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Chicken Tikka Masala

Cook delicious chicken tikka masala, a classic Indian dish, at home with this tasty recipe from chef Jamie Oliver's cookbook, "Jamie's Food Revolution." Photo credit: David Loftus and Chris Terry

  • Servings: 6
Chicken Tikka Masala

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, December 2009


  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 2 medium onions, halved and thinly sliced
  • 1 fresh red chile, thinly sliced
  • 1 (2-inch) piece fresh ginger, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 small bunch fresh cilantro, leaves removed, stems finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup Tikka Masala Paste, or prepared masala paste
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves, cut into 3/4-inch strips
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 (14-ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 (14-ounce) can of coconut milk
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 3/4 cup sliced almonds
  • Cilantro Lime Rice, for serving
  • 1 lemon, cut into wedges, for serving


  1. Heat peanut oil and butter in a large straight-sided skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions, chile, ginger, and chopped cilantro stems. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onions soften and golden, about 10 minutes.

  2. Add curry paste and chicken; stir to coat. Season with salt and pepper. Add tomatoes and coconut milk. Fill one empty can with water and add to skillet; stir to combine. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer. Cover and cook, checking curry occasionally to make sure it does not begin to dry out and adding water, if necessary, until chicken is tender and cooked through, about 20 minutes.

  3. Top curry with yogurt and sprinkle with almonds and cilantro leaves. Serve with rice and lemon wedges.

Reviews (3)

  • arvo920 22 Feb, 2010

    Such a fragrant and delicious dish. The ingredients might seem intimidating but it take no time prepare. I have had many dinner parties just so I can make it. Fantastic. You will definitely not be disappointed.

  • newchef1969 5 Dec, 2009

    Fantastic! Easy and tasty. I would recommend serving it with a side of red peppers for those who like it really hot.

    I will never make rice any other way again. It was perfect.


  • casavieja 3 Dec, 2009

    Great job Jaimie. I thought that I made a good Chicken Tikka Masala, but this recipe far exceeds mine by a mile! I am now off to buy Jamie's new book.


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