Chicken tikka masala

Chicken tikka masala

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Prep: 15 mins Cook: 50 mins


Serves 10
This takeaway favourite is freezer-friendly and quick to reheat, giving you the chance to get ahead and save money

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable


  • kcal345
  • fat19g
  • saturates8g
  • carbs13g
  • sugars10g
  • fibre3g
  • protein31g
  • salt1.04g
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  • 4 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 25g butter



    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 4 onion, roughly chopped



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 6 tbsp chicken tikka masala paste (use shop-bought or make your own - see recipe, below)
  • 2 red pepper, deseeded and cut into chunks
  • 8 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 2½ cm cubes
  • 2 x 400g cans chopped tomatoes



    A member of the nightshade family (along with aubergines, peppers and chillies), tomatoes are in…

  • 4 tbsp tomato purée
  • 2-3 tbsp mango chutney
  • 150ml double cream
  • 150ml natural yogurt



    Yogurt is made by adding a number of types of harmless bacteria to milk, causing it to ferment.…

  • chopped coriander leaves, to serve


  1. Heat the oil and butter in a large, lidded casserole on the hob, then add the onions and a pinch of salt. Cook for 15-20 mins until soft and golden. Add the paste and peppers, then cook for 5 mins more to cook out the rawness of the spices.

  2. Add the chicken and stir well to coat in the paste. Cook for 2 mins, then tip in the tomatoes, purée and 200ml water. Cover with a lid and gently simmer for 15 mins, stirring occasionally, until the chicken is cooked through.

  3. Remove the lid, stir through the mango chutney, cream and yogurt, then gently warm through. Season, then set aside whatever you want to freeze (see tips, below). Scatter the rest with coriander leaves and serve with basmati rice and naan bread.

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Comments (151)

beantang_'s picture

Made this curry alongside the lamb rogan josh which is also listed on this site for a dinner party. It makes quite a good 'base' curry - however it was far too sweet and was incredibly mild. We had to do a lot of seasoning and added a lot of chilli/spices before it was acceptable to serve to our guests. I would suggest using a hotter curry paste or leaving out some of the mango chutney.

minibear's picture

Sorry, this was rubbish, absolutely NOTHING like a tikka masala or any curry for that matter, it was basically just a creamy, tomato-y stew. Very disappointed. I've checked the recipe about 3 times now, convinced I've left something out. Bland, tasteless and NOT a curry by any stretch of the imagination.

lizzie_00's picture

Food for a crowd
Not being a curry fan I was a bit daunted when asked to provide a curry for twenty, but this proved a great solution. It was easy and fun to cook, looked pretty and proved very popular. After reading other posts I omitted the water altogether and simply doubled up the recipe, making my own paste with an extra chilli. Using British welfare-raised chicken breasts and thighs, it cost just under £1.50 a head.

cinnamon_sal's picture

I made this and it was too watery too. I will try the hand blender next time, thanks for the tip! Failing that I guess a bit of thickener would be ok?

melb82's picture

I have been looking for a new curry recipe and when I made this I found it, have since made it again and again. Friend's and family love it!! I stuck to the recipe, with no distraction, and it turned out spot on

bekadelemaria's picture

Made this for my family-they kept saying how delicious it was

09lanee's picture

I've made this twice for my family and its not to spicy and taste juste right

bob6130's picture

First try and yes it was too watery, so I tried taking the lid off but that only made the chicken fall apart.
So what I did was take all the chicken out and then used a hand blender to thicken up the sauce, as in a balti curry. Perfect consistency.
Next time I will make the sauce without the chicken and marinate it over night, then grill the chicken and after cooking the sauce, add it to it for a more firmer meat.

boyde70's picture

I stuck to the ingredients and found it too watery, i like my sauces to be thick, I added corn flour, next time I would not add water.
cost me £12 so not cheap, but you do get plenty.

syzee1976's picture

Great recipe. I played a little fast and loose with quantities (made it for 2 people rather than 10) but the end result was amazing!

katie_besson's picture

Fantastic recipe!It tastes so so good, but i guess its very important to put not too much spices, while a bit more garlic and fresh coriander and fresh chilies. Very very tasty!MUMS!

annie1952's picture

quick simple and
like any curry make day before
to let flavour develop

shazza79's picture

really tasty and easy to make, good value for money :)

vicanyan7's picture

A friend told me about how good this recipe was and she wasn't wrong. I followed the recipe to the letter, using paste from a Patak's jar. It was really substantial and my husband said that it was "almost like having an Indian meal at home" (praise indeed from him!). Loads for the freezer and will definitely make this again.

lynnetteh's picture

Based on the comments on here I added an extra chilli to my paste and also less water than recommended and the dish turned out lovely. I doubled the paste as only making for four and even then I only got 6 tbsps (half of which I am freezing for future). Next time I will make this without the cream and using yoghurt only for a fresher taste. Was lovely and my two fussy boys even complimented me on it. Served with Roti as well as rice.

n_snell's picture

Super-tasty recipe, so easy to make quickly and ideal for freezing. Itll be on my regular weekday-dinner menu now!

hannahjayne's picture

mmmm lovely, just cooked this and i love it i added extra currey paste (well the hole jar) like others have said before me it was a little runny to start with but i cooked un coverd and was fine in the end :)

winky465's picture

This is such an easy dish to make , it's not the first time either. I love it.

cupcaketracy's picture

This meal was very tasty, I used skinless and boneless chicken thighs as they are cheaper but I also prefer the taste. Great with rice also jacket potatoes.

simardd's picture

please be kind enough to allow us to print without any photo. We would save ink and protect the planet.


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