This restaurant style chicken tikka masala sauce is rich and creamy, just like Indian takeaway.
Chicken tikka masala is a dish consisting of roasted marinated chicken chunks (chicken tikka) in a spiced sauce.

Tikka masala sauce has a tomato base and many different spices giving it a gentle earthiness and a mild heat.
The sauce is creamy and red-coloured.
The colour in this recipe comes from the tomato base.

The origin of this dish can be traced back to the 1970s when it was first introduced in Indian restaurants.
It has been called the national dish of Britain because it was invented by Bangladeshi chefs in an Indian restaurant in Birmingham, England.

The name chicken tikka masala was given by British people who were not familiar with Indian dishes and thought that it was just another variation of chicken tikka.

Yield: Yield: 4 x 200 gram serves

Recipe For Chicken Tikka Masala

Chicken Tikka Masala | How To Make Chicken Tikka Masala

Chicken Tikka Masala made from scratch.
This amazing dish has the signature yoghurt marinated chargrilled chicken smothered in an incredible spice infused curry sauce.

Hands down this has to be the very best authentic chicken tikka masala sauce.
With aromatic golden chicken pieces swimming in an incredible creamy sauce, this recipe for chicken tikka masala is one of the best you will try!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 25 minutes


  • 675 grams cooked Chicken Tikka

Tikka Masala Sauce Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp mustard seed oil
  • 4 large cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 200 grams onions, finely chopped (optional)
  • 400 grams tinned, chopped tomatoes
  • 1-4 fresh green chillis chopped
  • 2 Tbsp chopped fresh cilantro (coriander leaves)
  • 50 ml Cream
  • 1 Tbsp malt vinegar (or tamarind extract)
  • 2 Tbsp curry paste
  • 2 Tbsp tandoori masala paste
  • 1 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 Tbsp garam masala


  1. Your cooked Chicken Tikka should be pre prepared using this recipe Chicken Tikka.
  2. Heat the oil in a wok (if available, otherwise a large frying pan).
  3. Add the garlic and onions (if using) and stir-fry until browned.
  4. Add the curry pastes and mix well, adding a little water or yoghurt.
  5. Add the cooked chicken tikka and stir-fry for two minutes to heat through.
  6. Add the tomatoes, vinegar, tomato paste, and chilies and simmer for five minutes. Add more extra water if needed.
  7. Add the cream, garam masala, and chopped cilantro and simmer for a few minutes.
  8. Serve.



  1. One thing I have noticed with recipies that call for spices is that the quality of the spices either make or break the recipe.

    Especially Garam Masala. There are some versions that are full of flavourless fillers like paprika.
  2. Also, if your spices are over 6 months old they begin to lose flavour. If your spices are 2-3 years old, they can be next to flavourless in a dish.

    Try toasting some fresh whole spices and grinding them in a spice grinder. This should punch up your flavours.

Recipe Variations

  • You can use anywhere between 1 - 4 green chillies depending on strength of the Chillis and the desired strength of the sauce.
  • Vegan Chicken Tikka Masala;
    Make these simple substitutions: chickpeas and carrots for the chicken and coconut milk for the cream.
  • Substitute coconut cream instead of standard cream and adds a new depth to it.

How To Serve Chicken Tikka Masala

  • Garnish with fresh coriander and serve with Naan bread, rice coloured yellow with turmeric, onion bahjis and/or a glass of white wine.
  • Serve with Basmati Rice and add a side of Homemade Flatbreads to mop up the sauce!
  • Make sure you have plenty of naan for serving, preferably garlic naan.
  • Serve immediately with rice, garnished with cilantro, if desired.
  • Serve with basmati rice flavoured with cumin seeds.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving:Calories: 1195Total Fat: 70gSaturated Fat: 21gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 36gCholesterol: 294mgSodium: 2361mgCarbohydrates: 54gFibre: 8gSugar: 17gProtein: 89g

Shane Lowry

Shane Lowry is the author of Good Food To Eat, a website that provides recipes and cooking help.He is a home cook who enjoys sharing his passion for food with others. Lowry’s mother is a chef, and she taught him the basics of cooking and baking when he was young.He also has experience running a catering business with his wife, specializing in finger foods and full meals for people with dietary restrictions such as gluten-free, vegan, and low-carb.Through his various cooking experiences, Lowry has learned what makes a great recipe: simple to follow, yet delicious and satisfying. That’s why he focuses on creating step-by-step recipes that are easy for anyone to make, regardless of their cooking skills.


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