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Chicken Tikka Masala
Marination time: 2-4 hours
Author: Teena Agnel
  • 2 chicken breast or thighs cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1/4 cup thick plain yogurt
  • 1/2 tablespoon ginger garlic paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika/Kashmiri red chilly powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cups tomato puree 5 medium size tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons honey very important and no substitute please
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoon paprika / Kashmiri red chilly powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1/8 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon Kasturi methi / Dried fenugreek leaves for sprinkling Optional
  • cilantro/coriander leaves for garnish
  2. Coat the chicken well with the marinade and let it stay for 2 -4 hours or overnight in the refrigerator.
  3. Preheat oven to 450 Degrees Fahrenheit or 230 Degrees Celsius.
  4. Bake or grill the chicken on a tray or on skewers for 15 minutes or until the juices run clear. (Skewers should be completely immersed in water at least 30 minutes before grilling to prevent it from catching fire)
  6. Take all the spices in a bowl. Heat oil and butter, preferably in a non-stick pan on medium-high heat. Add the tomato puree. Stir it till the gravy thickens and oil layer is seen on top.
  7. Add spices and saute for 2 minutes. Add heavy cream, let the gravy simmer for a while. Add honey, mix well. Taste and adjust the sweetness and salt.
  8. Add the cooked chicken pieces and Kasturi methi and let it cook for 2 minutes. Garnish with cilantro/coriander leaves.
Recipe Notes

Before adding the chicken let the gravy simmer on medium low heat till oil can be seen on top. For natural reddish color, add additional 1 teaspoon of paprika when you are letting the gravy simmer.

1 or 2 teaspoons of tomato paste added along with the puree gives it a bright red color.