Chicken tikka masala

Chicken tikka masala

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(166 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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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!!
29th May, 2016
Kate (6) says "the most wonderful food you will ever taste".
15th Jan, 2016
A little bland. Didn't use as much water as the recipe stated. It just needs a bit of 'something' to give it some flavour, but I don't know what that 'something' is.
22nd Nov, 2015
Very nice! Simple, but much better than a shop bought sauce. I think I'll use less mango chutney next time - a bit too tangy for my liking. I lightly blended it also.
8th Nov, 2015
Just finished making this for the freezer (new baby 2 days overdue!). Have tasted it and think it's great given how easy it was. After reading through the comments, I added extra paste, a bit of extra mango chutney (used the premium Geeta's one) and just used 0% fat natural yogurt to keep the fat down. I used slightly less chicken and added more peppers. Lots of sauce, as others have said, but I like that!
7th Nov, 2015
Cooked this tonight too much tomato taste for my liking is it supposed to taste like this
13th Oct, 2015
I used paste from a jar for speed and wasn't at all disappointed. I added half a thumb of ginger, 2 garlic cloves and a red chilli all whizzed up in the food processor. I also added extra red pepper as we like it and wanted to bulk it out a bit more. Loads of sauce! I halved the recipe, but was generous with the paste. Also added the yoghurt and a splash of cream. The result was so lovely! .. and it reheated for a second meal really well with just a splash of water to thin the sauce and tasted even better the second day.
16th Sep, 2015
Loved this, I added an extra 2 tablespoons of Tikka Masala paste and an extra pepper but otherwise as recipe. Froze really well and like most curries tasted even better when heated up the second time.
24th Jul, 2015
Made this last night, we really liked the flavours but the sauce was far too runny. Will make again but this time without the water and a lot more curry paste (my other half isn't keen on too much spice but even he said this was too mild!). I also didn't think the peppers added much to the recipe.


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