One of the most popular Indian dishes in the U.S. and the U.K., chicken tikka masala usually involves several steps including marinating and grilling the chicken before simmering in a curried tomato cream sauce. We've simplified it to a one-skillet dish and lightened it by increasing the vegetables, omitting the butter and using less cream. Serve with brown basmati rice and, for dessert, dates. Source: EatingWell Magazine, September/October 2010

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Stir together garam masala, salt and turmeric in a small dish. Place flour in a shallow dish. Sprinkle chicken with 1/2 teaspoon of the spice mixture and dredge in the flour. (Reserve the remaining spice mix and 1 tablespoon of the remaining flour.)

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  • Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook the chicken until browned, 1 to 2 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate.

  • Heat the remaining 2 teaspoons oil in the pan over medium-low heat. Add garlic, onion and ginger and cook, stirring often, until starting to brown, 5 to 7 minutes. Add the reserved spice mix and cook, stirring, until fragrant, 30 seconds to 1 minute. Sprinkle with the reserved 1 tablespoon flour and stir until coated. Add tomatoes and their juice. Bring to a simmer, stirring and breaking up the tomatoes with a wooden spoon. Cook, stirring often, until thickened and the onion is tender, 3 to 5 minutes.

  • Stir in cream. Add the chicken and any accumulated juices to the pan. Bring to a simmer and cook over medium-low heat until the chicken is cooked through, 3 to 4 minutes. Garnish with cilantro.

Tips

Garam masala, a blend of spices used in Indian cooking, usually includes cardamom, black pepper, cloves, nutmeg, fennel, cumin and coriander. It is available in the spice section of most supermarkets.

Nutrition Facts

318 calories; 14.1 g total fat; 5.1 g saturated fat; 85 mg cholesterol; 585 mg sodium. 682 mg potassium; 21.4 g carbohydrates; 4 g fiber; 6 g sugar; 26.6 g protein; 1029 IU vitamin a iu; 29 mg vitamin c; 56 mcg folate; 109 mg calcium; 3 mg iron; 51 mg magnesium; 1 mg thiamin;

Reviews (31)

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32 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 18
  • 4 star values: 8
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 3 stars
01/10/2019
I followed the recipe almost exactly - the only difference was I sliced chicken breast instead of using tenders. It was way too thick. The sauce was definitely gloopy as another reviewer mentioned and that was before I put the chicken back in. As soon as the chicken entered the sauce all of the flour cooked onto it came right off and thickened the sauce even further. I had to keep adding water to even make it stir-able. The final result was an over thick paste tasting of tomato and flour- bland to say the least. I love Indian food and cook some of it frequently so I was very disappointed. In the end I added a can of stewed tomatoes a bunch of standard yellow curry powder and some water to make it decent. To be fair the chicken cook times in this recipe were dead-on as the chicken came out perfectly tender. I would definitely suggest using milk in place of cream for this recipe both for the fat content and for the sauce thickness concerns if you decide to make this. I would also at least double the seasonings onions garlic and ginger. Aaaand I would use only stewed tomatoes in place of whole plum if I were to make this again. So... basically a different recipe altogether. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
08/26/2018
Love this recipe. I will make this again and again. We used more chicken than it called for and no rice because my rice does not turn out good. We substituted milk for cream and it turned out just great. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
11/24/2017
I replaced the cream with light coconut milk it tastes nice but I found the recipe advised a bit too much flour which made it a bit gloopy. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/05/2017
This was absolutely fantastic! We also substituted skim milk for the cream and it turned out great. Will definitely make again!! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
09/28/2017
AMAZING! Soo good served with brown rice. Chicken was super tender! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
08/25/2017
I just LOOOOOOOVED it!!! Substitute cream with light milk and rice with a salad (lettuce bean sprouts and celery) to freshen up the dish a little bit. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/17/2017
Delicious and easy way to enjoy some Tikka masala with less fat and sugar. I cut thin chicken breast into bite size pieces which worked better for the kids. Great directions and fun cooking with Indian spices. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/14/2017
Wow! So yummy. I did have to mix more of the spice mixture because I used more seasoning on the chicken than the recipe called for. I put the seasoning on the chicken and put it in fridge to sit for the day until dinner time. I also added 2 extra cloves of garlic. Turned out awesome and the kids loved it too. Definitely will be making regularly. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/25/2014
Terrific and Easy and Pleases Guests I've made this dish three times already and preparing to make it again tonight. I made it the actual way and then doubled and tripled it and each time had to add much more gran masala than the recipe called for. Also added some more cumin which gave it a fuller flavor. Served with chutney it was wonderful. Pros: Easy Meal for a dinner party Great Leftovers Delicious Cons: Recipe is light on the seasonings Read More
Rating: 2 stars
06/01/2014
Eating well?! To be fair I haven't tried this recipe yet but I am disappointed that they are usually canola oil. I was googling recipes using turmeric for its health benefits. I will be adapting this recipe when I use it:( Cons: Canola oil Read More
Rating: 4 stars
02/25/2014
Quick and easy! This is the first time I have prepared this dish. It was great to try it with an easy recipe. Very tasty! Pros: Easy ingredients. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
04/02/2013
A new family favorite I made this tonight exactly as the recipe stated and served it with basmati rice and a salad. It was a delicious inexpensive and easy weeknight meal. I thought the seasonings were perfect but next time would add a little red pepper as one reviewer indicated. I loved the big tomato chunks from using the whole tomatoes. They give it another layer of texture and flavor and the tomatoes don't get lost in the sauce. I would use a lower-fat dairy rather than whipping cream next time next time just to bring the calories down. My husband liked this so much he said he wants this dish once a week. Pros: Wow. Easy fast and flavorful Read More
Rating: 5 stars
04/01/2013
Quick simple DELICIOUS! I loved this recipe! I changed it just a bit ( used cumin instead of tumeric and used a can of diced tomao and a can of sauce) because its what i ad in the pantry. I will e adding this recipe to my cookbook! Pros: Fast easy and tasted great Read More
Rating: 3 stars
01/24/2013
very fragrant while cooking but less flavor than expected I made according to the recipe and it was good. I especially liked what the cilantro garnish added. There were many flavors in the dish but they were all fairly subtle. I guess I was expecting bolder flavors based on the fragrance of the dish as it cooked. I think the reviewer before me had a good idea adding curry powder and dried chilis and I may try that if I make this again. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
09/09/2012
I made this dish today for the first time and followed the directions exactly. It was good but i didn't think it would have been something I'd make again. I decided to simmer a little longer and added 1 tsp curry powder and 4 dried chilies (chopped with seeds) and I couldn't keep away from it! I can't have Indian food without a bit of heat and this definitely made the recipe much better imo. I would also use diced tomatoes instead of whole next time. I will definitely make this one again as long as I've got some dried chilies to add to the mix. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
02/21/2012
Nice quick meal. I used crushed tomatoes instead of whole tomatoes and coconut milk instead of cream because I prefer the flavor. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
02/10/2012
I made this for the 1st time it isn't REAL chicken tikka masala like the kind I get at my Indian restaurant but it is good and healthy. I made basmati rice which was really good the sauce is good with rice and I also used petite diced canned tomatoes makes it easier but it really tastes like tomatoes which I don't really like. My fiance thought it was spicy I thought it had a little kick but not a lot I probably won't make it again. Read More
Rating: 2 stars
01/18/2012
This is not Tikka Masala. But it was a lot faster than making the real deal.The tomatoes don't break down enough try diced instead of whole. It's ok but I don't see myself making it again. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
01/08/2012
My whole family absolutely loved this dish!!! I did not add the whipping cream I added a dry red wine because I wasn't quite sure what the cream would do and it was already fantanstic. I also did not have garam masala seasoning so I made it with 1.5 tsp cumin 1.5 tsp black pepper 1.5 tsp cloves 1.5 tsp nutmeg and 1.5 tsp paprika. I also put it over a great italian pasta done al dente instead of rice. Spicy yes...but totally worth it!!! Pros: AWESOME Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I made this recipe today and I thought it was absolutely delicious! I do have a few tips for anyone that wants to make it. Where it says "plum tomatoes" I just used a can of crushed tomatoes. I didn't know this before making the recipe but apparently plum tomatoes are a type of tomato that's good for canning. So basically any variety of canned tomatoes (whole diced stewed crushed) contains plum tomatoes (thank you Wikipedia). Using the crushed tomatoes I really just had to stir the mixture instead of worrying about crushing the tomatoes as I went. For the garam masala seasoning I couldn't find it at HEB so I had to go to Whole Foods (I'm sure you could find it at Central Market too). If you're having trouble finding it you might try looking up a recipe for it online since it's just a mixture of a few common spices. I made it with white rice and some pre-made naan that I found at HEB. I didn't use basmati rice but I will next time! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
This was a great tasting easy quick recipe that I'll be making again soon. I left out the onions and used diced tomatoes but did everything else as directed. So yummy! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Very easy to make. The most time-consuming task was mincing the garlic & ginger then chopping the onion. Everything else was very easy and completely do-able after a long day at work. I didn't make rice with it and found it to be completely satisfying on its own. Great taste - very flavorful! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
I liked this dish however I think it could use some heat. Also I had to add a few more pinches of salt. Overall a great dish that I will definitely cook again! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Really loved this recipe - made it twice in the last couple weeks and the second time I used fire roasted diced tomatoes - even better. Made it with tofu the second time as well and the tofu soaked up all the awesome flavors - really excellent!!! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
My husband and I both love this recipe. It is very flavorful and pretty easy. We make it with the curried red lentil soup and they are a perfect combo. We make about 1.5 times the garam masala spice mixture and put about 1.5-2 tablespoons on the chicken as we found the chicken definitely needed more spice/flavor and sometimes add some early peas. Otherwise we cook as directed and it is great! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
OMG! I am recently trying Indian recipes and this turned out awesome and even better the next day. I definitely will make this again and again. I will need to swap out the flour for maybe rice flour for my celiac friends and family. Give this a try for sure! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
I am so excited to eat this for dinner tonight! I made it while my kids are napping and will heat it up tonight. Took a taste and YUM! Cannot wait! I plan to serve it over Basmati rice. I couldn't find the Garam Masala seasoning either so I took my first trip to the Indian grocery store not too far from my house! I would recommend getting the ginger that you can squeeze from a tube. It's really just as good and so much easier. A real time saver. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Absolutely wonderful. This was so delicious and easy. Even my picky 2-year-old asked for seconds! The second time I made this I added some red pepper flakes for heat and some chickpeas for some added heft. If you like Indian food you MUST try this recipe. It tastes just as good as any I've had out in Indian restaurants. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
You could grill it in an oven proof metal dish and follow the same recipe. The marinade use the same spices but drop out the flour and add curds would have made it more tasty.Let the chicken soak it up for 15 minutes. Instead of the cream in step 4 you could use beaten dahi/curds/yogurt but after that use gentle heat and warm the gravy and don't raise the heat too high or it will curdle. This would lower the calories and the taste would yet be super. Jose' Cordeiro Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
Makes a lot of food! My sweetie liked this more than I did. I added 1.5 times the spice mixture & used fire-roasted tomatoes as recommended by others since we prefer a more flavorful dish. I think it still needed a little more flavor. Plus it was more time consuming than I expected. But definitely try it b/c it is a different preparation for chicken which is fun. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Delicious - converted to gluten & dairy free I used brown rice flour for the flour and coconut milk (the thick creamy kind) for the cream. Also I subbed mild curry powder extra tumeric coriander and a dash of cayenne for the garam marsala just because I was out. I added a diced zucchini to the onion mixture. It was excellent and I will make it again. Pros: quick nutritious easy to modify Read More