Tested till perfect  Chicken Tikka Masala
Chicken Tikka Masala
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Chicken Tikka Masala

There's no need to dial up dinner when you can make this takeout classic – better, cheaper and faster – at home.

By Rheanna Kish and The Test Kitchen

Source: Canadian Living Magazine: October 2013

Recipe4 out of 5 based on 22 ratings.
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  • Prep time 25 minutes
  • Total time 40 minutes
  • Portion size 4 to 6 servings


  • 565 g 565gboneless skinless chicken, breasts, cubed
  • 1 tbsp 1tbspvegetable oil
  • 1 1oniononions, thinly sliced
  • 2 2cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp 1tbspminced fresh ginger
  • 2 tsp 2tspgaram masala
  • 1 tsp 1tspsweet paprika, and ground cumin
  • 3/4 tsp 3/4tspsalt
  • 1/4 tsp 1/4tspturmeric
  • 4 cups 4cupsdiced plum tomatoplum tomatoes, (about 8)
  • 2 tbsp 2tbsptomato paste
  • 1/3 cup 1/3cupwhipping cream, (35%)
  • 1/4 cup 1/4cupchopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 tsp 1tsplemon juice


  • 2 tbsp 2tbspBalkan-style plain yogurt
  • Half Halfgreen or red finger hot pepperred finger hot pepper, seeded and minced
  • 2 2cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp 2tspgrated fresh ginger
  • 2 tsp 2tspsweet paprika
  • 1 tsp 1tspvegetable oil
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Marinade: In bowl, whisk together plain yogurt, hot pepper, garlic, ginger, paprika and oil.
Add chicken to marinade; toss to coat. Let stand for 20 minutes.

Make-ahead: Cover and refrigerate for up to 1 hour.

Scrape chicken mixture onto foil-lined rimmed baking sheet. Broil, turning once, until edges are lightly charred, 8 to 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, in large saucepan, heat oil over medium heat; cook onion, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 4 minutes. Add garlic and ginger; cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add garam masala, paprika, cumin, salt and turmeric; cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Stir in tomatoes, 1 cup water and tomato paste; bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally and breaking up tomatoes, for 10 minutes.

Add chicken mixture; simmer, stirring occasionally, until chicken is no longer pink inside, about 2 minutes. Stir in cream and cilantro; cook for 1 minute. Stir in lemon juice.

Nutritional Information per each of 6 servings: about

cal 226 pro 24g total fat 10g sat. fat 4g
carb 11g dietary fibre 3g sugar 5g chol 73mg
sodium 363mg potassium 728mg


calcium 5 iron 13 vit A 22 vit C 33
folate 9
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