Chicken Tikki Masala

007 It’s been cool for the start of August, which lets me cook and bake inside instead of grilling or eating raw veggie meals. This is one of my favorite meals for anytime of the year. It’s full of flavor, its comforting, and it just makes me smile.

Once you invest in spices, making great meals like this are really inexpensive. I prefer organic jasmine rice, and when it’s on sale I stock up. I buy mostly organic food, which can get costly. Sales are your friends when it comes to your pantry items.


2 tablespoons butter (ghee works well here too)
1 onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced (I buy mine already done to save time)
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ginger (fresh is best)
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1/2 tablespoon cumin seeds
1 tablespoon paprika
1 14 oz can of tomato sauce
1 cup heavy cream
16 oz of chicken, cut into bite sized pieces
2 teaspoon curry powder

Start with heating up the butter in a large skillet. Add the onions and stir them till they are clear. Stir in the garlic and let that cook for about a minute. Then add in the salt, ginger, cinnamon, turmeric, cumin, cumin seeds, and paprika. Cook for just a couple minutes – until the spices are all blended together.


Carefully add the tomato sauce into the spice and onion mix, and bring it to a slow boil for about 10 minutes. Add in the heavy cream, and bring back to a boil – occasionally stirring. Turn down the heat and let it simmer, while you start cooking the chicken.

In another pan, put about 2 tablespoons of olive oil on medium heat, and let it heat up for a couple of minutes. Sprinkle the curry powder on top of the chicken and add it into the pan. Cook the chicken till it’s lightly seared (slightly browned) on the outside and still a bit pink on the inside. This should take about 4-5 minutes. Transfer the chicken into the the sauce pan carefully.


Let it simmer as a whole for 20-30 minutes, and let your house fill with the aroma! It will thicken up as it simmers. I make rice to serve with it as it’s simmering. This should make 6 good sized servings, or makes excellent leftovers for tomorrow’s lunch.

2 thoughts on “Chicken Tikki Masala

  1. Rebecca Schear 2013/08/02 / 6:06 pm

    Looks Delicious, I’m pinning for later usage. Yummm!

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