Authentic Chicken Tikka Masala Recipe | A Homemade Indian Delight
Ingredients for Chicken Tikka Masala
- 1 lb (450g) boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
- 1 cup plain yogurt
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon ground cumin
- 1 tablespoon ground coriander
- 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (adjust to taste)
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 large onion, finely chopped
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon grated ginger
- 1 can (14 oz) crushed tomatoes
- 1 cup heavy cream
- Salt to taste
- Fresh cilantro, for garnish
Directions Chicken Tikka Masala
1/ In a bowl, combine the yogurt, lemon juice, cumin, coriander, turmeric, paprika, and cayenne pepper. Add the chicken pieces and marinate for at least 1 hour, or overnight in the refrigerator.
2/ Preheat the grill to medium-high heat. Thread the marinated chicken pieces onto skewers and grill for about 10-12 minutes, or until cooked through and slightly charred. Remove from the skewers and set aside.
3/ In a large skillet, heat the vegetable oil over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and cook until softened and golden brown, about 5-6 minutes.
4/ Add the minced garlic and grated ginger to the skillet and cook for an additional 1-2 minutes, stirring constantly.
5/ Stir in the crushed tomatoes and simmer for 5 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld together.
6/ Add the grilled chicken pieces to the skillet and stir well to coat them with the sauce. Simmer for another 5-7 minutes, or until the chicken is fully cooked and tender.
7/ Pour in the heavy cream and stir until well combined. Cook for an additional 2-3 minutes, or until the sauce has thickened slightly. Season with salt to taste.
8/ Garnish with fresh cilantro and serve hot with steamed rice or naan bread.
1 hour (including marination time)
Cooking Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings Chicken Tikka Masala
This recipe yields about 4 servings, making it perfect for a family dinner or a gathering of friends. Serve it along with tandoori roti, chapati or naan bread to savor the flavors to the fullest.
Tricks and Tips To Enhance Authentic Chicken Tikka Masala
Marinating the Chicken: Marinate the chicken in a yogurt-based marinade before cooking. This helps to tenderize the chicken and infuse it with flavor.
Tandoori Cooking Method: For an authentic flavor, consider grilling or broiling the marinated chicken instead of simply cooking it in a pan. This gives the chicken a smoky and charred taste similar to tandoori chicken.
Creamy Tomato Base: Prepare a rich and creamy tomato base for the tikka masala sauce. Add tomato puree or diced tomatoes and simmer until the tomatoes break down and release their flavors.
Butter and Cream: To enhance the richness and creaminess of the dish, incorporate butter and cream. Finish the sauce by adding a splash of cream, stirring it gently to combine. This adds a luscious texture and enhances the overall flavor.
Fenugreek Leaves: For an authentic touch, sprinkle some dried fenugreek leaves (kasuri methi) into the sauce. Crush the leaves between your palms before adding them to release their aroma. Fenugreek leaves add a slightly bitter and herbaceous flavor that complements the dish well.
Gravy Consistency: Adjust the consistency of the gravy to your preference. If you prefer a thicker sauce, simmer the gravy for longer to reduce it.
Enjoy your meal With Authentic Chicken Tikka Masala!
The approximate nutrition facts for a serving of Chicken Tikka Masala, which can vary depending on the specific recipe and portion size:
Serving Size: 1 cup (about 240 grams)
Calories: Approximately 300-400 calories per serving
- Protein: 15-25 grams
- Carbohydrates: 15-30 grams
- Dietary Fiber: 2-4 grams
- Fat: 15-25 grams
Vitamins and Minerals
- Vitamin A: Varies depending on the amount of tomatoes, cream, and spices used.
- Vitamin C: Varies depending on the amount of tomatoes and other sources of vitamin C.
- Calcium: Varies depending on the recipe, but it may contribute around 10-15% of the daily recommended intake.
- Iron: Varies depending on the ingredients, but it may contribute around 10-15% of the daily recommended intake.
Please note that these values are approximate and can vary based on the specific ingredients and cooking methods used in your Chicken Tikka Masala recipe. It’s a good idea to refer to the nutrition label on packaged ingredients and use a nutrition calculator for precise values if you have dietary concerns or specific dietary goals. Additionally, the calorie and nutrient content can vary based on factors like the amount of cream or other sources of fat used in the recipe.