Chicken Makhani
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Chicken Makhani

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Serves 2

This is a cheat's version, fabulously flavoursome, extremely easy and quick and very low in fat!

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  • 230g tin of chopped tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon tomato puree
  • 2-3 cm piece grated root ginger
  • 2 or 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1-2 green chillis, deseeded (or leave them in if you like it hot!)
  • 200ml chicken stock
  • 15g ground almonds
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 200g pack of cooked chicken tikka fillets (i use tesco)
  • 1 tbsp reduced fat butter
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • bunch fresh coriander


    1. Place chopped tomatoes, tomato puree, ginger, garlic, chillis, chicken stock in a saucepan and simmer fairly briskly, uncovered, for about 10 minutes, until the sauce has thickened and reduced.
    2. Stir in the ground almonds, sugar and chicken pieces, heating through gently for about 7 minutes.
    3. Stir in the butter, garam masala and coriander. Serve straightaway, with some plain boiled rice or a naan bread.
    4. Enjoy!

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Comments (42)

faylawrence's picture

I've made this twice now, once for a party (and everyone loved it, 8 of us) and just now for my dinner! So easy to make and very tasty, although I love it, I wouldn't really call it a makhani. The first time I made it I marinaded it with tikka paste, but didn't bother this time&wouldn't really say you could taste the difference, I also added an onion to start.
Just got some more chicken out of the freezer to make some more! Yum yum!

lisalovesmanolo's picture

Great recipe and so quick! I originally bought fresh chicken as suggested above but forgot to take it out of the freezer so a pack of pre-cooked tikka pieces as originally suggested worked brilliantly. I also used tinned cherry tomatoes instead of chopped (another accident!) which gave a nice light taste.

warhenx's picture

Excellent recipe.
So much taste with little effort!
I also start with frying some onions and marinating my chicken and like to throw in a few spices to add more of a kick.

welshleo's picture

Made this last night and though I didn't expect was wonderful. Will make it again and again!

paul27uk's picture

Loved it! Made it with Lamb once and chicken the first time,marinating the meat rather then buying ready done. Lovely curry!

vmacfarlane's picture

Just made this for dinner to use up chicken from yesterdays roast and it was fantastic. So easy and quick to make and really tasty. Have e-mailed recipe to my Mum. Thanks will be making again soon

olibear's picture

can't wait to cook this, my mouths watering reading the reviews!

foodymanc's picture

This was so delicious. Better than a take away & much healthier. I used two green chillies (& kept the seeds in) and added some green beans and flaked almonds as well. Definitely not bland. Thanks for a great recipe!

bethia's picture

Brilliant, and so easy. Can't believe how tasty this is.

wondermum's picture

We loved this, and it was so easy to make, will definately be cooking it again.

pmr747's picture

Loved this. Marinated some chicken in Tikka Massala paste for about an hour and then oven cooked it for 20 mins.
Will definitely do again as its so easy

vickimaybishop's picture

This curry was enjoyed by the whole family. My 12 year old even went back for 2nds. I chopped and cooked an onion to start with then added diced uncooked chicken, after browning off the chicken I then followed the recipe. I was unsure about added ground almonds, but so glad I did it was soooooo yummy. I've put this in my favourites.

middle_pin2's picture

This is a really lovely curry. However, it did need a little bit more bulk. I marinated my own chicken (in tikka paste for a few hours) then cooked the chicken. I then added some large chunks of onion, and then followed the recipe above. Was lovely.

bethocallaghan's picture

I marinated some chicken breast fillets in madras curry paste (it was what was in the fridge) then oven cooked them for 15 mins. I also added a couple of handfuls of frozen veg for some extra vits at the at the same time as the chicken.

pshopper's picture

The whole family loved this curry. I chose to blend the tomatoes, garlic, chillies and ginger into a puree then continued with the recipe as stated.
I also substituted the chopped chicken for turkey, only because we are trying to be more lean !!!
I will be putting adding this to my Fav.list. Many thanks for the recipe.

bev4th's picture

This is a top notch 1st class curry. I marinated my chicken in a sweet chilli mariade then flash fried it. It was very, very easy to make and I tripled my quantity. It was restuarant quality!!!!!

lauzi_66's picture

Great curry - had hoped to keep some for lunch the next day, but everyone wanted second helpings so it was all gone! I flash-fried the chicken in 'Pataks' tomato and chili curry paste and it worked perfectly. Thanks for the recipe, will be making it over and over again!

chappy2002's picture

I have to say Steph, for such a quick curry this is pretty damn good. I was dubious at the point after adding the almonds and the sugar as it was a bit too sweet for my tatse. But rather than using chicken tikka I had marinated some chicken breast in a madras paste/yoghurt marinade and grilled before adding that and I think it was that which helped add a bit of a sour note which helped cut through the sweetness.

So if you feel this curry is a bit sweet for you then a little yoghurt or a squeeze of lemon will help cut through the sweetness.

jburton's picture

Well i said i'd be back and here i am!!! What can i say except fabulous!!! Steph this was lovely, easy to make and went down an absolute treat. There was some left so my boyfriend took it to work with him.
This gets the thumbs up from me!!!!

jburton's picture

Well this version sounds lovely and really easy to make, which will be perfect for Friday night.
My fella has his mate round to play on the Play Station, so this will be perfect for them.
Plus i have most of the ingredients in already. I will be back to comment on it.
Thanks Steph for putting it on the site, although i had difficulty in finding it, (not your fault, i must have been searching for it wrong) in the end i googled it and it gave me a link back to this site, and your recipe. Odd but i got there. x


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