The ultimate chicken tikka masala recipe

Homemade chicken tikka masala with rice and all the trimmings

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This recipe will serve four hungry people.

Ingredients

...CHICKEN MARINADE...

3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

½ cup plain yogurt (125 g)

2 tablespoons lemon juice

6 cloves garlic, minced

1 tablespoon minced ginger

2 teaspoons salt

2 teaspoons ground cumin

2 teaspoons garam masala

2 teaspoons paprika

...SAUCE...

3 tablespoons oil

1 large onion, finely chopped

2 tablespoons minced ginger

8 cloves garlic, minced

2 teaspoons ground cumin

2 teaspoons ground turmeric

2 teaspoons ground coriander

2 teaspoons paprika

2 teaspoons chili powder

2 teaspoons garam masala

1 tablespoon tomato puree

3 ½ cups tomato sauce (800 g)

1 ¼ cups water (300 mL)

1 cup heavy cream (250 mL)

¼ cup fresh coriander (10 g), for garnish

Cooked rice, for serving

Naan, for serving

Poppadoms, for serving

Method

Slice the chicken into bite-sized chunks. Combine the cubed chicken with the yogurt, lemon juice, garlic, ginger, salt, cumin, garam masala, and paprika and stir until well-coated.

Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, or overnight.

Preheat the oven to 500°F (260°C). Line a high-sided baking pan or roasting tray with parchment paper.

Place the marinated chicken pieces on bamboo or wooden skewers, then set them over the prepared baking pan, making sure there is space underneath the chicken to help distribute the heat more evenly. Bake for about 15 minutes, until slightly dark brown on the edges.

Make the sauce: Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat, then sauté the onions, ginger, and garlic until tender but not browned. Add the cumin, turmeric, coriander, paprika, chili powder, and garam masala and stir constantly for about 30 seconds, until the spices are fragrant. Stir in the tomato puree, tomato sauce, and 1 ¼ cups of water, then bring to a boil and cook for about 5 minutes. Pour in the cream.

Remove the chicken from the skewers and add to the sauce, cooking for another 1-2 minutes. Garnish with cilantro and serve over rice or alongside naan.

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