Chicken Tikka Masala

Chicken Tikka Masala Gravy Recipe

The famous ‘Chicken Tikka Masala’ Gravy recipe was a great find and discovery for me. There’s nothing more exciting than recreating a restaurant-style chicken recipe at home! This is very similar to the Paneer version of this recipe which I posted a while ago. The main difference is replacing chicken with Paneer.

These days there are ready-made mixes available in the stores and online, that can cut short the elaborate method to make this gravy. However, nothing can beat the taste of the homemade version made from scratch. It is a little bit of effort, but sure worth it. This gravy is rich with the cashew and fresh cream used in it and perfect for special occasions, get-togethers, and celebrations.

How to make Chicken Tikka Masala Gravy ?

Chicken Tikka Masala Gravy recipe uses Boneless chicken breasts. They are best suited for this recipe. It is preferable to cut the chicken into small pieces so it cooks easily on a grilling pan. I prefer it to be flatter in shape. The original recipe requires the chicken pieces to be cooked in a Tandoor . You can even bake it in the oven and then broil it to get the char on it.

However, I prefer cooking on a grill pan that has high ridges. The marinade is made with yogurt, ginger-garlic, and special spices. The longer the chicken pieces sit in the marinade, the better the flavor will be. You can also optionally add the bell pepper and onions to the marinade. The chicken and the veggies are grilled on the pan, drained of oil, and kept aside.

To make the onion tomato gravy, saute tomatoes, onions, spices, and cashews in butter. Make a smooth paste by grinding it. Add the spices and cooked chicken and cook it well. Later, top it with fresh cream and dried fenugreek leaves. You can also use canned tomato paste instead of tomatoes, as that brings out a nice color and tangy taste to this dish. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves if you like.

What is served with Chicken Tikka Masala Gravy ?

Chicken Tikka Masala Gravy best goes with Naan bread, Roti, or Basmati Rice. This rich gravy tastes best when dipped with the bread and mixed with rice. It tastes unbelievably so good, you can proudly serve it to your guests and be sure to receive great compliments. Enjoy and Happy Cooking!

5 from 4 votes
Chicken Tikka Masala Gravy Recipe
Chicken Tikka Masala
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
30 mins

Chicken Tikka Masala Gravy recipe has grilled marinated chicken with spices in a creamy tomato onion sauce that is loved by one and all.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Chicken Gravy, Chicken Tikka Masala, Tikka Masala
For Marinating Chicken
  • 1 lb boneless chicken cut into small rectangle pieces
  • tsp  ginger garlic paste
  • 1/2 tsp  turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp   Kashmiri red chilly powder or to taste
  • 1/2 tsp  garam masala powder
  • 1 – 2 tbsp  Shaan Tandoori masala powder  optional
  • 1/2 cup  hung yogurt (Greek yogurt ) The yogurt should be completely drained of water.
  • 1/2 green bell pepper diced into big triangles
  • 1/2  onion diced into big triangles
  • 1/2 lemon juice squeezed
For Roasting and Grinding
  • 1 large onion
  • 3 large  tomatoes
  • 10-12  cashews
  • 1 tsp  Kashmiri Red chilly powder
  • 1/4 tsp  garam masala
  • 1/4 tsp  salt
For Gravy
  • 2 tbsp  butter
  • 1 tbsp 1 tbsp ginger garlic paste
  • 1 tsp  sugar
  • 1 tsp salt or to taste
  • 3 tbsp  cream
  • 1/2 tsp kasuri methi (dry fenugreek leaves) crushed with your palms
  • 1/2 cup 1/2 cup coriander leaves finely chopped
  1. Make a mixture of ingredients in the "For Marinating Chicken" section in a medium bowl.

  2. Add the cut chicken pieces into it .

  3. Marinate for 20 to 30 minutes ,the longer the better.

  4. In a medium sized pan , heat up some butter .

  5. Add the cashews, chopped onions and tomatoes .

  6. Sautee and fry till it is wilted, browned and cooked well.

  7. Add red chilly powder and garam masala .

  8. Add salt to taste , cool and grind to a smooth paste.

  9. Heat some butter or oil in the same pan used to roast the tomatoes and onion gravy.

  10. Add ginger garlic paste .

  11. Sautee till the raw taste goes away.

  12. Add the onion tomato gravy and mix well.

  13. Add red chilly powder ,sugar, salt and garam masala.

  14. Cook till the oil is released from the sides .

  15. Add water as required to loosen up the gravy .

  16. Add grilled chicken pieces and cook for a while.

  17. Add cream and adjust salt as required.

  18. Add the dried fenu greek leaves and mix well.

  19. Switch off flame and add the chopped coriander leaves.

  20. Chicken Tikka Masala is ready to be served .

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  • Reply
    November 24, 2020 at 3:18 pm

    5 stars

  • Reply
    November 24, 2020 at 3:19 pm

    Finger licking recipe Nisha. 💕

  • Reply
    November 24, 2020 at 5:20 pm

    Looks delicious.! This is the dish I always order in Indian restaurants, so it’s great to have a reliable recipe to make at home. 🙂

    • Reply
      November 27, 2020 at 1:58 am

      Wonderful to hear that Ronit, am sure you will not be disappointed with this recipe!Thank you so much.

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    Diana Peach
    November 24, 2020 at 5:37 pm

    This looks amazing. I’m getting hungry just reading the post. Thanks for the recipe!

    • Reply
      November 27, 2020 at 1:58 am

      Thank you so much for the wonderful comment , it sure is very tempting!

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    Caz / InvisiblyMe
    November 25, 2020 at 1:43 am

    5 stars
    Mmmmm yes please! These photos make my mouth water. I love chicken tikka masala. I always go for rice with it but I’ve never tried making the actual sauce/gravy myself. I’d like to give this one a try. Yum!xx

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      November 27, 2020 at 2:00 am

      Thank you so much Caz, am pretty sure you will love the homemade version as well!

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    Dennis Yannakos
    November 25, 2020 at 11:24 am

    5 stars
    Serve this dish with rice is pure bliss!

    • Reply
      November 27, 2020 at 2:00 am

      Yes couldn’t agree more .This simply tastes out of the world. Thank you so much!

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    Christy B
    November 26, 2020 at 11:15 pm

    Oh gosh, I’ve had this dish at a restaurant but never made it at home! Thanks 😀 Sharing to Pinterest now xo

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      November 27, 2020 at 2:03 am

      Wonderful Christy , hope you will try this at home with this fail proof recipe ! Thank you so much for the share to Pinterest , truly appreciate it!

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    December 2, 2020 at 1:06 pm

    5 stars
    Never made Chicken Tikka Masala myself but it’s one of my favorite dishes to order. Love your recipe and will save it so maybe I can give it a try:)

    • Reply
      December 2, 2020 at 3:23 pm

      Ah ! I see it’s a favorite dish of our family at the restaurants as well . I am pretty sure you will love this homemade vesion .Thank you so much .

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    December 10, 2020 at 11:17 pm

    Lovely tikka color , looks delicious and super creamy ! Your recipe looks simple and straight forward , like how you have marinated the chicken and then added it to the curry, should have been so flavorful right? I cant wait to try it!

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      December 11, 2020 at 4:37 pm

      Thanks a lot, Aarthi. This is a simple and fail-proof recipe and most of my guests who have had this thoroughly enjoyed it! Do let me know how it turns out. Enjoy!

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    Ishita Dhiman
    December 19, 2020 at 4:33 am

    Yum! Appetizing 😍

    • Reply
      December 19, 2020 at 4:19 pm

      Thank you so much Ishita, yes indeed it is very appetizing !

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