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Indian Chicken Tikka Masala recipe is a delicious gravy with melt in the mouth chicken pieces.

Indian Chicken Tikka Masala Recipe, Chicken Tikka Gravy

Indian Chicken Tikka Masala recipe is a delicious gravy with melt in the mouth chicken pieces.
Course Chicken Curry
Cuisine Indian
Keyword chicken tikka
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
marination time 6 hours
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4 people
Calories 409kcal
Author Fareeha


  • 750 grams boneless chicken thigh or breast pieces, cut into cubes

For the marination

  • 1 tsp kashmiri red chilli powder This gives a nice color to the chicken and is not too spicy like other chillis
  • 2 tsp ginger garlic paste
  • 2 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper powder
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 1/2 cup yogurt
  • salt to taste

For the chicken tikka paste

  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 2 onions chopped
  • 1 tbsp ginger garlic paste
  • 2 green chilies chopped
  • 1 tsp kashmiri red chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala powder
  • 2 no. tomatoes

For Chicken Tikka Masala

  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 tsp sugar optional
  • 2 tbsp cream optional


Preparing the Chicken

  • Take the chicken pieces in a bowl and add the red chili powder, ginger garlic paste, black pepper powder, garam masala powder, cumin powder, salt, and yogurt. Mix well. Marinate overnight or at least 6 hours in the refrigerator. 
  • Grill the marinated chicken or bake them in a pre-heated oven of 220 C for 15 minutes or till done. (Every oven setting is different, so be careful while baking,)

Preparing the paste

  • Heat 2 tbsp oil in a pan and add onions. Fry till the onions turn translucent.
  • Add the ginger garlic paste, green chili, red chili powder, garam masala powder, and tomato. Cook until the tomatoes turn soft and mushy. 
  • Remove from flame and allow it to cool. Blend to make a paste.

Preparing the chicken tikka masala

  • Heat the butter in a pan and add this paste.
  • Add the chicken pieces. Mix thoroughly. (Add in water according to your desired consistency.) Cook covered on low heat for about 15 minutes or till the gravy thickens. 
  • Mix in the sugar and cream now. (You can adjust salt at this stage) Give it a stir and remove from heat.
  • Serve hot garnished with coriander leaves along with roti or nan.