chicken tikka masala recipe

Chicken tikka masala recipe with step by step photos and video recipe. This Sunday, I made chicken tikka masala and it came out so well that I thought of sharing the recipe with you all.

About Chicken Tikka Masala

Chicken tikka masala is one of the popular chicken dishes served in restaurants around the world. Chicken tikka masala is basically, a combination of yummy chicken tikka and creamy tomato based gravy. You can serve it with Roti/Naan/Steamed rice.

What is Chicken Tikka?

Chicken tikka is made with boneless chicken, cut into cubes, that is marinated with the spices & yogurt and then roasted in the tandoor.

You can make this without tandoor or oven. I have shared the method in this recipe post. This can be enjoyed with green chutney (dip).

What is Chicken Tikka masala?

Chicken tikka masala is cooking the prepared chicken tikka in a tomato based gravy. The gravy is thick, orange colored and mildly spicy.

You might also like other popular chicken recipes on this website:

  1. Butter Chicken
  2. Hyderabadi Chicken Biryani 

Chicken tikka masala without oven | Restaurant style chicken tikka masala

Restaurant style chicken tikka masala recipe.
Course Main
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 255kcal
Author Preeti Nayak

Ingredients

For making chicken tikka:

  • 3 tbsp thick curd/yogurt
  • 2 tbsp ginger garlic paste
  • 2 tsp Kashmiri red chili powder
  • 1 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp Tandoori chicken masala powder
  • 1 tbsp Kasuri methi/dried fenugreek leaves
  • 1 tbsp Lemon Juice
  • Salt to taste
  • 200 gm boneless chicken cut into cubes
  • 1/2 cup onion cut into cubes
  • 1/2 cup capsicum cut into cubes

For making chicken tikka gravy

  • Whole spices to make chicken tikka masala
  • 1- inch cinnamon
  • 3 green cardamom
  • 1/2 tsp shahi jeera/caraway seeds
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 6 cloves
  • 1 black cardamom
  • 3 Onions
  • 1 tbsp Ginger garlic paste
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp Kashmiri red chili powder
  • 1 tsp Coriander powder
  • 1 1/2 cup tomato puree
  • 1/4 cup Cream
  • 1 tsp Garam masala powder
  • 1 tsp Kasuri methi/dried fenugreek seeds
  • Salt to taste

Instructions

Marinate the chicken.

  • In a mixing bowl add thick curd/yogurt, ginger garlic paste, Kashmiri red chili powder, turmeric powder, tandoori chicken masala powder, salt, Kasuri methi, and lemon juice. Combine everthing well.
  • Add in boneless chicken pieces, onion, and capsicum. Mix it well and marinate for at least 2 hours. Keep it in the refrigerator.

Preparing chicken tikka.

  • Thread the chicken pieces, onion, and capsicum cubes onto the skewer. Same way, prepare the others too.

Cooking the chicken tikka

  • Heat a Tawa/griddle. Alternatively, you can use a frying pan too. The pan should be very hot for making chicken tikka.
  • Put the prepared skewers on it. Turn occasionally and fry it from all the sides.
  • Once it starts to change its color to light brown, from all the sides, turn the flame to medium and cook it for 15 minutes. Turn it occasionally.
  • Let a few black spots appear on them.
  • Chicken tikka is ready. You can serve chicken tikka with green chutney(dip)

Making the chicken tikka masala

  • Heat oil in a pan. Saute cinnamon, green cardamom, shahi jeera, bay leaf, cloves and black cardamom for a minute.
  • Now add onion and ginger and garlic paste. Saute it till onions change its color to golden brown.
  • Add turmeric powder, Kashmiri red chili powder & coriander powder. Mix it well and cook it for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add tomato puree and salt. Mix it well.
  • Cover and cook for 20 minutes on low flame.
  • The mixture will release oil and will become completely dry. Add 1 cup of water, cream, garam masala powder & Kasuri methi. Mix it well.
  • Cover and cook the gravy for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add chicken tikka and coriander leaves. Cover and cook for 5 minutes on low flame.
  • Chicken tikka is ready to serve. Switch off the flame.
  • Serve chicken tikka masala hot with Roti/Naan or Steamed rice.
  • Garnish chicken tikka masala with fresh cream and coriander leaves.

Video

Notes

1) Cook on high flame. Never cook chicken tikka on low flame. The time you put the skewers on the pan, you can hear the sizzling sound. This will make the exterior of the chicken crispy while keeping the chicken tender & juicy.
2) Alternatively, you can also bake it in a preheated oven at 200 degrees C for 20 minutes or grill it.

How to make chicken tikka masala with step by step photos:

Marinate the chicken

  1. In a mixing bowl add thick curd/yogurt, ginger garlic paste, Kashmiri red chili powder, turmeric powder, tandoori chicken masala powder, salt, Kasuri methi, and lemon juice. Combine everything well.
  2. Add in boneless chicken pieces, onion, and capsicum. Mix it well and marinate for at least 30 minutes or 2 hours. Keep it in the refrigerator.
  1. marinate the chicken in spicy yogurt mixture to make chicken tikka masala recipe add boneless chicken, onion and capsicum cubes to the marinate for making chicken tikka masala recipe

Preparing chicken tikka

3. Thread the chicken pieces, onion, and capsicum cubes onto the skewer.  Same way, prepare the others too.

thread the chicken onto the skewer for making the chicken tikka

Cooking the chicken tikka

4. Heat a Tawa/griddle. Alternatively, you can use a frying pan too. The pan should be very hot for making chicken tikka.
5. Put the prepared skewers on it. Turn occasionally and fry it from all the sides.
6. Once it starts to change its color to light brown, turn the flame to medium and cook it for 15 minutes. Turn it occasionally.
7. Let a few black spots appear on them.

cook the chicken on the griddle for making the chicken tikka masala recipe

8. Chicken tikka is ready. You can serve chicken tikka with green chutney(dip)

Making the chicken tikka masala

9. Heat oil in a pan. Saute cinnamon, green cardamom, shahi jeera, bay leaf, cloves and black cardamom for a minute.
10. Now add onion and ginger and garlic paste. Saute it till onions change its color to golden brown.

saute the spices, onion, ginger and garlic paste for making chicken tikka masala recipe

11. Add turmeric powder, Kashmiri red chili powder & coriander powder. Mix it well and cook it for 2-3 minutes.

saute spice powder to make chicken tikka gravy

12. Add tomato puree and salt. Mix it well. Cover and cook for 20 minutes on low flame.

add tomato puree and salt to chicken tikka masala gravy

13. The mixture will release oil and will become completely dry. Add 1 cup of water, cream, garam masala powder & Kasuri methi. Mix it well.

add water, cream, garam masala powder and kasuri methi to make chicken tikka masala recipe

14. Cover and cook the gravy for 2-3 minutes.
15. Add chicken tikka and coriander leaves. Cover and cook for 5 minutes on low flame.
16. Chicken tikka is ready to serve. Switch off the flame.

add the prepared chicken tikka and coriander leaves to the gravy and cook for 5 minutes.

17. Serve chicken tikka masala hot with Roti/Naan or Steamed rice. Garnish chicken tikka masala with fresh cream and coriander leaves.

garnish chicken tikka masala with fresh cream and coriander leaves

My Tips:

  1. Put the skewers in water for at least 15 minutes before using them. This prevents the skewers from burning.
  2. Cook on high flame. Never cook chicken tikka on low flame. The griddle/pan should be hot enough that, when you put the skewers on the pan, you can hear the sizzling sound. This will make the exterior of the chicken crispy while keeping the chicken tender & juicy.
  3. While making chicken tikka, do not cover and cook the chicken tikka. The chicken will release its moisture and will become soggy. You will not get a crispy exterior.
  4. Alternatively, you can also bake it in a preheated oven at 200 degrees C for 20 minutes or grill it.
  5. Chicken tikka tastes best if it is marinated overnight. The chicken absorbs the spicy marinate and becomes tastier.
  6. This is a mildly spicy recipe. If you prefer less spicy then adjust the spices as per your taste.

Please leave your valuable suggestions, feedback or any query related to the recipe in the comment box. If you make this recipe in any other way, do share your tips and suggestions to make it better. Till then enjoy your day………Happy Cooking 🙂

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