Chicken Tikka Masala

Feb 02, 11 Chicken Tikka Masala


Here is a photo from 2-Feb-2011, and I executed my own recipe exactly…

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8 oz plain yogurt
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoons cayenne pepper
2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
4 teaspoons salt, or to taste
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces

2 Tbps olive oil
2 Tbsp minced garlic
1 jalapeno pepper, finely chopped
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 teaspoons paprika
3 teaspoons salt, or to taste
1 28 oz can crushed tomatoes with NO SALT
1 cup heavy cream
Several handfuls fresh or half a package frozen peas

In a large bowl, combine yogurt, lemon juice, 2 teaspoons cumin, cinnamon, cayenne, black pepper, ginger, and 4 teaspoons salt. Stir in chicken, cover, and refrigerate for 1 hour.

Heat oil in a large heavy skillet over medium heat. Saute garlic and jalapeno for 1 minute. Season with 2 teaspoons cumin, paprika, and 3 teaspoons salt. Add chicken and brown on all sides. Stir in tomato sauce and cream; add peas (if you use frozen, no need to defrost.) Simmer on low heat until sauce thickens, about 30-40 minutes. Serve over rice!

TIP — try to find crushed tomatoes with no salt added. If you strike out and have to use salted, leave out the salt on the stovetop.


  1. HayLaura /

    Hi Alex,

    When you post recipes on here can you also attach a picture
    so we can see how yummy it looks. ;)

  2. Looks delicious! I may just make this tonight.

  3. looks amazing! We can’t do peas here so I’ll have to think of a fun substitute but otherwise looks delish and something new for the family. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Hi, Alex – thanks for sharing this, I am going to try it this week. The chicken tikka masala recipes I’ve tried before have all been flawed, so I am eager to try yours. Is it too hot for your boys to eat?
    I live in Boerum Hill and keep hoping I’ll run into you or Simon on the street one day! Can’t wait for the new season of RHoNY to start. Take care.

    • Thanks, Wendy! It’s not too spicy for the chums — surprised we haven’t run into each other as we’re constantly out on the street but am sure it’ll happen one day!

      • Hi, Alex – this recipe was quite tasty, thanks for sharing! In future I think I may try this with about half salt, as it seems a little bit salty, and I also think I may try crushed instead of whole tomatoes. The tomatoes seemed so large to me, I sort of whacked them up in the pan, but perhaps they cook down/break up on their own? (The recipe text says “tomato sauce” not “tomatoes” – maybe you puree them before adding?)
        I hope this comment comes off in the right spirit, I usually do recipe comments on and people post their revisions regularly – and I almost always use other peoples’ comments! So that’s the friendly spirit in which my feedback is given.
        Also, just FYI in case you do write a cookbook (and if not, it’s still a step saver), 3 tsp is 1 Tbsp. Teaspoons and tablespoons (and cups) are all metric – 1 tsp is 5 ml, so 1 Tbsp is 15 ml. Similarly 1.5 tsp is simply 1/2 Tbsp. 2 Tbsp is 1/8 of a cup (30 mls), 4 Tbsp is 1/4 of a cup (60 mls). For me this saves measuring steps, and make some measuring easier (by being able to use a larger measuring vessel). Cheers, and thanks again! Please continue posting your recipes!

      • PS – whenever I make my rice for Indian food, I throw in a few whole cardamom pods with the rice while cooking. Adds a little lemony flavor and goes nicely with other Indian food. “Easy Indian okra” on is also an easy, delicious and authentic Indian veg side (as modified per the comments). Again, cheers! (can you tell I am a ginormous foodie?!)

  5. Hi Alex –
    Please write a cookbook! I have tried all your recipes and they are delish. I am still waiting for your fried chicken recipe, hint, hint.
    While you’re at it, you also need to write a health and fitness book because your figure is flawless!
    I know, I sound like an agent, but in this crazy world you, Simon and the chums are treat!

  6. Can’t wait to try this!

  7. anjelina /

    Chicken Tikka Masala looks yum and delicious.


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