Chicken Tikka Masala

Buttered Chicken or Chicken Tikka Masala is one well-known Indian food all over the world. Its gravy can be made as hot or as mild as you can, whichever suits your palate. Also commonly known as Murg Makhani, Buttered Chicken tastes great with Kaali Daal (black lentils), Naans and a green salad. 

Tikka” means to chunks or cutlets and “Masala” means a mixture of various spices, which can be a combination of spicy paste or dried spices. In this recipe, chicken fillets are used and marinated in a spicy yogurt mixture. After marinating, it will be grilled and simmered in a flavorful sauce. It is usually served with flat bread for mopping up the sauce and wiping the plate clean!


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  • 1 kl chicken thigh fillet
  • 1 T salt
  • 1 t pepper

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  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1pc ginger, grated
  • 1 t paprika
  • 1 t red chili powder
  • ½ t ground cardamom
  • 1 t turmeric powder
  • 1 t garam masala
  • ¼ t ground cloves
  • ½ t ground coriander seeds
  • 1 cup yogurt
  • 1 pinch red-orange powder (optional)
  • 1 t tahini (optional)

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  • 2 T oil
  • 2 pcs onions, diced
  • 2 T ginger; grated
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 pcs finger chilies, sliced thinly 
  • 1 ½ t turmeric powder
  • ¼ cup cilantro roots and stalks, chopped
  • 2 cups tomato sauce or 1 (450-gram) can stewed tomatoes
  • 1 T  fenugreek leaves
  • 2 T  sugar or honey
  • 1 cup yogurt
  • ½ stick unsalted butter
  • salt and pepper
  • lemon wedges 
  • cilantro leaves for garnish


Chicken Tikka Masala


  1. Rinse the chicken fillets, drain and pat it to dry. Season with salt and pepper and set aside.
  2. Prepare the marinade by mixing all the ingredients until it form into a paste.
  3. Pour the marinade paste over the chicken fillets and mix it well. Let it chill and sit for at 30 minutes or overnight, for best results.
  4. Grill the chicken until done.
  5. Heat the oil in a medium frying pan over a medium heat. Sauté onions until it become translucent. Add the ginger and the garlic until fragrant and golden brown.
  6. Add the chilies, turmeric, and cilantro roots and stalks. Stir-fry the herbs for a minute. Then add tomato sauce and simmer for 5 to 10 minutes.
  7. Add fenugreek and sugar; mix it well. Stir in the grilled chicken and let it simmer for a few minutes.
  8. Add in the yogurt and butter. Season it with salt and pepper to taste.
  9. Remove from heat and transfer to serving dish.
  10. Garnish with lemon and cilantro.
  11. Serve Chicken Tikka Masala immediately with flatbread or hot steaming rice.


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