Chicken Tikka Masala

Chicken Tikka Masala! 10000x better (and faster) than take-out! And the chicken is perfectly tender with the creamiest, most flavor-packed sauce ever!




It’s time for us to get our international groove on! My cute Zac, loves to cook and it can be your ordinary cuisine. He made this dish a couple of years ago and Andie loves it and begged for him to make it again. The men of the family love it spicy but I’m a wimp and like the milder version.

Remember, if you like it spicy, leave in the seeds in the jalapeno, and for a milder taste remove the seeds.


  • 1 cup yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 4 long skewers
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons Garam Masala
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon fenugreek seeds
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon cardamom, ground



  1. In a large bowl, combine yogurt, lemon juice, 2 teaspoons cumin, cinnamon, cayenne, black pepper, ginger, and 1/2 teaspoons salt. Stir in chicken, cover, and refrigerate for 1 hour. Soak skewers in water.
  2. Preheat a grill for high heat.
  3. Lightly oil the grill grate. Thread chicken onto skewers, and discard marinade. Grill until juices run clear, about 5 minutes on each side.
  4. Melt butter in a large heavy skillet over medium heat. Sauté garlic and jalapeno for 1 minute. Season with 2 teaspoons cumin, paprika, fenugreek seeds, cardamom and 1/2 teaspoons salt. Stir in tomato sauce and cream. Simmer on low heat until sauce thickens, about 20 minutes. Add grilled chicken, and simmer for 10 minutes. Transfer to a serving platter, and garnish with fresh cilantro

4 thoughts on “Chicken Tikka Masala”

  1. G'day from Oz! I've just pinned your delicious recipe to my Say G'Day Saturday board. Thanks so much for linking up! I love chicken tikka and your recipe sounds amazing!

    Hope you can join in again this weekend.

    Best wishes,
    Natasha in Oz

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