Chicken tikka masala

Chicken tikka masala

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(149 ratings)

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)

tara25's picture

The sauce was lovely but the chicken did not absorb any of the flavours. The chicken deffinately needs marinating first, as they do in the Restaurants.

rdyson11's picture

Really easy recipe, with great results. My Uni house loved it!! Nom Nom Nom

maloybishop's picture

Really great! I had no space in the freezer and this recipe is easy to halve. Tasted magnificent and very very easy to make.

lauradfharrop's picture

I cannot begin to tell you how delicious this recipe was, the tikka paste recipe, i used all of it and added 2 chilli's instead of one, i also found i had to add a bit more chilli powder towards the end to get some more heat into it, but i quite like it that way. Will definatley be making this again, a huge hit with all the family even the little ones!

milliemogg's picture

I made this while I was waiting for the birth of my first daughter. She was 11 days late and I cooked up tons of food to freeze using the recipes on this site. It gave me something to do and meant we didn't have to do much cooking when we brought her home! This tikka masala was one of the best recipes I made and I still make it now. It is really easy to make, tastes delicious and freezes really well. We like to serve it with rice and chips - yum!

bells74's picture

Made my own curry paste as suggested on the recipe, was a bit apprehensive as it didnt look like it was going to be enough..... followed the recipe and it was the best curry ive ever made. Much better than using shop paste and very straightforward to make. Got the big thumbs up from the family, will definitely be making this again, Highly recommended. if you like it spicey just add an extra chilli when making the paste l Very pleased Yum :-)

nicnak's picture

Very nice would deffo do this again easy .. we do like it a little hotter but that all ohh and may be a little more seasoning

nicole011270's picture

Delicious, all the family like it even though we have never had a curry! Used creme fraiche to replace yoghurt and cream the second time I made it and it was better.

nigelladickson's picture

Have made this three times now and this is what works for me - only one tin of tomatoes is needed; using home made paste makes it taste amazing but agree that you need to double the quantities of what is suggested; I also use a bit more yoghurt than suggested - just keep tasting to see what works, I only use about 1 tablespoon of mango chutney; finally I cook for longer than suggested, for approx another 15 mins once the cream and yoghurt are added as think this brings the flavours together better. A brilliant recipe though and tastes absolutely wonderful. Everyone I have made this for has raved about it.

phoebs76's picture

My little boy (3yrs) said half-way through eating this - "can we have this again mummy". Must be a winner!!

tatty73's picture

this was my first curry i made from scratch, well worth doing, i won't be buying oven curries no more, very nice recipe, only downfall it makes too much for one person... but i think i will half it next time

frances46's picture

It was good but not amazing, although quick and easy, I think it was due to this that it didn't quite have that depth of flavour. It tasted better the next day though, but I'm still looking for that perfect curry recipe.

susansiddall's picture

I made this to freeze so I could take it to feed friends on a camping trip. It went down really well and everybody said how nice it was. I made it from scratch adding 2 red chilli's but when i tasted it at the end I added a tsp of hot chilli powder too! I also thickened it with some cornflour. Top curry will definitely make again.
Thank you Good Food!!

gillhalloway's picture

Definately worth while making the curry paste from scratch. You dont need as much water as the recipe says. Delicious recipe with or without the cream and yogurt.

katpet's picture
5 left overs!

hickmanh's picture

A recipe we use again and again. Great for a crowd or for stocking up the freezer with quick tasty meals.

jillymoo's picture

ooops....forgot to rate it when I left my comment!

jillymoo's picture

First recipe I've tried from this site and it was absolutely delicious! As we prefer a thicker sauce,like some other posters I didn't cover it whilst simmering,and I also only used one tin of chopped tomatoes.I didn't make my own paste,I used Patak's Tikka Masala paste,and the flavours were beautifully spicy and aromatic without being too 'in your face'.It was a curry dish anyone would enjoy.My husband and daughter raved about it and can't wait for me to make it again....which I will very soon.Better than our local curry house!!

annmac1's picture

It was OK but nothing special and certainly not a patch on a takeaway. Way too much tomato, sauce too thin and something just not right about the taste that I couldn't put my finger on. It was edible hence the 3 stars, nothing like a tikka masala hence only 3 stars.

andrenegawley's picture

Very tasty. Everyone enjoyed and so easy and quick to make


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