Chicken Tikka Masala

January 18, 2010 at 9:13 am (Uncategorized)

 I need a spice to my life and I get very bored without tons of flavor. And I really miss eating out sometimes, so I just make what I like to eat right here in my kitchen.

 Another thing I  enjoy is grilling when I get a chance. So this is right up my alley!              Enjoy!

Chicken Tikka Masala


1 cup yogurt (home made)

1 tablespoon lemon juice (fresh)

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

2 teaspoons ground cumin

2 teaspoons cayenne pepper

1/2 teaspoon of ground clove

2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper

1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger

3 teaspoons of garam masala (optional) make sure it’s a pure spice blend!

2 teaspoons salt, or to taste

4 boneless chicken thighs, cut into bite-size pieces

4 long skewers


1 tablespoon butter, ghee or lard

3 clove garlic, minced

1/2-1 jalapeno pepper, finely chopped

2 teaspoons ground cumin

2 teaspoons paprika

1-3 teaspoons salt, or to taste

1 (8 ounce) jar tomato sauce (home-made)

1 cup coconut cream or coconut milk

1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro


In a large bowl, combine yogurt, lemon juice, 2 teaspoons cumin, cinnamon, cayenne, black pepper, ginger, clove, spices and 2 tsp or more salt. Stir in chicken, cover, and refrigerate all day. Preheat a grill for high heat. Lightly oil the grill grate. Thread chicken onto skewers, and discard marinade. Grill until juices run clear, about 5 minutes on each side. Melt butter, ghee or lard in a large heavy skillet over medium heat. Saute garlic and jalapeno for 1 minute. Season with 2 teaspoons cumin, paprika, and 1-3 teaspoons salt to taste. Stir in tomato sauce and coconut cream or milk. Simmer on low heat until sauce thickens, about 20 minutes. Add grilled chicken, and simmer for 10 minutes.

Transfer to a serving platter, and garnish with fresh cilantro.

Serve with fried califlower. And steamed snow peas with a squeeze of lemon juice.

For dessert serve

 Banana Lassi (recipe below)


2 cup plain home-made 24 hour Yogurt

2 peeled and sliced very ripe Banana’s

2 tbl sp Honey or to taste

1/2 tsp Cardamom Powder

1/2 tsp of cinnamon

Hand full of Ice-cubes

How to make Banana Lassi:

 Combine all ingredients and blend until smooth in a blender.

Pour in glasses and serve chilled topped with a sprig of mint.


  1. Sarah Schatz - menus for people with limited diets said,

    Yummy! these both sounds delicious. I love indian food and all the spices that are used. I make banana smoothies with yogurt for my son and put cinnamon in them, but I love the idea of adding cardamom and the ice cubes. thanks

    • christinb said,

      I just saw this..what has it been a year? Anyways thanks!! Do you have a blog I can peek at? 😎

  2. Alex Brookins said,

    Chicken Tikka Masala is one of my favorites!! I was so stoked to learn about cauliflower “rice” from a friend earlier this year, now I can indulge in Indian food and not worry about it making me fat 🙂 Our other favorite is something called Golden Carrot Chicken, cinnamon & cloves sauted with finely shredded carrot in a curry sauce. The carrot and spices sauteing smell like pumpkin pie, so sweet! We fight over the leftovers, when there are any 😉

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