Chicken Tikka Masala

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Ready for a quick and easy supper? This Chicken Tikka Masala is so simple to make, and it’s packed with flavor from the tomato and Indian spices.

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I don’t have a good story to go with this recipe, other than one day a couple years ago, FishChick7 and I were on our way home from the children’s hospital and we stopped for lunch. She wanted a burrito; I didn’t.

Lucky for me there was a Mexican food place and an Indian take-out place in the same shopping center. She got her burrito, and I tried something new: Chicken Tikka Masala.

It was basically the only thing on the menu besides Dahl and Tandoori Chicken that I recognized. It was love at first bite.

Later I quizzed my friend Prerna long-distance via Facebook, as to what she put in hers. After a few tries in the kitchen, I was thrilled to send her a picture and receive two thumbs up in response.

This is a dish that the whole family loves and one that is really adaptable. We serve it over rice, but I imagine it would be just as good over cauliflower rice or spaghetti squash if you’re going grain-free. You can also make it with or without the cream. We like it both ways. If you want to make it fully dairy-free, you can use more oil and omit the butter or ghee. With those adaptations, it would work for the whole 30.

Chicken Tikka Masala | Good Cheap Eats

This is what it looks like without the cream. Because I forgot to add the cream before I took the picture!

This recipe is one of the 200+ featured in my new cookbook, Good Cheap Eats Dinner in 30 Minutes or Less. Yes, you can make this in a half hour. What’s more is that there is a really good recipe for Coconut Rice alongside it in the book. Oh yum! This is definitely going on the meal plan soon.

There are also a few other Indian-style recipes in the book, including a Curried Chicken Naan Pizza and a Kachumber Salad. These are so yummy! (If I do say so myself. And I do.) I hope you’ll get a chance to check out the cookbook. Your local library may have it, but if they don’t you can always request that they order it.

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  1. In your ingredients, you have garlic listed twice and no ginger. I am assuming that one of those is fresh ginger. This sounds really good, and I will definitely be trying it.

  2. Adelle F. says

    Coconut milk is a great sub for dairy in Indian foods, too. My daughter is dairy free and I do this sub all the time. Delish!

    • Elly says

      I love using coconut milk in curries and things as well! And I love that it’s a shelf-stable option.

  3. Kristin says

    Oh gosh this looks so good! It’s okay to make and eat this for breakfast, right? Yum!

  4. Lori says

    You must have read my mind! I need a recipe for this as we do not have a nearby Indian restaurant and the jarred simmer sauce leaves lots to be desired. Chicken Tikka Misala is amazing and my entire family agrees, though two of my kids add sour cream to cut the heat. My daughter helps me make garlic naan…so yummy. Family favorite! Can’t wait to try your recipe! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Anna says

    I made this for supper last night, it was fabulous! Even my curry hating husband loved it.

  6. ridneyRD says

    I made this last night and loved it! So easy and tasty! Mine was a bit soupy as I threw in a bunch of chopped tomatoes from the garden but still delicious, definitely a keeper 🙂

  7. LOVED this!! Thank you for posting this! 🙂 My husband and I are huge fans of Indian food and have found jarred/pkgd Indian sauces to be missing something. I have tried to find recipes to make it myself, but time and time again have gotten overwhelmed at the list of ingredients and the intense work in the recipe. Pre-kids that might have been a possibly; not now! lol My girls and I loved this tonight, although even the little bit of spice was noticed by them so I think next time I’ll give them a little sour cream with theirs as another suggested. Can’t wait for my husband to get home from work to try this – he has very high standards for Indian food and I think even he will love it!! Thank you once again for a simple but delicious recipe. (On a side note, I can’t wait to get your latest cookbook – it’s on it’s way and it can’t come soon enough! lol)

  8. Kate says

    Finally got to make this for dinner tonight–absolutely wonderful! My husband and I thought it tasted just like our favorite Indian restaurant. I can’t wait to make this again!

  9. Jody Plitt says

    Just made this from your cookbook, along with the coconut rice. I just tasted it and I am excited to serve it for dinner shortly! I love Indian food and this is great. A lot of flavor!

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