Chicken Tikka Masala

November 29, 2008 at 8:49 pm Leave a comment

Chicken Tikka Masala

Chicken Tikka Masala (CTM)- mild curry dish of chicken in a tomato-based sauce, and cooked in a tandoori style.


  • 1 lb. Chicken breast, skinless, boneless
  • 1 pocket any brand store brand tikka masala
  • 1 cup Onion, finely chopped
  • 1 cup Tomato puree
  • 2 or 3 Green chilies,Julienne Strips
  • 1 tsp Salt or to taste
  • 4 tsp Cooking oil
  • ¼ cup Water
  • Honey to taste

Marinating :

  • 2 Tbsp. Yogurt
  • 1 pinch Orange Red food color


  • 4 or 5 Bamboo Skewers
  • 1 oven proof tray


  • ¼ cup Onion cut into lengthwise
  • 4 stks Coriander leaves
  • 1 Lemon, cut into length wedges


  • Wash and cut the chicken into small cubes.
  • In a medium size bowl, take yogurt and 2 Tbsp of store bought chicken tikka masala; marinate them for 2 hours(marinate overnight if you desired)
  • Preheat oven to 350° F.
  • Thread marinated chicken cubes onto the skewers;place them on oven proof aluminium tray. 
  • Place the tray on the preheated oven and bake for 10 minutes; rotate them and cook again for another 5 min.
  • After Chicken is baked, let it cool.
  • Slightly twist the chicken before removing from the skewers, this would help them loosen up and come off easily without hurting fingers.
  • While chicken is cooling, prepare masala by heating 2 tsp. oil in a pan.
  • Sauté chopped onion till they turn golden; add green chillies
  • Add tomato puree and 1/4 cup of water.
  • Add remaining masala from the store brought masala packet .
  • Add salt; add honey if you desired; cook for 3-4 min
  • Add baked marinated chicken into the the masala.
  • Let cook for 3-4 min.
  • Meanwhile, in a small pan heat 2 tsp oil; fry onion on Medium Low heat for 1-2 min. or until crispy.
  • Garnish with fresh chopped coriander leaves,fried onion and lemon wedges before serve.
  • Serve hot with Tandoori Naan, Paratha or Roti.


  • Canned tomatoes/tomato puree works fine for this recipes.
  • Store brought chicken tikka masala will gives you good restaurent style taste.

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