Introduction: Chicken Tikka Masala

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Chicken marinated in yogurt and spices and then served in a tomato cream sauce. Great Combination with rice or roti.

Step 1: Ingredients First

2 lbs. boneless chicken breast
1/4 cup yogurt
3 t. minced ginger
3 t. crushed garlic
1/4 t. white pepper
1/4 t. cumin powder
1/4 t. mace
1/4 t. nutmeg
1/4 t. green cardamom powder
1/4 t. chili powder
1/4 t. turmeric
3 T. lemon juice
4 T. vegetable oil
Melted margarine (for basting)

5 oz. tomato paste
10 oz. tomato puree
2 lbs. tomatoes, chopped
2 t. ginger paste
2 t. garlic paste
2 t. green chilies
1 T. red chili powder
2 t. cloves
8 green cardamoms
salt to taste
3 T. butter
2/3 cup cream
1 t. fenugreek
2 t. ginger, julienned
honey to taste

Step 2: Making

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Puree 1 small onion, 4 garlic cloves, a piece of ginger, 1/4 tsp each of kashmiri chilli powder and garam masala, salt, and 1/4 cup of buttermilk in a blender.

Step 3: Cut Them

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Cut boneless skinless chicken breast into desired pieces (4 chicken breasts) and marinate in the pureed mixture overnight in the refrigerator.
Preheat oven to 350F.
Spread the chicken pieces on an oven safe tray. Cover with a foil and bake for 40 minutes.

Step 4: Heating

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Heat up 1/3 cup oil in a big sauce pan.
Add a piece of cinnamon to the oil, and cook it for a couple of minutes.
Finely chop 1 big red onion and add it to the oil.

Step 5: Chopping

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Chop 4 cloves of garlic and a piece of ginger in the food processor and add it to the pan.

Step 6: Adding

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Add the masala powders 1 tbsp coriander powder, 1 tsp crushed cumin seeds, 1/2 tsp of turmeric powder, and 1/2 tsp of kashmiri chilli powder.

Step 7: Cook It

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Cook for a minute.
Add tomato puree. (6 tomatoes pureed in the food processor

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Cook until the oil separates, about 10-15 minutes

Step 9: Cream

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Now, add 1/2 a cup of heavy cream. I you didn't have heavy cream, then you can substituted it with a mix of whole milk and butter

Step 10: Its Ready

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Add baked chicken to the sauce. Stir gently and bring it to a boil.
Cook for another 5 minutes and turn off the stove. - and take a photo!


susanchen2011 (author)2012-07-17

I will try it.

persephone94 (author)2010-01-20

 the photos look great, but in no way does the recipe/ingredients list actually match the instructable. Can you please edit it? Normally, I wouldn't care, but it's a pretty long list -- and there's plenty missing. 

leshall (author)2009-07-09

Excuse me if this is a 'norm' but... Does t. mean teaspoon and T. mean tablespoon? Thanks. (author)2007-10-05

most of your spices sound exotic, is there a good source for these in the us?

Most of these are hardly exotic but yeah, hippie mart for sure. Or if there is a Wholefoods in your area, it's corporate so it might be slightly less expensive. o.o

try your local hippie organic mart.

Noodle93 (author)2008-03-01

I'm going to make this tomorrow, but question: When you bake it, are you baking it with all the marinade as well? Also, you forgot buttermilk on the ingredients list.

Noodle93 (author)Noodle932008-03-05

Damn it was good. +1 +Fav.

radiobath (author)2007-11-05

Chicken Tikka absolute favorite dish EVER. I've been to tons of different indian restaurants and tried it out, some have been not too good, some have been absolute nirvana. Has anyone tried out this particular recipe? What are your opinions?

Chris Bilton (author)2007-10-04

Holy Moley! that looks good, thanks

Brennn10 (author)2007-10-04

TIKKA MASALA!!!!!! MY FAVORITE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THANKS!!!!!!!!

TeacherOfTheWays (author)2007-10-04


Punkguyta (author)2007-10-04

That looks pretty yum-delicious. -Punk

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