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Chicken Tikka Masala

This Indian-style chicken masala recipe has flavors that keep me coming back for more—a simple dish spiced with garam masala, cumin and gingerroot that’s simply amazing. —Jaclyn Bell, Logan, Utah
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Cook: 4-1/4 hours
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 1 can (29 ounces) tomato puree
  • 1-1/2 cups plain yogurt
  • 1/2 large onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons minced fresh gingerroot
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon garam masala
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 3/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2-1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, halved and seeded
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • Hot cooked basmati rice
  • Chopped fresh cilantro, optional


  • In a 5-qt. slow cooker, combine the first 13 ingredients. Add chicken, jalapeno and bay leaf. Cook, covered, on low 4 hours or until chicken is tender. Remove jalapeno and bay leaf.
  • In a small bowl, mix cornstarch and cream until smooth; gradually stir into sauce. Cook, covered, on high 15-20 minutes or until sauce is thickened. Serve with rice. If desired, sprinkle with cilantro.

Test Kitchen tips
  • Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.
  • Tikka masala has no standard recipe. It varies from family to family in Indian culture. Traditionally, chicken is marinated in the yogurt and spice mixture and cooked in a tandoori oven.

  • Editor's Note
    Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.
    Nutrition Facts
    1-1/4 cups chicken mixture (calculated without rice): 381 calories, 19g fat (9g saturated fat), 118mg cholesterol, 864mg sodium, 13g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 2g fiber), 33g protein.

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    • Reed083196
      May 21, 2020

      Easy to follow recipe; prep time took me a bit longer than noted. Had nice flavor; thoroughly enjoyed. Love Indian food and was glad to find this flavorful recipe.

    • AbbyR.
      Apr 28, 2020

      I followed all the ingredients listed (with the exception of no jalapeno and only a pinch of cayenne because I have little kids), but didn't use the slow cooker. I cooked diced onions in the olive oil until soft, but not browned, then added all the seasonings to the onions. I let that cook for a few minutes, then added the garlic and cooked for another 30 seconds. Finally, I tossed in the ginger and removed from heat. Meanwhile, I had the tomato sauce and yogurt warming in a dutch oven on the stove. I added the veggie/spice mix and then blended it all with a hand blender till smooth. I let the sauce come to a simmer before adding the chicken. I simmered for about 2 hours, covered on low. I served this with naan and rice. The flavors were amazing and the chicken came out tender. Next time, I think I might try coconut milk in place of the cream. Thanks for a great recipe. My husband kept telling me how good it was and that I "knocked it out of the park". Definitely a keeper!

    • gigiatl
      Jan 5, 2020

      Great recipe! I added a thawed and drained package of frozen chopped spinach to make this a saag masala. Love it!

    • Deepak
      Apr 13, 2018

      Good recipes

    • John
      Mar 26, 2018

      Substitute boneless, skinless, chicken thighs wouldn't dry out as breasts will.Also cut the simmer time to 2 1/2 hours.

    • koppkidsmom
      Jan 22, 2018

      Just made this for dinner and the whole family loved it. Did not change a thing and it was just scrumptious...will be making again for sure!!!

    • cleary11
      Oct 23, 2016

      Flavors are great but you will have way too much sauce! I almost doubled the amount of chicken and there was still a ton of sauce!

    • brooksjones7
      Sep 19, 2016

      My family loved it--delicious and easy too.

    • nmrenee
      Apr 12, 2016

      My family loves this! I will sometimes cook the chicken, onion, garlic, and ginger in a skillet first. Then cook for a shorter amount of time. I have also exchanged the cream for low-fat milk, without missing anything.

    • lots_a_smiles
      Sep 15, 2015

      Delicious! The whole family loved it!