Chicken tikka masala

Chicken tikka masala

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(163 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 onions, 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 peppers, 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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13th Oct, 2017
Absolutely delicious. One thing I'd agree with other reviewers about is that don't put in the amount of water stated as it is really watery. Even though I simmered it for 20 minutes longer it still didn't thicken up much. Other than that I will 100% make this again.
9th Feb, 2017
This is a favourite in my house. I don't add the water, as I find it makes it watery. Also adding some green chillis at the same time as the red peppers gives it a little kick. Also add extra 10min cooking time before adding the cream.
27th Nov, 2016
Delicious - After the comments I just added a little water to thin it down a little. I did change the recipe a little, I made my own marinade using onion, garlic, ginger, cumin, nigella seeds, fennel seeds and coriander seeds (I toasted these first and then smashed in a pestle and mortar) then blended to a pulp, cooked with some tomato purée then cooled. I then smothered the chicken and left it to do its magic for a few hours. I then mixed half of the bottled Tikka paste and cooked as per recipe, it was amazing.
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12th Nov, 2016
Winner, winner, chicken dinner. Tip. Buy Pataks pastes and chuckneys. Other manufacturers do don't give depth of flavour or are to sweet.
13th Oct, 2016
An ok recipe as a base. However I found I used all of the paste as half didn't give any heat/flavour really. Depends on your chilli really too I guess!! I also reduced the amount of cream/yoghurt too as it was very creamy with the full amount. If I was making it again I think I could consider leaving these out as I think it was nicer without them.
6th Oct, 2016
Love this recipe. I half it and use the same amount of paste for the full lot, no water and less double cream and yoghurt. Doesn't come out watery or bland. Beautiful
Mike Purslow
26th Sep, 2016
I've made some good dishes from this site, but this was not one of them. I made the paste myself. I would leave the cardamon seeds out, they make an unexpected entrance when eating the dish! It's very watery, I would recommend that you thicken the sauce. I won't be making this one again.
2nd Sep, 2016
Made this last night for a get together with friends. Increased recipe by a third. Used shop bought tikka masala paste. Will definitely make again and next time I will have a go at making my own paste. Only small negative: the sauce was too thin so I decanted the chicken and vegetables and reduced the sauce, then replaced the chicken and vegetables, brought it all back to a simmer before adding the cream and yogurt. End result was really delicious. Excellent recipe!
30th Aug, 2016
I just registered having found this whilst looking for something to give my Tikka Marsala "something extra". I've registered purely to share my disbelief - someone rated one star??? And then went on to admit they'd substituted the MAIN INGREDIENT???? No wonder you didn't get the desire result. Coincidentally my home made recipe is pretty damn close to the one here - I just didn't have peppers in mine - which I've now added to see and its added that little something I was looking for so - excellent receive.
27th Jun, 2016
Made this and it was delicious goes very far as well i made it for 3 adults and 5 kids and still had a lot to freeze definitely a new family fave!!


1st Apr, 2016
Loved this recipe but can anyone tell me why my yoghurt split in the doesn't look great?
7th Jan, 2015
I cannot find the link for the paste, can anyone advise please?
8th Jan, 2015
It is one of the two tips at the bottom of the page - if it's not showing, I think you click the side arrows on the tip box.
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13th Sep, 2014
Made this a few times, beautifull i just ad some chilli puree for the little kick it needs