The Best Chicken Tikka Masala

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  • 5 pounds chicken pieces (bone-in, breasts, legs, or a mix, skin removed)
  • 3 tablespoons ground cumin (toasted)
  • 3 tablespoons paprika (toasted)
  • 2 tablespoons ground coriander seed (toasted)
  • 2 teaspoons ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 12 cloves garlic (grated on the medium holes of a box grater, divided)
  • 3 tablespoons fresh ginger (grated on the medium holes of a box grater, divided)
  • 2 cups yogurt
  • 3/4 cup juice (fresh, from 4 to 6 lemons, divided)
  • kosher salt
  • 4 tablespoons butter (or ghee)
  • 1 onion (large, thinly sliced)
  • 28 ounces whole peeled tomatoes (roughly mashed)
  • 1/2 cup cilantro leaves (roughly chopped, and tender stems)
  • 1 cup heavy cream

NutritionView more

Sodium25% DV610mg
Fat158% DV103g
Protein182% DV93g
Carbs7% DV21g
Fiber16% DV4g
Calories1380Calories from Fat930
Total Fat103g158%
Saturated Fat39g195%
Trans Fat
Calories from Fat930
Total Carbohydrate21g7%
Dietary Fiber4g16%
Vitamin A
Vitamin C

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.


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Nikita O. 26 days ago
I would do a bit less salt on the chicken and if you’re going boneless remember to get less than 5lbs
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brendah 3 Dec 2018
it was OK not soo nice coz the recipe called for frying the onions until dark so could taste that in the sauce so it wasn't nice for me but my husband loved it
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Tracey Benevento 6 Nov 2018
Everyone loved it. Very authentic to most restaurants.
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Dan Kernya 12 Oct 2018
I doubled the recipe amd made it for our restaurant in a pizza application. I made the paneer a bit more fragrent with nutmeg and cinnamon plus a hint of fresh Thai chillis. panner Palak pizza!
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Sharoslina Lee 6 Oct 2018
mine turned out bit too sour
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Michela P. 5 Oct 2018
Very yummy. Will make again
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Dorota D. 7 Aug 2018
Not a huge fan of Indian food loved it !!!
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Lucas H 28 Jun 2018
Delicious!! Took all night to make but was well worth it!!
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Kelly 21 Jan 2018
WONDERFUL!!! Tastes just like authentic Indian food!!
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Michael Tondu 20 Jan 2018
Great I recommend to use less cumin
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Perozzi 16 Jan 2018
Pretty bland by the end, made another “street food” version of this dish and that had WAY more flavor. Once everything was cooked all I could taste was the tomato.
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Monyia Presley 14 Nov 2017
Best Homemade Ever! Will make this again often. I substituted lemon for lime that’s it!
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Adrian Jones 26 Sep 2017
It's become one of my favorite dishes. Highly recommend!
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Debbie R. 3 Oct 2016
Ok, but way too lemony, which over-powered the spices. I had to add tiny amounts of baking soda to counter-act. I also added a good amount of garam masala, which made the flavor more authentic to us.