5 out of 5

     Very, very good. I like to make mine with coconut cream instead of standard cream- adds a new depth to it to me. Thank you for the recipe.

  29. Rated 5 out of 5

    I’m a college student and just started to experiment with cooking. I have little to no experience in cooking and this recipe was so easy to make and delicious! My housemates were crazy about it. Definitely recommend! 🙂

  30. Rated 5 out of 5

    Wow! I followed the recipe exactly and it was amazing. Very easy to follow/prepare. Perfect amount of heat and tons of flavor. Reminds me of this dish from Gulzar’s in Richmond Indiana… a 4 hour drive from me. Now I can enjoy it at home!

  31. Rated 5 out of 5

    Made this for dinner and everyone has been raving about it. They said it tastes way better than any Indian restaurant we’ve ordered. It’s easy and quick. Will definitely make it again. Thank you!

  32. BUTTER CHICKEN , yum yum

  33. I made this as soon as it’s so good! Better than the Indian restaurant we usually go to on a Sunday and cheaper since I have everything here. My bf is loving your recipes!

  34. Rated 5 out of 5

    Oh my GOSH. I just made this for a late dinner and it was absolutely fantastic. Even my “I would eat steak and potatoes everyday until I die”  boyfriend enjoyed it. Making this again soon!

  35. Rated 5 out of 5

    AMAZING recipe! and super easy for a young 20-somethign like me to do. I make this recipe at least once every couple of weeks!

  36. Rated 5 out of 5

    This recipe is straight forward and easy to follow and the outcome is delicious. My husband and I love it, but can’t make it too often because it is so rich. Thank you for posting!

  37. Rated 5 out of 5

    I have made this twice in about 6 weeks. The first time I made this my ten-year-old daughter actually did most of the work on her own. After eating this for the first time, my husband said it was his new favorite meal prep lunch and asked when I planned to make it again. I made it again this week for lunches and have been asked by several co-workers for the recipe, all because it smells fantastic coming out of the microwave. I am a huge fan of Damn Delicious and while I have never been disappointed with your recipes, this one has to be my favorite.

  38. Rated 5 out of 5

    Delicious and easy- thank you for sharing this amazing dish. 

  39. Rated 5 out of 5

    This was so amazing. I was hesitant because of some reviews that said there was too much sauce, but obviously they didn’t have enough garlic naan. 

  40. Rated 5 out of 5

    This is spot on.The best curry I’ve ever made.

  41. Rated 5 out of 5

    Fabulous!  I used shrimp instead of  chicken.  Will use chicken next time.

    Easy, even though there are more ingredients than I normally cook with, it came together well.  Definitely a keeper.

  42. Rated 5 out of 5

    I made this for the first time and it was delicious. I served it with basmati rice flavored with cumin seeds and it was better than the restaurant! My husband ate 3 bowls!

  43. Rated 5 out of 5

    I have made this, the traditional way. It is so easy and tastes rich and flavorful – 

    BUT, I’m here today to ask if there are any adaptations to make this in the instant pot on slow cooker setting?  Sauté the onion then just add everything else? I’m trying to encourage my husband to cook more and he wants to make this dish… in the slow cooker! 

  44. Rated 2 out of 5

    Maybe something went wrong with mine, but it ended up tasting more like chicken in tomato sauce. Kinda liquidity.

    That being said due to lack of supplied (COVID-19) I had to substitute the heavy cream for half and half since the store had none.

    Not sure if I would make it again. I am desperate for a good Chicken Tikka Masala and all business are closed so I have no other choice. But I’d 100% just get takeout once things open up.

    • Hi, just to say that unless you meant to type it the way you did, it actually does call for 1/2 cup of heavy cream.
      It is a very forgiving sort of recipe, delicious with heavy cream, which I don’t usually use, or 1/2, and/or coconut creamer and/or canned coconut milk.  Best wishes. 

  45. Rated 5 out of 5

    Really good.
    Quick and easy recipe but the results rival restaurant quality.

    Just made this for dinner and it tasted great!

  46. Rated 5 out of 5

    This recipe is so out of the box for husband and children, but… WE LOVED IT!! Very easy, great instruction and it is absolutely DELICIOUS! 

  47. Made this for dinner and it was incredible!  Used a pound of chicken breast and cut the cream in half and was blown away by the flavor.  This recipe is a huge winner! 

  48. Rated 5 out of 5

    This was delicious! We are vegan so I made some substitutions: chickpeas and carrots for the chicken, veggie broth instead of chicken broth and coconut milk for the cream.  Still turned out great. Your spice profiles are bang on.  Entire family can’t wait to have it again (no leftovers) and the entire thing came together in less than 30 minutes.

    • We aren’t even a little vegan, but I’ve made chickpea masala with coconut milk too and my carnivorous family loves it. I’ve served it many times and my cavemen all eat multiple servings. 🙂

  49. Chungah,  I made this tonight and it was delicious! We are vegan so I made some substitutions: chickpeas and carrots instead of chicken, veggie broth instead of chicken broth and coconut milk for the cream.  It turned out perfect! Your spice profile was bang on and the family can’t wait to have this again.  Thanks!

  50. Rated 5 out of 5

    I am a lover of Tikka Masala. If we are out at an Indian restaurant, it’s what I get.  SonI have had many variations.  I found this one to be surprisingly delicious. It tastes like some of the versions I have had out at restaurants.  I did not have onions or fresh ginger.  Used powdered ginger, and seasoned the chicken with Onion Poser, salt and Pepper.  I’ll be making this again as it was quick and easy. 

  51. Rated 5 out of 5


  52. Rated 5 out of 5

    I added a little more garam masala and substituted a mix of cayenne and red chili pepper flakes for the chili powder. I also made a roux at first with some butter/ghee and flour before adding my onion and garlic to make more sauce. My family loved it!

  53. Rated 1 out of 5

    I thought it would taste good considering how it looked from the recipe but it was the most tasteless tikka masala I’ve ever had. Even thought it had all of the spices, it didn’t taste like anything. It was terrible. I won’t be making this again.

    • I’m sorry to hear that. One thing I have noticed with recipies that call for spices is that the quality of the spices either make or break the recipe. Especially Garam Masala. There are some versions that are full of flavorless fillers like paprika. I recommend trying a different brand of spices and maybe give it another try.

    • Also, if your spices are over 6 months old they begin to lose flavor. If your spices are 2-3 years old, they can be next to flavorless in a dish. Try toasting some fresh whole spices and grinding them in a spice grinder. This should punch up your flavors.

      • You can also breathe a little life into older spices by blooming them in oil. Basically sprinkle them into the oil for a few before sauteeing the onion and chicken. Much more flavor comes out. Also, you really can’t forget the salt in this dish. It needs some to really make the spices shine and the flavors come together

  54. Rated 5 out of 5

    This was the best easiest recipe that is beyond delicious !!Thank you for sharing. My husband loved it !!

  55. Rated 5 out of 5

    This was amazing. Will definitely be making this recipe again. 

  56. Rated 5 out of 5

    I’ve made this three or four times now, and it always works out great. It’s super easy, and I’ve never had problems with it. My friends always enjoy it. I only increase some of the spices to really get the flavor, and most recently I had to substitute ground ginger over fresh ginger, and not surprisingly the ginger aroma and flavor was lower. It still tasted amazing. Great work on this recipe!

  57. Rated 5 out of 5

    This is delicious and very flavorful. We often order Tikka Masala at a nearby Indian restaurant, but they shut down so I have been on the hunt to recreate it.

    One question – if I want to make this more spicy should I add more chili powder or another spice?

    Thank you for the great recipe!

    • Yup, more chili Powder – you could also add finely diced scotch bonnet, jalapeno or serrano peppers when you sautee the chicken and onions. It is not quite “authentic” tikka masala but it would add a good kick and get the job done.

  58. Rated 5 out of 5

    I love restaurant chicken tikka, so I was a little wary about such an easy recipe for it, but it turned out great! I had to use chicken breasts because that’s all I could find at the store with the coronavirus stockpiling, but the dish was delicious with those anyway! I thought there was a fantastic amount of creamy liquid, which I was worried about because of another review that said the sauce was watery. It wasn’t, so not sure what hey did wrong! Really happy to have found a recipe that results in a good chicken tikka in less than 30 minutes with only one pot to clean at the end! Thanks for this =)

  59. Rated 5 out of 5

    Thank you for this recipe!!  The instructions were very clear and the ingredients were simple.  My husband was in aw of the flavour.  I will definitely be making this again!

  60. Rated 5 out of 5

    My husband and I are “foodies” and loved this dish. Ive made authentic tikka masala and this is a good “cheat” to get something that tastes close and as good as takeout from our local spot. Fast and easy. 5 stars!

  61. Rated 5 out of 5

    Love it! I have made it several times! I am on a no dairy diet right now so I used coconut cream instead of heavy cream and it was damn delicious!

    Just wondering, what brand of garam masala do you use?

  62. Rated 5 out of 5

    I go to India twice a year so always have cravings when I am home and this hits the spot and SO EASY!!

  63. Rated 5 out of 5

    This has become my son’s favorite meal. He requests it weekly but I try to stretch it to every other week. 🙂 Tonight, he asked me to start helping make it so he can make it for himself. LOL Thank you for such an easy, delicious, amazing recipe!

  64. Rated 5 out of 5

    This recipe was so banging! I’ve never tried my hand at Indian food, but this was so easy and it was so flavorful I don’t know why I waited. Thank you for another amazing recipe! 

  65. Rated 5 out of 5

    I’ve made this like 5x and it is easy and delicious! My whole family loves it. Thank you for a great recipe!

  66. Rated 5 out of 5

    Absolutely amazing! I didn’t have all the ingredients and added mushrooms, Pumpkin and used Cubed potatoes instead of rice. WOW thanks so much it was a 10!

  67. Rated 5 out of 5

    Easy-peasy and just as good as our local takeout!

  68. Rated 5 out of 5

    We enjoyed this a lot. It helped that I had everything in hand and didn’t have to run to the grocery store. And it came together quickly. We might try the substitution others have mentioned next time with the coconut milk but it is tasty as is. Happy New Year

  69. Excellent!! By far our favorite. Flavors were amazing! My daughter (13) helped make this meal with me. She asked for me not to add the cream so we left it out. I just put a dab of plain Greek yogurt on mine just before taking a bite. Yum!! We all couldn’t believe how quick it was to pull together yet had awesome flavors come though. Will be making this again and again! 

  70. Rated 4 out of 5

    Use less tomato paste, coconut milk instead of heavy cream, and Jasmine rice for basmati. Delicious. We serve it with warm naan bread.

    • Absolutely amazing! I didn’t have all the ingredients and added mushrooms, Pumpkin and used Cubed potatoes instead of rice. WOW thanks so much it was a 10!

  71. Rated 5 out of 5

    Amazingly yummy!

  72. Rated 4 out of 5

    Love this! My husband is pretty picky, and he really enjoyed this meal. And with two little kids I super appreciated how easy it was to make. My only changes were using 1 tbsp tomato paste vs 4, and adding in some cardamom, clove, and all spice. Plus, just a pinch of sugar!  

    Next time I’d like to try coconut milk vs the heavy cream, but it was still delicious as was. Keeper recipe! 

  73. Rated 5 out of 5

    My wife has been asking for new dinner ideas that are easy to make and fairly quick. My youngest was asking for curry dish but I am tired of making the same thing. I looked up this recipe and I made a double batch. Everyone really enjoyed it. So much that out of a double batch there is only a couple of servings left after dinner. The kids are already asking when I can do it again. Thanks

  74. Rated 5 out of 5

    I’ve made this three times now. It’s delicious and even my picky eaters love it. I felt something was missing and the last time I made it, I added water chestnuts for crunch. It’s amazing with or without, I will keep adding the chestnuts though.

  75. Rated 5 out of 5

    I followed the recipe as written.  it was delicious, plenty of flavor.  The fresh ginger root gave it a nice flavor and a little heat, I was generous with the tablespoon.

  76. Rated 1 out of 5

    I see now the only reason your dish is rated highly is you don’t post the negative reviews! By consciously choosing not to post ALL experiences you give a false impression that your recipe is excellent. I never would’ve wasted all my ingredients or time on this horrible dish. I suggest you either post ALL reviews – or better yet, figure out a way to improve this horrible dish.

    We pitched all of it.

    Please be honest with reviews. It’s misleading and it’s lying not to post all the reviews submitted.

  77. Recipe sounds delicious and am excited to be making tonight. However, quick question on the sweet onion? Are you using a vidalia or just a regular yellow onion. Just curious as don’t use a lot of sweet onions for cooking. THANKS!

    • If you haven’t made this, don’t. It’s horrible. Spend some extra time and make a real recipe.

      • Rated 4 out of 5

        Dang, Anna. Try Dominos next time.
        For the record, we LOVED it!

      • Rated 5 out of 5

        Anna- do you have your own food blog and hate that this one is doing better than yours or what? No clue why you have such hate in your heart, but no one wants to see all your rude comments and negativity. If you don’t like the recipe then move on down the road. 

        For the record, I made this recipe and it was magnificent!!!  Absolutely wonderful! Whole family asked for seconds. 

      • Wow! I think you have a problem. If you don’t like it, fine, but don’t keep on and on about it. It’s rude!

  78. Rated 4 out of 5

    Our family including our 9 year old loved this. It was a bit too much tomato flavor for me so I’ll probably cut the tomato paste down by 1 Tbs next time. I did sprinkle in a little more Garam  masala too.  I used coconut oil to cook the chicken to get the coconut flavor as well. I may try with coconut milk next time. With all that being said it was awesome, Thank you for the recipe! 

  79. Rated 5 out of 5

    This was the first Tikki Marsala I’ve ever made 2 months ago and it was such a big hit, that I’ve HAD to make it 5 more times. My daughter is obsessed with it and keeps requesting it. I followed the recipe every time and it is so delicious.
    After round 4 I don’t even need to write down the ingredients anymore.
    Thank you for this awesome recipe.

  80. Rated 4 out of 5

    The taste is great! I did add extra spices- some ground cardamom, allspice, coriander based on the comments. I tried to double the recipe and added way too much broth and sauce I think. So it never got creamy. Just soupy. I’m sure if I followed the recipe it would have been creamy . But it tastes delicious!! 

  81. Rated 5 out of 5

    It’s really Damn Delicious!!! 5 stars rating. Followed recipe and it turned Out very tasty authentic Indian food!! Will make more in future.

  82. Rated 5 out of 5

    Absolutely delicious! My entire family loves this dish. My daughter said,“how is this sooo good?!?” Thanks for sharing!

  83. Rated 5 out of 5

    just made this. What a wonderful dish. Wish I had this recipe years ago!

  84. Rated 4 out of 5

    Overall, very good. I think the spices taste a bit off compared to most Indian restaurants and the occasions I’ve had home-cooked authentic Indian food, and maybe a bit too much tomato flavor. It definitely was a bit more authentic tasting once the cream was added. It was fairly quick and overall very tasty. Its made for good lunches at work this week. I will probably make again the next time I have to work a lot of night shifts in a row. Can’t beat quick, easy, and tasty!

  85. Rated 5 out of 5

    This is the best recipe ever, I made it for my family just to try something new, it has become a regular in our household now. I use Hungarian fresh red pepper paste instead of any chili powders and it is amazing! I also only use fresh ginger for both the marinade and sauce and use turkish (süzme) concentrated yoghurt for a really extra creamy texture. Words can’t seem to even do this dish justice, you just have to try it out. 

  86. Rated 5 out of 5

    This Recipe is fantastic. I love the spice blend. I will try with tofu and coconut milk when my vegan daughter is home. Thanks for a great recipe!

  87. Rated 5 out of 5

    My family LOVED this! Especially my husband! I’m wondering if I could Substitute coconut milk for the heavy whipping cream to make it dairy free? I wonder How much this would alter the flavor. 

  88. Rated 5 out of 5

    This is my second review and now with a question, and I am so sorry that I cannot help myself but I imagine that you understand!  We have made this once a week since discovering you and the recipe.  Now I am wondering if you would be able to please give a bit of advice if I want to create tikka masala soup using the same base for the recipe with adjustments? Thanks! I am so willing for you to take the lead here though I do have a general idea of adding more liquid to the base, making use of perhaps my love, coconut milk, along with tomato sauce, and a bit more vegetable broth? More quantity for those days or evenings when no one else is home! Ha!  Thanks! Look forward to more of your work.

  89. It was delicious! Tasted just like our favorite Indian restaurant! Thanks!

  90. Rated 5 out of 5

    I haven’t made this yet, I’m making it tomorrow. Any recommendations on adding vegetables?

  91. Rated 5 out of 5

    It’s a great recipe and very easy. It came out delicious.My husband cooks indian food but he was amazed by this.I pulled it off better than him I did it with salad, naan on the side. My kids loved it. They said they could have it all day without problem.

  92. Rated 5 out of 5

    Absolutely delicious! I’ve made it twice now, once with thighs and once with breasts, both times it turned out very good. I served it with naan and green peas on the side to my kids. Makes great leftovers to take to work the next day. A very economical recipe too, as it uses inexpensive simple ingredients and makes a lot. I’m definitely making it again!

  93. Rated 5 out of 5

    Excellent. Easy and made it in the fly for sisters visit. We luved it. 

  94. Rated 5 out of 5

    I absolutely LOVE this recipe!! Now that I am in my early 50s I have been trying to experiment internationally with food recipes. I know it’s not healthy but I love food that is “saucy”! My husband and adult son also enjoy this meal. It is really easy so long as you organize your ingredients ahead of time and have everything ready to go…making it in one pot is a bonus!

  95. Rated 5 out of 5

    This is outrageously simple and tasty. Wasn’t what I expected at all. Way above that. I added a little bit extra of all ingredients and put some green chillies in as well. It’s a wonderful dish, both spicy and tasty at the same time.

  96. Rated 5 out of 5

    Holy macaroni. This is amazing, and quite easy, after all the chopping. I didn’t measure the garlic, ginger or tomato paste, but I probably added some extra of all of them, and I’d do it again in a minute. I also only had 1.25lb of chicken, so I threw some cauliflower in (after the chicken browned) to make up the difference. I will be making it again ASAP. Both my husband, two-year-old and I ate seconds.

  97. Rated 5 out of 5

    This was SO GOOD!! I travel to India twice a year for work and just love chicken tikka and miss it so much and this hit the spot. My son says chicken tikka is his favorite India dish and just loved this.

  98. Rated 5 out of 5

    Easy and delicious. I add more of the spices.

  99. Rated 4 out of 5

    You have described one of the best and easy way to make chicken Tikka masala. I love it and its simplicity. Sure I can surprised my family this weekend with your recipe. Thanks.

  100. Rated 5 out of 5

    This was amazing. It had the right balance of heat and spice.

    I want to make it again. I know dairy doesn’t freeze well. Do you think it would work to make it without the cream, freeze it and then add the cream when reheating it?

  101. Rated 5 out of 5

    I have a few different versions of chicken tiki masala and this one is by far the best –  and it so easy! Thank you so much for taking the time to make these recipes and then sharing them with us. You have such an incredible flavor palette and it is amazing how even some of us “non-chefs” can reap the rewards of your labor.

  102. Rated 5 out of 5

    This really is one of the best Tikka Masala recipes out there. It’s perfect as-is or as a base to build on for other variations. I feel like this is about as close to authentic as you can get without getting complicated, requiring marinating, making ghee, toasting spices, etc… I would bet you wouldn’t even notice the difference which is why this recipe is so awesome.

  103. Rated 5 out of 5

    1:3 questions before I make this. Can you use crushed tomatoes instead  or a must for tomato sauce. Any can you prefer or does it not make a huge difference? 2. If you use chicken breast instead of thighs, do you feel it effect the richness and won’t yield the best results? 3. Same for the heavy cream is it a must or can you get great results with a alternative like coconut milk ?

    • Hi Meagan!

      1. Yes, you can absolutely substitute crushed tomatoes but the consistency may just be a bit “chunkier”.
      2. I recommend using chicken thighs for the best results possible.
      3. You can certainly try to substitute coconut milk but without trying it myself, I cannot really speak for how much the consistency will vary.

      Hope that helps!

  104. Rated 5 out of 5

    I made this recipe this week. I have been trying different Chicken Tikka Marsala recipes over the last two months trying to find the perfect one. So far this is the best one. After reading the reviews,  I added the cayenne pepper . It added a nice little kick. I would recommend this recipe. 

  105. Rated 5 out of 5

    Should have been called “Butters Chicken”. Total missed opportunity. 13/10.

  106. Rated 5 out of 5

    I added some cayenne based on other peoples’ comments (and my love for spice), but otherwise perfect! I did add a little sugar to cut the acidity from my canned tomatoes. Used water over chicken broth and added a few pinches of salt to compensate. Always taste your food!!!

    I highly recommend this recipe! The sauce is delicious and chicken thighs are not overcooked and chewy. We ate with Jasmine rice.

  107. Rated 5 out of 5

    Delicious. Just curious if you knew roughly the amount of calories per serving.

    • Hi Stephanie! Nutritional information is provided only for select recipes at this time. However, if it is not available for a specific recipe, we recommend using free online resources at your discretion (you can Google “nutritional calculator”). Hope that helps!

  108. Rated 5 out of 5

    This is just great! Thanks for sharing your recipe and awesome tips!

  109. Rated 5 out of 5

    Thank you so much for this recipe and everything else you post! Your food is slowly but surely converting my picky eater of a husband!! We make this almost every other week!

  110. Rated 5 out of 5

    Thank you for the recipe! I just made it and everyone loved it! This is the perfect balance of flavors. Definitely making again 🙂

  111. Rated 5 out of 5

    I just made this for dinner and it was delicious. My whole family enjoyed it. It’s not spicy, so I added cayenne to my serving but it was great for the kids. Definitely a make again!

  112. Rated 5 out of 5

    Holy Moley- this recipe is Delicious!! My 12 year old daughter had a MS class presentation on India and wanted to bring in some Indian food to share. She asked me to make Chicken Tikka Masala with only one days notice. I’ve never made it before, So I googled an “easy” recipe for it and found this one. I did not expect it to be as flavorful and deeply satisfying as it was! It did take some time to Prep everything beforehand, but it was well worth it. I placed all the dry spices, combined, in a nonstick pan and toasted them on high for a couple of minutes while stirring them until they were fragrant (about two minutes) being careful not to burn them, then I set them aside into a small bowl to cool. When I added the toasted spices in order of the cooking process, the flavors were enhanced and the sauce became so delicious that we could’ve eaten it without the addition of any dairy cream. This recipe is a winner! Thank you for creating and posting it.:)

  113. Rated 5 out of 5

    This is my new absolute favorite recipe! I’ve made it three times already since you posted it. It really is perfect as is, but I’ve also substituted cauliflower and potato for the chicken and it was sooooo good. Perfection itself!

  114. Rated 5 out of 5

    Absolutely beautiful. 
    Such a tasty and easy meal to prepare.
    Fantastic flavours and the sauce is to die for.
    Thank you so much for all your wonderful recipes.

  115. Rated 5 out of 5

    This was very easy and very delicious for quick tikka masala! I have to say it was not as complex as at our favorite Indian restaurant, but it more than satisfied our craving for tikka masala. I will definitely be making this again, thank you!

  116. Rated 5 out of 5

    Surprised my husband with this dish tonight and we both loved it!! Rivals our favorite Indian place in town! 

  117. Rated 5 out of 5

    This was delicious! I was worried it would taste bad because my best friend is Pakistani and makes Indian food, and in addition to that I grew up in England with authentic Indian food. However, this was a great recipe! I wouldn’t recommend making it alone, you’ll need a partner, but it was soooo good! Very delicious!

  118. Hi, I have a question. Is there nutritional info available for this dish? Thank you!

    • Nutritional information is provided only for select recipes at this time. However, if it is not available for a specific recipe, we recommend using free online resources at your discretion (you can Google “nutritional calculator”) to obtain such information. Hope that helps!

  119. Rated 5 out of 5

    Really if I could give this 10 stars I would. We  recently had take out Chicken Tikka Masala while visiting our son and daughter -in-law. I fell in love with it. The day after we got home this recipe showed up on my feed! It was meant to be LOL. Made this tonight and added a couple dashes of cayenne to give it some heat. SO SO SO GOOD!! This will definitely be in our rotation! Thanks Chunga

  120. Rated 5 out of 5

    This curry is so delicious my son has asked me to make a freezer load for work. It is fast and easy too, so it’s a win win situation. Thank you Chungah.

  121. Rated 5 out of 5

    I made this last night for a friend and it was absolutely DELICIOUS!! Thoroughly enjoyed by all and will be kept in the favorite recipe collection. Thank you 🙂

  122. Rated 5 out of 5

    My family absolutely loved this meal. I doubled for leftovers. The sauce tastes like heaven!

  123. Rated 5 out of 5

    Wow Chungah, you’ve done it again! My husband and I absolutely love Chicken Tikka Masala, so I was thrilled when I saw that you had posted this recipe! I made this recipe last week for dinner, and it was a hit! Absolutely delicious. We almost ate everything in one sitting, but we had to stop ourselves because we wanted to take some to work the following day to eat for lunch! You are right about the chicken thighs! It really made the difference. The chicken was so moist and juicy. We served this over basmati rice with a dollop of greek yogurt and naan on the side. We added a little paprika for some extra added heat. This is one of my new favorite recipes, I will be making this again for dinner tonight! Thanks again for the wonderful recipe, keep em coming!

  124. Rated 5 out of 5

    Delicious as always. Thank you for your recipes!

  125. Rated 5 out of 5

    This recipe is delicious! It’s so simple to make and tastes even better the next day.

  126. Rated 5 out of 5

    I used boneless, skinless chicken breasts, added lots more garlic and used crushed tomatoes instead of sauce. Yum!

  127. Any idea if I could make this in a crock pot? 

  128. Is the recipe referring to mexican chili powder, the blend, or indian chili powder which is just ground chilis?

  129. Rated 5 out of 5

    This was a great dish with just enough heat to know it was there but not so much that my children would complain. That probably depends on your spices, though. This was really simple to make, especially when Indian dishes can run into hours of simmering and a laundry list of ingredients.   I had almost everything in my kitchen already- except cream.  But I had coconut cream handy so I used that.  Turned out fine anyway.

    If you’re having problems finding garam masala, I have purchased it from both Sprouts and Amazon in the past, both reasonably priced. 

  130. Rated 5 out of 5

    Quite delicious and easy to make.  

  131. Rated 5 out of 5

    Made this recipe for meal prep last week, tasted AMAZING. Served it with jasmine rice and cauliflower rice. Just wondering your thoughts on freezing leftovers? Not sure with it having heavy cream.

    • Thanks so much for your feedback, Jamie! Yes, having dairy in it can make it tricky to freeze, and since we haven’t tried freezing this ourselves, I can’t give you a concrete answer. As always, please use your best judgment for freezing and reheating.

  132. Rated 5 out of 5

    This was so delicious I wanted to lick my plate clean!!

  133. Rated 5 out of 5

    I love this recipe and make it often using different recipes that I come across, so far your in the lead. Lol.
    Saw where someone used Chaka instead of Masala, what is the difference and which would you recommend?
    Love your recipes and have made several with great success. Keep sharing.

  134. Rated 5 out of 5

    Excellent recipe! Made this tonight and my 5yo and husband devoured 🙂

  135. Rated 4 out of 5

    I just this minute finished making this and although I am sure the flavors will be more fully developed tomorrow (tomato dishes usually are), it is perfectly delicious right now. I am typing in between bites …

    It was easy to make, the prep was not too lengthy, and it is very flavorful. Cutting up the chicken took the longest, and gathering all the other ingredients ready to go was a time saver. I prefer brown Basmati rice to white, so used that instead. The only other changes I made were from personal preference and necessity: more onion than called for and chana masala instead of garam masala because that’s what I had. I will definitely make this again.

    With the exception of the chicken and fresh cilantro, everything was a pantry staple. If your local supermarkets stock packaged naan, or if you make it, that is a nice addition to your meal.

  136. Rated 5 out of 5

    This was so yummy! It was a big hit with my picky husband. He said it was one of the best things I have made in a few days lol! My daughter just about licked her plate clean! Your recipes are my go to recipes to use. Thank you so much, you make me look good in the kitchen.

  137. Rated 5 out of 5

    I made this for dinner tonight. It was sooooooo good! 

  138. Rated 5 out of 5

    This recipe was AMAZING! Best comfort food and perfect balance of flavor. So much good dipping sauce for naan! I’m in Virginia and was able to find Garam Masala easily at Wegmans for anyone with a Wegmans nearby!

  139. Rated 5 out of 5

    Absolutely amazing -your recipes never disappoint!  I questioned the amount of seasonings, and as always, they are spot on.  I did use chicken breasts ( we really don’t care for thighs) and it turned out really well – not dry at all.  Served with Jasmine rice (what I had on hand), and garlic naan.  Will definitely make again!  Also, found garam  masala under the traditional alphabetical spice section display, so you may have to look down below with the various seasoned salts, etc. to find it!

  140. How can I make this recipe spicy?  My husband likes this dish with some heat. 

  141. Rated 5 out of 5

    The usual excellently laid out recipe and instructions. Thank you.

    I had to replace the ‘heavy cream’ with a mix of greek yoghurt and milk for calorific reasons. I am sure that with heavy cream it would taste better. However, I could not risk even further inches on the existing love handles.

  142. I haven’t made this recipe yet, but I was wondering if I could use heavy whipping cream instead of heavy cream? I accidentally bought heavy whipping cream at the store.


  144. question: what is the difference between garam masala and masala. can masala be used in the recipe as a substitute. the latter is available at traader joe’s. whole foods is not caonvenient to me.

  145. This looks perfect To cook for my Aunty who loves Indian food! My 5 year old asked her to be his Valentine, so we’re going to cook her a special meal ❤️
    I’ve cooked so many of your delicious meals and they have always been a hit with friends and family! Can’t wait to make this! 

  146. How about instruction for an instapot?  Thank you 

  147. Rated 5 out of 5

    This looks amazing! I haven’t got heavy cream, though. Can I use coconut milk instead?

  148. This looks delicious! Any tips on where to find garam masala? None of my local grocery stores (Ralphs or Trader Joe’s) or Target carry it. I’m excited to try this recipe. Thanks!

  149. Rated 3 out of 5

    This is not a review. This is a question.

    If I don’t want to use fresh ginger, how much ground ginger would I need.

  150. This looks SO YUMMY!! Would this keep well in the fridge if I made it ahead as lunches for the week?

    • What a great idea! But as I am not an expert on food safety, I cannot really say with certainty. Methods for optimal food storage and shelf life should be based on good judgment and what you are personally comfortable with. Hope that helps, Holly!