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Aromatic Tandoori Chicken Tikka Masala

What a delicious recipe. This version adds extra spices to the chicken tikka for added flavor. Yum!

Course Appetizer, Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Asian, Indian
Keyword chicken, chicken tikka, chicken tikka masala, indian food, tandoori chicken
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Marinate 1 hour
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Author Steve Deacon


  • 12 chicken thighs or 6 chicken breasts

For the marinade

  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp coriander
  • 1 tbsp fenegreek
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp mint
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh coriander
  • 1 tbsp ginger and garlic paste
  • 2 tbsp tandoori paste
  • 0.5 lemon
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2/3 tbsp water

For the masala sauce

  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1.5 tbsp garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp ginger, finely chopped
  • 1.5 tsp garam masala
  • 1.5 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 14 oz passata Metric, 400 grams
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 ¼ cups whipping cream Metric, 300 grams
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • ¼ cup water
  • 4 tbsp chopped fresh coriander


Make the marinade and marinate the aromatic tandoori chicken tikka

  1. The first job is to make the marinade. Gather all of the spices together.

    Aromatic tandoori chicken tikka style. Gather the spices for the marinade | https://theyumyumclub.com/2019/05/01/chicken-tandoori-tikka-style/
  2. Next, add the spices to a mixing bowl and add the juice of half a lemon and the olive oil.

    Aromatic tandoori chicken tikka style. Add the spices to a mixing bowl | https://theyumyumclub.com/2019/05/01/chicken-tandoori-tikka-style/
  3. Mix all of this together and add 1 tbsp of water at a time until the marinade is thick and creamy.

    Aromatic tandoori chicken tikka style. Form the tandoori tikka marinade | https://theyumyumclub.com/2019/05/01/chicken-tandoori-tikka-style/
  4. Now, take the chicken thighs and remove any skin and bones.

    Aromatic tandoori chicken tikka style. Prepare the chicken | https://theyumyumclub.com/2019/05/01/chicken-tandoori-tikka-style/
  5. Cut the thighs in half (quarters if using chicken breast) and place them into the marinade.

    Aromatic tandoori chicken tikka style. Add the chicken to the marinade | https://theyumyumclub.com/2019/05/01/chicken-tandoori-tikka-style/
  6. Mix the chicken and marinade together until the chicken is fully coated. Place kitchen film on top and marinate in the fridge for at least 1 hour and overnight if you can.

    Aromatic tandoori chicken tikka style. Marinate the chicken for 1-12 hours | https://theyumyumclub.com/2019/05/01/chicken-tandoori-tikka-style/

Cook the aromatic tandoori chicken tikka masala

  1. First, heat the vegetable oil in a skillet. Once hot, add the chicken and, whilst stirring, fry for 3 minutes only. Now, remove from the pan and set aside. The chicken will finish cooking in the sauce.

  2. Using the same pan as used for the chicken add the butter and melt over medium heat. Once melted add the onions and dry for around 3 minutes.

    Sweat the onions | https://theyumyumclub.com/2019/05/27/aromatic-tandoori-chicken-tikka-masala/
  3. Add the garlic and ginger and fry for a further one minute.

  4. Now, add the garam masala, cumin, turmeric, and ground coriander. Stir this in and heat through for around 30 seconds.

    Add the spices | https://theyumyumclub.com/2019/05/27/aromatic-tandoori-chicken-tikka-masala/
  5. Now, add the tomato passata, chili powder and salt and simmer for 10-15 minutes on low heat. If the sauce becomes too thick add a little water.

    Add the passata | https://theyumyumclub.com/2019/05/27/aromatic-tandoori-chicken-tikka-masala/
  6. Finally, add the cream and chicken and cook through for another 8-10 minutes until the chicken has cooked through.

    Add back the chicken | https://theyumyumclub.com/2019/05/27/aromatic-tandoori-chicken-tikka-masala/
  7. And there you have it. Aromatic tandoori chicken tikka masala. Garnish with freshly chopped coriander and serve with basmati rice and naan bread. Yum!

    Aromatic tandoori chicken tikka masala | https://theyumyumclub.com/2019/05/27/aromatic-tandoori-chicken-tikka-masala/