Chicken Tikka Masala

Chicken Tikka Masala

4 servings

1hr 45mins


  1. Marinate (At least 1 Hr)
  2. 1 Cup Plain Yogurt
  3. 1 Tbls Lemon Juice
  4. 2 Tsp Cumin
  5. 1 Tsp Cinnamon
  6. 2 Tsp Cayenne
  7. 2 Tsp Black Pepper
  8. 1 Tbls Ginger Root
  9. 1 Tsp Salt
  10. 3 Lbs Chicken Breast, Bite Size Pieces
  11. Skewer and Grill
  12. Wooden Skewers
  13. Sauce
  14. 1 Tbls Salted Butter
  15. 1 Clove Garlic, Minced
  16. 1 Jalapeno, Diced
  17. 2 Tsp Cumin
  18. 2 Tsp Paprika
  19. 1 Tsp Salt
  20. 1 (8 Oz) Can Tomato Sauce
  21. 1 Cup Heavy Cream
  22. White Rice
  23. 2 Cups White Rice/ Couscous
  24. 3-4 Cups Water/ Whatever Ratio your Rice to Water is. I do 1-2
  25. Add Cilantro for Freshness


  1. 1
    In a large bowl, combine yoghurt, lemon juice, cumin, cinnamon, cayenne, black pepper, ginger, and salt. Stir in chicken, cover, and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  2. 2
    (Optional) If you have Wooden Skewers, let them soak completely in a tub of water before using on chicken. This will prevent burning on the grill. Also, if you don't have a grill then you can use a cast iron skillet as a replacement for cooking the chicken. If you use the skillet then don't worry about skewering the chicken. (I suggest the grill if you have one though)
  3. 3
    Preheat Grill for High Heat. Once the chicken is done marinating for at least a hour, thread it onto the soaked skewers.
  4. 4
    Start boiling water for the white rice/Couscous
  5. 5
    While your grill is pre-heating, make sure you dice your jalapeno and mince your garlic.
  6. 6
    Now depending on the white rice you chose you either want to start it after or before step 7. If it's 10-15 mins to cook it, then do it after. Any longer then do it before step 7.
  7. 7
    Melt butter in a large heavy skillet over medium heat. Saute garlic and jalapeno for 1 minute. Season with 2 teaspoons cumin, paprika, and 1 teaspoon salt. Stir in tomato sauce and cream. Simmer on low heat until sauce thickens, about 20 minutes.
  8. 8
    While your sauce is thickening, lightly oil the grill grate. Put Chicken on grill. Grill until juices run clear, about 5 minutes on each side.
  9. 9
    Once sauce is done simmering, add grilled chicken, and simmer for 10 minutes. Add Rice to bowl first, put chicken and sauce on top. Add Cilantro if using.