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Chicken tikka masala

Chicken tikka masala

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(161 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 50 mins

Easy

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

Nutrition:

  • kcal345
  • fat19g
  • saturates8g
  • carbs13g
  • sugars10g
  • fibre3g
  • protein31g
  • salt1.04g
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Ingredients

  • 4 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 25g butter
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  • 4 onions, roughly chopped
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  • 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
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  • 4 tbsp tomato purée
  • 2-3 tbsp mango chutney
  • 150ml double cream
  • 150ml natural yogurt
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  • chopped coriander leaves, to serve

Method

  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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katrina4081
29th May, 2016
5.05
Kate (6) says "the most wonderful food you will ever taste".
pieshop
15th Jan, 2016
2.55
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.
Annie17
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.
triciaroo
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!
sneakydea
7th Nov, 2015
Cooked this tonight too much tomato taste for my liking is it supposed to taste like this
allielovetocook
13th Oct, 2015
5.05
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.
alexofevil
16th Sep, 2015
5.05
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.
hannahwillis
24th Jul, 2015
3.8
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.
heybear
26th Jun, 2015
2.55
This was nice enough but it doesn't stand out as a make-again dish. It's a little on the bland side for a curry.
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willmrpink
7th Jun, 2015
Made this for the family. Everyone really enjoyed it even the kids who do not want curries as a rule. Will definitely be doing this again.

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