Chicken Masala

There are times when you crave for some spicy Indian curry, and you end up getting something from outside! Well, I tried this homemade chicken masala, and I am not going for any restaurants anymore (until & unless I am terribly lazy!). This improvised Chicken Tikka Masala recipe from Buzzfeed Tasty is mouth-watering!

Chicken Masala


Chicken Marinade
3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 lemon
125 grams yogurt
6 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon ginger, minced
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons cumin
2 teaspoons garam masala
2 teaspoons paprika
Bamboo or wooden skewers


3 tablespoons oil
1 large onion, chopped finely
2 tablespoons ginger, minced
8 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons cumin
2 teaspoons turmeric
2 teaspoons ground coriander
2 teaspoons paprika
2 teaspoons chili powder
2 teaspoons garam masala
1 tablespoons tomato puree
800 grams tomato sauce or crushed tomatoes
300 milliliters water
250 milliliters cream
Chopped coriander, to garnish
Rice and naan bread, to serve


1. Slice the chicken into bite-sized chunks, then combine the chicken with the rest of the chicken marinade ingredients in a bowl. Mix until evenly coated, then refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
2. Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat and fry the marinated chicken pieces until slightly dark brown on the edges. Remove and set aside.
3. In the same oil, sauté the onions, ginger, and garlic until tender but not browned.
4. Fry the spices for about 30 seconds to release their aromatics and flavor, stirring constantly, then stir in the tomato puree.
5. Add the tomato sauce and water, then bring to a boil and cook for about 5 minutes.
6. Pour in the cream* and mix in the chicken, cooking for another 1-2 minutes.
7. Serve with rice or naan bread!

*Note: If you do not have cream or do not want to use cream, you can always use full cream milk!


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