Chicken Tikka Masala

This was another one of my favorite dishes from when I was in England. Chicken Tikka Masala is an Anglicized Indian curry dish and is the most popular dish in England. I decided to make it so I could get another little taste of England.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 cup yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
  • 2 teaspoons salt, or to taste
  • 3 boneless  skin less chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 4 long skewers


  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1.5 teaspoons salt, or to taste
  • 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

First, you’ll want to combne the yogurt, lemon juice, 2 teaspoons cumin, cinnamon, cayenne, black pepper, ginger, and 2 teaspoons salt in a bowl.

Then, slice up your chicken.

Once all the chicken is cut up into bit size pieces, stir it into the yogurt mix, cover it and leave it in the fridge for an hour.

While you wait you can dice up the jalapeno and mince the garlic. Try to get the pepper pieces as small as possible. Once you cut up both, just put them aside in a bowl.

As the hour wait starts to come to its end, you can get started on the sauce. First, heat up a pan and throw in a little butter. Then, saute the jalapeno and garlic for about a minute.

Next, put the tomato sauce, cream and the rest of the spices. Stir it untill it’s all the same color. Turn the heat down to a medium low and simmer until the sauce thickens.

While you wait for that to thicken, you can cook the chicken. Heat a pan with a little oil and put in your chicken. Cook it about five minutes on both sides. This part smells amazing.

Once the chicken is done and the sauce has thickened, put the chicken in the sauce and let it simmer for another 10 minutes.

Now you can eat this all by itself or you can serve it with some rice and some Indian naan bread. You better believe that’s what I did.

I think I died and went to heaven… or London.

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