Chris's chicken tikka masala

Chris's chicken tikka masala


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About this recipe: Here's my version of this classic chicken curry. I usually make double or triple the quantity of the sauce at one time because it freezes very well. I also add much more than the 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper that I have listed here so please adapt if you prefer more heat.


Serves: 6 

  • 2 tablespoons ghee (clarified butter)
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 400ml tomato passata
  • 235ml double cream
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cubed
  • 1/2 teaspoon curry powder

Prep:15min  ›  Cook:1hr5min  ›  Ready in:1hr20min 

  1. Heat ghee in a large pan over medium heat; cook and stir onion until golden and softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in garlic; cook and stir just until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir cumin, 1 teaspoon salt, ginger, cayenne pepper, cinnamon and turmeric into the onion mixture; fry until fragrant, about 2 minutes.
  2. Stir passata into the onion and spice mixture, bring to the boil and reduce heat to low. Simmer sauce for 10 minutes; mix in cream, paprika and 1 tablespoon sugar. Bring sauce back to a simmer and cook, stirring often, until sauce is thickened, 10 to 15 minutes.
  3. Heat vegetable oil in a separate pan over medium heat. Stir chicken into the hot oil, sprinkle with curry powder and sear chicken until lightly browned, about 3 minutes; stir often. Transfer chicken and any pan juices into the sauce. Simmer chicken in sauce for 30 minutes; adjust salt and sugar to taste.

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Reviews (3)


Great recipe Chris, went down a treat and simple to. - 01 Feb 2016


This was fab even my fussy daughter liked it - 22 Jul 2016


Got to admit I hadnt planned on making a tikka husband loves a madras but thought got a load of chicken in lol...So I thought Id try this recipe. Well I said to my husband ok before you moan thought Id try something different lol... He loved it. I loved it I had 2 lots and the rest that was left over the next day for my dinner lol. Id say try this its simple enough to do and my god its lovely Going to make it again at weekend because my son said he loves chicken tikka. Only thing was at the end it said add curry powder but didnt have any in so think I sprinkled a bit of cummin in instead lol Sorry currymonster lol. - 30 Jun 2016

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