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Chicken Tikka Masala

Tender marinated chicken thighs tossed with a creamy and flavorful sauce
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Dinner
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4 people
Calories 275 kcal


  • 1 lb. trimmed boneless skinless chicken thighs, cut into bite-size pieces

For the Chicken Marinade:

  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. black pepper
  • ¼ tsp. turmeric
  • ¼ tsp. garam masala
  • ½ tsp. chili powder
  • ½ tsp. cumin
  • ½ tsp. garlic powder

For the Tikki Masala sauce:

  • ¼ cup butter
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • ¼ cup tomato sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ tsp. garam marsala
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • ½ tsp. turmeric
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. black pepper
  • 1 cup heavy cream


For the chicken:

  • Combine all of the marinade ingredients and coat with the pieces of chicken. Marinate in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
  • Remove the chicken pieces from the marinade and thread onto a skewer. Grill over medium heat for 3 minutes per side. *

Make the Tikki Masala sauce:

  • Melt the butter in a medium saucepan and add chopped onion to sauté for 3 minutes.
  • Add the minced garlic and sauté an additional minute.
  • Add the tomato sauce and all of the spices and stir to combine.
  • Boil and simmer the sauce for a few minutes. Add the heavy cream and simmer on low until the chicken is finished cooking.
  • Add the cooked chicken and coat thoroughly with the sauce. Serve over basmati rice with a side of naan bread.


* Cook the chicken in the pan with the sauce if you don't have a grill or are short on time. Add the chicken to the pan at the same time as the chopped onion. 


Calories: 275kcal
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