Chicken Tikka Masala Recipe with Spice Mix

Chicken Tikka Masala Recipe with Spice Mix

Made with pre-measured Indian spices and blends

Prep time: 15 mins; Cook time: 20-30 mins; Serves 4-6

INGREDIENTS FOR MARINATING CHICKEN TIKKA MASALA:

  • Boneless skinless chicken breasts (cut in 1" cubes) - 1 LB
  • Plain whole milk yogurt - 1/3 cup
  • Cooking oil - 2 Tbsp
  • Lime juice - 1 1/2 Tbsp
  • Peeled and chopped garlic - 2-3 cloves
  • Salt (as per taste) - 1/2 to 1 tsp
  • Flavor Temptations Chicken Tikka Masala Spice Mix (contains 5 flavor blends) - 1

STEPS TO MARINATE TRADITIONAL CHICKEN TIKKA MASALA:

  1. In a small bowl, mix together oil, yogurt, garlic, salt, lime juice and Blend #5 (Marinade mix)
  2. Add chicken cubes,Ā coating chicken pieces evenly
  3. Cover and marinate for 2-3 hours at room temperature or refrigerate overnight

INGREDIENTS TO MAKE FLAVORFUL CHICKEN TIKKA MASALA SAUCE:

  • Canola oil - 3 Tbsp
  • Finely chopped onions - 1 cup
  • Canned tomato pureeĀ - 2 cups
  • Peeled and chopped Ginger - 2"
  • Heavy cream / half & half (optional) - 2/3 cup
  • Salt to taste -1- 1.5 tsp
  • Chopped cilantro (optional) - 6-8 stemsĀ 

STEPS TO MAKE CHICKEN TIKKA MASALA SAUCE:

  1. In a pan, heat oil, add Blend #1 (Seeds) and step back to allow seeds to burst and sputter, releasing their flavors
  2. Add onions and cook forĀ 2-3 mins on medium heat until soft andĀ transparent
  3. Add ginger, and Blend #2 (Powders) and cook until well blended
  4. Stir in tomato puree
  5. Mix in Blend #3 (Cayenne) adjusting to preferred spice level: (Hot: add all of it; Medium: add half of it; Mild: do not add any)
  1. Cover and cook sauce on medium heat until oil starts to separate
  2. Add water, salt and heavy cream (optional) and bring sauce to a boil
  3. Reduce heat to gently simmer the sauce uncovered, until thickened slightly, stirring occasionally

WHILE TIKKA MASALA SAUCE IS SIMMERING, COOK CHICKEN TIKKA:

  1. Heat a heavy 12" griddle or skillet over moderately high heat until very hot
  2. Add 1/2 Tbsp of oil
  3. Working in batches, cook chicken cubes turning them a few times until just cooked through and browned well on all sides
  4. Add cooked chicken cubes to simmering sauce and continue to gently simmer, stirring occasionally for 5 minutes. Add a little water if sauce becomes too thick
  5. Stir inĀ Blend #4Ā (Garam Masala)Ā andĀ simmer 2-3 minutes
  6. Garnish with chopped cilantro(optional)

Ā SERVING SUGGESTIONS FOR CHICKEN TIKKA MASALA:

Ā  Ā  Ā  Serve hot over bed of long-grained rice or naan bread

Story of Chicken Tikka Masala Recipe with Spice Mix

Chicken Tikka Masala is a favorite dish of our cousins across the pond and is available in almost all UK restaurants. In fact, the British claim that it is their recipe! Not in my book though :-)

Gluten-free

Contains no gluten

Organic Spices

Salt free

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Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

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Can this recipe be made vegetarian?

Sure! Simply replace chicken or meat with tofu or paneer to make a vegetarian version of this recipe

How authentic is this recipe?

All our recipes are authentic and traditional family recipes passed along by my Mom.

Can I use Curry powder instead of individual spice blends?

Technically, you could use Curry powder or a common spice mix. However, this would not provide the authentic taste of traditional spice layering technique that is unique to Indian cooking